Energy

Lack of new power lines threatens renewable growth
June 23, 2008 08:28 AM - Reuters

While companies scramble to drive down the price of power produced by sun and wind, many say a dearth of transmission lines in remote areas ideal for wind farms and solar plants is a bigger impediment than cost to spurring U.S. growth of renewable energy.

How Do You Run An Entire Country Without Oil?
June 21, 2008 08:59 AM - , Triple Pundit

Shai Agassi, founder of Project Better Place, is largely regarded as one of today's hottest eco-entrepreneurs. Watch him explain his incredibly innovative business model, "Zero-Emissions for Zero-Dollars," at the recent "Plug-In Electric Vehicles 2008: What Role for Washington?"

International Carbon Initiative Failing: The Case of Papua New Guinea
June 19, 2008 08:55 AM - , Triple Pundit

In the pacific region countries have joined forces to tackle land-clearing in an attempt to reduce regional emission levels. One of the latest carbon partnerships, agreed to in April this year, is between Papua New Guinea and Australia. The agreement has been criticised from its inception and with the release of a recent forest analysis report covering PNG, the potential usefulness of the program going forward is further questioned.

Japan 24-hour shops hit by emission limits
June 18, 2008 10:47 AM - Reuters

Japan's 24-hour convenience stores, already struggling with lagging sales and growth, may soon face yet another threat -- moves to limit business hours and close the stores late at night. The prefecture of Saitama, which borders Tokyo, may follow in the footsteps of the western city of Kyoto and urge convenience stores to close during late night hours in an effort to limit carbon dioxide emissions, Japanese media reported.

Virgin America to cut flights as fuel soars
June 17, 2008 10:35 AM - Reuters

Virgin America, the low-cost U.S. airline partly owned by Britain's Virgin Group, said on Tuesday it would cut flying capacity about 10 percent in the fourth quarter from previously estimated levels, as it deals with high oil prices. The carrier, which began operating last summer, is the latest U.S. airline to announce plans to cut back on flights in the fourth quarter as jet fuel costs hover around all-time highs.

TAU Announces New "Supercenter" for Renewable Energy at Conference Opened by Al Gore
June 17, 2008 10:31 AM - www.aftau.org

Natural resources are rapidly being depleted. Traditional energy sources, like oil, have become hostages to a weakening world economy. The future, it seems, may depend on renewable energy -- new technology that bridges scientific disciplines and commercial opportunities.

New eco-friendly car that runs on nothing but water.
June 16, 2008 09:59 AM - www.fuelcelltoday.com

It is claimed the Water Energy System (WES) developed by Genepax can generate power by supplying water and air to the fuel and air electrodes. The basic power generation mechanism of the system is similar to that of a standard fuel cell. The main feature of the new system is that it uses a membrane electrode assembly (MEA), which contains a material that breaks down the water to hydrogen and oxygen.

$4 a Gallon Gasoline and Climate Change Both Call for the Same Solution: Collective Investment in Clean Energy
June 16, 2008 09:24 AM - , Organic Consumers Association

"What do you have to say about global warming to the whole segment of Americans who are just waking up to energy issues with $4.00 per gallon gasoline?" That question came from the audience during a workshop on climate change I led recently.

China leaps ahead of U.S. in gas emissions

China has now clearly overtaken the United States as the world's leading emitter of climate-warming gases, a new study has found. The increasing emissions from China - up 8 percent in the past year - accounted for two-thirds of the growth in global greenhouse gas emissions in 2007, the study found. The report, released Friday by the Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency, is an annual study. Last year, for the first time, the researchers found that China had edged ahead of the United States as the world's leading emitter.

Israel site for California solar power test
June 12, 2008 08:44 AM - Reuters

Energy company BrightSource Energy Inc said it will open a solar "power tower" in Israel this week to test new technology it will use when building power plants next year in California. California utility PG&E Corp signed contracts with BrightSource in April to buy up to 900 megawatts of solar thermal power in the next few years, enough to power about 630,000 homes.

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