U.S. Imposes Highest Acid Rain Fine Ever On Kentucky Coal-Fired Plant
September 20, 2007 03:12 PM -
WASHINGTON - In a landmark settlement filed today, East Kentucky Power Cooperative, a coal-fired electric utility, has agreed to pay an $11.4 million penalty to resolve violations of the Clean Air Act's acid rain program, the Department of Justice and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced today.
As part of today's settlement, the U.S. is seeking court-approval for the highest fine ever under the Clean Air Act's acid rain program. The Commonwealth of Kentucky joined in today's consent decree.
The settlement requires that the company take steps to reduce approximately 400 tons of harmful emissions each year and offset another approximately 20,000 tons of emissions released from its Clark County, Ky. facility without a permit.
Largest Ever Wind Turbine Deal Signed
September 20, 2007 12:05 PM - Reuters
FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Greater Gabbard Offshore Winds has signed a preliminary agreement to buy wind turbines from Siemens for an undisclosed sum for its wind farm off the British coast, the German group said on Thursday.
Siemens said in a statement the deal, the largest ever for offshore wind turbines, was for 140 Siemens 3.6 megawatts turbines for delivery in 2009 and 2010.
The agreement is preliminary because Greater Gabbard, a joint venture between Ireland's Airtricity and U.S.-based Fluor, is still finalizing their project finance.
UK Sees Need For Global Biofuel Standards, Protections
September 20, 2007 12:02 PM - Reuters
OXFORD (Reuters) - Global standards must be developed to ensure the growth in the use of biofuels does not have damaging consequences for the environment, Britain's Climate Change Minister Phil Woolas said on Thursday.
"The global community must as a matter of urgency work towards the development of internationally recognized standards for biomass grown to produce biofuels," he told a conference organized by Britain's Renewable Energy Association.
Woolas said several studies had pointed to the dangers of deforestation and rising food prices "if we increase in the wrong way the production of energy."
Biofuels worsen Hungary's drought, expert says
September 20, 2007 08:15 AM - Andras Gergely -Reuters
Biofuel production and burning agricultural by-products in power plants contributed to Hungary's severe drought this year, an academic expert said on Thursday.
'Biopiracy' requires reasoned treatment
September 20, 2007 07:47 AM - , SciDevNet
Scientists have long been implicated, whether actively or tacitly, in developed countries' campaigns to seek out and secure natural resources to fuel industrialisation and maintain their own living standards.This was the motive behind many 'scientific' expeditions to explore and map out the centre of Africa in the nineteenth century. More recently, studying indigenous medicine has become a cost-effective way of identifying active chemical ingredients from plants that might be valuable in modern medicine.
New twist on time-tested technology: Heat Pumps.
September 20, 2007 07:28 AM - , Private Landowner Network
To be realistic, it’s hard to imagine every home, apartment building or condominium complex in the world converting to solar energy for heat, hot water and electricity (or any other onsite renewable energy for that matter). Further, given the low proportion of renewables currently on the world’s power grids, it’s hard to see every building on the planet powered by renewables for quite some time.
NZ to bring in carbon trading, but still lags Kyoto
September 20, 2007 07:03 AM - Reuters
New Zealand said on Thursday it would bring in carbon trading over the next six years as part of efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, though admitted even these measures will not meet its Kyoto Protocol target.
Must Watch TV: Ultimate Green Machines
September 19, 2007 02:35 PM - Paul Schaefer, ENN
LOS ANGELES - From a Maseriati Quattroporte to a '57 Chevy pick-up, all the way to a Cigarette style speedboat, the new TV show "Ultimate Green Machines" will show that any vehicle can still run as fast if not faster than their stock counterparts while being green inside and out. For the series, the producers have assembled a dream team of "off-the-grid", defiant-minded mechanics and fabricators. This team not only thinks outside the box, they are ready to tear it up on the open road and do it green. The production team will also be producing a second show called "Finding Green", an equally intense, following a man with a burning passion and a need to meet a deadline imposed by his multi-million dollar investor. Cameras follow his every move along this often rocky road, as the clock ticks away on his dream.
Hydrogen Shuttle Busses At The University of Missouri
September 19, 2007 02:06 PM - Paul Schaefer, ENN
LEHIGH VALLEY, Pa., - University of Missouri-Rolla students returning to fall classes treated to hydrogen powered shuttle busses - the state's first-ever demonstration program featuring hydrogen as an alternative fuel to power campus shuttle bus services. You can thank a company called Air Products for the development of hydrogen fueling technology and hydrogen infrastructure. The university and the company installed mobile hydrogen fueler technology at a nearby industrial park to provide fuel daily for the state's first hydrogen-powered shuttle bus service.
"It is always exciting to be part of a team leading the introduction of a new technology, and a college campus is a great place to showcase technological innovations," said Bob Kelly, business development manager for Hydrogen Energy Systems at Air Products. "The shuttle buses fueled by Air Products will travel campus streets daily to demonstrate the viability of hydrogen as an alternative fuel. We are pleased to be part of the team and commend the University of Missouri-Rolla for being a leader and promoting the use of alternative fuels and transportation."
Agrofuels Favor Business over Farmers
September 19, 2007 08:16 AM - Laura Carlsen, Global Policy Innovations Program
Agrofuel development has arrived on the global stage. Just this year, the number of declarations, dollars, and development plans devoted to agrofuels is unparalleled. An idea that languished for decades has become the darling of politicians, business, financiers, and the media. Agrofuels, also known as biofuels, have been touted as the solution to the most pressing problems facing U.S. society and the planet. Promoters claim they reduce greenhouse gas emissions, stave off the end of industrial growth based on fossil fuels, are sustainable and renewable, increase energy security, and help farmers.