• Tax credit expiry endangers wind, solar expansion

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Growth of a nascent industry to build and install clean energy sources, like windmills and solar cells, could be stunted if Congress doesn't extend tax incentives set to expire next year, industry officials and lawmakers said on Wednesday.

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  • Mexico to encourage biodiesel production

    "Mexico could develop biodiesel faster than ethanol," said Agriculture Minister Alberto Cardenas at a news conference.

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  • U.S. energy law drives alternative to corn ethanol

    NEW YORK (Reuters) - The U.S. energy bill signed into law by President George W. Bush on Wednesday should drive a billion-dollar domestic business for a low-emissions domestic ethanol made from sources other than corn -- though it could take nearly a decade to go from the lab into car tanks.

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  • Experts: Pricy Oil Will Push Renewable Fuels Development

    MINNEAPOLIS / ST. PAUL - researchers at the University of Minnesota has discovered a silver lining in the increasing cost of oil. Midwest experts in research, government, business and nonprofit sectors who attended the university’s E3 conference last month were surveyed on what they think will promote sustainable energy research within their geographic domain. Forty percent of the respondents said the cost of oil is the primary driver. >> Read the Full Article
  • A $15.8 Billion Organic Electronics Materials Market by 2015

    GLEN ALLEN, Va. - The market for organic electronics materials will be worth $4.9 billion in 2012 surging to $15.8 billion in 2015, according to a new report from NanoMarkets, an industry analyst firm based here. The report, "Organic Harvest: Opportunities in Organic Electronic Materials" is the next in a series that analyzes the market for the semiconductors, conductors, dielectrics and substrates that will be used in the growing organic electronics industry. Details about the report can be found at www.nanomarkets.net. The firm has also released a blog entry that provides additional commentaries from the report at www.nanotopblog.com. Report summaries are available for members of the press upon request. >> Read the Full Article
  • Biofuels: Let's look before we leap

    A commitment to biofuels should be based on a careful assessment of their prospective benefits and costs, not a blind leap of faith. Several years ago, faced with growing food shortages, the government of Burma — now Myanmar — ordered farmers throughout the country to start growing rice, whatever type of land they owned. But rice proved to be totally unsuitable for many of the regions in the country, with the result that many farmers were forced even further into poverty, from which they have yet to recover. >> Read the Full Article
  • Nanotechnology and Meeting Our Energy Needs

    Source: Triple Pundit The US electricity distribution grid is around 100-years old and aging faster than new construction renews it while peak demand for electricity is projected to rise 19 percent nationally during the next decade--capital investments in electrical generation, transmission and distribution are forecast to grow by only 6 percent over the same period, according to the Electrical Power Research Initiative. Researchers at E2TAC, the Energy and Environmental Technology Applications Center at the University at Albany's College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering (CNSE) are researching and developing a range of leading edge nanoscale technologies that hold out the promise of realizing greater yields at lower costs across a range of conventional, as well as renewable alternative power generation technologies. >> Read the Full Article
  • Adsorbed Natural Gas: fuel storage solution?

    Here’s a quiz to test your green car knowledge. Which is considered the greenest, most environmentally friendly, highway capable car sold by a major manufacturer in the US? If you thought Toyota Prius you’d be wrong. According to the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy (ACEEE), as well as the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), it’s actually Honda’s Civic GX NGV, or Natural Gas Vehicle. The EPA has given the car that distinction since 1998 when it was first introduced, at that time to fleets only. (The ACEEE has done the same but only since 2000 when it was first offered to consumers.) >> Read the Full Article
  • EU agrees steep fines to cut car CO2

    BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The European Commission agreed on proposed legislation on Wednesday to force down emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2) from cars with steeply rising fines on manufacturers that fail to comply, an EU source said. The European Union executive set a four-year phase-in period for fines on manufacturers whose fleets exceed an average of 120 grams per km of the main greenhouse gas blamed for global warming from 2012. >> Read the Full Article
  • Biggest U.S. solar panel farms open in Nevada, Colo

    A 14-megawatt solar farm covering 140 acres opened at Nellis Air Force Base near Las Vegas, Nevada on Monday. It will generate 30,000 megawatt hours a year and will supply about a quarter of the electricity used at the air base. About 12,000 people live and work on the base.

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