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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…

Growing Trouble in Europe’s Renewable Sector

Dec 14, 2010 at 08:12

Uncertainty about government support for Europe’s renewable sector has deepened, with France suspending feed-in tariffs for new solar photovoltaic (PV) installations and Spain slashing subsidies for wind and solar thermal…

Gold Makes Record Run

Dec 13, 2010 at 11:54

INCIDENT: On 7 December, gold hit an all-time high above US$1,425 per ounce (London morning fix), after having risen from under $300 per ounce at the beginning of the millennium…

Could the Farmland Bubble be about to Burst? What Will this Mean for Corn Ethanol

Dec 13, 2010 at 11:45

There’s another bubble blown up and ready to pop. Its farmland all across the U.S. priced off the chart.  For the alternative fuel future this is an extreme danger moment,…

North America: The New Energy Kingdom

Dec 13, 2010 at 09:15

With rising production from shale fields, the U.S. surpassed Russia last year to become the world’s largest supplier of natural gas. Shale now accounts for 10 per cent of the…

US Government Pushing Renewable Energy

Dec 13, 2010 at 09:11

Eight US government departments have come together in a major push to promote renewable energy and energy efficiency exports, which includes promises of new financing tools. The Renewable Energy and…

Europe's Offshore Electricity Grid

Dec 12, 2010 at 14:43

Ten European countries, including Norway, have agreed to develop an offshore electricity grid at the North Sea, in a bold move that promoters say will give Europe the possibility of…

Deep Divide Over Kyoto Protocol Causing Trouble in Cancun

Dec 11, 2010 at 10:05

UN climate talks in Cancún are making progress towards a future agreement, but a deep divide over the Kyoto Protocol is souring the prospects for a positive conclusion to this…

Europe’s Low Carbon Goals Dealt a Blow as Clean Coal Plant Goes into Administration

Dec 10, 2010 at 16:27

The "Powerfuel" company that owns Hatfield Colliery in Yorkshire has entered administration due to lack of investment. The intention was to improve the mine and develop a "clean coal" power…

Driving Energy Costs Lower

Dec 10, 2010 at 14:46

Two articles appeared last week worth some study by everyone.  The first spotted by Geoffrey Stiles is at a Wall Street Journal energy special pull out section. There Ted…

Investors Turn to Renewables

Dec 10, 2010 at 08:24

Around half of investors in BNP Paribas’ Clean Energy Fund – which closed this week at €427 million ($568 million) – are making their first investments in renewables, according to…

Ireland’s Financial Meltdown: Down But Not Out

Dec 10, 2010 at 08:19

Ireland’s acceptance of international financial aid to its stricken finance sector is widely seen in the country as a shameful loss of sovereignty and the prelude to years of austerity.…

Critical Decisions Looming for Japan’s Nuclear Industry

Dec 09, 2010 at 19:12

SITUATION: Japan is advancing with plans to reprocess spent nuclear fuel and boost its external nuclear exports. These decisions will impact the conduct of Japan’s global non-proliferation diplomacy. ANALYSIS: Assessing…

Competition Over Central Asia's Water Supplies Intensifying

Dec 09, 2010 at 12:01

Tajikistan is making visible progress toward what it calls an independent hydro-energy future. Downstream, Uzbekistan is fuming. Mutual acrimony is prompting the two Central Asian neighbors to trade increasingly harsh…

Mexico's Incredible Solar Energy Potential

Dec 09, 2010 at 09:09

Ideally a location for the generation of solar power should have a relatively high level of solar insolation (ability to generate a significant amount of solar energy), a fairly large…

OPEC's Strategy

Dec 09, 2010 at 09:06

An article published in the Infantry Journal (U.S.) many years ago contained the following  exotic question: “If you only had an hour in which turn  civilians into  soldiers, what would…

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