Energy

Hotels Hungry For Greener Energy-Saving Products
September 10, 2007 12:14 PM - Glenn Hasek, Green Lodging News

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. — Guestroom 2010 returns to the 92nd annual International Hotel/Motel & Restaurant Show in New York City, showcasing the cutting-edge innovations and eco-friendly new products that will soon be found in hotel guest rooms. A model hotel room, developed by the Hospitality Financial and Technology Professionals, will feature nearly 50 of the latest and near-future technologies at the industry's premier marketplace, taking place November 10-13, 2007, at New York City’s Jacob K. Javits Convention Center.

Libya Creates World's Largest Sustainable Development
September 10, 2007 11:06 AM - Paul Schaefer, ENN

Libya - Libya today announced the creation of an unprecedented sustainable development on its beautiful northern Mediterranean coast. The massive project includes a world class sustainable resort and spa, extensive wind and solar on the coast and desert area, growth of biofuel crops, closed loop water systems, sustainable transportation, housing, and the creation of a huge national ecological parkland that includes protection of the Mediterranean ocean and incorporates Tripoli and other cities. The 5,500 square kilometer development, called Green Mountain, covers an area that is home to diverse animal and plant species and historic and archaeologically rich sites.

Northeast U.S., Europe cooling use of energy to rise
September 10, 2007 08:46 AM - Reuters

Energy demand for cooling is likely to be above average in northeastern parts of the United States this week, while cooling demand in northwest Europe will also rise, forecasters Meteorlogix said on Monday.

Nevada Angers E-Groups, OK's New Coal Power Plants
September 8, 2007 07:21 AM - Reuters

The Nevada Environmental Commission on Friday denied a request by environmental groups to delay approval of permits for three big coal-fired power plants, environmental groups and state officials said.

Toilets Behind The Times?
September 7, 2007 08:01 AM - Reuters, Ritsuko Ando

Interior designer Timothy Corrigan had never heard of a "washlet" -- until a client asked him to install one of the high-tech Japanese toilets. When he saw the bidet-style bathroom appliance, equipped with a warm-water spray and other functions to cleanse and coddle posteriors, he was impressed.

Fuel Efficiency Focus At Frankfurt
September 7, 2007 07:52 AM - Reuters, Gilles Castonguay

(Video) Car makers will show off their latest efforts to fight pollution at Frankfurt's autoshow next week by unveiling models with improvements rather than substitutes to the standard internal combustion engine. Under pressure to reduce harmful emissions produced by their vehicles amid fears of global warming, they are keen to show the greenest of intentions with the latest line of engines that consume fuel more efficiently.

S.Korea to impose 3 pct biodiesel rule by 2012
September 7, 2007 06:49 AM - Reuters

South Korea aims to raise biodiesel content in domestic diesel to 3 percent from the current 0.5 percent by 2012, Seoul's energy ministry said on Friday. The news ran counter to expectations that the government may increase the ratio to 5 percent as early as next year, market watchers said.

Find Source Of Dark Energy Experts Advise NASA
September 6, 2007 04:35 PM - UC Berkeley News

Dark energy is a mysterious force that pushes the universe outward against gravity's tendency toward collapse, and scientists have been eager to launch a satellite to probe the cosmos for the source of this expansion. Now a blue-ribbon panel has recommended that a dark matter mission be NASA's top priority and has narrowed the number of possible dark matter missions to three, including a joint LBNL/UC Berkeley probe called SNAP.

Gasoline Supplies Hit 2-year Low
September 6, 2007 02:35 PM - Reuters

NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. gasoline supplies dropped last week to their lowest level since Hurricane Katrina slammed into Gulf Coast refineries two years ago, the U.S. government said on Thursday. But the crunch in stockpiles may not turn out to be a nightmare for drivers at the pumps as road travel is expected to slow with the end of the summer vacation season. "We're not terribly concerned because we're at the end of the summer and demand for gasoline should start declining over the next several weeks," said Doug MacIntyre, analyst for the U.S. Energy Information Administration.

Germany says cuts won't harm solar sector
September 6, 2007 02:25 PM - Erik Kirschbaum -Reuters

Germany will cut support to solar energy under its renewable energy law from 2009, but the cuts will be too small to harm the growing sector, Environment Minister Sigmar Gabriel said on Thursday. In an interview with Reuters, Gabriel said the government plans to raise support for renewable energy sources such as offshore wind as part of the efforts to raise the share of renewables to 45 percent of the German power by 2030 from 12.5 percent now.

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