U.S. EPA's addition of oil, gas and coal
methane emissions to its online greenhouse
gas tracking tool revealed an 82.6-million-metric-ton
increase in carbon dioxide equivalents over
numbers from the previous year, when those
figures were not available.
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Aug 6, 2010 - Leadership/All Africa Global Media
World energy consumption will increase by 49 per cent in the next 25 years, driven by rapidly developing countries such as China and India, the Energy Information Administration has said.
Consumers striving to keep cool are helping to raise the price of coal.
Jul 12, 2010 - Business Wire
The most successful utilities in the 21st Century will be very different from those of the 20th Century.
Jul 12, 2010 - Yuthana Praiwan - Bangkok Post - McClatchy-Tribune
Power reserves for Thailand over the next five years may be at critical levels unless a new power plant can be built on schedule as described in the Power Development Plan, says the Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand.
May 25, 2010 - Dow Jones & Company, Inc.
Global energy consumption will rise 49% between 2007 and 2035, led by economic growth in developing nations, the US Energy Information Administration said Tuesday.
May 25, 2010 - Jennifer Kho - RenewableEnergyWorld.com
A review of the world's biggest existing and planned renewable energy projects in the solar, wind, tidal, geothermal and wave energy sectors.
May 21, 2010 - Xinhua
Egypt has reached a 220 million U.S. dollars loan agreement with the World Bank for a power transmission project, Egyptian media said Friday.
May 21, 2010 - Xinhua
China's installed power generation capacity will surpass 900 million kilowatts by the end of 2010, Zhang Guobao, head of China's National Energy Administration, said Friday.
Renewable Energy Aims to Drive Deployment Worldwide
May 20, 2010 - ACORE
hree leading energy efficiency and renewable energy organizations – the Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Partnership (REEEP, an international body), the Alliance to Save Energy (Alliance) and the American Council on Renewable Energy (ACORE) – have jointly released their Compendium of Best Practices: Sharing Local and State Successes in Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy from the United States, in which state and local governments share the key elements of their programs, lessons learned and what made each program a success.
May 20, 2010 - Xinhua
China and the United States Thursday pledged to deepen clean energy cooperation as U.S. commerce chief led a large green power delegation to Beijing.
May 18, 2010 - usatoday.com
A green global economy will require much high recycling rates of specialty metals like lithium, neodymium and gallium, says a new United Nations report.
May 18, 2010 - Simon Lomax - businessweek.com
Two U.S. senators will introduce climate-change legislation tomorrow that gives coastal states a share of revenue from expanded offshore oil and natural-gas drilling in a bid to win support for greenhouse gas limits.
May 17, 2010 - Eric Wesoff - greentechmedia.com
We’re building an industry from ground zero
Apr 20, 2010 - intelligentutility.com
The U.S. Department of Energy announced today that Seattle City Light will lead a new national effort to promote the installation of energy efficient light emitting diode (LED) street lights.
Apr 13, 2010 - Xinhua
Colombia is ready to sell electricity to Ecuador to help ease the power shortage caused by a severe drought in the neighboring country, Minister of Mines and Energy Hernan Martinez said Monday.
Apr 5, 2010 - sciyo.com
GENI had a hand in several of these chapters, and hosted several panel sessions that became part of the book.
Tom Hammons gets a lot of the credit for seeing this project to completion.
Mar 31, 2010 - California Energy Markets
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger Monday signed SB X8 34, a bill designed to expedite the licensing of large solar-power plants in the desert and create a state-run mitigation program for environmental impacts. On Wednesday Schwarzenegger signed SB 71, a measure that would eliminate sales and use taxes on clean-technology manufacturing equipment.
Mar 31, 2010 - Business Wire
Constellation Energy (NYSE: CEG) announced today that its subsidiary, Constellation NewEnergy, Inc., has entered into a green electricity purchase agreement with the New York Stock Exchange,
Mar 30, 2010 - Mark Osborne - pv-tech.org
Preliminary 2009 market figures for the PV industry have been issued by the European Photovoltaic Industry Association (EPIA), after its recent workshop was held in Rome, Italy. The EPIA said that 6.4GW of newly installed capacity was achieved in 2009, reaching a total capacity of over 20GW worldwide.
Mixing up a solution for greenhouse gases
Mar 23, 2010 - wbcsd.org
It seems like alchemy: A Silicon Valley start-up says it has found a way to capture the carbon dioxide emissions from coal and gas power plants and lock them into cement.
Mar 22, 2010 - hydroworld.com
The U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) has established a new global institute dedicated to analyzing, speeding and smoothing the transition to sustainable energy worldwide.
Mar 18, 2010 - National Renewable Energy Labboratory
The U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) announced today that it has established a new global institute dedicated to analyzing, speeding and smoothing the transition to sustainable energy worldwide.
Mar 18, 2010 - Renewable Energy Focus
A mapping service allowing visual comparison of renewable energy statistics in Europe is now available from the specialist search engine for renewable energy and energy efficiency, reegle.
Mar 9, 2010 - Amjad Parkar - McClatchy-Tribune Regional News
Saudi Arabia and the Gulf signalled their intention to kick-start a renewable energy revolution in the region on Monday.
Mar 9, 2010 - Massachusetts Institute of Technology - Energy Cnetral
A team of Massachusetts Institute of Technology scientists say they've discovered a phenomenon that might lead to a new way of producing electricity.
Mar 8, 2010 - Datamonitor - Energy Central
China's rise to become the world leader in the production of clean tech equipment and rare earth metals will have negative consequences for the West in both economic and political terms. Aside from resulting in the eastward migration of industry players, the trend will allow China to gain control over the sector in a manner reminiscent of OPEC.
Feb 25, 2010 - Energy Central
Berkeley Lab and Black & Veatch developed a new analytical tool to compare the economics of renewable resource areas for different load areas in the Western Interconnection and how different policies and uncertainties may affect resource selection and transmission expansion.
Feb 25, 2010 - Andrew Mills, Amol Phadke, and Ryan Wiser
Exploration of Resource and Transmission Expansion Decisions in
the Western Renewable Energy Zone Initiative
Feb 24, 2010 - Berkeley Lab
“Exploration of Resource and Transmission Expansion Decisions in the Western Renewable Energy Zone Initiative.”
Feb 24, 2010 - Renewablebiz.com
3TIER® today announced the completion of its REmapping the World ™ initiative, which was launched in March 2008 to address the biggest barrier to global renewable energy adoption – the lack of reliable information regarding resource potential and availability.
Feb 23, 2010 - Xinhua
The United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) said Tuesday that countries will have to be far more ambitious in cutting greenhouse gas emission if the world is to effectively curb a rise in global temperature at 2 degrees Celsius or less.
Feb 22, 2010 - Constance Cooper- The Virgin Island Daily News
The Virgin Islands and U.S. departments of Energy and Interior have entered into an agreement to move the territory away from its dependence on fossil fuels.
Feb 22, 2010 - Institute for 21st Century Energy
In our previous paper, Copenhagen Accord and Discord: COP-15 and the Many Roads to Mexico, we laid out some of the policy and process issues surrounding the Copenhagen Accord. In this paper, we take a look at what impact the Accord could have on global emissions of greenhouse gases (GHGs).
Feb 22, 2010 - Dick Ahlstrom - Yellowbrix
AAAS annual conference: Researchers have come up with the ultimate vehicle - an environmentally friendly electric car that plugs into the wall to sell power back to the electricity company.
Feb 21, 2013 - Richard Martin - navigantresearch.com
Although geothermal power projects typically
take many years to develop, the geothermal
power industry is rapidly expanding beyond
markets. Promising resources in emerging markets and innovative technology
demonstration projects are helping to exploit untapped geographic potential.
According to a new report from Pike Research, a part of Navigant’s
Energy Practice, a total of 454 geothermal power projects are now under
active development worldwide, with surface exploration already underway.
Sixty-four countries have geothermal projects slated for development,
compared to fewer than 30 countries just a few years ago, the study concludes.
Feb 18, 2010 - Rebecca Smith - Wall Street Journal
A new type of nuclear reactor—smaller than a rail car and one tenth the cost of a big plant—is emerging as a contender to reshape the nation's resurgent nuclear power industry.
Feb 9, 2010 - AWEA
Today, top executives in the renewable energy sector gathered to applaud 2009’s strong renewable energy development but emphasized the need for Congress to swiftly enact key policies to continue accelerated growth across the entire sector in order to add jobs and boost economic growth in 2010.
Feb 9, 2010 - Collin Sullivan - Scientific American
Ice Energy has a novel solution for the electricity challenges of the 21st century: Make Popsicles.
Feb 7, 2010 - Paul Foy - Associated Press
A Utah company plans to dig a series of underground caverns that it hopes to one day fill with compressed air, releasing it to generate electricity by turning a turbine and solving one of the most vexing problems facing the clean-energy industry - how to store power.
Jan 28, 2010 - Mark Niesse - The Associated Press
Two years into Hawaii's ambitious project of vastly increasing the amount of power it gets from renewable sources, state leaders say the islands are on track.
Jan 26, 2010 - PRNewswire
Southern Company CEO David Ratcliffe and visionary business leader and environmentalist Ted Turner today announced a strategic alliance to pursue development of renewable energy projects in the United States.
Jan 22, 2010 - REN21
Growing recognition of the important role that renewable energy can play in tackling climate change and ensuring energy security has led to a rapid boom in the industry over the last five years. According to the Renewables Global Status Report 2009 Update, annual renewable energy investment has increased fourfold since 2004 to reach USD120 billion in 2008.
Jan 22, 2010 - REN21
This report was commissioned by REN21 and produced in collaboration with the Chinese Renewable Energy Industrial Association (CREIA) and technology experts from various Chinese research institutions and private sector. Financing was provided by the United States Department of States, Asia Pacific Partnership (APP) Programme.
Jan 22, 2010 - Kevin Brown and Steve Kyryk - Clean Edge
With their fingers on the pulse of clean-tech hiring trends, we asked Senior Partner Kevin Brown and Vice President Steve Kyryk of Hobbs & Towne Executive Search (HTI) to provide insight into the impact of the 'Great Recession' on the industry and areas for opportunity in 2010.
Jan 19, 2010 - Ross Marowits - The Associated Press
The eventual popularity of electric cars will force governments to consider alternative revenues as they prepare to wean themselves off fuel taxes, industry observers say.
Jan 18, 2010 - Energy Central
Investments in alternative energy this year are likely to grow rapidly for this year given growing concern about climate change and the environment, says Krairit Nilkuha, director-general of the Department of Alternative Energy Development and Efficiency (DEDE).
Jan 15, 2010 - U.S. Energy Information Administration
Net generation in the United States dropped by 3.8 percent from October 2008 to October 2009. This was the 15th consecutive month that net generation was down compared to the same calendar month in the prior year. The Federal Reserve reported that industrial production was 7.1 percent lower than it had been in October 2008, the 16th consecutive month that same-month industrial production was lower than it had been in the previous year. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) reported that October 2009 was the third coolest October on record. Accordingly, total population-weighted heating degree days for the contiguous United States were 17.4 percent above the average for the month of October. October 2008 had gone into into the record books as the 44th coolest since recordkeeping began in 1895.
Jan 14, 2010 - Earthscan news
Greenleaf Publishing created a list of "The Top 50 Sustainability Books" in a new book released in December of last year.
Jan 11, 2010 - Jeremy Rifkin - The Huffington Post
Two spectacular failures, separated by only 18 months, marked the end of the modern era. In July 2008, the price of oil on world markets peaked at $147/ barrel, inflation soared, the price of everything from food to gasoline skyrocketed, and the global economic engine shut off. Growing demand in the developed nations, as well as in China, India, and other emerging economies, for diminishing fossil fuels precipitated the crisis. Purchasing power plummeted and the global economy collapsed. That was the earthquake that tore asunder the industrial age built on and propelled by fossil fuels. The failure of the financial markets two months later was merely the aftershock. The fossil fuel energies that make up the industrial way of life are sunsetting and the industrial infrastructure is now on life support.
Jan 8, 2010 - Jennifer Kho - Renewable Energy World.com
Renewable energy has got buzz, growth and growing government support. But it's no secret that it still makes up a small portion of the overall energy mix. As interest in renewables increases, the question has begun coming up more and more often: When will renewable energy companies catch up to conventional energy companies? That is, when will we see an Exxon Mobil Corp., Chevron Corp. or ConocoPhilips of renewables?
Dec 3, 2009 - Scott Streater - NY Times
While not central to its war-fighting mission abroad, the U.S. military is quietly becoming one of the nation's most aggressive energy innovators, retrofitting thousands of acres of military installations with renewables technologies that will help meet the bases' future power demand while also aiding host states in achieving renewable energy targets.
Nov 19, 2009 - Jeremy van Loon - First Enercast Financial
Nov. 19 (Bloomberg) -- Wind turbines, solar panels and hydropower stations won’t be built fast enough to keep pace with global electricity demand through 2030, the International Energy Agency forecast.
Nov18, 2009 - RenewableEnergyFocus.com
The best prospects for large-scale renewable energy production and net-energy performance remain wind and certain forms of solar, according to a study released by two California-based think tanks.
Nov 2, 2009 - Clean Edge
The following is an excerpt from Clean Tech Job Trends 2009. To read the full report, please download the PDF file by clicking on the article.
For nearly a decade, Clean Edge has issued its annual Clean Energy Trends report series in which we present the latest clean-energy trends; report on the current and projected size of the global market for solar, wind and biofuels; and provide insights and intelligence on the broader clean-energy market. This year, we are launching a new report series, focusing on employment in the clean-tech industry, in which we hope to do for clean-tech jobs what we did for clean energy in our earlier reports.
Oct 28, 2009 - U.S. Department of Energy
DOE awarded $151 million in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funds on October 26 for 37 energy research projects under the recently-formed Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy ("ARPA-E"). ARPA-E's mission is to develop inventive approaches to transform the global energy landscape while advancing U.S. technology leadership by creating jobs and cutting carbon pollution. This first round of grants will go to researchers and inventors in 17 states and will support the research and development of new renewable energy technologies for solar cells, wind turbines, geothermal drilling, biofuels, and biomass energy crops. The grants will also support a variety of energy efficiency technologies, including power electronics and engine-generators for advanced vehicles, devices for waste heat recovery, electrically controlled windows and control systems for smart buildings, light-emitting diodes (LEDs), reverse-osmosis membranes for water desalination, catalysts to split water into hydrogen and oxygen, improved fuel cell membranes, and more energy-dense magnetic materials for a variety of electronic components. Six grants will go to energy storage technologies, including an ultracapacitor, improved lithium-ion batteries, metal-air batteries that use ionic liquids, liquid sodium batteries, and liquid metal batteries.
Oct 28, 2009 - Elwin Green - Post-Gazette
Contrary to the popular notion that the United States and the world are facing an energy shortage, Andy Hannah believes that the planet's resources offer enough potential energy -- if we can just figure out how to harness it.
Oct 25, 2009 - Desertec Asia
Coal-fired power plants are getting old. The electricity transmission system needs upgrading. New supplies of natural gas are coming on line that need a route to market. The regional economy is becoming increasingly integrated. Climate change looms large.
Oct 21, 2009 - Louis Bergeron - Stanford University
Most of the technology needed to shift the world from fossil fuel to clean, renewable energy already exists. Implementing that technology requires overcoming obstacles in planning and politics, but doing so could result in a 30 percent decrease in global power demand, say Stanford civil and environmental engineering Professor Mark Z. Jacobson and University of California-Davis researcher Mark Delucchi.
Oct 16, 2009 - Renewable Energy Focus
Twenty-six universities and colleges across the United States received a grading of A- for their use of renewable energy on campus.
Oct 5, 2009 - McClatchy-Tribune Regional News
Israeli scientists have achieved a breakthrough in alternative energy, by generating electricity from road traffic. The technology was developed by Ra'anana-based start up Innowwattech Ltd., and Israel National Roads Company Ltd. and the Technion Israel Institute of Technology participated in the trial.
Oct 02, 2009 - Xinhua
New energy and renewable energy took nine percent in China's energy structure in 2008, while coal took 69 percent and oil and natural gas 22 percent, according to the National Bureau of Statistics of China.
Oct 1, 2009 - PRNewswire
Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) today announced a suite of new power agreements, totaling more than 2,000 megawatts (MW), that are expected to provide many years of clean, reliable electricity for the 15 million people it serves in northern and central California.
Sep 24, 2009 - Cleanenergyconnection.com
The UN Summit in Copenhagen highlighted the effect our energy consumption has taken upon our environment. On September 22, President Obama made a clear statement in his speech at the UN General Assembly when he called on nations to embrace clean energy. As more and more of these clean energy technologies become available, something must be done to help make buyers aware of what has made it to market.
Sept 18, 2009 - Patrick Cassidy - McClatchy-Tribune Regional News
The future of marine renewable energy in the United States could include a large testing zone south of Martha's Vineyard and Nantucket, shared port facilities among states, and an electrical transmission grid buried beneath the seabed connecting offshore wind farms.
Sept 15, 2009 - Business Wire
At the request of New England's six governors, ISO New England Inc., the operator of the region's bulk power system and wholesale electricity markets, recently released the results of a months-long study evaluating renewable resource potential in the region and beyond, as well as the economic and environmental impacts of that development.
Sep 9, 2009 - Eric Martinot and Janet Sawin - Renewable Energy World Magazine
Future targets for renewable energy now exist in over 73 countries, up from 45 in 2005. Many such trends continue and are documented in this summary of the REN21 annual report.
Sept 1, 2009 - Neil MacFarquhar - The New York Times
It will cost between $500 billion and $600 billion every year for the next 10 years to allow developing nations to grow using renewable energy resources, instead of relying on dirty fuels that worsen global warming, according to a United Nations report released Tuesday.
Aug 25, 2009 - Xinhua
China will set a minimum purchase quota for electric power generated by renewable energy to promote the development of clean energy and environmental protection, according to a draft amendment to the renewable energy law. The draft amendment to the renewable energy law was submitted to the country's top legislature, the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress (NPC), for its first reading on Monday.
Aug 24, 2009 - The Sacramento Bee
California's electric utilities have accepted that they'll be required to get a third of their power from renewable sources by 2020.
Aug 24, 2009 - Al-Bawaba
The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) today announced that Director-General Helene Pelosse has opened the agency's bank account with Standard Chartered Bank, an international "green bank" that works to drive sustainable economic growth worldwide, reinforcing the agency's commitment to promoting a rapid transition towards the widespread and sustainable use of renewable energy on a global scale.
Aug 11, 2009 - Josh Mogerman - NRDC
Michigan’s power needs can be delivered by a combination of wind power, biomass, and other sources of renewable energy coupled with aggressive energy efficiency programs, according to a new energy report from the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC). The report comes as the Michigan Public Service Commission is set to make recommendations to the Department of Environmental Quality on the need for power and availability of cleaner alternative to coal later this month.
Jul 31, 2009 -Wind Today
Washington, DC--U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu announced July 29 that the Department of Energy will provide up to $30 billion in loan guarantees, depending on the applications and market conditions, for renewable energy projects.
Jul 29, 2009 - Bill Opalka - Renewable Energy World.Com
The U.S. military is not just setting standards in the areas of advanced weaponry. It's also leading the renewable energy charge. It's involved in solar, geothermal and wind projects and its stake in the field will continue to grow.
July 29, 2009 - Ken Bosson - Sun Day Campaign
Washington DC -- According to the latest issue of the "Monthly Energy Review" by the U.S. Energy Information Administration, production of renewable energy for the first third of 2009 (i.e., January 1 – April 30) was six percent higher compared to the same time period in 2008. Moreover, renewable energy accounted for 11.1 percent of domestic energy production in April 2009 and exceeded the amount contributed by nuclear power.
Jul 13, 2009 - DESERTEC
Australia can play an influential global role as a path-breaking, innovative 'early responder' to climate change, according to Nobel Prize-winning climate change guru Al Gore.
Jul 6, 2009 - The Nation/All Africa Global Media
Kenya is fast-tracking its plan to boost renewable energy as hydro power increasingly becomes unreliable due to erratic rains.
Jul 5, 2009 - Daily Breeze
Even with the prospects of higher rates, Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa is pushing to speed the conversion of the Department of Water and Power from cheap coal power to expanded use of renewable energy.
Jun 28, 2009 - Xinhua
The Sri Lankan government said Sunday that it has designed a national energy plan for the development of wind and bio mass energy resource, making the renewable energy to meet 10 percent of the island's energy needs by the year of 2016.
Jun 25, 2009 - Natural Resources Canada
The Vienna-based Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Partnership (REEEP) announced on May 8, 2009 the winners of its 7th project funding cycle. In a highly competitive process, 49 projects in 25 countries were selected for funding out of a total of 694 project concepts received from around the world.
Jun 25, 2009 - Renewable Energy World.com
Eight Baltic Sea states have launched an action plan to connect Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia to EU energy networks, a strategy that should boost opportunities for renewable energy development.
Jun 3, 2009 - Environmental Defense Fund
Los Angeles County has more businesses than any other county in California that stand to benefit from the state's leadership on climate change, according to a first-of-its-kind map of green businesses in California released today. The map was released in conjunction with a report outlining how the Los Angeles area can leverage its environmental leadership to create economic opportunities.
Jun 1, 2009 - Robynne Boyd - Scientific American
The 50th state's call for energy sovereignty could set the pace for the rest of the nation.
May 7, 2009 - Carnegie Institution for Science
STANFORD, CA - Researchers writing in the online edition of the May 7 Science magazine say the best bet is to convert the biomass to electricity, rather than ethanol. They calculate that, compared to ethanol used for internal combustion engines, bioelectricity used for battery-powered vehicles would deliver an average of 80% more miles of transportation per acre of crops, while also providing double the greenhouse gas offsets to mitigate climate change.
Renewable energies (RE) represent a cornerstone to steer our energy system in the direction of sustainability and supply security. Generating electricity, heat or biofuels from renewable energy sources has become a high priority in the energy policy strategies at national level as well as at a global scale. Challenging goals for these “new” supply options to meet our energy demands have been set, e.g. at European level by the commitment of meeting 20% of the overall energy demand from renewable energy sources by 2020.
April 1, 2009 - Stewart Taggart
A massive retirement of coal-fired power plants looms around the world. The resulting 'upgrade cycle' presents a once-in-a-generation opportunity to make real progress against climate change. Best of all, the opportunity is being offered on a silver platter. The real question is, what energy source will be ready to replace coal-fired power?
Mar 23, 2009 - Energy Central
According to the latest figures published by the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) in its "Electric Power Monthly" report released on March 24, 2009, non-hydro renewable sources of electricity enjoyed double-digit growth during the past year while coal, natural gas, and petroleum experienced notable declines and nuclear power remained stagnant.
Jan 28, 2009 - EERE Network News
The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) was founded on Monday in Bonn, Germany, and 75 nations have already signed a compact to join the new agency. IRENA is an intergovernmental organization for renewable energy, and it aims to become a driving force in the promotion of a rapid transition towards the widespread global use of renewable energy.
Dec 26, 2008 - Deseret News (Salt Lake City)
Old Man Winter, it turns out, is no friend of renewable energy. This time of year, wind turbine blades ice up, biodiesel congeals in tanks and solar panels produce less power because there is not as much sun. And perhaps most irritating to the people who own them, the panels become covered with snow, rendering them useless even in bright winter sunshine.
Dec. 11, 2008 - ScienceDaily
The best ways to improve energy security, mitigate global warming and reduce the number of deaths caused by air pollution are blowing in the wind and rippling in the water, not growing on prairies or glowing inside nuclear power plants, says Mark Z. Jacobson, a professor of civil and environmental engineering at Stanford.
Nov. 7, 2008 - The Associated Pres
U.N. climate chief Yvo de Boer said Friday it is essential that industrialized countries speed up the transfer of clean energy technology to poorer ones to help tackle global warming.
Oct 30, 2008 - UNEP - insnet.org
Mobilizing and re-focusing the global economy towards investments in clean technologies and 'natural' infrastructure such as forests and soils is the best bet for real growth, combating climate change and triggering an employment boom in the 21st century.
October, 2008 - Vol. X - Louis B. Schwartz - China Strategies LLC
China's extraordinary economic growth and heavy reliance on increasingly expensive foreign oil, the vast environmental toll that is one of the most apparent costs of China's economic success, persistent rural poverty in China and periodic power shortages all have impressed upon Beijing that renewable energy must be a large part of China's economy if China is to both complete its economic transformation and achieve "energy security".
October, 2008 - Scientific American
Promising technologies to wean the world from fossil fuels, including offshore wind, solar, geothermal and hydrogen cars, among others
Aug 29, 2007 - RenewableEnergyFocus.com
BONN, Germany - Green power should receive a share of the US$148 billion that will be needed by 2030 to reduce GHG emissions, according to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.
Jul 21, 2008 - Jim Gogek - RenewableEnergyWorld.com
University of California, San Diego, a university that considers itself to be one of the nation's greenest college campuses, has begun construction on a sustainable energy program that it says is among the largest in the nation by a university.
Jul 17, 2008 - Dina Cappiello - The Associated Press
Former Vice President Al Gore called Thursday for a "man on the moon" effort to switch all of the nation's electricity production to wind, solar and other carbon-free sources within 10 years, a goal that he said would solve global warming as well as economic and natural security crises caused by dependence on fossil fuels.
Jun 30, 2008 - The Associated Press
NEW DELHI (AP) — India's prime minister announced a plan Monday to combat global warming by focusing on renewable energy, even as he stood by a refusal to commit to greenhouse gas emission targets that could stall the country's economic growth.
Jun 25, 2008 - Asia Pulse Data Source
South Korean researchers and Samsung SDI Co. said Tuesday that they have developed a window that can be used to generate electric power.
Jun 20, 2008 - Xinhua
The Dutch government said it will invest 7.5 billion euros in energy supply between now and 2011 with priority given to renewable energy, energy saving and CO2 reduction in order to reduce the country's dependency on oil and gas, Dutch newspapers reported on Thursday.
Jun 15, 2008 - The Associated Press
New Zealand will ban traditional light bulb sales from October 2009 to cut greenhouse gas emissions and save up to half a billion U.S. dollars a year in energy costs, the government said Tuesday.
Jun 6, 2008 - Jennifer Bowles - McClatchy-Tribune-Regional-News
A rush to build environmentally friendly renewable energy in the windy, sunny Inland region has stirred up some unlikely foes: environmentalists.
Jun 5, 2008 - Miami Herald
A study by the University of Massachusetts says the push to be environmentally conscious may provide opportunities for workers in a variety of industries. Construction people for building retrofitting, engineers and transportation people for mass transit, welders and many others for energy efficient cars, steel workers for wind power, a variety of assemblers for solar power — all could benefit from the move to green.
Jun 3, 2008 - Antara News
Jakarta - President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono again challenged experts in energy to find new energy resources to replace fossil energy, a minister said.
May 13, 2008 - The Scotsman
Scotland is on the brink of a green jobs revolution with 50,000 posts expected to be created in the next decade, careers experts claim.
May 9, 2008 - Wind Energy Weekly
Renewable energy trade association representatives gathered last Tuesday on Capitol Hill for a well-attended climate change briefing, where they presented a united message on renewable resources' potential to help combat global warming and the policies needed to deploy renewable energy at the levels necessary to achieve carbon reduction goals.
Apr 27, 2008 - The Augusta Chronicle
When 1,800 workers lost their jobs after a Maytag appliance factory and headquarters closed last year in Newton, Iowa, a wind turbine blade company saw opportunity - an available, skilled workforce in the middle of one of America's hardiest wind energy production regions.
Apr 16, 2008 - Laura Mcvicker - The Columbian - McClatchy-Tribune Regional News
Vancouver, Wash. - During his overseas trips, Michel Maupoux sleeps on classroom floors, makes a bed in strangers' homes or takes a tent into a remote village. For days, he lives without electricity.
At the same time, he teaches villagers how to use solar energy to manufacture light or run water pumps -- to do the exact thing he promises to live without.
Mar, 2008 - CleanEdge
Amid a challenging economic outlook—plummeting housing prices, rising foreclosure rates, record-high oil prices, sinking consumer confidence, looming recession—2007 was another banner year for clean energy, with no signs of a slowdown in 2008. Solar, wind, biofuels, geothermal, energy intelligence, hybrid- and all-electric vehicles, advanced batteries, green buildings, and other clean-energy-related technologies and markets provided bright spots in an otherwise sluggish economy.
Mar 12, 2008 - EERE Network News
The global use of renewable energy sources continued its rapid growth in 2007, with 40 gigawatts of new renewable energy capacity added throughout the world, according to a new report. That capacity growth, which includes large hydropower, brings the world's renewable energy generating capacity to more than a thousand gigawatts. Excluding large hydropower, renewable generating capacity grew by 33 gigawatts to a total of 240 gigawatts, a 16% annual growth rate. At 95 gigawatts, wind power is the largest of the newer renewable energy sources, while grid-connected solar photovoltaic systems increased by 53%, reaching 7.8 gigawatts.
Mar 11, 2008 - Barry Hatton - The Associated Press
Broad fields of giant solar panels as big as houses tilt toward the sun in this torrid patch of the Iberian peninsula.
Feb 5, 2008 - Wind energy Weekly
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and Hawaii Governor Linda Lingle (R) announced the signing of a memorandum of understanding for DOE to partner with the state and help it reach a goal of using renewable energy resources to supply 70% of its power needs by 2030.
Jan 2, 2008 - Jane Burgermeister - renewableenergyaccess.com
Wind and solar power are at the heart of a big new push by the French government to increase the renewable share of the country's total energy consumption from 6.7 percent in 2004 to 20 percent by 2020.
Dec 26, 2007 - Joe McDonald - The Associated Press
China promised Wednesday to develop renewable energy for its fast-growing economy but warned that coal consumption will grow dramatically and avoided embracing binding limits on its greenhouse gas emissions.
Dec 26, 2007 - Voice of America News/ContentWorks
With virtually no oil or natural gas resources of its own, Germany relies on Russia for 20 percent of its oil and one-third of its gas imports. But with Russia displaying a willingness to use oil as a political weapon, Germany is placing new emphasis on achieving energy independence - especially by developing alternative energy sources. As part of his series on the politics of oil, VOA's Brian Padden reports how German efforts to reduce pollution have led to new ways to produce energy.
Dec 19, 2007 - EERE Network News
DOE's Energy Information Administration (EIA) is now projecting renewable energy to experience 23% faster growth between now and 2030 than previously anticipated. The EIA's latest "Annual Energy Outlook" foresees renewable energy providing 12.2 quadrillion Btu (quads) of energy by 2030, up from only 9.9 quads in last year's outlook. For comparison, total U.S. energy use was 100 quads in 2006 and is projected to increase to 123.8 quads by 2030. The EIA projections include hydropower, which is expected to increase from 2.89 quads in 2006 to 3 quads in 2015, staying level after that. In contrast, biomass energy is projected to increase from 2.97 quads in 2006 to 5.52 quads in 2030, an 86% increase, while "other renewable energy" is projected to increase from 0.88 quads in 2006 to 2.49 quads in 2030, a nearly threefold increase. And this is just the EIA's reference case, often characterized as the "business as usual" case; a full EIA report examining alternative scenarios will be released early in 2008.
Dec 4, 2007 - NGI's Power Market Today
While technically and administratively California's grid can absorb renewable generation sources at the 20% level by 2010, according to a recently completed report by the California Independent System Operator (CAISO), how much the transformation will cost and who pays for it are still unknown, CAISO CEO Yakout Mansour said Monday during a news media briefing on the grid operator's new demand response lab.
Dec 2, 2007 - San Francisco Chronicle
A renewable-energy boom is under way in the Southern California desert. The region's open, empty spaces have room for big projects - such as vast solar energy farms - that can generate energy on a grand scale while producing few, if any, greenhouse gases. Dozens of new solar and geothermal generating stations have been proposed, from Lancaster to the Arizona and Mexico borders. They won't be cheap to build, possibly raising the costs Californians pay for power. But with the state's utilities scrambling to find more renewable energy, the projects are moving forward.
Nov 28, 2007 - The Herald, Glasgow (UK)
The Scottish Government yesterday announced higher targets for the amount of electricity that comes from green sources.Ministers want 31per cent of Scotland's electricity to come from renewable sources by 2011, and they have set a target of 50per cent of all electricity from renewables by 2020. That compares with the previous aim of having 40per cent of electricity generated from such sources by 2020.
Nov 17, 2007 - China Daily
China would likely achieve and could even exceed its target of obtaining 15 percent of its energy from renewables by 2020, according to a new report released by the Worldwatch Institute.
Nov 16, 2007 - Jennifer Runyon - renewableenergyaccess.com
Symbolic though it may be, it cannot go unnoticed that China's richest man, according to the Forbes Magazine's 2006 annual list of billionaires, is the CEO of solar cell producer, SunTech Power Holdings. Even though virtually all of the company's product is exported, (coal provides most of China's energy) it's clear that the role renewable energy plays in China's future will continue to increase.
Nov 14, 2007 - Wind Energy Weekly
A report from the Government Accountability Office (GAO) comparing federal electricity subsidies by fuel type shows that renewables such as wind still get only a small share of the overall subsidies awarded to the energy sector.
November/December, 2007 - Frank Zaski - Solar today
For international security, foreign aid should include renewable energy and efficiency.
Nov 1, 2007 - Media Release - www.house.gov
Two members of the Select Committee on Energy Independence and Global Warming, U.S. Reps. Jay Inslee (D-Wash.) and Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore.), today introduced legislation in the House that would make renewable electricity produced in rural areas available to urban energy users.
Oct 31, 2007 - Wind Energy Weekly
A recently released report from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) highlights a potential supply and demand mismatch in renewable energy in the coming years as a result of renewable energy certificate (RECs) purchases, utility green pricing program options, and state renewable electricity standards (RES).
Oct 19, 2007 - Wind Energy Weekly
The nation's transmission operators and utilities will increasingly need to accommodate a much larger portion of generation from growing amounts of renewable energy resources such as wind power coming online, the North American Electric Reliability Corp. (NERC) said in its latest annual “Long Term Reliability Assessment.”
Oct 10, 2007 - The Scotsman
The UK energy minister yesterday signalled he was prepared to intervene in a row that threatens to damage Scotland's potential to become a green-energy powerhouse.
Oct 10, 2007 - Thomson Financial
The Indian Ministry of New and Renewable Energy said it has signed a memorandum of understanding on renewable energy cooperation with Iceland.
Oct 10, 2007 - The Associated Press
A U.N.-backed initiative is set to harvest environment-friendly hydroelectric power from millions of tea and sugar cane growers across East Africa, U.N. officials said Thursday.
Oct 8, 2007 - McClatchy-Tribune Information Services
Coal-powered utilities, under intense pressure to cut carbon emissions, say the country needs the electricity that coal generates and they need time to enact controls on discharges. Groups like the Sierra Club, however, want an immediate end to coal's use -- in the United States and around the world -- to slow global warming.
Oct 4, 2007 - Paul Davidson - USA Today
Demand for renewable energy is outstripping supply, pushing up prices and raising the specter that some states may not meet clean-energy mandates.
Sep 28, 2007 - Asia In Focus
In the past eight months, China has shut down 253 small coal-fired generating units that were heavy energy consumers and emitters, and replaced them with high-efficiency generators that has cut yearly coal consumption by 13.5 million tons and CO2 emissions by 27 million tons. Vice-Premier Zeng Peiyan said this while inaugurating the second forum on China-Japan Energy Saving and Environmental Protection yesterday.
Sep 25, 2007 - Xinhua
The Nepali government and the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) have signed a 1.9 million-U.S.-dollar rural energy project for a period of three years.
Sep 25, 2007 - News Release - California Energy Commission
Sacramento - Imagine solar mirrors shimmering in the sun and wind turbines harnessing the wind by generating thousands of megawatts of clean, green power from remote California deserts and hillsides.
Sep 24, 2007 - UPI
A study suggests the wisest energy strategy for many nations is to move away from reliance on large-scale centralized coal and nuclear plants.
Sep 21, 2007 - Wind Energy Weekly
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) introduced September 20 a bill to establish “National Renewable Energy Zones” to improve the development and transmission of renewable energy. AWEA praised Sen. Reid for proposing this legislation and released the following statement:
Sep 20, 2007 - Xinhua
Experts warned here on Thursday that the development of the peaceful use of nuclear energy in the world would face severe challenges over the next 25 years.
Sep 20, 2007 - CNN.com
Iceland may be best known for world-famous musical export Bjork but there's a new star quickly gaining this island nation worldwide acclaim -- clean energy.
Sep 19, 2007 - Clearing Up - energycentral.com
Retiring some existing coal-fired plants and replacing their output with cleaner resources is the key to maintaining or lowering carbon dioxide emissions from the regional electric sector, according to a new Northwest Power and Conservation Council paper.
Sep 19, 2007 - NGI's Power Market Today
Fossil fuels will continue to play an important role in energy supply in the decades to come, but every effort has to be made to develop cleaner, more efficient energy technologies that include renewables and nuclear power, according to the World Energy Council (WEC).
Sep 18, 2007 - Internationnal Herald Tribune
Despite the growing political commitment to tackling global warming, individual energy use and carbon emissions in the leading industrial countries have actually increased in recent years, the new head of a major energy advisory group said Monday. Nobuo Tanaka, the first non-European chosen to lead the International Energy Agency, said during an interview that Europe, Canada, Australia and particularly the United States had to do much more to increase energy efficiency if they wanted to have any credibility when calling on India and China to act.
Sep 10, 2007 - GreenBuzz
I've long maintained that human resource managers are the real drivers of sustainability inside mainstream companies. Every time I see how-to advice on greening a company that includes the suggestion to "get top-management buy-in," I think, "Sure, but what about everyone else?"
Sep 4, 2007 - The Associated Press
BEIJING - China on Tuesday announced details of its plans to increase the use of renewable energy in an attempt to cut pollution and greenhouse gas emissions.
Aug 29, 2007 - Renewable Energy Focus
BONN, Germany, August 29, 2007. Green power should receive a share of the US$148 billion that will be needed by 2030 to reduce GHG emissions, according to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.
Aug 2007 - LEDs Magazine Replacing a fluorescent tube with an LED luminaire becomes very easy when you don't need to worry about drivers, ballasts and wiring, writes Tim Whitaker.
Aug 22, 2007 - Jordan Schrader - USA Today
RALEIGH, N.C. — Some focus on the sun, others on the wind, and at least one includes a role for pig power. While the particulars vary, state laws requiring electric utilities to use renewable energy sources to help curb greenhouse-gas emissions and meet growing power demands are rapidly becoming the norm.
Aug 13, 2007 - New Straits Times
Aug 8, 2007 - Press Release - PowerSpan
(Portsmouth, NH) BP Alternative Energy and Powerspan Corp. today announced their collaborative agreement to develop and commercialize Powerspan’s carbon dioxide (CO2) capture technology, called “ECO2™,” for power plants. The scope of the agreement includes financial and technical support for pilot demonstration and commercial scale-up activities, which may include joint development of large-scale demonstration projects that would capture CO2 from power station flue gas. The captured CO2 would be sent for secure, long-term storage deep underground. Use of ECO2 for large scale capture and storage of CO2 from power plants represents a major option for reducing greenhouse gases.
Aug 8, 2007 - Powernews
Opposition in Nevada is rapidly building against plans for three new coal-fired plants in the state. Most telling for the opponents of the projects is the opposition of the state's most important political leader, U.S. Sen. Harry Reid, the Senate majority leader.
Aug 6, 2007 - Asia Pulse
China's renewable energy enterprises will be given "special protection" by the government from September 1
Jul 30, 2007 - Wind Energy Weekly
It's official: a renewable energy advocate is leading the National Governors Association (NGA). In his first act as NGA chair, at the closing plenary session of the association’s annual meeting, Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty (R) announced the foremost initiative he will undertake while holding the chair seat: "Securing a Clean Energy Future."
Jul 20, 2007 - MONICA HATCHER - MiamiHerald.com
In the effort to clean the atmosphere of toxic carbon pollution, business leaders meeting Friday at the Summit on Global Climate Change seemed to agree that going green means more of the green stuff in the future. ''What's good for the environment is good for business,'' said Lorraine Bolsinger, a vice president with GE, who spoke along with business representatives on two panels at the summit that ends later Friday.
Jun 25, 2007 - Sacramento
The California Energy Commission today announced the launch of the Western Renewable Energy Generation Information System (WREGIS), a renewable energy registry and tracking system for electricity generation.
Jun 22, 2007 - SciDev.Net/All Africa Global Media
Developing countries have increased investment in renewable energy, accounting for one-fifth of the world's total last year, according to a report by the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) released today (21 June).
Jun 20, 2007 - Asia Pulse Data Source
India needs to pursue an integrated approach to energy planning as high economic growth equaling or exceeding eight per cent would create much larger demand for energy in the next few decades, a study has said.
Jun 13, 2007 - RenewableEnergyAccess.com
Casper, Wyoming [RenewableEnergyAccess.com] Western states are on track to surpass a 2004 goal of adding 30,000 megawatts of "clean and diversified" energy generation in the region by 2015, according to a report from the Western Governors' Association. The report released [June 17] said 80,000 megawatts is possible with better cooperation from the federal government. The report came out as the Western Governors' Association began its annual conference in Deadwood, S.D.
Jun 12, 2007 Worldbank.org
WASHINGTON - The World Bank Board of Executive Directors today approved US$9.5 million provided by the Global Environment Facility to fund renewable energy electricity supplies for rural communities in Papua New Guinea, the Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, Fiji and the Republic of the Marshall Islands.
Jun 6, 2007 - IEA Report
PARIS, France - The International Energy Agency will table a final report to the G8 meeting in Japan next year that will establish "a degree of consensus on the priority issues" to integrate green power into electricity grids.
May 7, 2007 - Christopher Leonard - The Associated Press
Thirteen university presidents from around the world declared Monday that studying energy and the environment are the most important fields for researchers.
Apr 23, 2007 - Business Wire
Florida Power & Light Company (NYSE:FPL) today announced it has issued a request for proposals (RFP) to identify and select new renewable generation resources that will help the company enhance its fuel diversity and maintain system reliability while providing cost-effective power to its customers.
Apr 23, 2007- Michael Casey - The Associated Press
Environmental Writer Printer Friendly After two reports predicting a warmer Earth where life is fundamentally changed, a U.N.-sponsored scientific panel next month will issue a third study describing how a united world can avert the worst, by embracing technologies ranging from nuclear power to manure controls.
Apr 9, 2007 - Asia Pulse Data Source
New Delhi, India will be dependent on renewable sources such as solar, hydro and biofuels to meet 50 per cent of its energy requirements by 2050. Through the use efficiency measures the country will also be able to reduce 50 per cent of its energy consumption.
Mar 22, 2007 - The Associated Press
LISBON, Portugal: Portugal plans investments of euro8.1 billion (US$10.8 billion) in renewable energy projects over the next five years, a government official said Thursday.
Mar 19, 2007 - Xinhua
Greek Development Minister Dimitris Sioufas on Monday signed a ministerial decision on licensing of electricity production from renewable energy sources and high-performance heating electricity co-production in the country.
Mar 13, 2007 - AsiaPulse
The US Commerce Department has asked American companies to exploit opportunities in clean technologies for energy generation in India and China.
Mar 6, 2007 - The Associated Press
Sunny, windy New Mexico is the "clean energy state," Gov. Bill Richardson said Monday as he signed into law two measures that encourage the production of electricity from renewable sources.
Feb 15, 2007 - The Associated Press
Legislation intended to promote the generation and transmission of electricity from clean, renewable sources was whisked through the House on Wednesday.
Feb 14, 2007 - EERE Network News
The Secretariat of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) announced Monday that an 8.75-megawatt wind facility in Gujurat, India, is the 500th project to be registered under the Kyoto Protocol's Clean Development Mechanism (CDM). The Kyoto Protocol specifies greenhouse gas reduction requirements for its participating countries, but allows countries to earn credits toward those requirements through emissions-reducing investments in developing countries. Even though developing countries don't have specific reduction goals, the CDM helps reduce the growth of green.
Jan 24, 2007 - Refocus
In 2005, the United States derived 6% of its energy from renewables, the same level as in 1973, according to an analysis by the Government Accountability Office.
Jan 22, 2007 - Asia Pulse Data Source
Iceland is a fundamental proof that it is possible within the lifetime of one generation to transform the energy system of our countries, said President of Iceland Olafur Ragnar Grimsson at the World Forum Energy Summit (WFES) which opened Monday at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre.
Jan 19, 2007 - The Associated Press
The government on Friday unveiled plans to cut the use of fossil fuels by up to 15 percent and double renewable energy sources within 18 years - in a drive for cleaner fuel and greater self-sufficiency.
Renewable energies are essential contributors to the energy supply portfolio as they contribute to world energy supply security, reducing dependency of fossil fuel resources, and provide greenhouse gases mitigating opportunities. Differences in defi nition and lack of adequate data complicated the discussion between participants on these key issues. The International Energy Agency
believes that a fact sheet can be of use to all in order to facilitate the debate on the past, current and future place and role of renewables in total energy supply.
Dec 4, 2006 - GreenBiz.com
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is asking Fortune 500 companies double their current level of green power purchasing.
Nov 30, 2006 - Worldwatch Institute
China’s Ministry of Finance and the State Environmental Protection Administration (SEPA) have announced that starting in 2007, the nation’s central and provincial governments will prioritize their purchasing of environmentally friendly products and services. The government’s new “green procurement” policy will be implemented at all levels of jurisdiction starting in 2008.
Nov 29, 2006 - Refocus Weekly
Emissions of carbon dioxide from renewable energy facilities in the United States have doubled since 1990, according to government reports.
Nov 22, 2006 - Refocus Weekly
Switching the U.S. economy to run on renewable energies could save money and reduce pollution, with visible benefits within a decade, says a national think tank.
Nov 21, 2006 - Brigitte Weidlich Windhoek - The Namibian
NAMIBIA will soon have its own regulatory framework and technical standards for the use of appliances powered by renewable energies such as solar or wind power.
Nov 21, 2006 - California Energy Markets
Venture capitalists are coming in droves to throw millions of dollars at California companies that specialize in clean-energy technology, spurred on by the state's promotion of renewable energy and greenhouse-gas emissions reductions.
Nov 14, 2006 - Wind Energy Weekly
The manufacturing of renewables components such as wind turbines and solar panels could create 42,000 new jobs in Pennsylvania and 23,000 new jobs in Ohio if the right federal and state incentives are put in place, according to two studies released by the Apollo Alliance. In addition, the studies found, thousands of firms in each state could benefit from the expanded manufacturing activity.
Nov 14, 2006 - UPI
European government promotion of renewable fuels will increase that market's value from $11.39 billion in 2005 to $18.63 billion in 2010, a study said.
Nov 8, 2006 - Xinhua
Italy and China signed an agreement on Wednesday to exploit marine current to generate electricity, a move aimed at promoting renewable energy in China.
Nov 8, 2006 - EERE Network
Under Secretary of State for Democracy and Global Affairs Dr. Paula J. Dobriansky today announced that the United States and the other five Partner nations of the Asia-Pacific Partnership on Clean Development and Climate have endorsed detailed Action Plans and nearly 100 collaborative projects and activities to implement this initiative. The announcement was made in remarks to experts from all Partner nations gathered in Columbus, Ohio, to attend a week-long series of site visits organized and hosted by American Electric Power, one of the private sector partners.
Nov 7, 2006 - BBC News
Using cleaner and more efficient energy not only helps the environment but also makes economic sense, according to the International Energy Agency (IEA).
Oct 25, 2006 - Refocus Weekly
More than 150 organizations and businesses from 38 states have endorsed the 'Sustainable Energy Blueprint' for the United States. The policy document was developed by member groups of the Sustainable Energy Coalition to outline "a plausible strategy and timeframe for rapidly expanding the use of energy efficient and renewable energy technologies to enable a dramatic reduction in greenhouse gases, while simultaneously phasing out nuclear power and ending most energy imports," explains co-ordinator Ken Bossong.
Oct 22, 2006 - Asia Pulse Data Source
The government has re-christened the Ministry of Non-conventional Energy Sources as Ministry of New and Renewable Energy. "The new name gives a more positive outlook to the ministry as compared to the earlier name," a Petroleum and Natural Gas Ministry official said.
Oct 11, 2006 - Gilbert Le Gras - Reuters
The world's top polluting nations agreed new energy-generating technologies are needed to curb global warming and developing countries asked rich states for training and know-how, a World Bank official said on Wednesday.
Oct 9, 2006 - Greenbiz.com
Nearly 150 companies, environmental organizations, and others have released a "Sustainable Energy Blueprint," a policy paper outlining a "plausible strategy for achieving a no-nuclear, low-carbon, highly-efficient and sustainable energy future."
Oct 8, 2006 - Euractive.com
With a contribution of 80 million euro over four years, the Commission wants to start a new global risk-capital fund which should mobilise private and public investments in both renewables and energy efficiency in developing countries.
Oct 4, 2006 - TurkishPress.com
ISTANBUL - Turkey and Germany reached an agreement in principle concerning renewable energy, Turkish Minister of Energy and Natural Resources Hilmi Guler said after a bilateral meeting with German Minister of Environment.
Oct 4, 2006 - Asia Pulse Data Source
China will step up investments in projects involving development of bio-energy and other alternative energies between 2006 and 2010 to ensure energy security and maintain its high economic growth.
Sep 12, 2006 - Asia In Focus
China is expecting a wave of investment in renewable new energy sources and domestic and foreign investors widely agree that the development of new energy in China will generate great business opportunities, according to speakers at the Tenth China International Fair for Investment and Trade (CIFIT) in Xiamen. It is estimated that China will need to invest about 800 billion yuan (US$100.5 billion) in new energy in the years to 2020.
Aug 24, 2006 - Tim Mekeel - accessmylibrary.com
Another source of "green" energy has been found right under our noses. Two energy companies will begin construction as early as October of a $10 million system at Conestoga Landfill that will capture its methane gas -- created by decomposing trash -- and ship it via pipelines to area industry.
Aug 21, 2006 - The America's Intelligence Wire
Austria is launching a project to drastically reduce its dependence on oil and other fossil fuels by next year, government officials said Monday, unveiling a plan to expand sources of renewable energy. The project, called Masterplan Environmental Technology, will utilize a network of 40 companies, organizations, universities and research institutes working with the government, Environmental Minister Joseph Proell said at a news conference.
Aug 16, 2006 - Fortune Magazine - CNNMoney.com
One tank full of the latest craze in alternative energy could feed one person for a year, Lester Brown tells Fortune. The growing myth that corn is a cure-all for our energy woes is leading us toward a potentially dangerous global fight for food. While crop-based ethanol -the latest craze in alternative energy - promises a guilt-free way to keep our gas tanks full, the reality is that overuse of our agricultural resources could have consequences even more drastic than, say, being deprived of our SUVs. It could leave much of the world hungry.
Aug 4, 2006 - Paul Sisco - voanews.com
Some Americans say fossil fuel dependency is a national addiction. But there is one nation that seems well on the way to kicking the habit.
Jul 31, 2006 - Renewableenergyworld.com
India's renewable energy market is estimated at half a billion dollars and is experiencing annual double-digit growth. Looking to keep up with demand, Indian businesses will be visiting the U.S. as part of an inbound trade mission to explore sourcing and partnership opportunities with American companies. The event, sponsored by the U.S. Commercial Service under the auspices of the Asia Pacific Partnership for Clean Development & Climate, will include stops in Chicago and Los Angeles, August 7 and 9. Renewable Energy Access.com recently discussed India's renewable energy market with Preetha Nair, Senior Commercial Service specialist at the U.S. Embassy in New Delhi.
Jul 27, 2006 - Greenpeace SEAsia
Greenpeace today welcomed ASEAN Energy Ministers' joint statement which commits to strengthening renewable energy development in Southeast Asia as the 24th ASEAN Energy Ministers Meeting in Laos winds down. The environmental group also expressed hope that this was not mere rhetoric but will translate to real policies and a massive renewable energy uptake in the region. According to Greenpeace, Southeast Asia is home to some of the largest renewable energy resources in the world.
Jul 19, 2006 - Forbes.com
A year ago, Congress passed out billions in tax breaks to all manner of energy producers, from wind farms to oil drillers. But not all industries were treated equally. The heavyweights--oil and gas producers, and the coal and nuclear industries--got lots of time to build their operations and claim their credits. For example, the companies that won $1.3 billion in credits to build "clean" coal facilities have seven years from the allocation of the credits to be up and running.
Jul 6, 2006 - America.gov
The renewable energy sector is about to turn a corner. Commercially available and economically competitive in many locations, renewables will further U.S. national interests by helping end our addiction to oil and begin to address the issue of global warming. The industry is poised for Phase II, putting America’s 30-year, $15 billion investment in research, development, and demonstration of renewable energy technologies to use in the marketplace.
Jun 28, 2006 - Refocus Weekly
PARIS, France, June 28, 2006 (Refocus Weekly) The world must "act urgently and decisively" to promote renewable energies, says the International Energy Agency.
Jun 23, 2006 - Press Release - Environmental and Energy Study Institute
WASHINGTON, DCOn June 20, the Sustainable Energy Coalition (SEC) and the House and Senate
Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Caucuses hosted the Renewable Energy & Energy Efficiency
Expo and Policy Forum to demonstrate how sustainable energy technologies can meet America's energy
needs now as well as in the near- and long-term future. Companies representing the biomass, combined heat
and power (CHP), geothermal, hydropower, small distributed technology, solar, and wind industries
revealed to visitors that their technologies are already available to free us from our dependence on foreign
oil, slash greenhouse gas emissions and improve the reliability of our power grid.
Jun 19, 2006 - Renewables News
The UK can meet its energy needs and reduce the impact of climate change by increasing the use of renewable energy, says a study produced for the WWF conservation group.
Jun 17, 2006 - Horizon Solutions Site - solutions-site.org
A growing portion of U.S. states’ electricity is being provided by renewable energy, according to a report released on June 14 by the Pew Center on Global Climate Change
Jun 14, 2006 - People's Daily Online
China's Ministry of Finance (MOF) and State Development and Reform Commission (SDRC) are in talks to establish a special fund for the development of renewable energy, the China Securities Journal reported on Tuesday.
Jun 14, 2006 - Press Release - pewclimate.org
A growing portion of U.S. states’ electricity is being provided by renewable energy, according to a report released today by the Pew Center on Global Climate Change.
Jun 14, 2006 - California ISO (Independent System Operator) Corporation
Thousands of megawatts in new wind, geothermal and solar generation due on line in California over the next five years to meet…
Jun 8, 2006 - Institute for Local Self-Reliance - ilsr.org
Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty has signed into law H.F. 3718, the nation’s first law promoting plug-in hybrid, flexible-fueled vehicles.
May 17, 2006 - People's Daily Online
China has become the top investor in renewable energy in the world, experts said Tuesday at the ongoing forum for decentralized sustainable energy solutions in China.
May 3, 2006 - Local News - boston.com
The Massachusetts Institute of Technology is planning an ambitious effort to solve the world's energy problems, including spending at least $25 million annually on new research, according to a report set to be released today.
May 2006 - National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Our appetite for electricity is insatiable. By 2025, global demand is projected to reach more than 26 trillion kilowatt-hours (kWh) per year. That’s a lot of power, almost double the 13.6 trillion kWh the planet consumed in 2000.
Apr 5, 2006 - Refocus Weekly
April 5, 2006 (Refocus Weekly) Renewables provided 13.3% of the world’s total primary energy supply in 2003, with non-hydro and non-combustible renewables providing 0.5% of both commercial and non-commercial energy.
Jan 26, 2006 - renewableenergyworld.com
A bill under consideration in New Mexico could create the essential groundwork for the state to become a large-scale net-exporter of renewable energy produced from the state's abundant natural resources.
Jan 10, 2006 - SustainableBusiness.com
The biggest threat to America and its values today is not communism, authoritarianism or Islamism. It's petrolism. Petrolism is my term for the corrupting, antidemocratic governing practices - in oil states from Russia to Nigeria and Iran - that result from a long run of $60-a-barrel oil. Petrolism is the politics of using oil income to buy off one's citizens with subsidies and government jobs, using oil and gas exports to intimidate or buy off one's enemies, and using oil profits to build up one's internal security forces and army to keep oneself ensconced in power, without any transparency or checks and balances.
Dec 31, 2005 -Business Practices
If you've been engaged in the green business world for any length of time, you know the short story: there's good news and bad. Herewith is a top-ten list of sorts: five reasons for optimism, and five reasons for concern, about the state of business and the environment.
Nov 26-30, 2005 - WREA
"All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights." This first article of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights articulates a basic human commitment. Only by respecting this commitment, a humane life in peace can be assured. Energy is the fundamental prerequisite of every life. The availability of energy is a fundamental and indivisible human right.
Nov 9, 2005 - Refocus Weekly
Energy from emerging renewables will grow faster than any other source in the world until 2030, increasing at 6.2% per year, according to the latest forecast from the International Energy Agency.
Aug 23, 2005 - renewableenergyworld.com
In the future, few things will be more important than ample supplies of clean water to ensure economic success, good health and political stability across the globe. Every day solar and wind energy systems are saving billions of gallons of clean water around the world and the opportunity exists to save much more water. Fittingly, "Bringing Water to the World" was one of the major themes at the recent ASES / ISES solar energy conference in Florida. But now it's time the issue was given the attention that it deserves.
Jul 2005 - Peter R. Savage Rports - ResearchandMarkets.com
Renewables quotas are being set for utilities. But how can you meet them? Let this guide on renewables for large-scale power generation show you.
Feb 2, 2005 - alternet.org
In a recent episode of The West Wing, dark horse Democratic presidential candidate Matt Santos (played by Jimmy Smits) condemned ethanol on the grounds that, "Storage is a nightmare."
Jun 7, 2005 - Xan Rice - The Times
"Under the Rift Valley we have a natural resource that can be of huge benefit to Africans," said Mr Obuya, gesturing towards the clouds of steam wafting across the muddy shoreline of Lake Bogoria.
Oct 28-Nov 3, 2004 - Al-Ahram Weekly Online - weekly.ahram.org
A new Egyptian discovery in the field of renewable energy promises to provide cheap electricity and thousands of jobs. But, as Gihan Shahine finds out, nobody seems to care.
Jul 21, 2004 - Solar Access
Lawsuits could be a means to convince major power companies they need to make a real effort toward lowering greenhouse gas emissions.
2004 - Ann Diener - The Light Connection
When the Kyoto Protocol came into effect on February 16, the decision of the United States not to participate carried a significant influence in the world's eyes.
Oct 24, 2001 - Paul R. Epstein and Ross Gelbspan - Globe Newspaper Company
The U.S. been traumatized, since Sept. 11, by the realization of just how vulnerable our society is.
Mar 2, 2001 - United Nations Environment Programme
Over the next two decades, an estimated $9-15 trillion will be invested in new power sector projects.
Feb 20, 2001 - World Watch Magazine
The March/April issue of WORLD WATCH brings together three of the world's best-known fighters for an environmentally sustainable planet.
Jan 7, 2001 - Fred Pearce - The New Scientist Magazine
Forget big generators... in ten years' time we could be making and even selling our own electricity. We might even save the planet.
Dec 17, 2000 - Jason Major
Australian households and industries could produce their own clean, green electricity or draw it from a nearby source under a radical new distribution concept in Australia.
Dec 7, 2000 - National Rural Electric Cooperative Assoc
Journalists are invited to attend a joint announcement by Allen L. Thurgood, the chairman and chief executive officer of 1st Rochdale Cooperative Group, Ltd., and Jim Bausell, the chief operating officer of Touchstone Energy®, unveiling 1st Rochdale's "Green Apple" Renewable Energy Program to alleviate New York City's overburdened electric grid through energy management and renewable and sustainable sources such as solar power and gas turbine, microturbine, and fuel cell technologies.
Dec 6, 2000 - Power Deregulation
With the convergence of strict environmental controls, electricity deregulation, and high oil prices, renewable fuels are back in the limelight -- likely for good.
Dec 4, 2000 - People's Daily Online- Sci-Edu
Beijing is expected to improve its energy consumption structure by exploring new energy resources such as geothermal power, solar energy, bio-energy and wind power to reduce the use of traditional energy resource like coal, gas and oil,
Dec 1, 2000 - Xinhau News Agency
Beijing is expected to improve its energy consumption structure by exploring new energy resources such as geothermal power, solar energy, bio-energy and wind power to reduce the use of traditional energy resource like coal, gas and oil.
Nov 24, 2000 - Douglas Herbert - CNN.com
THE HAGUE, The Netherlands -- There are myriad ways to cut greenhouse gas emissions. You can plant forests to photo-synthetically "vacuum up" excess carbon dioxide belched into the skies.
Aug 14, 2000 - Jeff McDonald - Union-Tribune
Here's one byproduct of the summerlong run-up in energy costs that might pay big dividends down the road: More and more businesses and homeowners are looking at alternative ways to light their offices, power their PCs and tune in their televisions.
Jul 15, 2000 - Seth Dunn - worldwatch.org
Today’s giant coal and nuclear power plants are failing to provide the high-quality, reliable electricity needed to power the new digital economy, according to a new report from the Worldwatch Institute, a Washington, DC-based research organization.
Jan 1999 - James Hansen - Goddard Institute fro Space Studies
In my view, we are not doing as well as we could in the global warming debate. For one thing, we have failed to use the opportunity to help teach the public about how science research works. On the contrary, we often appear to the public to be advocates of fixed adversarial positions. Of course, we can try to blame this on the media and politicians, with their proclivities to focus on antagonistic extremes. But that doesn't really help.
T he KLD Global Climate 100SM Index (GC 100) is a specialty index designed to promote investment in public companies whose activities demonstrate the greatest potential for mitigating immediate and long-term causes of climate change.
. . . a strategy for ending US oil dependence, and is applicable worldwide.
There are many analyses of the oil problem. This synthesis is the first roadmap of the oil solution—one led by business for profit.
"We cannot postpone the development of renewable energy resources any longer," said Senator Salazar. "By bringing together business, non-profit and government stakeholders, I am hopeful the conversations that took place today have built bridges of cooperation towards our common goal: America’s energy independence."
Most American voters think the country is facing an energy crisis and that government and private industry should invest billions of dollars to increase the role renewable fuels play in the nation's economy. Those are the sentiments of a new survey of 1,000 registered voters commissioned by Energy Future Coalition, a nonpartisan public policy initiative in Washington, D.C. The study found:
When Bangladesh gained independence in 1971 it turned to an international co-operative association to help supply electricity to its rural areas. Three decades on the programme begun by the National Rural Electric Co-operative Association (NRECA) is recognised as one of the most successful rural electrification projects in the developing world. It has also proved one of the most effective development initiatives in the whole of Bangladesh.
Viet Nam is accelerating the drawing up of a strategy to develop renewable energy, considering this to be a solution to escape from the "hunger" for energy in the near future, a senior industrial official said.
VIENNA, Austria - Austria is launching a project to drastically reduce its dependence on oil and other fossil fuels by next year, government officials said Monday, unveiling a plan to expand sources of renewable energy.
Housing and Planning Minister Yvette Cooper urged all local authorities to include on-site renewable energy measures in their local development plans to help tackle climate change.
This winter's soaring heating bills will be a painful reminder that we're living in an age of expensive energy. But there's an upside: the business case for renewable sources of energy is warming up quickly.
Tucson Electric Power Inc. ("TEP") and UNS Electric Inc., ("UNSE") hereby issues this Request for Proposal ("RFP") for Renewable Energy Resources.
A carbon constrained world is coming. At least 160 nations have already signed on to the global warming treaty called the Kyoto Protocol while others are taking different approaches to minimizing greenhouse gases thought to cause the phenomenon.
What's so disturbing about President Bush and Dick Cheney is that they talk tough about the necessity of invading Iraq, torturing terror suspects and engaging in domestic spying - all to defend our way of life and promote democracy around the globe.
Carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions continue to rise with a mix of old and new polluters, according to the Little Green Data Book 2006, launched on the occasion of the Fourteenth Session of the United Nations Commission on Sustainable Development (CSD-14).
International delegates agreed on Saturday to the first-ever rules aimed at stopping global warming -- a pact the United States, the world's biggest polluter, has rejected.
Sweden is to take the biggest energy step of any advanced western economy by trying to wean itself off oil completely within 15 years - without building a new generation of nuclear power stations.
Renewables Group ("USRG"), a company organized to acquire, develop and operate renewable energy and clean fuel assets, today announced an initial close of $80 million as part of its plan to raise a total of $250 million in financing.
On a mountaintop overlooking the Pacific Ocean, Steven Cliff collects evidence of an industrial revolution taking place thousands of miles away. The tiny, airborne particles Cliff gathers at an air monitoring station just north of San Francisco drifted over the ocean from coal-fired power plants, smelters, dust storms and diesel trucks in China and other Asian countries.
If the United States is going to end its addiction to oil, the fuel station of the future might look like Pearson Ford Fuel Depot.