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Alternative Energy / Renewable Energy

U.S. Overtaken by China in Renewable Energy Race

Sep 10, 2010 at 08:17 | Green energy Reporter

A recent ranking by consultancy Ernst & Young puts China ahead of the  U.S. as the most attractive country to invest and develop renewable energy projects. This is the first…

Energy Research and the Development of Renewables

Sep 10, 2010 at 08:13 | The Oil Drum

In 1913, Lord Northcliffe, who owned the Daily Mail, offered £10,000 to the first men to fly the Atlantic from North America to Ireland or England in less than 72…

Green Energy Sector Weekly Update: Traction Building in Renewable Energy M&A

Sep 06, 2010 at 08:06 | Green energy Reporter

If the dark cloud that is the Great Recession has a silver lining, it is that companies across America have accumulated huge stockpiles of cash. Now, nearly two years after…

The Growth of Renewable Energy and it’s Top Users

Aug 27, 2010 at 09:44 | Andy Soos

Renewable energy is energy which comes from natural resources such as sunlight, wind, rain, tides, and geothermal heat, which are renewable as opposed to fossil fuels for example which once…

Recovery Act Puts US on Track to Meet Renewables Targets

Aug 27, 2010 at 09:41 | Gloria Gonzalez

Thanks to the stimulus package, the US is on track to meet President Barack Obama’s goal of doubling renewable energy generation and capacity by 2012. More than $23 billion from…

Why Bank Profits are Good for Renewable Energy

Aug 23, 2010 at 08:19 | Dave Forest

Had a long flight home yesterday from South America. Lots of time to read through a pile of news on resource projects and financing. Here's an important development that caught…

Export-Import Bank Urged to End Fossil Fuel Binge and Support Renewables

Aug 16, 2010 at 11:09 | Jess McCabe

NGOs have accused the US Export-Import (Ex-Im) Bank of “systematic bias towards financing fossil fuel projects”, as the export credit agency prepares to consider backing two giant coal-fired power plants.…

US Chamber of Commerce Dismayed at Breakaway Clean Energy Group

Aug 15, 2010 at 16:01 | Gloria Gonzalez

More than two dozen local chambers of commerce in the US will join forces to advocate for market-based mechanisms to price carbon, much to the dismay of the national US…

Carbon Trading Bill Dropped From US Senate

Jul 30, 2010 at 11:45 | Carbon Finance

The failure of the US Senate to enact comprehensive energy and climate legislation prior to the August recess likely dooms its prospects for 2010, despite vows by its most ardent…

GM’s New Electric Vehicle Generates Enthusiasm Despite High Price Tag

Jul 28, 2010 at 15:02 | Darrell Delamaide

General Motors’ announcement that its new electric car, the Chevrolet Volt, would have a price tag of $41,000 created some sticker shock, and critics quickly charged that no one would…

What Renewable Projects Would you Purchase Electricity From if you Were a Power Utility

Jul 27, 2010 at 04:16 | Dave Forest

Renewables (and particularly geothermal) are becoming a more popular talking point amongst utilities and governments these days. Just this week, America's Geothermal Energy Association said it will tell utilities at…

US Renewables Financing Set to Collapse Without Grant Extension

Jul 26, 2010 at 03:43 | Gloria Gonzalez

Renewable energy financing will decline precipitously next year if the US Congress fails to extend the cash grant programme, financing experts have warned. Combining funds from the Section 1603 Treasury…

Clean Energy Infrastructure a Good Match for Pension Funds

Jul 20, 2010 at 05:15 | Graham Cooper

Investments in European renewable energy infrastructure are a good choice for pension funds and insurance companies because they provide a good match with their liability profiles, said Joost Bergsma, CEO…

Batteries Are the Shocking Truth about Electric Cars

Jul 19, 2010 at 12:09 | Llewellyn King

Can white elephants come in green? President Barack Obama flew to Holland, Mich., on Thursday to attend groundbreaking ceremonies for a new lithium-ion battery plant, which the White House advertised…

Chinese Green Sector Surges as Europe Suffers in Q2

Jul 19, 2010 at 07:11 | Jess McCabe

Mixed fortunes have dogged the clean-tech and clean energy sectors in the second quarter of 2010, according to latest figures from Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF) and VB/Research. Global…

GE, VC Firms Launch $200 Million Contest for Smart Grid Innovation

Jul 14, 2010 at 03:05 | Darrell Delamaide

General Electric and four venture capital funds launched a $200 million contest for innovations in smart grid technology, pledging to use the money to fund development of the winning entries.…

Can Renewable Energy Really Satisfy Our Energy Needs

Jul 12, 2010 at 03:44 | The Oil Drum

With the tragic Gulf of Mexico oil spill now focussing President Obama's and the American people's minds on where their energy comes from, and what some of the collateral costs…

Clean-Tech Venture Capital Investment Hits Record $4bn

Jul 09, 2010 at 06:32 | Charlotte Dudley

Global venture capital investment in clean-tech firms hit record levels in the first half of 2010, with investment totalling more than $4 billion, preliminary figures reveal. A preliminary report from…

Why Alternative Energy Will Never "Pencil Out"

Jul 07, 2010 at 15:48 | Charles Hugh Smith

Advocates of a smooth transition away from petroleum may be surprised by the consequences of huge swings in the cost of oil. I first proposed a "head-fake" in the price…

Germany Eyes $500 Million for Public-Private Climate Fund

Jul 04, 2010 at 12:39 | Christopher Cundy

Germany has launched a 'climate protection' fund to help local banks invest in energy efficiency and renewables for small businesses and households in developing countries, seeding it with more than…

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