• Are Renewables Approaching a Tipping Point? Highlights from the REN21 Renewables 2007 Global Status Report

    The REN21 Renewables 2007 Global Status Report presents information about the current status of renewable energy around the world. The report is a joint project of the Worldwatch Institute and REN21 (the Renewable Energy Policy Network for the 21st Century) and was initiated in 2005. The 2007 edition is the third in the series. >> Read the Full Article
  • Nanotech Works for Hydrogen

    Hydrogen is everywhere on our planet, but it is not free to roam. It is always joined at the molecular hip with something else. It is a carrier of energy since it requires energy to break it away from a mate. But when free, hydrogen can be a fuel, a source of energy to do something, to do work. Unfortunately as a carrier of energy hydrogen is not very efficient. It takes considerable energy to separate hydrogen from oxygen or carbon, for instance. By some estimates more energy is needed for separation than hydrogen will give back as fuel – with available technology that is. >> Read the Full Article
  • Oil Price Hits All-Time Record

    It finally happened this week. The price of oil passed the all-time inflation-adjusted peak of $103.76 that was set in April 1980—and is now three times what it was just four years ago. What’s going on? This is a record that virtually none of the world’s oil experts predicted, particularly at a time when the world economy is slumping and the demand for gasoline is now dropping in the United States. Some of the blame may go to speculation and the decline of the dollar. But the roots of the problem run deeper. >> Read the Full Article
  • EU should give more thought to biofuel policy: U.N.

    She also said the United Nations needed an extra $500 million from Western governments to meet a food aid gap this year.

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  • New Zealand to build geothermal plant

    WELLINGTON (Reuters) - State-owned electricity generator Mighty River Power said on Thursday it planned to build a 132 Megawatt geothermal power station to meet growing demand. A final decision on building the plant, to be located at Rotokawa near Taupo in the North Island, would depend on completing procurement contracts, said Mighty River chairman Carole Durbin. >> Read the Full Article
  • Chile's Congress approves renewable energy law

    SANTIAGO (Reuters) - Chile's Congress voted on Wednesday to require electric utilities to invest in and supply nonconventional energy sources (NCES) as part of the government's drive to diversify current tight energy supplies. The vote in favor of the project, which mandates that NCES account for at least 10 percent of the energy supplied by Chile's electric utilities by 2024, was unanimous. >> Read the Full Article
  • Sweden aims for renewable sources for half its energy

    STOCKHOLM (Reuters) - Sweden will aim to get nearly half its energy from renewable sources by 2020 as part of an EU-wide plan, Energy and Enterprise Minister Maud Olofsson said on Wednesday. Olofsson said in Washington that Sweden had been tasked with increasing its share of renewable energy to 49 percent from a current 40 percent as part of binding targets set by the European Union. >> Read the Full Article
  • California cows start passing gas to the grid

    RIVERDALE, California (Reuters) - Imagine a vat of liquid cow manure covering the area of five football fields and 33 feet deep. Meet California's most alternative new energy. On a dairy farm in the Golden State's agricultural heartland, utility PG&E Corp began on Tuesday producing natural gas derived from manure, in what it hopes will be a new way to power homes with renewable, if not entirely clean, energy. >> Read the Full Article
  • Nuclear cannibals: Nuclear power will feed on itself

    Nuclear energy production must increase by more than 10 percent each year from 2010 to 2050 to meet all future energy demands and replace fossil fuels, but this is an unsustainable prospect. According to a report published in Inderscience's International Journal of Nuclear Governance, Economy and Ecology such a large growth rate will require a major improvement in nuclear power efficiency otherwise each new power plant will simply cannibalize the energy produced by earlier nuclear power plants. >> Read the Full Article
  • France, Germany draw battle lines on car emissions

    BRUSSELS (Reuters) - European Union countries that make heavy cars, led by Germany, clashed on Monday with makers of smaller ones such as France over tough measures to force automobile manufacturers to cut carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions. In December, the executive European Commission proposed steep penalties for car makers whose fleet exceeds an average of 120 grams per km of CO2 -- the main greenhouse gas blamed for climate change. >> Read the Full Article