• Love biofuels? API turns to online matchmaking

    The American Petroleum Institute launched an online marketplace yesterday that enables petroleum refiners, blenders and importers to identify sellers of renewable fuels credits. The API Credit Exchange, dubbed ACE, comes three months after President Bush signed into law an energy bill that requires the nation to consume 9 billion gallons of ethanol, biodiesel and other renewable fuels this year. The consumption requirement revs up to 36 billion gallons a year annually by 2022 (Greenwire , Dec. 14, 2007). >> Read the Full Article
  • Climate at core of London election

    LONDON (Reuters) - London's Labour Mayor Ken Livingstone put climate at the core of his re-election campaign on Tuesday, trying for the first time in Britain to make the environment a key electoral issue. With Livingstone and his main opponent Conservative mayoral candidate Boris Johnson being actively backed by the leaders of their national parties, the campaign could have implications for the next general election due by mid-2010. >> Read the Full Article
  • Heat Transfer Unveils High-Efficiency ModCon Boiler

    EAST FREETOWN, MASS.— The new, 94 percent-efficient ModCon Commercial Condensing Boiler from Heat Transfer Products features a high-grade Inconel, load-matching gas burner with a five-to-one turndown ratio, to meet the variable needs for space heating and domestic hot water in a single application. The 500,000 Btu per hour model, for example, will operate as low as 100,000 Btu/h, saving energy on warmer spring and fall days when the heating load is light and spans just a few hours. >> Read the Full Article
  • Can India Improve Energy Efficiency as Its Economy Booms?

    In India, new building codes, appliance eco-labels, and conservation contests are all bringing energy efficiency to the national agenda. Some citizens have even adopted an energy-conscious pledge—“Saving electricity is my national duty”—agreeing to switch off appliances and use energy-saving light bulbs. But beyond the rhetoric, India’s efforts to improve energy efficiency have been slow and often frustrating, analysts say. >> Read the Full Article
  • Innovative Tower To Feature Atrium Of Wind Turbines

    The “Clean Technology Tower” is a highly efficient building which will be constructed in Chicago. The tower will have wind turbines positioned at the corners of the building, to capture wind at its highest velocity as it accelerates around the tower. At the apex, where wind speeds are at a maximum, a domed double roof cavity directs the wind towards an array of wind turbines. The negative pressure created by the turbines will be used to ventilate interior spaces. The dome itself is shaded by solar cells that capture the southern sun. >> Read the Full Article
  • The Reality of Renewables

    In the 1970s they were called “new and renewable energies” a grouping that allowed energy planners to lump nuclear energy (relatively new) in with hydro, solar, wind and biomass. A WBCSD Learning by Sharing session at our October meeting in Brussels focused on new and renewable energies in Europe and some of the barriers to realizing the high official hopes for them there. The very name renewable has great appeal, as it promises unlimited sources of relatively clean energy daily, such as sunlight or a breeze. But today, when we need them to greatly reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, they are not ready because they were never able to overcome the marketplace muscle of cheap coal and oil. >> Read the Full Article
  • Obama eyes active role in oil markets

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Democrat Barack Obama would take an active role in U.S. oil markets as president, tackling concerns about the dominance of large oil companies and eyeing the Strategic Petroleum Reserve as a potential weapon to combat high prices, his top energy adviser said. Jason Grumet, the presidential hopeful's key energy and environmental policy aide, told Reuters this week that an Obama administration would crack down on any competition lapses in the sector that have resulted from big corporate mergers. >> Read the Full Article
  • Grumbling over ethanol mounts among food execs

    CHICAGO (Reuters) - Prices for commodities are steadily rising and top food industry executives are grumbling that costs will not fall as long as the U.S. government continues to subsidize corn growers for making ethanol. The ethanol industry has been blamed for everything from rising food prices to environmental damage, and its heavy use of corn has even divided the farm community. Grain farmers celebrate record prices while livestock producers and bakers complain about rising costs. >> Read the Full Article
  • Renewable impact on power costs must be clear: S&P

    NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. utilities and states must do a better job of explaining the potential costs of complying with renewable portfolio standards or risk consumer backlash if those costs show up in power bills, officials at Standard & Poor's said in a conference on Tuesday. Twenty-nine states and the District of Columbia have some type of RPS. Other states and the federal government, which has not yet been successful, are considering the standards. >> Read the Full Article
  • Dutch minister sees no need for biofuels moratorium

    THE HAGUE (Reuters) - A national moratorium on the use of biofuels would not stop other countries producing unsustainably and a better strategy would be to develop industry standards, the Dutch environment minister said on Wednesday. The United Nations Special Rapporteur on the right to food called for a five-year moratorium on biofuels last year, saying it was a "crime against humanity" to convert food crops to fuel. >> Read the Full Article