Energy

Inexpensive residential wind turbine
April 16, 2008 08:46 AM - , The Alternative Consumer

Don’t look now but it appears residential renewable energy systems and wind power technology are getting cheaper. California based Freetricity’s E2D Windmaster is a roof-mounted small residential wind turbine that comes with an affordable price tag. Though it sports a small propeller that could prove hazardous to hummingbirds and the like (though its size and roof mounting will reduce bird and animal interactions) and doesn’t look like it could withstand hurricane-force winds, the price and benefits may make it worth exploring.

Bush to announce intermediate goal for CO2 emissions
April 16, 2008 07:20 AM - Reuters

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President George W. Bush plans to announce on Wednesday an intermediate goal to limit greenhouse gas emissions in the United States, but will not make specific proposals, the White House said on Tuesday. Bush will "articulate a realistic intermediate goal for reducing greenhouse gasses" and press for incentives for technology aimed at cutting emissions, said White House spokeswoman Dana Perino.

Sustainability Must Guide New Rules on Biofuels, New Paper Finds
April 15, 2008 08:00 AM - , Organic Consumers Association

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - April 14 - The long-term sustainability of the fast-moving global biofuel market will depend on changes to international trade and investment rules that govern energy, environment, agriculture and rural development, according to a new paper published by the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy (IATP) and the London-based International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED).

EU carbon market sets up another round of windfall profits for dirtiest power generators
April 14, 2008 08:52 AM - WWF

Polluting electricity generators in Europe are set to reap another round of extraordinary windfall profits from the carbon trading scheme meant to curb their carbon emissions, a new report revealed today. The study, commissioned by WWF from world-leading carbon market analysts Point Carbon, estimates that the windfall to electricity generators in just the five states of UK, Germany, Spain, Italy and Poland over the current five year phase of the EU Emissions Trading System (ETS) could be between 23 and 71 billion Euros ($US 36 -111 billion ).

China will not be net coal importer in 2008: association
April 14, 2008 08:28 AM - Reuters

BEIJING (Reuters) - China's National Coal Association denied on Monday the country would be a net coal importer in 2008, citing sufficient reserves, but acknowledged that imports would increase steadily in coming years. China became a net coal importer for the first time in the first half of 2007, and some analysts expect the country to become a net importer again in the near future, possibly as soon as this year.

EU can hit biofuels goal without conflicts: Germany
April 12, 2008 07:32 AM - Reuters

BRDO, Slovenia (Reuters) - The European Union can achieve its 2020 target to get 10 percent of all transport fuel from biofuels without adding to soaring food prices and harming rainforests, Germany's environment minister said on Saturday. "We can meet the 10 percent target through biofuel production in the European Union (and imports of) raw materials, which do not lead to a conflict with food or rainforests," Sigmar Gabriel told reporters on the fringes of a meeting of EU environment ministers in Slovenia.

Californians to pay $600 mln for green think tank
April 10, 2008 07:16 PM - Reuters

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - California electricity and natural gas customers will be charged $600 million over the next 10 years to fund a green think tank, the California Public Utilities Commission unanimously voted on Thursday. A surcharge to monthly power and gas bills will fund the California Institute for Climate Solutions, linked to the University of California. The surcharge will be tacked on customer bills of investor-owned utilities and not of municipal utilities in Los Angeles and Sacramento.

The future of solar-powered houses is clear
April 10, 2008 10:15 AM - Queensland University of Technology

Transparent glass containing solar cells could capture enough energy to power a home Professor John Bell said QUT had worked with a Canberra-based company Dyesol, which is developing transparent solar cells that act as both windows and energy generators in houses or commercial buildings.

Saudi oil minister slams biofuels, favors solar energy
April 10, 2008 09:00 AM - Reuters

PARIS (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia's oil minister on Thursday slammed biofuels, saying they did not protect the environment or help supply security, but added solar power had to be considered one of the best clean energy sources. "Let's be realistic, ethanol and biofuels will not contribute to the protection of the global environment by reducing (carbon dioxide) emissions, they will not increase energy security, nor will they reduce dependency on fossil fuels to any appreciable degree," Ali al-Naimi told an oil conference.

New MIT Start-up Aims to Make Silicon Solar Cells Competitive With Coal
April 9, 2008 08:17 AM - , Green Progress

1366 Technologies, a new MIT start-up aiming to make silicon solar cells competitive with coal, today announced it has secured $12,4 million in a first round of financing co-led by North Bridge Venture Partners and Polaris Venture Partners. MIT Professor, 1366 founder and CTO, Ely Sachs, noted that 1366 Technologies will be combining innovations in silicon cell architecture with manufacturing process improvements to bring multi-crystalline silicon solar cells to cost parity with coal-based electricity.

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