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Why Peak Oil Matters

Dec 21, 2010 at 10:55

It is easy to become befuddled by the current discourse on peak oil. Peak oil is defined generally as the point at which the flow rate of oil to society…

This is Not Your Fathers Nuclear Power Plant

Dec 21, 2010 at 10:53

On my recent trip to Oregon I met with venture capital investors in NuScale Power, which is trailblazing, the brave new world of “new” nuclear. Their technology has been pioneered…

US Clean Energy Targets to Include Coal and Nuclear Power

Dec 21, 2010 at 10:50

The next US Congress has its sights on a clean energy standard (CES) that includes clean coal and new nuclear technology rather than a federal renewable electricity standard (RES), a…

Growing Shale Gas Reserves Compensating for Obama's Energy Starvation Policies

Dec 21, 2010 at 10:14

The US Energy Information Agency (EIA) is reporting in its Annual Energy Outlook report that shale gas reserves are growing to compensate for losses of offshore gas brought about by…

China Steps Up Its Nuclear Program

Dec 20, 2010 at 11:37

The Middle Kingdom currently has 12 operational plants generating 12 gigawatts accounting for 2.3% of the country’s power. Another 23 are currently under construction. It plans to add ten a…

Major Breakthrough for Seaweed Biofuel

Dec 20, 2010 at 11:32

Getting biofuel supplies from seaweed has taken a giant leap forward from work by Yong-Su Jin, a University of Illinois Assistant Professor of Microbial Genomics and a faculty member…

SunPower Closes First Publicly Rated Bond Issue for a Solar Project

Dec 20, 2010 at 11:29

US solar power firm SunPower Corporation has sold €195.2 million ($258.4 million) of bonds linked to a solar farm in Italy, which are understood to be the first such bonds…

A Look at Tidal Power

Dec 20, 2010 at 11:21

Tidal power, also called tidal energy, is a form of hydropower that converts the energy of tides into electricity or other useful forms of power. The first large-scale tidal power…

The Shape of the World in 2020

Dec 17, 2010 at 13:54

None can foretell the future, and yet the shape of what we face can be shrewdly estimated with enough attention to historical trends; with broad contextual understanding; and with sufficient…

Investors Face Considerable Risks With Unconventional Fossil Fuels

Dec 17, 2010 at 09:59

Investors must scrutinize the significant risks associated with production of unconventional fossil fuel sources such as oil shale and coal-to-liquids (CTL), according to a report commissioned by Ceres. Companies are…

Wikileaks Reveals BP's Gas blowout in 2008

Dec 17, 2010 at 09:12

Oil giant BP reportedly suffered a major explosion on a gas platform in Azerbaijan in September 2008. Fresh U.S. diplomatic cables released by the website WikiLeaks show the incident resulted…

An Update on New Wind Farm Developments

Dec 17, 2010 at 09:10

A wind farm is a group of wind turbines in the same location used for production of electric power. Individual turbines are interconnected with a medium voltage power collection system…

Vietnam is a Paradise for Demographic Investors

Dec 17, 2010 at 09:08

Now that we have figured out that Vietnam is a great place to invest, take a look at the Van Eck Groups Vietnam Index Fund (VNM). The venture will invest…

The Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India (TAPI) pipeline Looks Set to go Ahead

Dec 16, 2010 at 10:00

Insurgency? What insurgency? Setting aside concerns about Islamic militants, the presidents of Turkmenistan, Afghanistan, Pakistan, along with India’s petroleum minister, Murli Deora, have signed an inter-governmental agreement pledging to construct…

Cap and Trade – A Future Train Wreck

Dec 16, 2010 at 09:40

What to do with carbon based emissions? I have no clue. I’m not sure Congress does either. They will be more confused than ever after reading a recent CBO report…

Why Sugar Beets are Preferable to Corn for Ethanol Production

Dec 16, 2010 at 09:35

focusing on beet ethanol makes sense for a number of reasons. Green Vision’s figures show that beets produce twice as much ethanol per acre as corn and require about 40…

Understanding the Oil Markets in 2010

Dec 15, 2010 at 16:31

I'm starting to think that the oil markets in 2010 are just a more chaotic version of the markets as they were in 2007. You will recall that in 2007…

Turning Carbon Dioxide and Methane into Liquid Fuels

Dec 15, 2010 at 08:54

Liviu M. Mirica, PhD, assistant professor of chemistry at Washington University in St. Louis may have found and is developing a novel metal catalyst that would be able to…

Russia's Sakhalin–1 Natural Gas Development

Dec 14, 2010 at 16:58

SITUATION: In early 2009, Russia inaugurated its first liquefied natural gas (LNG) plant for East Asia at Sakhalin. After ramping up to three times its initial capacity, it will supply…

How Different Energy Sources Create Electricity Price Differences Between Countries

Dec 14, 2010 at 08:16

In this post an overview is given of electricity prices in a large number of countries, mainly members of the OECD. This shows how prices vary between households and industry…

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