Energy

Offsets, the Indulgences of Today?
August 29, 2007 08:02 AM - Saul Gomez

What do political heartbreaker turned environmental heartthrob Al Gore, British rockers Coldplay, and multinational banking giant HSBC have in common? They are all seeking to make personal and business activities carbon neutral. More and more, wealthy individuals and companies are offsetting their carbon consumption out of a sincere concern for the environment, for good public relations, and for economic value.

Dress down and save energy, Japan's Abe tells Merkel
August 29, 2007 07:45 AM - Reuters

German chancellor Angela Merkel is familiar with Cold War diplomacy, but on Wednesday she had her first encounter with Cool Biz diplomacy.

Biofuels Must Be Made Sustainably, Says European Commission
August 29, 2007 07:19 AM - Worlwatch Institute, Alana Herro

European Commission is developing legislation that will require minimum sustainability standards for biofuels development. "It is, of course, essential to ensure that this increase is fulfilled in a sustainable way; we cannot just sit back and assume this will happen automatically," Piebalgs said.

Department of Energy Official Touts Bush Administration’s Efforts to Modernize our Nation’s Electric Grid
August 29, 2007 07:14 AM - Department of Energy

The U.S. Department of Energy’s Assistant Secretary for the Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability Kevin M. Kolevar today highlighted the Bush Administration’s efforts to increase the use of advanced technologies in the Nation’s power delivery system equipment, as well as DOE’s recent announcement to invest up to $51.8 million to modernize and secure our nation’s electric grid.

Ford Launches ECOnetic Range of Ultra-Low CO2 European Models
August 29, 2007 07:01 AM - , Green Progress

Ford of Europe will offer its customers ultra-low CO2 alternatives with the launch of a new range of Ford ECOnetic models at the 2007 Frankfurt Motor Show. The first vehicle to benefit will be the company's most popular model - The Ford Focus.

Electricity Generating Thermal Insulation
August 28, 2007 07:23 PM - , Private Landowner Network

NAPLES, Florida - A company called Nanotech, Inc, is researching thermal insulation which uses temperature differential as a source for generating electricity.

Europe Wants To Turn Wine Into Biofuel
August 28, 2007 06:30 PM - Reuters

BRUSSELS - The European Union has opened a tender to sell unwanted wine in four countries for use in making bioethanol, its Official Journal said on Tuesday. The tender would offer roughly 693,376 hectoliters of wine alcohol stored in France, Greece, Italy and Spain. The deadline for bids was September 10, it said in its latest edition. France, the world's largest wine producer, would offer 239,995 hectoliters of wine alcohol for distillation, while Italy and Spain would offer 200,000 hectoliters apiece. The balance of roughly 53,381 hectoliters will come from Greece.

Japan cautions against resource nationalism
August 28, 2007 11:00 AM - Osamu Tsukimori and Kentaro Hamada -Reuters

Japan's trade minister said Kazakhstan's move this week to suspend work on the huge Kashagan oilfield echoed Russia's row over the Sakhalin-2 oil project and he cautioned against the spread of global resource nationalism.

Energy efficiency seen easy way to aid climate: U.N.
August 28, 2007 07:41 AM - Alister Doyle - Reuters

Energy efficiency for power plants, buildings and cars is the easiest way to slow global warming in an investment shift set to cost hundreds of billions of dollars, the United Nations said on Tuesday. A U.N. report about climate investments, outlined to a meeting in Vienna of 1,000 delegates from 158 nations, also said emissions of greenhouse gases could be curbed more cheaply in developing nations than in rich states.

New Maine Wind Turbine Protects Seabirds
August 27, 2007 08:57 PM - Krishna Ramanujan

Appledore Island, Maine - It's a wind turbine, with a heart, some might say, and the ability to swing out of the way of migrating birds. This custom-designed tower by Robert Pechie, engineer and CEO of Northeast Wind Energy, has a counterbalance and a pivot-point built into the long mast that holds the turbine and allows operators to easily swing the turbine down for maintenance, educational inspections or to protect migrating birds.

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