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Renewable Energy (Page 2)
Biofuel boom could follow oil price spikeGuardian Unlimited | 01 Mar 2011
When biofuels match oil on price, production could boom in the developing countries that also have the greatest need to boost food supply. The production of biofuels, good thing or not, will be decided by the setting of targets in the big western energy markets, right?
Break-even for a low-carbon economyGuardian Unlimited | 17 Feb 2011
The billions being invested in renewable energy, nuclear and 'clean' coal will pay off financially if oil is over $100 a barrel in 2020, says the energy and climate change secretary. The UK's ambitious low-carbon energy plans will mean energy consumers paying lower bills in 2020 if oil is over $100 per barrel, compared to a fossil-fuelled future. That price is the break-even point, said the energy and climate change secretary, Chris Huhne, today.
Global solar power growth doubled in 2010: studyReuters | 14 Feb 2011
The world added about 16 gigawatts of new solar photovoltaic (PV) power in 2010, double the growth seen a year earlier, the European Photovoltaic Industry Association told Reuters on Monday.
Helena Brett's innovation: charity-shop makeoversGuardian Unlimited | 13 Feb 2011
"I've been loved before, so love me again." So say the swing tickets on the merchandise in Age UK's new-look charity shop in Kentish Town, north London. It's one of 60 new shopfits that will begin to transform its 470 outlets into friendly, stylish retail spaces. "The idea is to make them bright...
Ontario puts moratorium on offshore wind projectsReuters | 11 Feb 2011
The Canadian province of Ontario said on Friday it will not approve any offshore wind projects and will not accept new applications until there is further scientific research on the industry.
European renewable firms see green dawnReuters | 09 Feb 2011
European renewable energy groups gave an upbeat outlook for 2011 on Wednesday, with demand for green products offsetting a long-term struggle with competition and pricing pressure.
More green shoots to lift renewables sectorReuters | 08 Feb 2011
The outlook for renewable energy groups might be lighting up enough to give investors an opportunity to benefit from the struggle against climate change.
Reminder from Egypt: The age of oil isn't going awayWashington Post | 07 Feb 2011
The Age of Oil continues; we need to deal with it. The upheaval in Egypt reminds us of lessons that, despite decades of warnings, Americans have consistently sidestepped: The United States and the rest of the world will depend on oil for the indefinite future; global oil markets remain hostage to political crises that cannot be predicted or controlled; and we have not taken the prudent steps that would reduce - though not eliminate - our vulnerability to catastrophic oil interruptions.
Solar farms sucking up green subsidies as well as sunGuardian Unlimited | 06 Feb 2011
Government funding aimed at encouraging self-generated green power is being diverted to large-scale solar panel installations. Industrial-scale solar farms are threatening a government green subsidy that pays homeowners, schools and community groups for installing solar panels, the Guardian has...
Analyzing long-term impacts of biofuel on the landScienceDaily.com | 03 Feb 2011
Scientists have analyzed five classical long term experiments. Using a process-based carbon balance model, researchers simulated experiments lasting from 79 to 134 years to predict the potential of no tillage management to maintain soil organic carbon.
Business lobby pushes drilling and green energyCNN | 01 Feb 2011
The business lobby, derided by environmentalists for opposing last year's climate change bill, put out an energy plan Tuesday that drew praise from fossil energy industries and threw a few bones to the renewable sector.
Bovine bellies yield clues for new biofuelsReuters | 27 Jan 2011
Researchers looking for better ways to make biofuels turned to experts at breaking down grass -- cattle -- and found more than a dozen new compounds in their guts that might help make new, cheap sources of energy.
U.S. already halfway to Obama's clean energy goalReuters | 26 Jan 2011
The United States is already halfway to meeting President Barack Obama's goal of generating 80 percent of the nation's electricity from clean energy sources by 2035, Energy Secretary Steven Chu said Wednesday.
New labels for wind power productsGuardian Unlimited | 18 Jan 2011
Consumers love certification labels. They allow us to "do the right thing" when shopping with confidence and convenience. Just a quick glance at a familiar logo - Fairtrade, Soil Association, Marine Stewardship Council, Vegan Society, Forestry Stewardship Council, to name just a few – and we can...
Where is the support for this energy source?Guardian Unlimited | 18 Jan 2011
Both harness the Earth's heat, both deliver stable, low-carbon power, but only one benefits from government support in the UKBy mass, 99.9% of the Earth is hotter than 100C. That means that not far below our feet is the power to boil unlimited water and generate clean, renewable energy. Is the UK throwing all it can at this extraordinary opportunity? Of course not, who do you think we are? Germans?
Groups launch wind power product label "WindMade"Reuters | 17 Jan 2011
Groups and companies including WWF and Danish wind turbine maker Vestas on Monday supported the launch of "WindMade" as a label for products made using wind power, aiming to attract green consumers.
Is a solar trade war about to flare?Reuters | 17 Jan 2011
Germany's fifth-biggest solar power park emerges as a smudge on the horizon long before you reach it on the outskirts of the small, sleepy village of Eberswalde, an hour's drive north of Berlin. "In the far distance, you can see it," Peter Kobbe says, pointing through heavy December snowfall as he steers his Citroen van along an icy road.