What is Bush Talking About?

On February 27, 2006, in Blog, by Richard T. Stuebi

President Bush made a well-publicized speech at Johnson Controls in Milwaukee on Feb. 20, in which he touted advanced technologies that will radically reshape the energy sector. “We’re on the edge of some amazing breakthroughs,” Bush claimed. Bush Feb. 20 Speech I guess the good news is that the President is increasing his efforts from […]

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Wither Shell in renewables?

On February 25, 2006, in Blog, by Peter Beadle

I received an email from a friend last week asking me what I thought Shell’s announcement meant about their intent in Solar. I did not reply directly, not wanting to give a reply that was not based on any more knowledge than he had himself. However there seems to have been a flurry of announcements […]

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All in One Hydrogen (H2) Generation and Flue Gas clean up (NOx, SOx, Hg)

On February 24, 2006, in Blog, by Neal Dikeman

I met with SRT Group recently, whose technology I find quite unique. They are under-resourced, and need some integration and scale up work done to prove out the concept for commercial use, but kept me captivated nonetheless. As advertised the technology has the potential to become a highly economic replacement for current coal fired power […]

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American Superconductor’s SuperVAR Will Provide a Real Solution for Power Grid

On February 23, 2006, in Blog, by Mark Bitterman

American Superconductor (AMSC) and the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA), the largest public power provider in the U.S., have announced the start of production of two 12 megaVAR (MVAR) SuperVAR dynamic synchronous condensers.  When the first of these machines ships the first of the two machines in late 2006, the superconductor community will at last be able […]

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GM Goes Yellow

On February 22, 2006, in Blog, by Heather Rae

Wednesday, February 22, 2006 “Live Green, Go Yellow”GM’s E85 Campaign Between the SBX snowboard event and Evan Lysacek’s courageous come back in the Olympic free skate, you may have caught General Motor’s advertisement for E85, part of GM’s campaign to promote its “flex fuel” vehicles – cars and trucks that run on fuel comprising 85 […]

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On U.S. Greenhouse Gas Trading Markets

On February 20, 2006, in Blog, by Richard T. Stuebi

Earlier in my career, I was heavily involved in the establishment of the first wide-scale emissions trading program: the sulfur dioxide (SO2) allowances that were created as part of the acid rain mitigation provisions of the U.S. Clean Air Act of 1990. By virtually all accounts, the SO2 allowance market has been highly successful in […]

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Energy Efficiency – California Dreamin’

On February 15, 2006, in Blog, by Heather Rae

Wednesday, February 15, 2006 Energy efficiency, the red-headed stepchild of energy planning, is re-gaining recognition by utilities and their regulatory agencies – in some U.S. markets and in some states – for its cost-effective role in saving the farm.* (Note: The term ‘energy efficiency’ could benefit from a visit with “Extreme Makeover.” It could use […]

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Cutbacks at NREL

On February 13, 2006, in Blog, by Richard T. Stuebi

Lost (to me) during the holiday season was the late December announcement by the Department of Energy of roughly a 10% budget and staff reduction at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Golden, Colorado. Rocky Mountain News Article on NREL Cutbacks This announcement was accompanied by the expected indignant handwringing from local politicians worried about […]

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Carbon Capture

On February 11, 2006, in Blog, by Peter Beadle

Most of us reading these columns are concerned with the impact that man is having on his planet. Despite the relative few(?) who discard the possibility of an anthropogenic impact on climate change, there seems to be an increasing acceptance that the rise in global average temperatures over the past century is largely due to […]

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GE Abandons Superconducting Generator

On February 9, 2006, in Blog, by Mark Bitterman

The Department of Energy’s dream to build a superconducting power infrastructure in the U.S. has been dealt a symbolically serious, if not unexpected blow.  General Electric has quit its $27 million 100MVA high temperature superconducting (HTS) generator program.  The generator was envisioned as an opportunity to eventually introduce large generators (in the 100 to 500MVA range) that […]

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Recent Energy News on Global Policy

On February 8, 2006, in Blog, by Neal Dikeman

Global warming action supported by evangelical Christians A group of 85 evangelical Christian leaders in the US, including Rick Warren, have initiated a campaign to back legislation opposed by the Bush Administration to fight. They are helping to launch an advertising campaign to support legislation like the McCain-Lieberman Climate Stewardship Act. Oil prices are a […]

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Values and ‘tude in consumer marketing

On February 8, 2006, in Blog, by Heather Rae

Wednesday, February 8, 2006 When market research around sustainability asks what people value, so begins effective consumer messaging with emotional hooks. And, it begins the crossing of the chasm from eco-niche marketing to ‘dark greens’—to marketing to masses sporting sea-foam shades of green. A common thread of values runs through the landscape of marketing sustainability, […]

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Over 1,000 Hydrogen Riders in California

On February 8, 2006, in Blog, by John Addison

2005 finished with over 1,000 Californians taking daily rides on hydrogen vehicles. In addition to about 80 hydrogen cars, SUVs and trucks were eight high-capacity hydrogen buses. Scheduled deliveries will double the number of hydrogen vehicles in California in 2006. 1,000 daily riders is an important increase from a meager few hundred in 2004. Santa […]

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Japanese Fuel Cell Expo

On February 6, 2006, in Blog, by Richard T. Stuebi

To catch up on the state of the fuel cell sector, I traveled to Tokyo last week to attend the grandly titled “2nd International Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Exposition“. Below are a few observations from my visiting the Japan fuel cell expo: 1. There’s a lot of fuel cell activity in Japan right now — […]

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SmartPower is smart marketing

On February 6, 2006, in Blog, by Heather Rae

Wednesday, February 1, 2006 Hunter Lovins, President of Natural Capitalism (and former CEO of the Rocky Mountain Institute), met recently with a small gathering of energy consultants in Boulder, Colorado. An advantage of living in Colorado, aside from sunshine (300 days a year) and great skiing, is access to talent like Hunter and her colleagues, […]

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Clean Energy in State of the Union

On February 4, 2006, in Blog, by Peter Beadle

Today my wife commented that I should be thrilled because of support shown for renewables by the the President in his State of the Union address. She seldom takes an active interest in energy matters and was clearly influenced by the rhetoric surrounding the speech, so should I? My first response is is of course! […]

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Is Ethanol Good or Bad?

On January 30, 2006, in Blog, by Richard T. Stuebi

One of the most confusing aspects of the alternative energy industry has to be the story about ethanol. Simply put, is ethanol good or bad? Does it help or harm the environment? The confusion and controversy stems from evaluating the net effect on CO2 emissions of ethanol production and use, relative to the production and […]

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Can RE Pay its Way?

On January 27, 2006, in Blog, by Peter Beadle

With renewable energy companies, particularly in the solar and wind sectors, growing at double digit pace, there is a clear need to attract new talent to the industries. Indeed this is the prime reason we created Greenjobs as a place where those interested in working in renewables could find out about the types of jobs […]

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California’s Energy Tech Funding Keeps Rolling

On January 24, 2006, in Blog, by Neal Dikeman

California has a large and broad energy usage, and a very diverse energy mix. We also have one of the best energy tech funding programs in the country, as fitting with our status. A bit on both. A few of our California energy statistics to think about: We get 42% of our oil from our […]

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Wind Turbine Manufacturers Getting Greedy?

On January 23, 2006, in Blog, by Richard T. Stuebi

An article in the January 2006 Windpower Monthly corroborates the rumors heard over the past year in the wind industry: the installed price of wind turbines is rising. Since the installed cost of the turbine is the dominant factor in wind energy economics, this means that the cost of wind energy is rising. Windpower Monthly […]

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