Energy

Coal Use To Grow Despite Green Concern
September 6, 2007 02:24 PM - Steve James, Reuters

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Coal use grew by 30 percent in the last five years and future demand will likely fuel more power plant construction despite environmentalists' opposition, the head of U.S. coal mining company Peabody Energy said on Thursday. "Our view is that you will continue to have opposition, but plants are being built today," President and Chief Executive Officer Gregory Boyce told an energy conference.

Solar Plant Planned In California Desert
September 6, 2007 02:21 PM - Reuters

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - BrightSource Energy Inc, a private solar energy company, said on Thursday it filed for a construction permit from the California Energy Commission to build a 400-megawatt solar power plant in the Mojave Desert. The project would cover between 3,000 and 3,500 acres near the Nevada border about 40 miles southeast of Las Vegas and use solar thermal technology to generate electricity at two 100 MW plants and one 200 MW plant.

U.S. Geothermal Energy Sector Promising
September 6, 2007 12:55 PM - Haitham Haddadin, Reuters

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Geothermal energy could fill a sizable chunk of United States electricity requirements if legislative, technological and other challenges are met, a senior U.S. Department of Energy official said. "Geothermal is going and blowing, there isn't a big hold-up to it," Alexander Karsner, assistant secretary for energy efficiency and renewable energy, said at an energy conference Wednesday. "The potential of the resource could potentially be up in the double digits of our total national generating capacity. That means 10, 15 to 20 percent, of U.S. generating capacity."

Wave Power, AquaBuOY 2.0 Wave Energy Converter Launched
September 6, 2007 12:33 PM - Paul Schaefer, ENN

PORTLAND, Oregon - This high tech bouy generates power from wave action. It's called an AquaBuOY. The AquaBuOY is a floating buoy structure that converts the kinetic energy of the vertical motion of oncoming waves into clean electricity. The bouy is about to be towed to sea for further tests and refinement. The AquaBuOY is categorized as a point absorber, defined as having a small dimension in relation to the longer wave length in which it is operating. It utilizes a cylindrical buoy as the displacer and the reactor is a large water mass enclosed by a long vertical tube underneath the buoy

Nuclear industry hails climate-driven "renaissance"
September 6, 2007 08:49 AM - Jeremy Lovell -Reuters

The nuclear power industry said on Thursday it provided a clean alternative to fossil fuels and a global warming crisis, shrugging off environmentalist concerns about nuclear waste and atomic security. The term "renaissance" was the buzz word as nuclear industry players emerged from the 21-year-long shadow of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster and gathered in London for two days of talks at the 32nd annual symposium of the World Nuclear Association.

Watching Grass Grow Becomes Critical in Hunt For New Biofuels
September 6, 2007 07:18 AM - University of Cornell, Lauren Chambliss

Watching grass grow is not normally the most exciting activity -- unless the future of New York's energy needs, rural economic development and reducing the human contribution to global climate change depend on it.

New Green Luxury Car Launched
September 5, 2007 10:42 AM - Paul Schaefer, ENN

IRVINE, Calif. - A new luxury "green" premium car company announced its first model today. The company, birthed by two skilled designers who once designed for BMW and Aston Martin is launching a new and beautiful eco-friendly luxury car. In the words of the CEO of the new company, Henrik Fisker, "We want people to drive beautiful fast cars that make environmental sense -- cars that are eco-chic and will have less of an impact on global warming,"

NRC Reverses Nuclear Fuel Secrets Policy
September 5, 2007 07:34 AM - Duncan Mansfield - Associated Press

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission reversed a three-year secrecy policy and said Tuesday it would release hundreds of documents involving the troubled operations of a Tennessee nuclear fuel processing plant. The commission said it had directed its staff to review and make public some 1,900 documents that had been kept secret under the veil of national security involving Nuclear Fuel Services Inc. in Erwin and BWX Technologies in Lynchburg, Va.

Euro Car Makers Lag Behind Japanese Hybrids; Try To Close Gap
September 4, 2007 08:43 PM - Gilles Castonguay, Reuters

MILAN (Reuters) - 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. For anything more advanced, like a hybrid engine, PSA Peugeot Citroen, Mercedes Benz and others will need another two years before they can show anything worthy of the road, far behind their Japanese rivals.

Bank-Led Satellite Imagery Sheds More Light on Gas Flaring Pollution
September 4, 2007 08:24 AM - Worldbank

From more than 400 miles in space, the World Bank is pinpointing the true extent of one of the planet’s major environmental problems — gas flaring. The problem isn’t new. Gas flaring — a byproduct of petroleum production that spews about 400 millions of tons of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere — has been going on for decades. But new satellite imagery, commissioned by the Bank’s Global Gas Flaring Reduction public-private partnership, is showing that some countries are burning off more gas than what was initially reported.

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