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    | Wed, Nov. 23, 4:35 AM | 14 Comments
  • Nov. 12, 2014, 3:57 AM
    • Following over nine months of talks and negotiations, the U.S. and China have announced a landmark agreement to curb carbon emissions.
    • Under the joint plan, the U.S would emit 26% to 28% less carbon in 2025 than it did in 2005. China has pledged to stop its emissions from growing by 2030, its first-ever commitment to do so.
    • ETFs: GRN, PBW, QCLN, GEX, PBD, ICLN, PZD, PUW, HECO
    | Nov. 12, 2014, 3:57 AM | 8 Comments
  • Sep. 24, 2014, 4:35 AM
    • President Barack Obama urged countries to follow the U.S.'s lead on combating global warming at yesterday's U.N. Climate Summit.
    • While leaders were united on laying the groundwork for a new global climate-change treaty, sharp differences arose on matters such as deforestation, carbon pollution and methane leaks from oil and gas production.
    • The U.S. also decided not to join 73 countries in supporting a price on carbon, which Congress previously indicated it would reject.
    • ETFs: GRN, PBW, QCLN, GEX, PBD, ICLN, PZD, PUW, HECO
    | Sep. 24, 2014, 4:35 AM
  • May 6, 2014, 10:44 AM
    • Climate change is having a present-day, negative impact on Americans' everyday lives and is damaging the U.S. economy, and calls on governments to find ways to lower emissions, particularly from energy production, according to a new National Climate Assessment report.
    • But you can't expect people to willingly reduce their standard of living, so even as the U.S. turns away from coal, there are ready markets for America’s coal across the globe.
    • Coal is so cheap that it is likely for many years to be the cornerstone for many nations’ energy policies: U.S. coal offers much of Europe a less expensive alternative than coal from nearby mines even including transportation costs, Japan looks to spend billions of dollars on new coal-fired plants, while coal is likely to be the fuel of China into the foreseeable future.
    • ETFs: XLE, ERX, KOL, VDE, OIH, ERY, DIG, PBW, DUG, IYE, QCLN, GEX, PBD, PXJ, ICLN, PXI, PZD, PSCE, FENY, RYE, PUW, FXN, DDG, HECO
    | May 6, 2014, 10:44 AM | 15 Comments
  • Aug. 9, 2012, 8:09 AM
    Another coal-fired power plant is set to go dark, the Rochester, MN utilities board voting to retire its Silver Lake facility. Cheap natural gas and wind power is making it cheaper to buy power off the regional grid, and there's also the whole clean air thing. (see also)
    | Aug. 9, 2012, 8:09 AM | 5 Comments
  • Aug. 8, 2012, 10:01 AM

    Data for the construction of power generation facilities in H1 paints a stark picture of the ascendance of natural gas, with 3,708 MW gas-fired plants built, 2,367 MW of wind farms developed, and 1,608 MW of coal stations constructed. Gas provides 41.8% of U.S. electricity, coal 29.7%, nuclear 9.2%, water 8.7%, wind 4.3%, geothermal 0.3%, and solar 0.3%.

    | Aug. 8, 2012, 10:01 AM
  • Jan. 30, 2012, 6:09 AM

    Newly released data confirms the rising trend in world temperatures ended in 1997, and leading climate scientists say the sun is now heading towards a ‘grand minimum’ in its output which threatens colder seasons. This could have significant long-term consequences for investments in alternative energy technologies, as much of it has been driven by fears of man-made global warming. (submitted by John Petersen)

    | Jan. 30, 2012, 6:09 AM | 6 Comments
  • Nov. 18, 2011, 1:16 PM

    A U.N.-created panel finds climate change is responsible for cases of extreme weather  - citing floods, monsoons, and heat waves outside the normal range of occurrences. A report issued by IPCC (.pdf) on the controversial topic expresses "high confidence" that daily temperatures have increased due to greenhouse gases. Will green-leaning ETFs such as PBD, ICLN, PBD, PBW, QCLN, and PZD see a kick from upcoming talks on a new climate agreement or will a slumping global economy keep climate control on the backburner?

    | Nov. 18, 2011, 1:16 PM | 18 Comments
  • Nov. 16, 2011, 9:29 AM

    A detailed forecast from Bloomberg New Energy Finance projects clean energy investments may double by 2020 to $395B. The report sees China taking over the renewable energy spending lead from Europe in 2014 with India, the Middle East, and Africa upping their spending rapidly. "Last year’s record renewable energy investment was no one-off despite the recent economic gloom."

    | Nov. 16, 2011, 9:29 AM
  • Oct. 20, 2011, 3:57 PM

    Germany shows it's serious about developing alternative energy sources with a program set to invest a staggering $137B in renewable energy projects over the next five years. With its strong financial commitment and nuclear power firmly in the rear-view mirror, analysts see the nation positioned to work out the dilemmas and problems that will undoubtedly crop up: "Germany is in a very promising position to be the first industrialized country to rely entirely on renewable energy."

    | Oct. 20, 2011, 3:57 PM | 10 Comments
  • Oct. 17, 2011, 10:24 AM

    Solazyme (SZYM +1%) signs a two-year joint development agreement with Unilever (UN -1.7%), expanding a current R&D commitment to develop renewable oil products. It's been a rocky comeback for beat-up shares of the company with concerns about government spending weighing on the clean tech sector.

    | Oct. 17, 2011, 10:24 AM
  • Oct. 5, 2011, 10:12 AM

    Satcon Technology (SATC) posts a 10.8% gain after the firm gets selected by Q-Cells to supply an additional 40MW of its solar power conversion systems for an Ontario project.

    | Oct. 5, 2011, 10:12 AM
  • Sep. 28, 2011, 7:32 AM

    Nike (NKE) reinvents itself with a plan to set up a venture capital division designed to back green-tech companies and startups. The company says by fostering new sources of energy and sustainability it may be able to improve its own production. "Leveraging innovation in sustainability can be a vehicle for growth," adds one exec.

    | Sep. 28, 2011, 7:32 AM | 1 Comment
  • Aug. 25, 2011, 8:35 AM

    Clean Energy Fuels (CLNE) is up 5.7% premarket after announcing it landed $150M in working capital from new investors. The investment in the energy concern is in the form of 7.50% convertible notes due in 2016, and will be used to support a broad clean energy infrastructure program.

    | Aug. 25, 2011, 8:35 AM
  • Jul. 15, 2011, 4:03 PM
    Freakonomics dissects the pro-environment consumer, and finds a propensity to signal a green commitment by buying the more hybrid-looking car or placing solar panels on the front of the house - even if the back receives more sun. A recent study found a 3.5% premium for solar panels in towns with more college grads and Prius hybrids. Consider KWT, TAN and ICLN, but watch out for competition from China.
    | Jul. 15, 2011, 4:03 PM | 2 Comments
  • Jul. 11, 2011, 1:03 PM

    Another day, another take on alternative energy. Today's slant: Government should be the one to invest in wind, solar, nuclear, biofuels and other energy souces because free markets allocate capital based on trends and growth, and miss out on investing in energy insurance policies for large oil price spikes and black swan events.

    | Jul. 11, 2011, 1:03 PM | 31 Comments
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