Energy

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.

Ontario Government Set To Double Achievements On Renewable Energy
September 4, 2007 07:21 AM - , Green Progress

Ontario is moving forward to add an additional 2,000 megawatts (MW) of green renewable power, Energy Minister Dwight Duncan announced today. The procurements that will flow from today's directive to the Ontario Power Authority will bring the amount of renewable energy acquired by the McGuinty government to 4,000 MW.

Chicago: Nation's Largest School Bus Company Switches Entire Fleet To Bio-Fuel
September 3, 2007 08:04 PM - Paul Schaefer, ENN

CHICAGO - The nation's largest independent school bus company, the Cook Illinois Corporation in Chicago, is switching its entire fleet of school buses to burn bio diesel fuel. Biodiesel is a cleaner-burning diesel fuel made from natural, renewable sources such as vegetable oils. In addition, company officials will kick off a new Clean Air Club for kids and a new website that teaches kids about the importance of reducing air pollution. Cook-Illinois is now the largest school bus fleet in Illinois and the largest independently owned bus company in the country to use this new fuel.

Dutch Build Towering Wind Turbines Out At Sea
September 3, 2007 06:12 PM - Alexandra Hudson, Reuters

IJMUIDEN, Netherlands - There is no shortage of wind in the densely-populated Netherlands but there is a shortage of space and in a nation which likes its houses small and its gardens cosy, opposition to wind farms is immense. That is why a new Dutch wind farm is being built so far out to sea it is barely visible on the horizon, reducing the visual impact of its 60 turbines to virtually nil whilst at the same time harnessing higher offshore wind speeds.

New Trend - The First Wind Turbine On The Block
September 3, 2007 12:16 PM - Paul Schaefer, ENN

MARIETTA, GEORGIA - It may be the first in this Atlanta neighborhood, but definitely isn't the last. Not in Georgia or elsewhere. That's because the small-scale residential wind generator installed last week in the side yard of Christine and Curt Mann, in one of Atlanta's oldest neighborhoods, will generate between 200 to 400 kWh a month on average, powering most of the Mann home and eliminating as much CO2 from the atmosphere as an acre of mature, healthy trees. That kind of savings, as marketers say, has 'viral' appeal.

U.S. Oil Companies Monitor Felix, Output Unharmed
September 3, 2007 08:04 AM - Reuters

U.S. Gulf of Mexico oil and natural gas producers were monitoring powerful Hurricane Felix as it churned through the Caribbean Sea on Sunday, but none had reported reduced offshore production or evacuated workers to onshore locations.

New Technology: Aircraft In-Wheel Motors Save Fuel, Reduce CO2
September 1, 2007 06:08 PM - Paul Schaefer, ENN

ASHBURN, Va. - An aerospace company has engineered an electric motor and generator system that eliminate the use of jet engines for taxiing and other ground maneuvers. The technology will potentially save millions in fuel costs and reduce CO2.

Solar Laminates Power Alcoa Facility in California
September 1, 2007 01:06 PM - Paul Schaefer, ENN

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. - An Alcoa manufacturing facility in Visalia, California is the latest to harness the power of the sun, installing more than 4,300 of thin-film photovoltaic laminates to power approximately 80 percent of the 200,000 square-foot facility's electricity needs during periods of highest demand on the electricity grid.

U.S., North Korea meet for one-on-one nuclear talks
September 1, 2007 08:45 AM - Laura MacInnis -Reuters

Top negotiators from the United States and North Korea met on Saturday for two days of talks meant to advance an international drive to end Pyongyang's nuclear program. U.S. Assistant Secretary of State Chris Hill and his North Korean counterpart Kim Kye-gwan did not speak to the press on arrival at the U.S. mission in Geneva, where the first day of the weekend talks began. Their session, aimed at normalizing relations between the countries that fought each other in the 1950-53 Korean War, is expected to focus on how the Stalinist state will disable and account for its nuclear facilities, as promised in a February "six-party" deal.

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