• 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
  • Salt could shake up world energy supply

    TOFTE, Norway (Reuters) - Only up to powering light bulbs so far, "salt power" is a tantalizing if distant prospect as high oil prices make alternative energy sources look more economical. Two tiny projects to mix sea and river water -- one by the fjord south of Oslo, the other at a Dutch seaside lake -- are due on stream this year and may point to a new source of clean energy in estuaries from the Mississippi to the Yangtze. >> Read the Full Article
  • Aid needed to help China make carbon cuts

    nternational carbon funds should be aggressively directed towards helping China avoid the use of carbon-rich technologies, say Ning Zeng and colleagues in this Science article. Action is needed despite significant gains in energy efficiency, they note, because based on current economic growth rates and levels of carbon intensity (emissions per unit of gross domestic product) China's emissions by 2030 will equal today's entire global output. >> Read the Full Article
  • Green Energy Could Avoid Recession.

    So far the industry sector that includes clean, renewable and efficient energy has been holding up well under continuing bad news from just about every other segment of the US economy. Green energy stands out as a bright spot in an otherwise cloudy economic picture. There’s a long list of good reasons for the strength of green >> Read the Full Article