Energy

Eugene, Oregon, Earns Global Recognition for Its Transportation Efforts
February 8, 2008 09:28 AM - , Worldwatch Institute

Eugene, Oregon, has much to celebrate in its first year of operating the new Emerald Express (EmX) bus rapid transit, or BRT, system. On January 14, the city received a 2008 Sustainable Transport Award “Honorable Mention,” along with Guatemala City and Pereira, Colombia, while the two finalists were London and Paris. Eugene was the only U. S. city selected for the annual award, sponsored by the Institute for Transportation and Development Policy.

EU biodiesel output growth slowed in 2007
February 8, 2008 08:30 AM - Reuters

VERONA, Italy (Reuters) - Growth of the European Union's biodiesel output slowed to not more than 10 percent in 2007 due to increasing competition from the U.S biodiesel, a senior European Biodiesel Board (EBB) official said on Friday.

"If we look at 2007 production, we expect an increase of not more than 10 percent compared to the previous year," EBB Secretary General Raffaello Garofalo told Reuters on the sidelines of a bioenergy conference in Verona, northern Italy.

Sweden Uses Humans to Heat Building
February 7, 2008 09:51 AM - ,

The gorgeous Greta Garbo was from Sweden. Uma Thurman, Candice Bergen, and the wide-eyed Gyllenhaall sibs all trace their pretty genes back to that icy country, too. We've got to say, as a people, the Swedes are pretty smokin'. And now, the people of Sweden are joining their hot bodies together for a good cause: To help the environment.

World Oil Supply: Peak or Not Peak?
February 7, 2008 09:20 AM - , Triple Pundit

Taken together with the sharp and sustained oil price rise, rapid industrial growth in places like China, India and other large developing countries, the rapid rise to political prominence of climate change mitigation and greenhouse gas emissions reduction efforts and associated incentives and incentives to promote alternative, renewable energy sources this has raised the uncertainty of demand for oil - and hence investment conditions – and put oil, and fossil fuel producers more generally, on the defensive. Looking at it cynically, you might say that they can cry all the way to the bank, at least for some time to come.

Google to help green technologies amass scale
February 7, 2008 08:22 AM - Reuters

INDIAN WELLS, California (Reuters) - Google Inc is prepared to invest hundreds of millions of dollars in big commercial alternative-energy projects that traditionally have had trouble getting financing, the executive in charge of its green-energy push said on Wednesday. The Internet search giant, which has said it will invest in researching green technologies and renewable-energy companies, is eager to help promising technologies amass scale to help drive the cost of alternative energy below the cost of coal.

How Will the U.S. Produce 36 Billion Gallons of Biofuel by 2022?
February 5, 2008 09:18 AM - Raya Widenoja, Worldwatch Institute

The new U.S. Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS), signed into law last month as part of the revised Energy Bill, sets high goals for the U.S. biofuels industry. It calls for the production of 36 billion gallons of biofuels—mainly ethanol and biodiesel—annually by 2022, with 21 billion gallons coming from so-called “advanced biofuels,” which can be produced using a variety of new feedstocks and technologies. Of this, roughly 16 billion gallons is expected to be from “cellulosic biofuels,” derived from plant sources such as trees and grasses.

China asks for more leeway on greenhouse gas
February 4, 2008 11:29 PM - Reuters

CANBERRA (Reuters) - China said on Tuesday it should be given more leeway over its rising greenhouse gas emissions as it was a world manufacturer and exporter, benefiting people at home and internationally. "China is a manufacturing country. China produces lots of goods which are not only used in China, but all over the world," Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi told reporters in Australia.

Bush budget doesn't alter ethanol import tariff
February 4, 2008 11:03 AM - Reuters

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Bush administration did not propose any changes to the expiring U.S. ethanol import tariff in its new 2009 government budget that was sent to Congress on Monday, an Energy Department spokeswoman said. The spokesperson said while the 54-cent-a-gallon tariff is set to expire at the end of December during the 2009 budget year, which begins this October 1, the administration will have discussions with lawmakers later this year on what should be done with the tariff.

How to Cut Your Heating Costs
February 4, 2008 09:46 AM - ,

Those of you in Australia and other southerly regions may be spending your weekends sunbathing at the beach, but for most of us in the Northern hemisphere, we've still got months of scarves, earmuffs, and snow shoveling to look forward to. The only way to escape the winter chill is to cozy up in your nice, heated house – but once you get the bill for all that hot air, you start thinking hypothermia doesn't sound so bad, after all.

The Lawn Mower of My Dreams
February 4, 2008 09:37 AM - , Private Landowner Network

I’m in love. With a lawn mower. I’ve never seen her in person, as it were. I’ve never taken her for a stroll around my yard. I’ve only seen her in pictures and I’ve reviewed her, ah, “specifications.” That’s enough. I know she’s perfect for me. The lawn mower in question is Remington Power Tools new cordless PowerMower (tm). It has all the features necessary, for most of us, to replace our dirty and heavily-polluting gasoline-powered mower.

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