California Tradable RECs – Will They Ever Materialize?

On August 4, 2010, in Blog, by David Niebauer

by David Niebauer California has led the nation in solar development on many fronts for a number of years, but there is one area where California has lagged significantly – the implementation of tradable renewable energy certificates (or TRECs). As of this writing, there are five regional renewable energy tracking systems operating in North America, […]

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Clean Technology Venture Investment Increases 65 Percent in First Half of 2010

On July 7, 2010, in Blog, by John Addison

Matches 2008 Investment Record The Cleantech Group and Deloitte released preliminary 2Q 2010 results for clean technology venture investments in North America, Europe, China and India, totaling $2.02 billion across 140 companies. Cleantech venture investment was up 43 percent from the same period a year ago. The number of deals recorded in 2Q10 was down […]

Top Ten Energy Myths

On June 7, 2010, in Blog, by Richard T. Stuebi

by Richard T. Stuebi I get a kick out of trite little lists that I can quickly report on and provoke some thinking and conversation. And so it is that I recently came across the “Top Ten Energy Myths”, as suggested by Thomas Tanton, a fellow at the Pacific Research Institute. As listed in the […]

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China Invested $88 billion in High Speed Rail in 2009

On March 26, 2010, in Blog, by John Addison

Clean Edge’s 2010 Clean Energy Trends forecasts growth for high-speed rail and renewablesClean Edge included high-speed rail (HSR) for the first time in its annual Clean Energy Trends report which tracks key developments in clean-energy markets. China is leading the surge in HSR according to Clean Edge: China’s Ministry of Railways spent $88 billion on […]

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Renewables Supply 10 Percent of U.S. Energy

On January 5, 2010, in Blog, by John Addison

According to the most recent issue of the “Monthly Energy Review” by the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA), renewable energy (i.e., biofuels, biomass, geothermal, hydroelectric, solar, wind) provided 10.51% of domestic U.S. energy production during the first nine months of 2009 – the latest time-frame for which data has been published.Domestic energy production from renewable […]

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Al Gore Prioritizes Energy Innovation

On October 13, 2009, in Blog, by John Addison

By John Addison (10/12/09). Vice President Al Gore is optimistic about a meaningful agreement in Copenhagen that includes the United States and China. During his keynote speech at the Society of Environmental Journalists Conference (SEJ) in Madison, Wisconsin, he acknowledged that negotiations are going slowly, because climate change is complex and involves consensus of almost […]

Feed-In Tariff = Feeding at Trough?

On May 26, 2009, in Blog, by Richard T. Stuebi

by Richard T. Stuebi One of the more popular policy prescriptions often made by ardent renewable energy advocates is the adoption of a “feed-in tariff” (FIT). With a FIT, the government sets a price for electricity supplied by a qualifying renewable energy source, and the price is usually sufficiently high to produce a good return […]

Renewables That Even Coal-Based Utilities Can Love

On February 2, 2009, in Blog, by Richard T. Stuebi

by Richard T. Stuebi Generalizations are always tricky, but it’s safe to say that many employees of many electric utilities whose generation plants are mainly coal-fired have a hard time feeling very enthusiastic about renewable energy. You can imagine the rants: renewables are tiny and negligible, renewables aren’t baseload, renewables are for wimps. So, it’s […]

Pragmatism for the New President

On November 3, 2008, in Blog, by Richard T. Stuebi

by Richard T. Stuebi I consider myself an equal opportunity offender. Many people in the energy industry or those who for some reason don’t believe in climate change think I’m somewhat of a radical. On the other hand, many ardent environmentalists think I’m too apologetic, conservative or pessimistic about what carbon reductions can realistically be […]

The Energy Policy Act of 2008

On October 6, 2008, in Blog, by Richard T. Stuebi

by Richard T. Stuebi Betcha didn’t know that there was an Energy Policy Act of 2008, did you? Well, you won’t find any bill of that name. But, the passage of last week’s appropriately titled “Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008″ is almost tantamount to an energy bill. The Senate prepared a nice summary of […]

First Impressions of China

On September 15, 2008, in Blog, by Richard T. Stuebi

by Richard T. Stuebi I just returned from my first trip to China – a whirlwind ten-day tour spanning the cities of Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Xiamen and Wenling – involving a number of private meetings (some with senior public officials) as well as public presentations at PennWell’s China Power Oil & Gas conference and at […]

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Real Security after 9/11

On September 10, 2008, in Blog, by John Addison

Op-Ed by John Addison (9/11/08). My ninth trip to teach a workshop at Two World Trade Center never happened because of the great tragedy 9/11. For years Sun Microsystems, my former employer, had invited me to conduct a series of workshops about technology and strategy. Much of the Wall Street ran on Sun servers, Java […]

There’s water in dem dar clouds!

On August 3, 2008, in Blog, by Paul O`Callaghan

With seawater covering seventy-one per cent of the Earth’s surface, at an average depth of four kilometers, and another 1,000,000,000,000,000 liters of water in the first kilometer alone of the earth’ atmosphere, water could hardly be described as a rare element. Its more a case of ‘water water everywhere and not a drop to drink‘. […]

Is Al Gore Nuts?

On July 18, 2008, in Blog, by Neal Dikeman

In his speech in Constitution Hall this week, former Vice President and renewable energy investor Al Gore extolled a stretch goal challenging America to achieve 100% renewable power within 10 years. The quote: “Today I challenge our nation to commit to producing 100 percent of our electricity from renewable energy and truly clean carbon-free sources […]

Aloha

On June 16, 2008, in Blog, by Richard T. Stuebi

by Richard T. Stuebi I have the pleasure of writing this posting from one of the most beautiful places on the planet, Hawaii, where I am lucky enough to travel regularly to visit family. In 1995, while lounging on the Big Island, I decided to shift my career away from conventional energy towards alternative energy. […]

Edison International Says Solar is the Great Untapped Resource

On March 13, 2008, in Blog, by Neal Dikeman

Cleantech Blog had a conversation last year with Stuart Hemphill, now the newly appointed Vice President for Renewables and Alternative Energy at Southern California Edison, a subsidiary of Edison International (NYSE:EIX), one of the largest purchasers of renewable power in the US. We caught up with him again today in a lively discussion around his […]

Powering the Planet

On January 28, 2008, in Blog, by Richard T. Stuebi

by Richard T. Stuebi “Powering the Planet” is the title of an extraordinary speech that is regularly given by Nate Lewis, Professor of Chemistry at CalTech. It is a bit long and detailed, but very much worth reading, as it elegantly frames the scale of the worldwide energy/environmental challenges to be faced in the coming […]

2007 Roundup

On December 31, 2007, in Blog, by Richard T. Stuebi

by Richard T. Stuebi As has become my custom, with the year drawing to a close, I now look in the rear-view mirror and try to distill what I see. In no particular order, here are my top ten reflections on 2007: 1. Popping of the ethanol bubble. Not long ago, it seemed like anyone […]

Policy Progress in the Midwest

On November 26, 2007, in Blog, by Richard T. Stuebi

by Richard T. Stuebi When it comes to clean energy, it’s no secret that the Midwest U.S. far lags beyond the East and West Coasts. This is because, on the coasts, public policy far more aggressively promotes advanced energy. The Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) in the Northeast and the Western Climate Initiative in the […]

Solar Power 2007

On October 2, 2007, in Blog, by John Addison

By John Addison (10/2/07) Like a castle under siege, Solar Power 2007 was such a hot event that registration had to be closed a week prior to the conference opening in Long Beach, California. Over 12,500 people attended last week. There was enthusiasm for high growth and technology advancements in photovoltaics (PV) and in large-scale […]

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