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Thursday, Aug 92012, 8:09 AMAnother 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) |Thursday, Aug 92012, 8:09 AM| 5 Comments
Wednesday, Aug 82012, 10:01 AMData 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%. |Wednesday, Aug 82012, 10:01 AM| Comment!
Monday, Jan 302012, 6:09 AMNewly 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) |Monday, Jan 302012, 6:09 AM| 12 Comments
Wednesday, Nov 162011, 9:29 AMA 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." |Wednesday, Nov 162011, 9:29 AM| Comment!
Thursday, Oct 202011, 3:57 PMGermany 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." |Thursday, Oct 202011, 3:57 PM| 10 Comments
Friday, Jul 82011, 11:46 AMThe clean tech sector is poised for a major crash, writes Devon Swezey. He says in order to break the boom-and-bust cycle backed by federal subsidies, the U.S. needs to back early-stage R&D with a goal of building a clean energy program able to compete at scale. The clean tech sector stands as the one of the few in positive territory today, +0.2%. |Friday, Jul 82011, 11:46 AM| Comment!
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Thursday, Jan 62011, 2:50 PMChina unveils plans aimed at providing energy for its growing economy while lessening dependence on fossil fuels. So-called clean energy accounts for 8 percent of fuel supplies today, but is hoped to double by 2020, helped by investing $755M in nuclear, hydro, wind, and other sources. |Thursday, Jan 62011, 2:50 PM| Comment!