• NRC Reverses Nuclear Fuel Secrets Policy

    The Nuclear Regulatory Commission reversed a three-year secrecy policy and said Tuesday it would release hundreds of documents involving the troubled operations of a Tennessee nuclear fuel processing plant. The commission said it had directed its staff to review and make public some 1,900 documents that had been kept secret under the veil of national security involving Nuclear Fuel Services Inc. in Erwin and BWX Technologies in Lynchburg, Va. >> Read the Full Article
  • Euro Car Makers Lag Behind Japanese Hybrids; Try To Close Gap

    MILAN (Reuters) - Car makers will show off their latest efforts to fight pollution at Frankfurt's autoshow next week by unveiling models with improvements rather than substitutes to the standard internal combustion engine. Under pressure to reduce harmful emissions produced by their vehicles amid fears of global warming, they are keen to show the greenest of intentions with the latest line of engines that consume fuel more efficiently. For anything more advanced, like a hybrid engine, PSA Peugeot Citroen, Mercedes Benz and others will need another two years before they can show anything worthy of the road, far behind their Japanese rivals. >> Read the Full Article
  • Plug and Play Algae Production for Biofuels?

    The US seems to be closing in on the bust end of another of its usual boom-bust economic cycles. (This time too many less-than-wealthy buyers were duped by greedy mortgagers into buying overpriced homes. The last boom-bust was what, overvalued dot-coms?) Anyway chin up, we’ll survive and the next boom could begin late in the current president’s term, and the next man or woman behind the desk in the Oval Office will get all the credit for the economic upturn. (Which, too, will eventually go sour. It’s the American way.) >> Read the Full Article
  • Bank-Led Satellite Imagery Sheds More Light on Gas Flaring Pollution

    From more than 400 miles in space, the World Bank is pinpointing the true extent of one of the planet’s major environmental problems – gas flaring. The problem isn’t new. Gas flaring – a byproduct of petroleum production that spews about 400 millions of tons of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere – has been going on for decades. But new satellite imagery, commissioned by the Bank’s Global Gas Flaring Reduction public-private partnership, is showing that some countries are burning off more gas than what was initially reported. >> Read the Full Article
  • Ontario Government Set To Double Achievements On Renewable Energy

    Ontario is moving forward to add an additional 2,000 megawatts (MW) of green renewable power, Energy Minister Dwight Duncan announced today. The procurements that will flow from today's directive to the Ontario Power Authority will bring the amount of renewable energy acquired by the McGuinty government to 4,000 MW. >> Read the Full Article
  • Chicago: Nation's Largest School Bus Company Switches Entire Fleet To Bio-Fuel

    CHICAGO - The nation's largest independent school bus company, the Cook Illinois Corporation in Chicago, is switching its entire fleet of school buses to burn bio diesel fuel. Biodiesel is a cleaner-burning diesel fuel made from natural, renewable sources such as vegetable oils. In addition, company officials will kick off a new Clean Air Club for kids and a new website that teaches kids about the importance of reducing air pollution. Cook-Illinois is now the largest school bus fleet in Illinois and the largest independently owned bus company in the country to use this new fuel. >> Read the Full Article
  • Dutch Build Towering Wind Turbines Out At Sea

    IJMUIDEN, Netherlands - There is no shortage of wind in the densely-populated Netherlands but there is a shortage of space and in a nation which likes its houses small and its gardens cosy, opposition to wind farms is immense. That is why a new Dutch wind farm is being built so far out to sea it is barely visible on the horizon, reducing the visual impact of its 60 turbines to virtually nil whilst at the same time harnessing higher offshore wind speeds. >> Read the Full Article
  • New Trend - The First Wind Turbine On The Block

    MARIETTA, GEORGIA - It may be the first in this Atlanta neighborhood, but definitely isn't the last. Not in Georgia or elsewhere. That's because the small-scale residential wind generator installed last week in the side yard of Christine and Curt Mann, in one of Atlanta's oldest neighborhoods, will generate between 200 to 400 kWh a month on average, powering most of the Mann home and eliminating as much CO2 from the atmosphere as an acre of mature, healthy trees. That kind of savings, as marketers say, has 'viral' appeal. >> Read the Full Article
  • U.S. Oil Companies Monitor Felix, Output Unharmed

    U.S. Gulf of Mexico oil and natural gas producers were monitoring powerful Hurricane Felix as it churned through the Caribbean Sea on Sunday, but none had reported reduced offshore production or evacuated workers to onshore locations. >> Read the Full Article
  • New Technology: Aircraft In-Wheel Motors Save Fuel, Reduce CO2

    ASHBURN, Va. - An aerospace company has engineered an electric motor and generator system that eliminate the use of jet engines for taxiing and other ground maneuvers. The technology will potentially save millions in fuel costs and reduce CO2. >> Read the Full Article