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.
Israeli Researchers To Investigate Ocean Energy Source
August 27, 2007 03:48 PM - Paul Schaefer, ENN
University of Haifa, Israel - The University of Haifa in cooperation with Stanford University, is embarking on a unique, wide-ranging research effort to investigate energy production using a gas lying just below the sea floor, as an alternative to oil.
Department of Energy to Make Available up to $33.8 Million to Support Commercial Production of Cellulosic Biofuels
August 27, 2007 01:37 PM - U.S Department of Energy
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) today announced a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) that will make available up to $33.8 million to support the development of commercially viable enzymes - a key step to enabling bio-based production of clean, renewable biofuels such as cellulosic ethanol. As part of the President’s Twenty in Ten Plan, DOE is pursuing a long-term strategy to support increased availability and cost-effective use of renewable and alternative fuels. Twenty in Ten seeks to displace 20 percent of U.S. gasoline usage by 2017 through diversification of clean energy sources and increased vehicle efficiency.