Energy

South American countries join forces to boost biofuels
December 18, 2007 12:29 PM - Paula Leighton, SciDevNet

Members of the Southern Agricultural Council (CAS) have agreed to carry out research and develop policies to increase biofuel production in the region.The decision was made last week (4 December) during the 13th CAS Regular Meeting, in Asunción, Paraguay.CAS is a forum for the ministers of agriculture and livestock of Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Paraguay and Uruguay.

EU eyes phasing in CO2 fines for carmakers: source
December 17, 2007 06:16 PM - Reuters

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The European Commission is considering phasing in fees it charges to carmakers who fail to meet ambitious targets to reduce emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2) by 2012, a European Union source said on Monday. Amid fierce lobbying, the EU executive is due to announce on Wednesday how it will share out cuts in the main gas blamed for global warming between makers of light and heavy cars.

Government Mandates Create Opportunities in New Energy Industries
December 17, 2007 06:06 PM - Paul Schaefer, ENN

LITTLE FALLS, N.J. - The global drive toward "clean diesel" and petroleum alternatives continues to accelerate, creating opportunities in the ultra-low-sulfur diesel (ULSD) and biofuels industries for certain products and services, according to analysts at Kline, an international consulting and research firm.

Officials Urge Safety for Motorists and Residents Using Alternative Heat Sources
December 17, 2007 05:58 PM - Paul Schaefer, ENN

HARRISBURG, Pa. - With freezing rain causing downed trees and power lines over large portions of the state, officials in affected areas -- that includes much of the northeast US -- are urging motorists to be cautious on the roads and to not drive over downed wires or branches. "Be especially careful when driving at night and watch for black ice, downed wires or debris in the roadway," said PEMA Director Robert P. French. "If possible, turn around to avoid such obstructions. Do not try to move fallen power lines yourself."

Many Americans aim to go "green" in 2008: survey
December 17, 2007 04:41 PM - Reuters

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Three-quarters of Americans, the world's largest polluters, plan to be more environmentally responsible in 2008 by reducing household energy or recycling more, a survey showed on Monday. Half of those polled said they would make a "green" New Year's resolution, according to the survey by GfK Roper and commissioned by marketing consultancy Tiller LLC.

New York, Ottawa Order Over 1,000 Diesel-Electric Hybrid Buses
December 17, 2007 03:03 PM - Paul Schaefer, ENN

MISSISSAUGA, Ontario - Daimler Buses North America has received orders totaling 1,052 Orion VII Next Generation diesel-electric hybrid transit buses from some of North America's largest transit authorities. MTA New York City Transit has ordered 850 and the City of Ottawa (OC Transpo) 202 Orion VII Next Generation diesel-electric hybrid transit buses. These buses will be powered by BAE Systems' Hybri Drive(R) diesel-electric hybrid propulsion system and delivered into 2010.

Low Cost Method for Production of Bio Diesel Developed
December 17, 2007 02:40 PM - Paul Schaefer, ENN

LOS ANGELES - BioGold Fuels Corporation has developed a low cost, high output system for producing Bio-Diesel to feed the hungry $100 billion dollar per year U.S. market for Bio-Diesel fuel.

Largest Solar Array in North America: Nellis AFB
December 17, 2007 02:30 PM - Paul Schaefer, ENN

Las Vegas, NV - Today the U.S. Air Force announced, and celebrates the completion of North America's largest solar photovoltaic system at Nellis Air Force Base, a massive PV solar array covering thousands of acres in the Nevada desert.

South Africa Sees Potential in a Hydrogen Economy
December 17, 2007 10:56 AM - Andrew Burger, Triple Pundit

The Dept. of Science & Technology (DST) is instrumental in charting the future course of development in South Africa. Of late, it has been busy finalizing a national Hydrogen-Fuel Cell Strategy that aims to take advantage of some of the natural advantages South Africa’s rich mineral resource base confers. News broke nationwide end of November that South Africa’s Council of Scientific and Industrial Research was joining with North West University to establish a hydrogen-fuel cell “Centre of Competence”. The news, however, was “a bit premature,” according to a DST executive.

Russia delivers first nuclear fuel to Iran
December 17, 2007 06:22 AM - Reuters

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia has delivered the first shipment of nuclear fuel to Iran's Bushehr atomic power station, a step Western powers worried by Tehran's nuclear ambitions had urged Moscow not to take.

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