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April 27, 2007
AEP says it won't abandon coal plans-- Challenges add 4 years to
Regulatory hurdles, legal challenges and slow site work will
keep American Electric Power from starting operations at two
coal-fired plants along the Ohio River until the middle of the
Agency gives draft corridor status to US Southwest, Mid-Atlantic
The US Energy Department Thursday named two preliminary "national
interest electric transmission corridors," a move that could pave the way for
controversial eminent domain use by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.
Alaska gas legislation advances after legislature makes changes
Alaska Governor Sarah Palin's legislation setting the framework for new
natural gas pipeline proposals has cleared two additional hurdles in the state
Legislature, with several changes made in the bills.
Algae Killing Birds, Sealife in California
A bloom of ocean algae that produces a toxic acid has
sickened and killed hundreds of birds, sea lions and dolphins in
California, environmentalists said.
Birds and animals have been washing up on shores from San
Diego to San Francisco Bay.
Australia selects fourth solar city
The government of Australia will provide Aus$12.3 million to
install solar PV panels on 230 buildings and 1,000 solar hot
water systems in the Northern Territory town of Alice Springs.
Bolivia Takes Control Of Energy Reserves From Foreign Firms
In May 2006, after he was elected on promises to share the gas wealth
with Bolivians, Morales nationalized the industry, scrapping the old
contracts on the grounds that they were not enforceable under Bolivia's
constitution, which prohibits the state from selling or leasing mineral
Branson Tells Canada to 'Flick Off', Save Energy
British billionaire Richard
Branson promised a music festival prize on Wednesday to the Canadian
community that does the most to cut its greenhouse gas emissions in an
environmental challenge called Flick Off.
shows support for wind power
Boise State University is showing support
for renewable energy by purchasing green energy credits from a local
wind farm, a small step toward easing the university's dependence on
power imported from outside Idaho.
Bureaucrats undermine U.S. energy policy for renewables, industry
U.S. bureaucrats are undermining the renewable energy
industry, according to the Geothermal Energy Association.
“It's been nearly two years since Congress passed EPAct (2005
Energy Policy Act) and rules implementing key geothermal
provisions are still not completed,”...
Canada announces new climate change plan, sets sector targets
Industrial sector emissions reduction targets were announced by Canada's
Conservative government Thursday after weeks of anticipation and speculation.
Canada's largest solar farm to be built in Ont.
Ontario's decision to host North America's largest solar
farm is a step in the right direction, but the relatively large project
is just a fraction of the total energy supply and does little to clean
up the province's act, critics said Thursday.
Canada's New Government supports clean air and energy efficiency
projects in Prince Edward Island
Canada's Minister of the Environment, John Baird today
announced $15 million in funding for Prince Edward Island as part of a
trust fund set up by Canada's New Government to support provincial and
territorial projects to help reduce greenhouse gas emissions and air
Canadian government embraces Kyoto Protocol, backs exchange plan
Canada's Conservative government late Tuesday unexpectedly reversed its
position and helped pass a House of Commons motion calling for greenhouse gas
caps to meet Kyoto obligations as a prerequisite for establishing a carbon
exchange in Montreal.
Canadian Rig activity falls to lowest April level since 1999
Canadian rig activity has fallen to its lowest April level since 1999,
contributing to another sharp downward revision in 2007 well completion
forecasts by the Petroleum Services Association of Canada.
China to Force Rain Ahead of Olympics
Chance of showers during the 2008 Beijing Olympics: 50
percent. But Chinese meteorologists have a plan to bring sunshine. The
meteorologists say they can force rain in the days before the Olympics,
through a process known as cloud-seeding, to clean the air and ensure
China Will Pass U.S. As Polluter--Report
China will pass the United States as the world's biggest source of
greenhouse gasses this year, an official with the International Energy
Agency was quoted as saying.
Coal Power Worsening Australia Drought - Green Group
Australia's coal industry, one
of the world's biggest, is aggravating the country's worst drought in
centuries, which may raise questions about expanding production, the
head of an environmental group said on Wednesday.
College Students Lead the U.S. towards a Greener Future
Students from Western Washington University drove from
Washington State to Washington, D.C., in a car entirely powered by biodiesel
fuel made from recovered landfill methane. Northwestern students built a
solar powered system that provides electricity to a rural town in
Panama, miles away from any electric power grid.
County supervisors sidestep power plant controversy
The Black Hawk County Board of
Supervisors has balked at the chance to weigh in on a proposed
coal-fired power plant on Newell Road.
Crude futures fall slightly on positive Iran-EU talks
Global crude futures Thursday surrendered part of the large gains seen
Wednesday after the release of the latest US inventory data by the Energy
Information Administration and the American Petroleum Institute.
Crude futures weaken, move away from influence of gasoline
Global crude futures were a touch weaker Friday in intraday trading, still
underpinned by the current strength of gasoline but to a lesser degree than
earlier in the week, market sources said.
Drought Threatens Australia's Hydropower Scheme
Australia's biggest renewable
electricity source, the Snowy Hydro power scheme, may have to shut down
major generating turbines due to the nation's crippling 10-year drought.
control support rising
Passing strong climate change legislation at
the state level makes good environmental and economic sense,
according to the author of landmark emission control laws in
EPA accused of flouting Supreme Court
The government proposed a pollution standard for power
plants Wednesday that critics said flouts the spirit of a Supreme Court
ruling on clean air enforcement.
EPA Proposes Refined Emissions Test to Improve Safety, Reliability, and
Efficiency of Existing Power Plants
EPA is proposing further options to change the emissions test used to
determine if the New Source Review (NSR) permitting program would apply when
an existing power plant makes a physical or operational change
Ethanol Vehicles Pose A Significant Risk To Human Health, Study Finds
Ethanol is widely touted as
an eco-friendly, clean-burning fuel. But if every vehicle in the United
States ran on fuel made primarily from ethanol instead of pure gasoline,
the number of respiratory-related deaths and hospitalizations would
likely increase, according to a new study by Stanford University
atmospheric scientist Mark Z. Jacobson.
EU survey shows strong support for renewables
The study was designed to understand to what extent citizens
link the way energy is produced and used to global climate
change, to assess their perceptions regarding various possible
actions in saving energy, and to explore the willingness of
citizens to involve the EU in resolving these issues.
Governor Rendell Hails Legislative Support for Energy
With legislation now introduced in the House, Governor Edward
G. Rendell said today Pennsylvania is a major step closer to
realizing the goals of his Energy Independence Strategy.
Green is growing
When Great River Energy CEO Michael
Finley calls the company's future headquarters "a showcase," he's not
just talking about the building's sleek style and setting on the south
shore of Arbor Lake in Maple Grove.
Hach Launches The GuardianBlue Early Warning System
Hach Company announced it has received SAFETY Act Designation and
Certification from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) for
GuardianBlue(TM) —the first and only early warning monitoring system
designed to help cities protect their drinking water systems from terrorist
contamination attacks and real-world events.
Honeywell Helps California City Go Green
Honeywell today announced an energy and
environmental conservation program for the City of Perris, Calif.,
located in Riverside County, that is expected to reduce the city's
energy use and significantly decrease greenhouse gas emissions.
Ice Shrinks, Birds Migrate Early in Warmer Arctic
A Norwegian glacier has shrunk
on an island 1,000 km (600 miles) from the North Pole, a usually frozen
fjord is ice-free and snow bunting birds have migrated back early in
possible signs of global warming.
It's in the air: Earth Day was April 22. And if Christmas
Day is the day when we're all a little kinder, if only for a
short while, Earth Day is the day when we're all a little
greener -- if only for a short while.
It's STILL all about the gasoline
US gasoline stocks continued to be drawn down well
below normal levels for this time of year, according
to the data released this morning from the EIA.
While 700,000 of the 2.8 million barrel decline was
on the isolated West Coast, inventories fell in
Johnson says US EPA reviewing California request to regulate CO2
US Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Stephen Johnson told a
Senate panel Tuesday that the agency has started the process for considering
California' petition to regulate carbon dioxide from motor vehicles.
Key Points in Canada's Plan to Cut Greenhouse Gases
Here are key elements of the
Canadian government's plan to lower greenhouse gas emissions, which
includes curbs on industrial pollution and measures to reduce energy
Lower Ark Valley banking on renewable energy bounce
There's an ongoing drought that is drying
farm and ranch lands; two blizzards buried the area, killing about
10,000 cattle in late December; and a lethal tornado whipped the town of
Holly just last month. With all the obstacles laid in front of them,
area leaders and residents are looking to renewable energy to help boost
the economy in the region.
Maryland Approves Energy Efficiency and Solar Energy Bills
Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley signed 173 bills on
Tuesday, including three bills to encourage energy efficiency and
renewable energy within the state. Senate Bill 103, the Maryland Clean
Cars Act of 2007, requires the state's Department of Environment to
follow California's lead in establishing a low-emissions vehicle program
that will go into effect with the 2011 model year.
McGuinty Government Supports Green Energy innovation
The Ontario government is supporting leading-edge research that
will increase renewable energy, create high-skill jobs and attract
new investment to the province, Premier and Minister of Research
and Innovation Dalton McGuinty announced today.
Mine Test Seeks Capture of Powerful Greenhouse Gas
The Department of Energy (DOE) has joined in sponsoring the
first U.S. test of a system that may make a major contribution to
reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Using a new application of
existing technology, engineers will attempt to capture methane in
underground coal mine air, and if successful could limit emission
of a greenhouse gas with more than 20 times the warming potential
Moving Forward On Renewable, Low-Carbon Energy From America's Oceans
The House Natural Resources
Committee, Subcommittee on Fisheries, Wildlife and Oceans, and
Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources held a joint oversight
hearing on “Renewable Energy Opportunities and Issues on the Outer
Nevada Urged to Find Way to Transfer Renewable Energy From Remote Areas
Nevada has enough renewable energy resources to meet the state's
power demands but still needs to find a way to transmit that
energy from remote areas, a federal energy official said Friday.
New Report Summarizes Ozone Layer Protection
After nearly 20 years of international treaty
protection, the six-mile-high ozone layer that shields the earth from
harmful solar rays is on the road to recovery, but challenges remain,
EPA reports. Achievements in Stratospheric Ozone Protection: Progress
Report highlights U.S. contributions toward healing the ozone layer.
New York State sets goals to encourage renewables
A plan to reduce energy costs and curb pollution will focus
on renewables, as well as energy efficiency and conservation as
the keys to achieving economic and environmental goals. The goals
include a 15% reduction in electricity consumption from 2015 forecast
Northwest Debate-- Is Hydropower 'Clean'?
The power company that owns four hydroelectric dams on the
Klamath River says the dams provide a crucial source of so-called
clean energy at a time when carbon emissions have become one of
the world's foremost environmental concerns.
NRC proposes assessing aircraft impact on new reactor designs
NRC has proposed assessing aircraft crash resistance in new reactor
designs. The agency is considering requiring new design applicants to "assess
how the design, to the extent practicable, can have greater built-in
protections to avoid or mitigate the effects of a large commercial aircraft
impact," NRC said April 24.
Old proposal comes back in new form of hourly emissions rule
The Environmental Protection Agency Wednesday proposed an industry-backed
emissions rule for electric utilities that a host of states and environmental
groups say conflicts with a Supreme Court decision handed down earlier this
Opinion Poll Finds Public Opinion Divided On Global Warming
Vizu Corporation, the company democratizing market
research, and Green Home Inc., the premier resource for environmentally
preferable products and services on the Internet, co-released a Global
Warming Report today, revealing a growing divide in how the public is
reacting to global warming news.
Producing Renewable Fuels From Renewable Energy
In the fall of 2008, XL Dairy Group, Inc.
will begin operations at its .Vicksburg, Arizona, facility as a
self-contained biorefinery designed to produce high-grade ethanol,
biodiesel, milk and dairy products, and animal feed -- along with
100% of the energy required to run the plant.
Pro-offshore US drilling bills won't pass before 2009-- Barton
The ranking Republican on the US House Energy and Commerce Committee, Joe
Barton, said Wednesday there is "not a prayer of a chance" for any legislation
authorizing additional offshore oil and natural gas exploration and
development to pass this session of Congress.
PSU Taking Wind Power for a Whirl
In one vision of the future, the roof of your office building
will be a colorful garden of toplike electrical generators
whirling in the wind.
Putin calls for higher share of nuclear, coal, hydro generation
Russia's president Vladimir Putin Thursday said Russia needs to increase
its power generation by two thirds by 2020 and raise the share of nuclear,
coal and hydropower generation.
PV manufacturer to invest US$250 million
Kyocera will expand its manufacturing capacity for solar
modules to 500 MW a year by 2011, in response to global demand.
Quote of the
"Crude oil was quick to give back the entire Nigerian
premium it took the day before", said oil analysts Petromatrix. "And with
continued reports of US refinery glitches it is clearly gasoline against the
world. All relative values of gasoline have improved (cracks, spreads) while
timespreads on crude have weakened."
On Tuesday, crude
futures slumped more than a dollar a barrel after Brent slipped under the
$68/barrel mark for the frist time this month, prompting a technical
"Technically, while gasoline has a life of its
own, crude oil has not been able to break the strong resistance of previous
Quote of the
"Despite a new series of refinery problems in the US
taking prompt gasoline prices to new recent highs, crude oil could not break
the resistance. It is now the 14th day out of the last 19 that Brent crude
oil has traded above 68.00 $/bbl without being able to settle above 69.00
said oil analysts
Petromatrix in their daily report.
Renewable energy emphasis means jobs, new study says
Jennifer M. Granholm's emphasis on developing an alternative
energy sector will create jobs and strengthen the economy,
according to a new study released Friday.
Renewable Power Key to 'Green Growth'-- Report
China can achieve economic growth without degrading the
environment, by using renewable energy and raising energy
efficiency, an energy investigation report has said.
Renewables cited for helping military objectives
Deploying renewable energies is one approach to securing
power to U.S. military installations for critical missions,
according to a report on climate change prepared by a group of
retired generals and admirals.
Report of Solar-Geophysical Activity 042607
The geomagnetic field is expected to be quiet to
unsettled on 27 April. A recurrent coronal hole high speed stream is
expected to become geoeffective on 28 April. Expect unsettled to
minor storm conditions on 28 - 29 April.
Rethink Coal Plant, Critics Urge-- Environmentalists Take a Step Toward
a Legal Challenge of Duke Energy's Plans
Five environmental groups have asked state regulators to
reconsider a decision allowing Duke Energy to build a coal-fired
electric plant west of Charlotte.
Schwarzenegger Warns of California Suit Against EPA
California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger Wednesday
threatened to sue the Environmental Protection Agency if it fails to act
soon on a state bid to crack down on greenhouse gas emissions from cars.
Scientists Demand Changes to Film by Global Warming Skeptic
A group of British climate scientists is demanding
changes to a skeptical documentary about global warming, saying there
are grave errors in the program billed as a response to Al Gore's "An
Scientists study efficient energy usage
U.S. government scientists have launched a program aimed at
adapting homes and buildings to use electricity and other energy
sources more efficiently.
Scientists Track Impact Of Asian Dust And Pollution On Clouds, Climate
Scientists using one of the nation's
newest and most capable research aircraft are launching a far-reaching
field project this month to study plumes of airborne dust and pollutants
that originate in Asia and journey to North America.
Shedding Light on PUC Decisions
The line to distinguish lobbying for legislative
purposes and judicial purposes is about to get a lot
brighter. The Georgia Public Service Commission is taking
up the issue in full view of the citizens -- a discussion
that will pit utilities against consumer and citizen
Southern Belgium to get new biomass-fired 3.29-MW CHP July 2008
Southern Belgium is to have a new biomass-fired combined heat and power
plant with a net power output of 3.29 MW due online in July 2008, contractor
Wartsila Corporation said Wednesday.
Study finds alternative energy top of mind
A survey of 607 homeowners in Michigan, Wisconsin, Ohio and
Illinois found that 87 percent consider developing alternative
energy products and processes to be very important to critical.
Swiss Nuclear Adviser Says Waste Management Cause for Concern
The country's nuclear power plants have never been safer,
according to the Swiss Federal Nuclear Safety Inspectorate - but
there is cause for concern. The inspectorate said no serious
incidents were recorded in any of the five power plants during
2006, but its expert panel says that areas including waste
management leave something to be desired.
Taiwan power outage looms, some fear
China's missiles may not be the biggest
danger to Taiwan. A possible power shortage could cause blackouts
within three years and weaken the nation's economy.
Terry pushes hydrogen fuel cell tax credit
The United States should be moving much
faster to reduce its dependence on fossil fuels, and one potential
solution may lie in the muggy confines of the Lied Jungle at Omaha's
The Collective Impact of State RPS Initiatives
There are currently 21 state renewable
portfolio standards (RPS) underway in the U.S., with 12 other states
considering passing such laws. The collective environmental and
political impact of these initiatives is significant. As state
governments and utilities realize the importance of implementing a
RPS, their actions are reducing greenhouse gas emissions and
encouraging federal lawmakers to push for a national renewable
U.S. energy group calls for federal RPS
The United States should adopt a federal renewable energy
portfolio standard of at least 15% of electricity generated by
2020, according to a bipartisan group of top energy experts.
U.S. Government Scientists Urge Preparation for Climate Change
Leading U.S. government scientists tell Congress that, given
the evidence, now is the time to provide adequate resources to
prepare for the potential impact of changes in the earth's
US Canal Project Raises Tensions With Mexico
Mexico - For decades, Mexican
farmers and US consumers have shared water from one of the world's
largest irrigation canals running along part of the parched
US Has Huge Appetite for Organic Food - Industry
US farmers are having a hard
time keeping up with Americans' voracious appetite for organic foods,
say industry leaders, who want federal officials to boost spending on
crop research and market development.
US House leader says schedule for passing energy bill may slip
US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's goal of getting an energy bill through
the chamber by July 4 may be slipping because of the need to finish spending
bills first, US House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer said Tuesday.
US political changes pose challenges for oil and gas producers
The Democratic takeover of Congress is posing new challenges for
producers trying to access natural gas and oil reserves in the US West,
current and former regulatory officials said Thursday.
US Senate considering tax breaks for carbon capture, storage
The US Senate Finance Subcommittee on Energy, Natural Resources and
Infrastructure on Thursday spent time grappling with how and whether to offer
tax incentives for carbon capture and storage as it contemplated new climate
policies to tackle global warming.
US, Japan unveil nuclear energy collaboration plan
A joint US-Japanese "action plan" on nuclear energy was presented to the
two countries' leaders this week, DOE said in an April 25 statement.
The plan covers collaboration "on policies and programs that support the
construction of new power plants" in both countries.
USDA Rural Development Awards Nearly $180 Million For Rural Water
Agriculture Under Secretary
Thomas C. Dorr celebrated the 37th anniversary of Earth Day today by
announcing USDA Rural Development funding of 61 new rural water and
wastewater community systems in 29 states totaling nearly $180 million.
Challenge Rail System
Legislation to curb the power of railways is clanking
along. Complaints from utilities and other industries of
constantly rising rail rates have resonated in Congress
where legislation is pending to eliminate the antitrust
exemptions given to the transport sector.
What's Moving the Oil Markets 042707
•Global crude futures were a touch weaker Friday in
intraday trading, still underpinned by the current strength of gasoline but
to a lesser degree than earlier in the week, market sources said.
•"Despite a new series of refinery problems in the US taking prompt gasoline
prices to new recent highs, crude oil could not break the resistance," said
oil analysts Petromatrix.
•The partial restart of Valero's McKee refinery April 16 held the promise of
eroding an inventory overhang that caused the front of the curve to weaken,
but additional refinery problems along the Gulf Coast and the Midwest may
actually cause additional stock building and leaving traders unsure as to
the direction of the curve.
Bellone sees costs, 'inaccuracies'; Kessel says plan
may not be pretty, but grip on fossil fuels must loosen
Zimbabwe Faces Drought, But Rejects Devaluation
Zimbabwe's central bank on
Thursday introduced a new foreign currency bond to raise money to tackle
a serious drought threatening the country, but turned down demands for a
general devaluation of the local currency.
April 24, 2007
Water in the West is becoming a constrained resource. Power plants
must compete with growing populations, contend with environmental
restrictions and continue to share water resources with irrigated
Analysts have differing views on US summer gas supply, demand
Two noted natural gas analysts took a look at the same numbers and came
to opposite conclusions Monday on gas supply, demand, and prices this summer.
Animal activists eye ConocoPhillips biodiesel plan
While ConocoPhillips and US meat giant Tyson Foods work out the economics
of producing animal fat-based biodiesel, they may want to factor in a possible
backlash by the US' millions of vegetarian drivers.
Not everyone wants to live by ExxonMobil's motto to "put a tiger in your
Boxer will 'hound' Bush on emissions regulations
The decision "put the wind at our backs," the California
Democrat said, vowing at the National Press Club to haul
administration officials before her Senate Environment and
Public Works Committee to ask them what immediate steps they
will take to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, which are produced
by the consumption of fossil fuels.
California ISO market monitor says wholesale prices down in 2006
Wholesale electricity prices in California fell sharply in 2006 from the
previous year largely because of lower natural gas costs and an abundance of
settlement a better way?Although the first-second month spread in WTI is
starting to snap back toward some semblance of
normalcy, its big blowout leaves in its wake
questions of what it might take to not have this
happen again. (If one assumes that what has occurred
is something to be avoided, which not everyone
Two possible solutions, one
physical, one market-oriented.
Colombian group set to produce sugar-based ethanol
A Colombian group has expanded its operations from the Andes to the
Louisiana bayous to start up an ethanol plant using local sugar cane as the
Colorado Governor Bill Ritter and U.S. Senator Ken Salazar Break Ground
on 8.22-Megawatt Photovoltaic Solar Plant
An 82-acre tract in south central Colorado will be the
site for one of the largest photovoltaic power plants in the United
Construction Advances at U.S. Geothermal's Raft River Power Project
U.S. Geothermal Inc, a
renewable energy development company focused on the production of
electricity from geothermal energy, announced today construction
progress on its Phase One, 13-megawatt net output Raft River
binary cycle geothermal power plant in southeastern Idaho.
Cost of Kyoto is recession-- Baird
The cost of meeting Canada's Kyoto commitments would be
an economic downturn to rival the worst recessions of the past 60 years, spiralling energy costs and the worst
unemployment in several generations, John Baird, Minister of
the Environment, said yesterday.
Energy Producers Capture Speedier Wind
New technology is allowing energy producers to capture
speedier wind that environmental activists say has the potential to
provide 20 percent of the state's electricity within 10 years.
Extreme Poverty Drops Below a Billion
New estimates from the World Bank show a continuous
decline in world poverty rates during the first four years of this
Eye on Spain-- Solar Tower to Help Light Up Seville
Once completed, the entire platform will provide enough
electricity to meet all of Seville’s energy needs (equivalent to the
consumption of some 180,000 homes) and prevent the release of more than
600,000 tons of carbon dioxide each year.
Former US DOE official attacks GNEP on nuclear waste risks, cost
The US Congress should halt funding for the Global Nuclear Energy
Partnership, at least until the Department of Energy can provide
well-supported estimates on the waste the fuel-cycle initiative is expected to
produce, a former official with DOE said Monday.
Global Warming Imperils Himalayan Glaciers, Experts Say
Rising temperatures fuelled by greenhouse gases from industry
and agriculture have already shrunk glaciers on the mountains
dividing China and South Asia, experts say.
Google draws privacy complaint to FTC
Three public-interest groups are expected to file a joint
complaint on Friday with the Federal Trade Commission calling for an
investigation into the potential threat to consumer privacy posed by
Google's planned acquisition of DoubleClick.
UK Government backs new campaign to slash CO2 emissions
A major new campaign that aims to help individuals cut their
personal CO2 emissions has today been backed by Prime Minister
Tony Blair and Environment Secretary David Miliband.
Green Day in
Driven by concerns over the country's polluted skies and
waterways, an estimated 20 million Americans joined in
the first Earth Day on April 22, 1970.
While the environmental movement it helped spawn has
remained robust, excitement over Earth Day itself has waxed and waned.
The many events and celebrations around the Bay Area this weekend may
reflect a new wave of enthusiasm in capturing and honoring that spirit
of "being green,"
ICE Brent holding above $68 barrel on Nigeria unrest
Global crude futures were mixed on Tuesday, with WTI slightly
marginally weaker in European morning trading but largely holding on to gains
seen Monday. Ongoing unrest and lack of stability in Nigeria following chaotic
elections over the weekend and ongoing refining problems in the US widely kept
the petroleum complex supported, brokers said.
Idaho Power seeks 14.5 percent rate hike Not enough runoff means
customers could pay about $6.41 more a month
Think it's just farmers who worry about snowpacks? If you use
electricity, think again.
India to Keep Energy Demand Growth Below GDP Pace
India expects its energy demand
to remain strong, but increased energy efficiency may keep the pace of
consumption growth below economic expansion, a senior Indian government
official said on Monday.
Italy Mulls Emergency Moves as Po Shrivels
Italy is mulling emergency
measures to replenish its biggest river and curb electricity consumption
as unusually hot weather raises fears of a prolonged drought and power
blackouts during the summer.
Largest U.S. Solar Photovoltaic System Begins Construction at Nellis Air
The Nellis solar energy system will generate in excess
of 25 million kilowatt-hours of clean electricity annually and supply
more than 25 percent of the power used at the base. Occupying 140 acres
of land leased from the Air Force at the western edge of the base, this
ground-mounted solar system will employ an advanced tracking system
National Survey Reveals More than 70% of Americans Don’t Know Plastic is
Made from Oil
According to a
nationwide online survey released today, 72 percent of the American
public does not know that conventional plastic is made from petroleum
products, primarily oil.
New York mayor unveils plan to boost generation, efficiency
New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, saying the city can no longer be "held
hostage to heat waves," Sunday said he wants to increase amount of in-city
generating capacity by more than 3,000 MW.
New-build power station costs up 30% as demand outstrips supply
The global boom in coal-fired generation equipment orders, rising
material costs and margin improvement by suppliers have forced new-build power
station costs up by as much as 30% since 2005, European power plant developers
told Platts April 20.
Only 5 weeks until the 25th Aikido-Ai Memorial Weekend Retreat at Mt.
Aikido, Tai chi, Qigong and Zen
Friday-Monday, May 25-28, at the Mt. Baldy Zen Center
Come enjoy the
outstanding aikido and tai chi training… Zen meditation and talks… and
great good and friends. Morning, afternoon and night, there’s something
for students at all levels. Five well respected, high-ranking instructors
bring you more than 150 years of combined experience.
Predictions of the Year 2000 from The Ladies Home Journal of
In December 1900, John Watkins Jr. wrote an article
for The Ladies Home Journal about "What May Happen in the
Next Hundred Years". In some areas, we are ahead, others, behind, but
mostly he was pretty close. Prediction #20 regarding energy was way off.
He envisioned far more renewable-based generation than what actually ensued.
Quote of the
"Halting uranium enrichment is definitely deleted from
the literature of Iran's nuclear activities. In our negotiations the halting
of this activity has not been on the table and going back on time is not
ministry spokesman Mohammad Ali Hosseini on Sunday rejected Western calls
for a suspension of its sensitive nuclear activities just days ahead of
crucial talks on its atomic drive with EU foreign policy chief Javier
Quote of the
"Market participants are struggling to assess the
situation in Nigeria following a disastrous election process. The fear of
renewed supply disruption is prompting traders to buy first and ask
questions later...[However] some political/oil related incident needs soon
to appear, otherwise the risk will be of the market getting tired of
rallying on each headline of shootings there."
Analysts in a
Petromatrix report on Tuesday commenting the current bullish sentiment in
crude futures, mainly driven by civil unrest surrounding the presidential
election this past weekend in Nigeria
Report of Solar-Geophysical Activity 042407
The geomagnetic field ranged from quiet to active with a
single minor storm period at all latitudes from 23/0300 - 0600Z. The
solar wind speed reached approximately 550 km/s today due to a recurrent
coronal hole high speed stream
Senate bill promotes livestock-waste energy
Sen. Ben Nelson, D-Neb., has introduced a bill that would
encourage development of biogas energy from livestock waste through
tax incentives and guaranteed loans for small businesses.
Senators unveil plan promoting plug-in cars
Three U.S. senators said they plan to introduce bipartisan
legislation that would promote the development and sales of plug-in
hybrid and electric vehicles to reduce the country´s reliance on
foreign energy and to address global warming concerns.
Spring 2007 Forecast- A Green Planet and Green Economy
What does it take to build a truly sustainable society
that uses clean energy and renewable fuels, and still is profitable for
American businesses? It requires tremendous ingenuity and innovation,
and on April 24, EPA will show that America has what it takes!
What's Moving the Oil Markets 042307
• Global crude futures surged forward in intra-day
trading Monday, as bullish sentiment fed off concerns over the status of
elections in Nigeria, ever-present tensions over Iran's nuclear program and
tightness in the US gasoline market.
• Markets awaited the outcome of historic elections in Nigeria, trying to
gauge levels of stability following the first peaceful civilian-to-civilian
handover since independence in 1960. Nigeria is an OPEC member and the
world's sixth largest oil exporter.
• Iran Sunday rejected Western calls for a suspension of its sensitive
nuclear activities just days ahead of crucial talks on its atomic drive with
EU foreign policy chief Javier Solana. "Halting uranium enrichment is
definitely deleted from the literature of Iran's nuclear activities,"
foreign ministry spokesman Mohammad Ali Hosseini told reporters. "In our
negotiations the halting of this activity has not been on the table and
going back...is not envisaged."
April 20, 2007
2007 China International Hydrogen & Fuel Cell Investment & Trade Expo
With the constant fast development of the Chinese economy and strong
increase of energy demand, changing the energy production and consumption
mode and deploying clean energy with little or even no environmental
hazard is an integral part of China’s sustainable development strategy.
The Chinese clean energy industry will see a quite wide prospect.
Force Embraces Solar Power
The largest solar power plant in North America will soon
be providing electricity to an Air Force base in the Nevada desert.
Al Gore's home on way to creating electricity
Al Gore got what he wanted: Permission to create
The city of Belle Meade on Tuesday said the former vice
president could put 33 panels on top of his Lynnwood Boulevard home to
convert sunlight into energy.
The process had been slow because the city first had to
change its zoning laws to allow solar panels
Americans Report Increased Environmental Consciousness and Expected
The 2007 Cone Consumer Environmental
Survey released finds one-third of Americans (32%) report heightened
interest in the environment compared to a year ago. In addition, they are
overwhelmingly looking to companies to act: 93% of Americans believe
companies have a responsibility to help preserve the environment.
An Achilles’ Heel for Nuclear Energy
It doesn’t take very much fuel to run a nuclear reactor.
And that is a very good thing these days because after decades of
neglect, the nuclear-energy industry may be facing a fuel shortage.
According to some analysts, because no new reactors have been ordered in
the United States for over 30 years, there was less perceived need for
the development of new sources of uranium ore.
Look at Nuclear Energy
The site of what is arguably the world’s leading
research program in nuclear energy lies just a short drive from the city
of Marseille through the picturesque and romantic countryside of
Around the Markets-- Future for coal brighter
Coal is poised to rebound from a
two-year slump as China buys more than it exports for the first time
Artificial Snow Harms Alpine Water System - Scientists
Ski resort operators in the
snow-deprived Alps should rethink the use of artificial snow as it saps
water reserves and could leave an impact well beyond the region,
Avista loses fight over easement-- Judge says old rules don't apply to
new steel towers on farmland
Colfax farmer Martin Marler has won a legal fight with Avista
Utilities, convincing a state judge that the company's massive
transmission line improvements strung across his wheat fields
violated a decades-old easement and will cost his farm money.
Bill that would mandate green building standards advances
After watching his bill on voluntary green building guidelines
die last year, Assemblyman John Laird has introduced another one
that's even tougher.
Boxer calls on EPA for immediate greenhouse gas action
The chairwoman of the Senate environment committee has called on
the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to take immediate steps to
regulate greenhouse gas emissions from automobiles in the wake of a
Supreme Court decision that the agency has the authority to do so.
Brazil Indians Protest Lula Plans For Dams, Roads
Hundreds of tribal Indians have
camped out in front of Brazil's Congress to protest infrastructure
projects that they say threaten the survival of tribes already
struggling with disease and land disputes.
British Gas Sees Billions in Green Energy
British Gas said on Thursday it
was launching a new green energy unit, targeting a market it values in
billions of pounds.
Cal Poly wins Shell Eco-Marathon with 1,902.7 mpg!
The team from Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo, California,
won the 2007 Shell Eco-Marathon. The team's vehicle (shown above)
recorded a best of 1,902.7 mpg to win the Grand Prize and the first in
the Combustion Engine Group.
California Panel rejects bill to lift nuclear ban
An Assembly committee on Monday rejected a bill to lift
California's ban on nuclear power plants, as backers of a proposed
Fresno plant said they might take their case directly to the state's
China Creates First Artificial Snow in Tibet
China has created artificial
snow for the first time in Tibet, Xinhua news
agency reported on Wednesday, months after experts warned of melting
glaciers and drought in the Himalayan region.
China to Become Top CO2 Emitter in 2007 or '08 - IEA
China will overtake the United
States as the world's biggest emitter of heat-trapping carbon dioxide
(CO2) either this year or next, the chief economist at the International
Energy Agency, Fatih Birol, said on
A federal judge has ruled that the U.S. Army Corps of
Engineers needs to do more study before it issues permits
to allow coal companies to perform any surface mining that
would bury vital headwater streams. While the decision may
get overturned by a higher court, it does emphasize the
need to balance economic and environmental concerns.
Consumers in dark over risks of new light bulbs
last month, the Prospect, Maine,
resident went out and bought two dozen CFLs and began installing them in
her home. One broke. A month later, her daughter's bedroom remains
sealed off with plastic like the site of a hazardous materials
Drought-Hit Australia to Stop Irrigating Food Bowl
Australia faced an "unprecedentedly dangerous" drought and unless
rain falls within weeks irrigation will be cut to the nation's food bowl,
Prime Minister John Howard said on Thursday.
EPA Publishes National U.S. Greenhouse Gas Inventory
The report indicates that overall emissions have grown
by 16 percent from 1990 to 2005, while the U.S. economy has grown by 55
percent over the same period.
EPA, State, Environmental Groups Promote 'Green Infrastructure'
Solutions to Water Pollution
EPA Administrator Stephen Johnson celebrated Earth Day
by signing a statement of intent at the David L. Lawrence Convention
Center with four environmental organizations to promote the use of
"green infrastructure" approaches, such as rain-catching roofs and
gardens, to lessen sewer overflows and runoff after storms.
Flexible Batteries That Never Need to Be Recharged
European researchers have built prototypes that
combine plastic solar cells with ultrathin, flexible
batteries. But don't throw away your battery recharger just
GE vs Wells Fargo, Who's Really Subprime
Business conditions are
growing less hospitable for lenders and borrowers alike, thus convincing
investors that banks represent good value in the near-term is not easy.
German economy, environment ministers clash on nuclear
German economy minister Michael Glos Friday said energy users should
consider extending the life-span of the country's remaining nuclear power
plants, but the idea was quickly shot down by environment Minister Sigmar
Governor Patrick unveils $150 million solar manufacturing plant plan
Solar Inc. will build a new $150 million manufacturing plant in
Westborough that would create more than 350 new jobs and boost
Massachusetts’ push to become a major alternative-energy center, Gov.
Deval Patrick announced today.
Governor Richardson Enacts Four Clean Energy Bills for NM
New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson Bills
recently signed four significant renewable energy bills: SB 994
(Advanced Energy Tax Credit); SB 489 (Biodiesel Blend Required by
2012); HB 318 (Power plant mercury emissions control); SB 463
(Renewable Energy Production Tax Credit Amendments).
Green Prize Winner Urges Asia to Name and Shame Polluters
unfriendly firms should be named and shamed into cleaning up their acts,
as this is more effective than government regulation in promoting green
issues, a UN award winner said.
House energy bill coming in May, could align with Senate approach
The US House Energy and Commerce Committee will draft by Memorial Day an
energy legislation package that would address efficiency, conservation and
alternative fuels, and may possibly fix problems with the Department of
Energy's loan guarantee program, committee members said Wednesday.
House likely to vote on climate change bill in September--lawmaker
The US House Energy and Commerce Committee will draft by late spring or
early summer a climate change bill requiring mandatory reductions of
greenhouse gas emissions, a subcommittee chief said Thursday.
Hurdles Slow Down Wind Power Industry
China's wind power industry is set to grow, but hurdles need to
be cleared if it is to catch up with global players, say analysts.
Jobless Rate Could Soar on Kyoto Compliance - Canada
Canada's unemployment rate would
jump by 25 percent and its economy would move into recession if the
country had to implement short-term Kyoto Protocol targets immediately,
the Conservative government warned on Thursday.
Kansas City Power & Light Issues Request for Proposal for Wind Energy in
Missouri and Kansas
Kansas City Power & Light (KCP&L), a subsidiary of Great Plains
Energy (NYSE: GXP), announced today it is seeking bids to develop up
to 400 MW of emission-free, renewable wind generation in Missouri
Major New Desalination Plant To Be Built In Southern California
California’s future water supply is less uncertain with
the recent announcement by developer Poseidon Resources Corporation to
design, construct, and launch a new desalination plant in Carlsbad,
California, north of San Diego.
Massive biofuels refinery slated for Alta
A site north of Innisfail, Alta., will be home to
North America's largest biofuels refinery starting this summer
when construction begins on a $400-million plant that will
produce 300 million US gallons per year of ethanol, biodiesel
and crushed canola.
Massive Water Projects Bill that Languished for Years Finally Passes
The House on Thursday overwhelmingly approved a massive
water projects bill that has languished for years over its price tag and
how the Army Corps of Engineers does business.
Mayors Applaud New Senate Energy Bill Backing Local Energy Efficiency
The United States Conference of Mayors, led by President and
Trenton, NJ Mayor Douglas H. Palmer, today applauded leaders in the
United States Senate for introducing legislation that will help
cities accelerate their energy efficiency efforts, leading to more
aggressive programs to reduce greenhouse gases nationwide.
McGuinty Government To Ban Inefficient Light Bulbs By 2012
Ontario is banning the sale of inefficient light bulbs
by 2012 and launching five province-wide conservation initiatives as
part of the government's commitment to build a conservation culture
New Report Shows Increased Flood Risk From Global Warming
As Congress considers a
massive new water projects bill, a new report released shows how flood
risk is increasing because of poorly designed and managed federal
flood-control projects, damage to coastal wetlands and global warming.
No US Emissions Curbs Without China, India - Envoy
The United States will not join
an international regime curbing emissions blamed for global warming
until it also applied to China and India, the US ambassador to the
European Union said on Wednesday.
Norway Aims to be Carbon Neutral by 2050
Norway wants to cut its net
greenhouse gas emissions to zero by 2050 in the world's toughest
national plan for fighting global warming, Prime Minister Jens
Stoltenberg said on Thursday
NRC cites low-level safety concerns at Pilgrim
Workers at the Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station need better plans to
deal with equipment problems such as the one that led to an
unplanned reactor shutdown last month, according to U.S. Nuclear
Regulatory Commission officials.
NY Seeks to Take Lead in Clean-Energy Policy
New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer
unveiled a new energy policy Thursday which aims to make the state the
most aggressive in the nation in conservation and cut power demand by 15
percent by 2015.
Oakland's the greenest of them all
Quick, name the nation's greenest city government.
Surprise — it's Oakland, although three other Bay Area
cities tied for second place in a report released Monday.
On Earth Day Recycle Old Computers and Help the Environment
EPA, Dell Inc., TechTurn and the
National Recycling Coalition are joining together to encourage
greater-Washington, D.C., area residents and businesses to recycle unwanted
computer equipment on Earth Day. Recycling electronics is something every
American can do to protect the planet and to encourage the sustainable reuse
Ontario Power Authority Announces Major Electricity Conservation
The Ontario Power Authority (OPA) unveiled today a province-wide
suite of five Electricity Conservation education and incentive
programs which give Ontarians the tools they need to conserve
electricity, save money and benefit the environment.
Oregon Senate approves renewable energy bill
After a vigorous debate,
the Oregon Senators passed a bill Tuesday that would require the state's
largest utilities to eventually draw 25 percent of their power from
renewable sources such as wind, waves, sunlight and manure.
Prepare CO2 Capture And Storage Now For Greater Environmental Benefit
By capturing CO2 in industrial processes a further 16 million
tonnes of CO2 per year can be avoided. Further if cars are run on
hydrogen or synthetic diesel produced from fossil fuels combined with CO2
capture then this could eventually lead to a difference of more than 10
million tonnes of CO2 emission per year.
PSEG Says Energy Companies Have a Key Role in Addressing Climate Change
in New Jersey
Two executives of Public Service Enterprise Group told the New
Jersey Senate Environment Committee today that the state's utilities
and energy companies must redefine the way they do business and play
a key role in addressing growing concerns about climate change.
Quote of the
"There will indeed be a meeting on April 25...the talks
will be neither in Brussels nor in Tehran".
EU foreign policy
chief Javier Solana will hold new talks on April 25 with Iran's top nuclear
negotiator Ali Larijani at as an undetermined location, Solana's spokeswoman
"People are talking about the elections in
Nigeria. The problem is we may not even know on Monday who's in power so
it may all be a bit of an overreaction...
Rebutting the Naysayers on Global Warming, Part II
Global warming has now been examined in detail for over 25 years,
and scientists are growing increasingly confident in their ability to
explain the causes of past and present climate change. Predicting the
future, and especially the details of ice sheet stability, sea level
rise, and patterns of drought and flood, rests on a less secure basis,
but climate scientists recognize these uncertainties and are working
hard to address them.
Report of Solar-Geophysical Activity 042007
Solar activity was very low. No flares were observed
during the past 24 hours, and the visible disk was spotless. The
geomagnetic field is expected to range from quiet to active for the next
Report raises red flags-- Legislators, officials divided on likelihood
of nightmarish threats of liquefied natural gas
A Suffolk legislator yesterday described
as "something out of a science-fiction movie" several possible scenarios
from a terrorist attack on a liquefied-natural-gas platform proposed for
Long Island Sound.
Report says nuclear power unlikely to solve climate change
The US now has 103 operating power reactors. "Even with 20-year
extensions of their planned lifespan, all existing reactors will likely need
to be decommissioned by the middle of the century," the council added in a
Signs of Moderation in Inflation Causes US Mortgage Rates to Slip
Freddie Mac yesterday
released the results of its Primary Mortgage Market Survey (PMMS) in
which the 30-year fixed-rate mortgage (FRM) averaged 6.17 percent with
an average 0.5 point for the week ending April 18, 2007, down from last
week when it averaged 6.22 percent. Last year at this time, the 30-year
FRM averaged 6.53 percent.
Small Engine Rule to Bring Big Emissions Cuts
"From the largest locomotives to the smallest lawn mowers, EPA's current and
planned clean air regulations will continue environmental progress, keeping
the air cleaner than a generation ago," said EPA Acting Assistant
Administrator for Air and Radiation Bill Wehrum.
South American leaders mull energy policy at Chavez summit
The leaders of South America's 12 nations completed a two-day energy
summit in Venezuela Tuesday claiming progress on plans for tighter economic
integration but failing to tie down a blueprint for a regional energy policy.
Study Shows Sudden Sea Level Surges Threaten One Billion
More than one billion people live in low-lying areas where a
sudden surge in sea level could prove as disastrous as the 2004
Asian tsunami, according to new research presented Thursday.
New mapping techniques show how much land would be lost and
how many people affected by rapid sea level rises
Supreme Court Rulings Change the U.S. Energy Game
The Supreme Court considered the meaning of the word
'modification', and upheld EPA efforts begun during the Clinton
Administration to force older coal-fired power plants to install
pollution-control equipment when upgrading facilities.
In simple terms, the Court rejected arguments by many electric
utilities whose power plants were grandfathered into the Clean Air Act,
and then maintained that if they upgraded these power plants -- they
still would not have to meet Clean Air Act standards
Taking Nature's Cue for Cheaper Solar Power
Solar cell technology developed by Massey
University's Nanomaterials Research Centre in New Zealand may one
day enable the country's residents to generate electricity from sunlight
at a tenth of the cost of current silicon-based photovoltaic solar
The Drive to Curb Carbon in High Gear
The drive to curb carbon dioxide emissions is now in
full gear. When the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the
Environmental Protection Agency violated the Clean Air Act
by refusing to regulate those releases, it gave Congress a
new reason to take up the discussion and to enact
GREAT ETHANOL FRAUD CONTINUES
Americans are slowly waking up to the energy fraud
foisted upon them by a dangerous, rudderless presidential administration
run by Big Oil.
Top Ten U.S. Cities Ranked by Use of Renewable Energy
A newly released study conducted by
SustainLane Government concludes that Oakland, California, generates
the highest percentage of renewable energy out of all U.S. cities,
producing 5 percent more energy than any other city surveyed.
Tough choices offer US a chance to live up to past-- Exelon CFO
The combination of climate change dynamics and national security
interests means that the US faces enormous energy choices, according to Exelon
CFO John Young.
Tropical Forest Felled for Biofuels, Ecologists Say
Tropical rain forest is being
cut down and burned to make way for soy and palm plantations destined to
provide plant-based diesel for Europe's fuel tanks, environmentalists
said on Wednesday.
Tropical Forests-- Earth’s Air Conditioner
Planting and protecting trees—which trap and
absorb carbon dioxide as they grow—can help to remove carbon dioxide
from the atmosphere. But a new study suggests that, as a way to fight
global warming, the effectiveness of this strategy depends heavily on
where these trees are planted.
U.S. pursues ethanol technology as key to reducing oil dependence
The sun shone brightly on
the crowd gathered at the rusting old oil refinery here, as company
officials showed off diagrams explaining how they planned to turn
weeds and agricultural wastes into car fuel. Government officials
gave optimistic speeches.
That was in October 1998, when ethanol from crop wastes seemed to
be just around the corner.
U.S. reports slightly higher greenhouse gas emissions
Total emissions of six main greenhouse gases in 2005
were equivalent to 7.26 billion metric tons of carbon dioxide, according
to the EPA.
UK Government to Help Homeowners Tackle Climate Change
The UK government has urged local authorities and households to
work together with the government in the battle against climate
change. David Miliband, UK secretary of state for the environment
and rural affairs, has pledged to help homeowners to tackle the
mounting issue and outlined a number of steps that consumer can take
to reduce their carbon footprint.
US resolicits to purchase 4 million barrels SPR crude
The US Department of Energy was seeking to purchase crude oil for the
nation's emergency stockpile Wednesday little more than a week after it
rejected all offers it received as too high and not of reasonable value for
US Senate lawmaker unveils measure to cut energy use economy-wide
An energy efficiency bill introduced late Monday in the US Senate would
expedite the setting of standards for appliances, direct the federal
government to reduce its petroleum and energy consumption in buildings by 30%
starting in 2015 and set an economy-wide target of a 45% cut in gasoline use
by 2030, it sponsor said.
US senators to offer bills to cut GHG emissions from coal plants
Two bills are expected to be introduced in the US Senate Thursday aimed
at reducing emissions of greenhouse gases and other pollutants from coal-fired
Water Leaders Stress Need To Rehabilitate, Replace Water Infrastructure
More than 100 water utility leaders from across the United States
arrived on Capitol Hill to stress the essential need to repair and
replace the nation’s aging water infrastructure.
Casts Extensive Blanket
About 42,000 Quebec households are still without
electricity after heavy snow...Thousands of people still will be without
power today, after more than 123,000 households lost power during the
heavy rains and high winds that pounded Maine...Central Vermont Public
Service restoring power to 50,000 customers following severe
storm...Winds gusting as high as 63 mph blew out the lights for almost
250,000 electricity customers across Virginia
What's Moving the Oil Markets 041907
•Crude futures recovered in early European Thursday
trading from the selling spree seen during Wednesday, following the release
of a bullish set of US inventory data by the EIA on Wednesday.
•US stock data published Wednesday by the EIA showed draws for all main
stocks, with crude down 1 million barrels, while gasoline inventories
declined by 2.7 million barrels, the 10th consecutive draw, fueling fears of
shortages ahead of the main summer demand season.
World Needs To Axe Greenhouse Gases by 80%, Report Says
The world will have to axe greenhouse gas emissions by
80 percent by 2050, more deeply than planned, to have an even chance of
curbing global warming in line with European Union goals, researchers
said on Thursday.
April 13, 2007
Held for Power Station Break-In
Eleven environmental protesters were arrested yesterday after a
demonstration at a power plant.
Four of the group had chained themselves to buildings
and equipment after breaking into E.ON UK's Ratcliffe-on-Soar power
station, in Nottinghamshire, yesterday morning.
states seek nuclear power
Two years ago, the leaders of Saudi Arabia told
international atomic regulators that they could foresee no
need for the kingdom to develop nuclear power. Today, they
are scrambling to hire atomic contractors, buy nuclear
hardware and build support for a regional system of
Are mobile phones wiping out our bees?
It seems like the plot of a particularly far-fetched horror
film. But some scientists suggest that our love of the mobile
phone could cause massive food shortages, as the world's
Australian oil industry seeks reforms to boost output
The Australian Petroleum Production and Exploration Association has
called for the implementation of six key policy changes that it hopes will
address the nation's declining oil production and boost domestic use of its
massive gas resources.
Bernanke on Financial Regulation and the Invisible Hand
Market forces determine most outcomes in our economy, a fact that helps
to explain much of our nation’s success in creating wealth. Markets
aggregate diffuse information more effectively and set prices more
efficiently than any central planner possibly could. The result is
powerful competitive incentives for businesses to produce, at the least
cost, the goods and services that our citizens value most.
Britain Tells U.S. Industry To Invest in Clean-Tech
On the eve of the first U.N. Security Council debate on
global warming, British Foreign Secretary Margaret Beckett warned U.S.
businesses to invest in carbon-free technology or lose out to Europeans.
Calm descends on gold market, waiting on reports and data
"It's still rather quiet at the moment with the industry waiting for
reports and comments on issues such as the eurozone trade balance and US
housing," said the trader.
Chinese and Japanese companies sign energy deals
Japanese and Chinese companies said they signed business deals in
the energy sector on Thursday that could lead to possible joint
development of oil and gas projects in the future, including in the
East China Sea.
Climate change bill passes Washington state House
On a bipartisan 84-14 vote, the House of
Representatives passed a climate change bill late Thursday that
offers incentives to utilities for reducing their carbon emissions
while keeping alive plans for a coal gasification plant in Kalama.
Coal-to-gas plant dealt a setback by judges
While not binding on regulators, the ruling is filled with warnings,
from doubts that the plant will burn coal as cleanly as guaranteed to an
opinion that Excelsior would not, as promised, likely deliver
electricity at a lower cost than alternative energy suppliers.
Cold War Weapons Fuel Clean Energy for America
To date, 300 metric tons (MT) of highly enriched uranium
(HEU) from Russian nuclear warheads have been downblended to low
enriched uranium (LEU) as part of this vital energy and
Colorado Senate OKs Renewable Energy Power Line Bill
After more than two months of debate, compromise,
rewriting and more rewriting, a measure to help erect power
transmission lines in rural Colorado from renewable energy plants
won preliminary approval in the Senate on Thursday.
Crude recovers from Monday's sell off on US pipeline leak
Crude prices rose Tuesday as a leak on a Canadian pipeline that links to
the US helped recover some losses made on NNPC's confirmation that Nigerian
Forcados production, which has been shut in for over a year, is to resume in
'Deliberate misconduct' at Browns Ferry-- NRC
The Nuclear Regulatory staff has issued a
"confirmatory order" to a contract foreman at TVA's Browns Ferry
nuclear power plant for deliberate misconduct that exposed a worker
to radiation contamination.
Earth Day Statement and Information Resources
Statement from Administrator Stephen L. Johnson:
"On Sunday, April 22, the nation will mark its 37th Earth Day – an annual
reminder to all Americans that environmental responsibility is everyone's
responsibility. The U.S. is shifting to a 'green culture,' and this Earth
Day, President Bush and I encourage our citizens to renew their personal
commitment to building a healthier, brighter future."
Efficiency Push Starts At Home
Experts checked the governor's mansion for energy
efficiency Friday, but Gov. Charlie Crist said his goal is much
Energy that grows back-- Burning wood considered carbon neutral
With greenhouses gases and global warming
capturing everyone's attention these days, people who promote
burning biomass to generate electricity note that wood is a
carbon-neutral fuel, at least in the long run.
EPA moves to ease air pollution standards for ethanol plants
The Environmental Protection Agency took
a major step to stimulate ethanol production by issuing a rule Thursday
allowing ethanol plants to operate with fewer environmental rules and
less air pollution equipment.
Ex-US Military Chiefs Warn Warming Worsens Security
Global climate change acts as a
"threat multiplier" in some of the world's most volatile areas, and
raises tensions even in stable regions, 11 former US military leaders
warned on Monday.
FAO Urges Action To Cope With Increasing Water Scarcity
As the number-one user of
water worldwide, the agriculture sector must be in the lead in
addressing the rising global demand for water and its potential drain on
the earth's natural resources, FAO said on the
occasion of World Water Day.
French protestors swing from pylons at Flamanville nuclear plant
Protesting against the building of a nuclear reactor pilot, the European
pressurized reactor, French anti-nuclear campaigners spent the weekend
suspended from a 400,000 volt high tension power pylon at the Flamanville
nuclear power plant, campaigners said.
Global Warming Could Spur 21st Century Conflicts
Droughts, floods and rising seas
linked to global warming could spur conflicts in coming decades, experts
said on Monday, the eve of a first UN Security Council debate on climate
Global Warming May Put U.S. in Hot Water
As the world warms, water -- either too little or too
much of it -- is going to be the major problem for the United States,
scientists and military experts said Monday. It will be a domestic
problem, with states clashing over controls of rivers, and a national
security problem as water shortages and floods worsen conflicts and
terrorism elsewhere in the world, they said.
Gold climbs higher in early London trade, support seen at $680oz
It said the dollar's weakness on Friday had prompted funds to come into
the market with strong bids.
startups move to city
Menlo Park, a small city known for its
venture capital firms, feisty politics and abundance of trees, is also
becoming a hub for alternative energy innovation.
Earth Day: What a mix of thoughts and feelings the
occasion evokes. I´ve always felt ambivalent toward it. It´s
a fine event; I´m glad people do it, glad they revel in it,
if only for a few days. But afterward it always feels
anticlimactic, unfulfilled: "OK, what now?"
Maybe that´s because I´m partial to the idea, trite as it
sounds, that every day should be Earth Day.
Is 'Efficiency' the New 'Reliability'?
In a nutshell, the National Electricity
Delivery Forum was all about "efficiency" while the main buzzword at the
summit was "reliability." The latter's focus was understandable given
that many of the provisions in the Energy Policy Act of 2005 had
recently reached milestones
Major Players in the Carbon Markets to Meet in May at North America's
First Carbon Finance and Investment Summit
A major industry building event, the Carbon Finance and
Investment Summit, produced by Infocast, will be held in New York
City May 21 to 23, 2007.
March US Consumer Price Index rises 0.6%, led by energy costs
March US Consumer Price Index rose 0.6%, led by a 5.9% increase in energy
costs, according to data released Tuesday by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Petroleum-based energy costs increased 10.1% and the index for natural gas and
electricity were up 1.3%.
Melting Himalayan Glaciers Pose Security Risk, UNEP Says
Global warming will cause the Himalayan glaciers to
melt, leading to mass migration and possibly conflicts over valuable
resources such as agricultural land and fresh water, the U.N.
Environment Programme chief said.
Nigeria to Double Power Capacity This Year
At long last, it appears that Nigeria's power sector is
about to undergo a revolution. If all goes according to plan,
capacity is expected to double by the end of this year and triple
within the next two.
Nissan Aims To Be Number One In Electric Cars
Japan's number two automaker said it would launch its own electric
vehicle powered by the lithium-ion batteries by the early part of the next
decade. It will also use batteries developed by the venture in its own
hybrid vehicle by 2010 and accelerate the development of hybrid plug-in
technology that can use grid power to recharge batteries as well as onboard
Nuclear Foes See Danger in Waste-- Harris Plant Starts Relicensing
The Shearon Harris nuclear plant has long drawn
scrutiny over the safety of atomic power. But safety concerns are
shifting to an emerging issue: the buildup of radioactive waste at the
site in volumes never anticipated when the plant began operating 20
Philadelphia Eagles to Reimburse Employees for Purchasing Wind Energy
The Philadelphia Eagles will reimburse its employees living in the
Philadelphia region and New Jersey who purchase wind energy, making it the
first organization to pick up this type of cost for employees.
Public-Private Partnerships Will Be Keys To Solving Nation's Water
Partnerships between private
water utilities and municipalities will become increasingly important in
helping cities overcome the “huge burdens of infrastructure improvement
and the conservation of water,” according to Donald L. Correll, President and CEO of American Water,
the country’s largest privately owned water services company.
Quantum secrets of photosynthesis revealed
Through photosynthesis, green plants and cyanobacteria
are able to transfer sunlight energy to molecular
reaction centers for conversion into chemical energy
with nearly 100-percent efficiency. Speed is the key -
the transfer of the solar energy takes place almost
instantaneously so little energy is wasted as heat. How
photosynthesis achieves this near instantaneous energy
transfer is a long-standing mystery that may have
finally been solved.
Quote of the
"The complex is moving sideways at the moment, there is
no real market direction, especially for Brent...the market is waiting for
some fresh impulses, possibly coming from Wednesday's US inventory data
broker said on Tuesday. Crude prices rose Tuesday as a leak on a Canadian
pipeline that links to the US helped recover some losses made on NNPC's
confirmation that Nigerian Forcados production, which has been shut in for
over a year, is to resume in June.
"The partial restart of McKee will help alleviate
the overage in Cushing."
Aaron Kildow, trader
at Prudential Financial said. The 170,000 b/d McKee, Texas refinery suffered
a fire that took the entire plant down 2 months ago and has been credited
for a backup of barrels in the Midwest that has caused the front of the
crude curve to collapse.
Shifting Dynamics of Energy
two days each year, executives, investors and regulators from around the
professionals for an in-depth analysis of key developments in the global
and domestic energy markets. Presenters come from a cross-section
of the world's energy industry, and the conference topics are of keen
interest to energy management and boards of directors.
The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) has created a new
Currently parabolic trough solar technology offers the lowest cost solar
electric option for large power plant applications. TroughNet is a technical
resource that offers information about the various components of a solar
U.K. fuel cell developer raises $17million
Intelligent Energy (Loughborough, England) is focused on the provision
of cleaner power and carbon abatement, via a range of fuel cell, fuel
processing, desulphurisaiton and hydrogen generation technologies. It's
business model is to work companies in the transportation, oil and gas,
aerospace, defence, distributed generation and portable power markets.
price surge to continue
price of uranium has jumped nearly 19 percent since April 2 in a
rush led by supply instability, constant and planned increase in
demand, and investors looking to gobble up supply before the
price spikes again.
US, Canada to negotiate deal to cut particulate matter emissions
US Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Stephen Johnson and
Canadian Minister of the Environment Minister John Baird on Friday said the
two countries plan to negotiate an annex to the US-Canada Air Quality
Agreement aimed at reducing particulate matter emissions on both sides of the
US, Mexico team up against nuclear smuggling
The US and Mexico signed an agreement Monday under which the US will
provide advanced radiation detection equipment to Mexico, which will be
installed at four seaports, in an attempt to combat nuclear smuggling, the
Department of Energy said.
Venezuela's Chavez seeks energy pact at South American summit
Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez said Monday he is seeking to sign a
South American Energy Agreement with the region's heads of state as part of
plans for wider economic integration between the region's 12 countries.
Scarcity-- Meeting Demand
Recently, the USEPA estimated the 20-year needs for water
infrastructure investment at $277 billion for drinking water systems and
$388 billion for wastewater systems. Challenges faced by the water
industry include everything from higher water demand and inadequate
water resource supplies, to aging infrastructure and climate change
What's Moving the Oil Markets 041707
•Crude prices rose Tuesday as a leak on a Canadian
pipeline that links to the US helped recover some losses made on NNPC's
confirmation that Nigerian Forcados production, which has been shut in for
over a year, is to resume in June.
•"Monday's selloff can be mainly
contributed to US refinery restart
World Health Organization's '10 Facts About Water Scarcity'
A lack of water to meet daily needs is a reality for many people around
the world and has serious health consequences. Globally, water scarcity
already affects four out of every 10 people. The situation is getting worse
due to population growth, urbanization and increased domestic and industrial
World Oil Reserves Not Being Fully Replaced
The world is currently producing more
oil annually than it is replacing with new reserves. That sobering
conclusion emerges from a new survey of global liquids reserves published
by Energy Intelligence.
April 13, 2007
A Nuclear Comeback? BUSINESS OF GREEN
Could nuclear power ride to the rescue of a warming
planet? Advocates say nuclear power causes virtually zero greenhouse
gas emissions and, unlike wind or solar energy, creates vast and
steady supplies in the same way as power plants fired by natural gas
Alaska's senators look to beef up federal office to spur gasline
Alaska's two US senators Wednesday introduced legislation to beef up and
give more power to the Office of Federal Pipeline Coordinator in an effort to
jumpstart consideration of a proposed pipeline that would bring natural gas
from Alaska's North Slope to the lower 48 states.
Alberta begins allocating funds to spur bio-energy development
The Canadian province of Alberta said Thursday it will provide funding to
14 renewable energy projects meant to support the development and expansion of
bio-energy facilities and technology.
oil-rich but dirt-poor
Angola, which shared the stage with the world's most powerful
oil-producing nations at its first OPEC meeting, is an unlikely candidate to
be the darling of the global oil industry.
Australian state funds cheaper solar cells
Four research projects in Victoria will receive Aus$8
million, with one project designed to develop new solar cells.
Azerbaijan's economy, drunk on oil, is suffering rapid inflation
Azerbaijan is the world’s fastest growing economy,
thanks to an oil boom, but it is already running into serious
difficulty. A huge expansion in budgetary spending has pushed inflation
close to double digits -- in month-on-month terms -- and there are early
but ominous signs that the non-oil economy is losing competitiveness
Belarus to go ahead with building nuclear power plant
President Alyaksandr Lukashenka has said that Belarus is going to
go ahead with plans to build a nuclear power plant. Speaking at a
news conference on 12 April, he said Russian companies were ready to
build the plant and that they threatened Belarus with "breaking off
relations" unless they win the construction tender.
Bodman says believes gasoline supplies will meet summer demand
Gasoline supplies should be adequate to meet surging US demand during the
summer driving season, US Energy Secretary Samuel Bodman told reporters
Tuesday, noting that the sharp increases in prices in the past several weeks
was "entirely understandable" given recent market conditions.
British Energy Output Cheery Despite Shutdowns
British Energy gave investors a much-needed boost today with news
that it generated more power than expected last year despite a
difficult 12 months.
Bush Administration Establishes Program to Reduce Foreign Oil
Dependency, Greenhouse Gases
In step with the Bush Administration’s call to increase the supply of
alternative and renewable fuels nationwide, the U.S. Environmental
Protection Agency today established the nation’s first comprehensive
Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) program.
California Assembly panel approves several bills on electricity
A bill that would require California to have 33% of its electricity usage
come from renewable resources by 2020 is among a handful of bills that cleared
the California Assembly Utilities and Commerce Committee late Monday.
Canada and U.S. Move Forward to Reduce Air Pollutants
U.S. EPA Administrator
Stephen L. Johnson and the Honorable John Baird, Canada's Minister of
the Environment, announced today that Canada and the United States will
begin negotiation of an annex to the U.S.-Canada Air Quality Agreement
aimed at reducing the cross-border flow of air pollution and its impact
on the health and ecosystems of Canadians and Americans.
Climate Change Shakes King Coal's Throne
Why are so many people angry about coal? Pollution. Coal
is the most carbon-rich energy source in use today, packing about 50
percent more geologic carbon than natural gas, so its combustion
contributes heavily to global warming.
Climate Protection Strategies using Advanced Power Meters Part II
Of their innate nature, electronic power meters are
capable of compiling and transmitting data at any time. However, this
functionality is not always exploited.
Some scientists take exception to the prevailing belief
that the Earth is warming dangerously toward foreseeable destruction
of the planet long claimed by devout world-enders.
Researchers want to put it into fuel cells instead of
boilers, for cheaper, cleaner electricity.
So it may be a shock to realize that in 1839, as the coalfired
Industrial Revolution was in full swing, English scientist William Grove
invented the first fuel cell.
Now, many years later, scientists and engineers are working fervidly to
make fuel cells a practical replacement for combustion. What's changed?
The principle of the conservation of
energy states that energy can neither be created nor destroyed.
Delivering a Zero-Day Payback Time for Solar
The greening of corporate America is all
the rage. But ask any CFO their thoughts on going solar and you'll
find that upfront cost is the single greatest obstacle to adoption
today. New financial tools coupled with a change of perspective on
the way we present pricing can translate intimidating system costs
into predictable power bills -- and ultimately help speed the solar
DOE says ethanol can mostly meet 35-billion gal renewable mandate
The Bush administration believes that ethanol will provide most of the
fuel to meet its 35 billion gal renewable fuel mandate by 2017, a senior
Energy Department official told a Senate panel Thursday.
DOE to provide $8.2 million for hydrogen research over four years
DOE will fund hydrogen storage research at $8.2 million over the next
four years, Energy Secretary Samuel Bodman said in an April 12 press statement.
Durbin changes opinion about nuclear plant
U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin has withdrawn his support
of efforts to lure a nuclear waste recycling facility in Paducah,
Ky., saying that he now has concerns about safety.
Energy Harvesting Is What Fuel Cells Want to Be
The interest in energy harvesting is what most “emerging
technology” companies dream about. Certain problems present certain
opportunities, and right now the problems with batteries are a big
market driver. Everyone is stepping up to the plate to address these
problems, including the battery companies themselves (with “new”
technologies like vanadium, zinc-air and others).
EPA finalizes renewable fuel requirements
The Bush administration has finalized its comprehensive
Renewable Fuel Standard program that requires passenger cars to use
greater amounts of cleaner-burning renewable fuels.
Focus on Carbon Market Developments 2007
2007 has become
the breakthrough year in U.S. carbon consciousness. The realization that
U.S. multinational companies fall under the Kyoto Protocol in 169 nations,
coupled with state lead initiatives on both the East and West Coasts, have
now crystallized Congressional attention on the issue of global warming.
FutureGen costs almost doubled since 2004; funding under scrutiny
Overall cost estimates for the 275-MW FutureGen power plant have almost
doubled since 2004 when the project was first proposed. Originally estimated
to cost roughly $950 million, now the FutureGen Alliance says the project will
cost about $1.5 billion and the Department of Energy puts the cost at around
$1.7 billion by project completion.
Global food prices rise as US diverts grain to ethanol
As the US diverts grain to produce ethanol to fuel cars, food prices have
begun rising the world over.
A report by the Earth Policy Institute (EPI) said corn prices have doubled
over the last year; wheat futures are trading at their highest level in 10
years and prices of rice are rising.
Governor Rendell Announces $31.4 Million for Clean Energy, Alternative
Governor Edward G. Rendell today brought Pennsylvania one step
closer to energy independence by making $31.4 million available in
grants to help businesses and organizations develop clean energy and
alternative fuel projects. The projects will create jobs, strengthen
agriculture and biofuels producers, and promote homeland security by
diversifying America's energy production.
Green Grid adds members, plans summit
The Green Grid,
a non-profit consortium dedicated to advancing energy efficiency in data
centers, will hold its first technical summit April 18-19 in Denver, Colo.
The summit is expected to produce detailed objectives and program plans
for 2007 for the group which also announced a broader slate of members.
GreenChoice 1 in Nation--Again
For the fifth year in a row, the Austin Energy GreenChoice®
program was the #1 utility sponsored green power program in America
for sales. Rankings are compiled annually by the National Renewable
Energy Laboratory (NREL), a division of the Department of Energy
Greenhouse Gas Study-- 1 Percent From NYC
New York City produces nearly 1 percent of the nation's
greenhouse gas emissions - an amount that puts it on par with
Ireland and Portugal - according to a city study.
Although all fuels are hazardous, hydrogen's
hazards are different from and generally more easily managed than those of
hydrocarbon fuels. It's 14.4 times lighter than air, four times more
diffusive than natural gas, and 12 times more diffusive than gasoline—so
leaking hydrogen rapidly rises away from its source. Also, it needs at least
four times the concentration of gasoline fumes to ignite, it burns with a
nonluminous flame that can't scorch you at a distance, and its burning emits
no choking smoke or fumes—only water.
Houses powered by sun have gone mainstream
The houses that Lennar Corp. is building here look like the tract
houses you might find just about anywhere in America.
But there's one major distinction: They'll get power
from the sun.
and the ScramJet
In order to make a scramjet work, researchers must choose a fuel that can
burn rapidly and generate a large amount of thrust. Hydrogen meets these
Hydro-Québec garners net income of $3,741 billion and pays $2,342
billion in dividends to the Québec government
Hydro-Québec's net income rose $1,489 million to reach $3,741
million. This increase stems mainly from gains on the disposal of
foreign holdings, totalling $917 million - including $813 million on
the sale of Transelec, in Chile
ICE Brent futures rise above $69 barrel to new 2007 high
Global crude prices moved higher on Friday, with ICE Brent hitting a new
2007 high above $69/barrel and WTI futures also recovering, brokers said,
supported by falling oil stocks and profit-taking by traders on the unusually
wide spread between Brent and WTI.
There's a man on the western edge of New Hampshire who would
like to thank you.
Many of you will remember William
Mitchell. The retired university professor was ankle deep in
"The Recycle Game
grapples with energy issues
India's hopes of tapping into Myanmar's gas resources might have hit a
dead end, with Yangon pitching for China instead. India's problems with
Myanmar follow US moves to strangle the $ 7.4 bn Iran-Pakistan-India
International Clean-Energy Partnership Adds 20th Member-- Viet Nam
The Methane to Markets Partnership marked a major
milestone this week as Viet Nam became its 20th country member. Methane to
Markets is a public-private partnership that reduces greenhouse gas
emissions by promoting the cost-effective, near-term recovery and use of
methane, while providing clean energy to markets around the world.
Iran and Japan discuss pricing oil in yen or euros
Iran has been in talks with at least one Japanese refiner about changing
the currency used to pay for crude oil to the yen or euro from the dollar as
Tehran faces growing pressure from Washington over its nuclear programme, a
company source said. Currently, almost all international crude oil
transactions, including all exports to Japan, are paid in dollars.
Iran asks more clients to pay for oil in non-dollar currencies
Iran is asking more clients to pay for oil in currencies other than the
dollar and 60 % or more of its crude income is in other units, an official
Iran Says It's Making Fuel-Grade Uranium
President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad of Iran said Monday that
his country has started to produce nuclear fuel on an industrial
scale, and had reached the next phase of what he described as an
irreversible program that his country had a right to pursue.
Japan Seeks Stakes in Uranium Mines
Japan, one of the world's biggest generators of nuclear
power, is seeking supplies of uranium from Russia and Kazakhstan as
surging energy demand in China pushes uranium prices to a record.
"Competition from China will intensify in the coming years,"
Hirofumi Kawachi, an energy analyst at Mizuho Investors Securities,
said in Tokyo on Thursday.
Japan, China Agree to Expand Nuclear Power
countries understand that expansion of nuclear power generation in Asia and
the world helps to ease energy supply-demand tightness and stop global
warming," Japanese Trade Minister Akira Amari and Ma Kai, head of China's
energy policy-setting National Development and Reform Commission, said in
Kaine orders agencies to improve energy efficiency by 2010
Virginia Gov. Timothy M. Kaine ordered state agencies Monday to cut energy
costs by one-fifth before he leaves office in January 2010.
Kurdish leader demands control of Iraq oil hub
The prime minister of Iraqi Kurdistan raised fresh calls for a referendum
to decide the future of the country's crucial oil hub of Kirkuk, warning
that Kurdish patience had limits.
Map shows potential for solar PV in each region
A solar system in Malta or southern Spain will generate twice
as much electricity as Scotland or northern Scandinavia.
'Nano-Manhattan' 3D solar cells boost efficiency (Update)
Unique three-dimensional solar cells that capture nearly
all of the light that strikes them could boost the
efficiency of photovoltaic (PV) systems while reducing
their size, weight and mechanical complexity.
Nevada governor seeks plan for cutting state's GHG emissions
Nevada Governor Jim Gibbons has formed an advisory committee to develop a
plan that will allow the state to cut its greenhouse gas emissions.
Nevada Official Calls for Investigation into DOE Computer Problems
Blocking Access to Yucca Mountain Information
The complex computer program being used by the U.S. Department of
Energy to provide information about its application for a license to
build a proposed nuclear waste dump at Yucca Mountain is so rife
with problems that Nevada leaders say no one outside DOE can use it.
New biodiesel producer in Singapore favors jatropha over palm oil
A Singapore-based diesel engineering group has embarked on a project to
build a biodiesel plant in the island state that will break away from the
conventional palm oil to use jatropha curcas feedstock and other alternatives
New pipeline to bring Russian oil to Mediterranean
Greece and Bulgaria signed an historic agreement with Moscow earlier on a
long-debated pipeline linking Burgas and Alexandroupolis. Although it will
increase oil supplies to Europe, some say the project will also allow
Russian control over more of the continent's energy infrastructure.
New York State joins mercury fight-- Northeast states seek cut in toxic
pollution from Midwest power plants
New York joined six other Northeastern states
Wednesday to recommend reductions in toxic mercury that winds up in
their waters, most of it spewed by coal-burning power plants in the
Ohio River Valley.
Nuclear storage fees at Monticello plant revisited by Senate committee
Grumbling from local lawmakers about proposed Xcel Energy
payments for dry cask storage at the Monticello nuclear
power plant has one Senate committee revisiting the nuclear
Opposition party pledges 100% from renewables
The leader of the opposition party in Scotland wants all
electricity to come from renewable energy sources.
“Renewable energy is potentially the biggest opportunity for
Scotland since the Industrial Revolution,” says Nicol Stephen,
leader of the Scottish Liberal Democrat party.
Power crisis cripples Nigerian economy
Across Lagos, Nigeria’s commercial capital, businesses and residential
areas are groaning with the heavy thud of back-up power generators.
Africa’s most populous country is facing a power generation crisis
President Bush issues summer driving challenge for energy legislation
In his State of the Union Address, the President announced a "Twenty in
Ten" goal to reduce US gasoline consumption by 20 % over the next 10 years.
Bipartisan legislation has been introduced in Congress that furthers the
President's goals. Recognizing widespread consensus on the need to increase
our fuel efficiency and use of alternative fuels, the President has called
on Congress to pass by the start of the summer driving season legislation
supporting the "Twenty in Ten" goal.
Quote of the
"We have been on the trail of Elliot for some time now.
You know when these guys make cash from from kidnapping game they flock to
drinking joints to show off their wealth. He was picked up in one of the
drinking joints in Yenagoa following a tip-off."
Nigerian police has
arrested Elliot Lawrenc, the leader of a rebel group behind the series of
kidnapping of foreign workers in the creeks of the oil producing Niger Delta
region, security sources said Wednesday.
"It's not that Brent and the US Gulf Coast are
weak--it's more that WTI is basically broken right now."
The spread between
front month NYMEX WTI crude and ICE Brent crude widened to over $6/barrel
Wednesday, to a record discount of the US crude benchmark WTI to its
European counterpart Brent. A trader reported a sense of lost confidence in
WTI, as May ICE Brent futures traded at a record $6.16/b over the May NYMEX
Report of Solar-Geophysical Activity 041307
Solar activity was very low. No new regions were
numbered today. The geomagnetic field is expected to be mostly quiet
during the forecast period.
Silicon Valley Betting on Solar PowerUsing
machinery that looks like giant aluminum film developers, a company called
Miasole in the heart of Silicon Valley is rolling out sheets of stainless
steel coated with materials that will convert sunlight into electricity.
States in U.S. Reach Renewable Energy Milestone
The success of state renewable energy standards
is helping build momentum for a federal standard of 20 percent
renewable energy by 2020.
Strong March Employment Report Pushes US Mortgage Rates Upward
Freddie Mac yesterday
released the results of its Primary Mortgage Market Survey (PMMS) in
which the 30-year fixed-rate mortgage (FRM) averaged 6.22 percent with
an average 0.4 point for the week ending April 12, 2007, up from last
week when it averaged 6.17 percent. Last year at this time, the 30-year
FRM averaged 6.49 percent.
Subprime Tsunami, Spreads Kill You, Not Defaults
"The unwinding of the US housing bubble
is like a train wreck in slow motion. As the first wagons crumple, a
picture of serenity depicts the trailing cars. However, their fate is
sealed. The same is occurring in the US housing market. As the sub-prime
market implodes, the situation is calm in the higher-quality segments—with
prices still rising in some up-scale markets. Yet, it is only a matter of
time until the damage spreads."
Supreme Court Decision to Have Major Impact, Experts Predict
Although the Bush Administration is unlikely to use this
authority to implement significant controls on carbon dioxide (CO2)
emissions, efforts by the U.S. Congress and state governments to
regulate emissions are likely to be bolstered by the April 2 decision.
The five-way contest for oil sources in Asia and Africa
The quest for energy security has become the primary and most immediate
strategic concern of Asia’s two rising giants, India and China. The Middle
East will soon feel the full force of this growing competition.
The Nature of
Hydrogen is less flammable than gasoline. Hydrogen
disperses quickly. Hydrogen is non-toxic. Hydrogen combustion produces
only water. Hydrogen can be stored safely.
The Power of the
A pilot project in New York's East River is evaluating
the use of underwater turbines to generate electricity. If
the project bears fruit, the technology could have
TransCanada nears decision on two planned power lines in US West
TransCanada is close to having agreements in place with enough US
Southwest utilities to move ahead with detailed permitting and siting for two
500-kV power lines that would run from Montana and Wyoming to southern
Turkey-Israel pipeline could shift Middle East power balance
Although regional pipelines rarely are recognized as progenitors of
global power balance, the prospective agreement between Turkey and Israel to
construct such a strategic connection may accomplish a seismic economic
U.S. to Plant Most Corn Acreage Since World War II
A new U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)
report released in late March estimates that farmers will sow 90.5
million acres (36.6 million hectares) of corn in 2007, a 15 percent
increase over last year. Because of the high prices the crop can fetch,
farmers “are planting wall-to-wall corn,”
US gasoline stocks adequate going into summer-- Bodman
US Energy Secretary Samuel Bodman said Friday that US gasoline supplies
will meet demand this summer, but he warned of price run-ups due to refinery
US oil imports from Canada hit record
US crude imports in January increased a slight 0.4 % from December to
9.623 mm bpd, with shipments from top supplier Canada the highest ever for
January, the federal Energy Information Administration (EIA) said.
provides energy aid to Ukraine
As Ukraine searches for ways to break its heavy dependence on Russian
energy imports, the country’s nuclear industry is getting some assistance
from the US.
US Senate Majority Leader aims for Democratic unity on warming
US Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid Thursday said he plans to meet in
the next several days with committee chairman with jurisdiction over
climate-change issues in an effort to reach a consensus on one or more bills
addressing global warming.
US Senate to launch broad energy debate after work on two bills
Despite much in flux in the US Senate, Majority Leader Harry Reid has
decided to step up his schedule and have the chamber launch into a broad
debate on energy after it completes work on two other bills.
US urges Turkey to seek alternative to Iranian gas
Seeking to hit Iran's oil and natural gas revenues, the United States
said that it was encouraging its allies and friendly nations, including
Turkey, to find alternatives to Tehran's resources, but admitted that the
process to switch to new schemes was difficult in a region dependent on
US-Brazil biofuels pact has broad significance
A new US-Brazil agreement on biofuels reassures small countries in
Central America and the Caribbean that they can reduce their dependence on
foreign oil, says the State Department’s top official for the Western
Warming Could Damage Arctic, Release Frozen Waste
Global warming will damage the
hunting cultures of Arctic peoples, thaw polar ice and could release
toxic wastes now trapped in permafrost dumps, a UN study showed on
Warming Could Spark North American Water Scramble, UN Warns
Climate change could diminish North American water
supplies and trigger disputes between the United States and Canada over
water reserves already stressed by industry and agriculture, U.N.
experts said Wednesday.
Washington is 5th among wind-powered states
"These wind-power rankings tell the story
of a vibrant industry that is growing fast, competing hard, gaining
market share and all the while powering a cleaner, stronger America,"
Waste Management To Unveil State-Of-The-Art Recycling Facility During
Earth Day Event
Waste Management announced recently that it will unveil
its new residential single-stream recycling center, located at the Davis
Street Station for Materials Recycling and Transfer, during an Earth Day
Event on April 14th.
What is the Percentage of Federal Subsidies Allotted for Wind Power
You are correct that the federal government subsidizes
the various industries within the energy sector, but that those
subsidies don't just include the renewable sources you list (i.e.,
solar, geothermal, hydro, and wind). Federal subsidies go to both the
nuclear and fossil fuel industries as well.
What's Moving the Oil Markets 041207
•Crude prices moved higher on Thursday in response to
a fall in US gasoline stock and the IEA's latest monthly Oil Market Report.
•The latest US stock data published by the US EIA
on Wednesday showed a larger-than-expected draw in gasoline stocks.
•The IEA reduced its estimate of
world oil demand this year to 85.78 million b/d, down 250,000 b/d
What's Moving the Oil Markets 041307
Global crude prices moved higher
on Friday, with ICE Brent hitting a new 2007 high above $69/barrel and WTI futures also
recovering, brokers said, supported by falling oil stocks and profit-taking
by traders on the unusually wide spread between Brent and WTI.
Wind storage could increase installed capacity, according to report
An energy storage system linked with a windfarm could
guarantee an uninterrupted supply of green power to the grid,
improve efficiency of the energy and remove financial risk,
according to a feasibility study conducted for Sustainability
World Bank Chief Says Clean Energy a Vital Issue
Clean energy, renewable energy
and climate change may well become the World Bank's main focus in years
to come despite the issue's absence from the lender's formal agenda at
its meeting this weekend, President Paul Wolfowitz said on Thursday.
World needs coal to cover demand-- Vattenfall CEO
Global power demand cannot be met without continued use of coal, the
chairman of Swedish utility Vattenfall said in an interview with German weekly
newspaper "Die Zeit"
WTI-Brent arbitrage widens to record spread, over $6 barrel
The spread between front month NYMEX WTI crude and ICE Brent crude
widened to over $6/barrel Wednesday, to a record discount of the US crude
benchmark WTI to its European counterpart Brent.
Xcel remains atop wind-power rankings
Xcel Energy Inc. remains the largest wind power
provider in the United States according to a wind-energy group, the
largest provider of wind power in the U.S for the second consecutive
April 10, 2007
Acidic Oceans Threatening Sea Life, UN Panel Says
Rising carbon dioxide emissions
are making the world's oceans more acidic, particularly closer to the
poles, heralding disaster for marine life, a major UN report on climate
change impacts says.
2007 US Economic Outlook
Last month’s data calendar contained a
mixed bag of news on the housing market and the economy overall. There
were signs of a recovery in housing demand, as sales of existing
single-family homes rose 4 percent in February and sales of existing
condos and co-ops increased 5 percent. Offsetting this, though, new home
sales dropped 4 percent.
Australians to store CO2 underground
Australian scientists are pushing ahead with plans to store
thousands of tons of carbon dioxide in an underground reservoir.
Blueberries may be key to cheaper solar power
Professor Aldo Di Carlo in the Department of Electronic
Engineering at the University of Rome Tor Vergata in Italy is a
big fan of blueberries. He likes them, but not only to eat.
Brunswick prepares nuclear-fuel site
Site preparation at the Brunswick Nuclear Plant near Southport has
started for the outdoor storage of spent nuclear fuel.
California Snowpack Melt Stirs Water Worries
Water content in the Sierra
Nevada snowpack in California
continues to drop toward its lowest level since 1990, raising concerns about
the availability of water for generating hydroelectricity and irrigating the
state's vast farmlands.
Children Bear Brunt of Climate Warming - Report
Children will increasingly bear
the brunt of global warming, a report said on Friday, while another said
the climate would continue to heat up in coming decades regardless of
efforts to curb emissions of carbon gases.
Chron 200 - Selling people on solar cells
Greener pastures, finally: SunPower had a
great idea and strategy, but cash was running short — until it
received a $750,000 personal check from someone who saw the
Climate Protection Strategies using Advanced Power Meters Part ITwo developments are poised to shape the 21st century in an
1. The omnipresence of electronic computers for data processing and
2. The precipitous warming of the Earth’s atmosphere by the emission
of greenhouse gases (GHG).
Climate scientists predict future floods, drought
International climate change experts are highly confident that
climate change will result in melting glaciers, enlarging glacier
lakes, the warming of rivers and lakes in many regions of the world,
and earlier arrival of spring, according to a report released April 6.
Coalition's goal-- No power lines
The group, the Prince William Energy Coalition, hopes to
defeat the proposed power lines Dominion Virginia Power wants to build
across 40 to 50 miles of Fauquier, Prince William and Loudoun counties.
Members of the group believe that if they can get Virginians to save
enough electricity, they can prove that Dominion doesn't need the
Crude futures rangebound, still eyeing Iran situation
Global crude futures were rangebound Tuesday with the focus remaining on
the situation in the Middle East.
The spread between front-month NYMEX WTI and ICE Brent futures widened to
$5/barrel as WTI collapsed on Monday
Deep freeze devastates W.Va. orchards
The last time Alan Gibson's
orchard had early season weather damage, he found a way around it. Hail
stones had left more than a dozen dings on every apple, so he dipped
their "kind of ugly'' skins in chocolate and sold plenty.
"This time, we're not going to have anything to cover with chocolate,'' he
Effort To Reduce Emissions Gets First Test
A week after the U.S. Supreme Court said vehicle carbon
dioxide emissions can be regulated like other pollutants, an effort by
several states, including Connecticut, to do that is about to get its
first court test.
Environmentalists Fight 'Green' Plan
A push to bring green energy to Los Angeles would destroy
wildlife preserves and mar scenic vistas, say California
First EPA Report on Environmental Impacts of Energy Use in Leading
The Environmental Protection Agency has released a
report on energy use trends in major manufacturing sectors that
highlights the environmental implications of energy use. The report
concludes with a general overview of the barriers to energy efficiency
and use of clean fuel technologies, and offers some possible policy
options for government to help address these barriers.
Gas exporters agree to enhance cooperation; no mention of cartel
The world's leading gas exporters ended a one-day meeting Monday with a
pledge to enhance cooperation to strengthen natural gas supply security and
market stability in the interests of consumers and producers, but made no
formal mention of creating a gas cartel along the lines of OPEC.
Geodynamics say it has 'hottest rocks on earth'
Australia may eventually get its electricity from
geothermal power. The hot rocks explorer, Geodynamics, has found a
geothermal resource in South Australia's Cooper Basin, which it says can
generate huge amounts of electricity.
Halliburton says has completed contractual obligations in Iran
Oilfield services giant Halliburton said Monday it has completed its
contractual commitments in Iran and is no longer working there, more than two
years after it announced it would exit the country.
commodity-- PG&E solar cash
The rush is on to get rebates on solar installations, with
Pacific Gas & Electric Co. receiving
applications for nearly half the cash available under a 10-year
state program within its first four months.
Japan Biofuels eyes 700,000 barrels ethanol imports in 2010-2011
The ethanol imports would cover around 30% of the total ETBE volume of
840,000 kl that Japan Biofuels, a new joint venture between members of the
Petroleum Association of Japan, aims to use as a gasoline additive.
Japan, China meeting unlikely to resolve East China Sea dispute
There is unlikely to be major inroads made in discussions over the
disputed territory in the East China Sea when the Japanese and Chinese prime
ministers meet Wednesday afternoon in Tokyo, a senior Japanese government
source told Platts Monday.
La Nina May Form, But Timing and Strength Uncertain
A La Nina weather anomaly may be
forming in the equatorial Pacific, but a fog of unpredictability
enshrouds when it may strike and how strong it might be, according to
the Climate Prediction Center of the US National Oceanic Atmospheric
Latest global warming report urges world to begin adapting
The poor may be
hit the hardest by climate
changes, IPCC report says;
calls for stronger action
LNG too perilous for offshore
Now our irreplaceable Southern California coast may be at
risk. The world's largest mining company, BHP Billiton, has
proposed building a massive Liquefied Natural Gas complex
just off the Southern California coast.
Maryland Assembly passes wind-power bill
A bill to reduce environmental reviews required of wind turbine
proposals in Maryland has breezed through the General Assembly, a move
lauded by industry leaders pushing for renewable forms of energy in the
Climate Change Report Released
Warming temperatures will cause increased drought and
sea-level rises in Australia and New Zealand by 2030 and threaten
ecologically rich sites such as the Great Barrier Reef, according to
excerpts from a new scientific report released Tuesday.
New Sheriff On
The National Electric Reliability Council is important.
Now that the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission named it
the Electric Reliability Organization the standards that
it now sets -- with FERC's approval -- are mandatory, not
Nuclear agency to review leak at Richland plant
Nuclear Regulatory Commission staff will meet with Areva NP staff
Thursday to discuss violations discovered in October when there was
a small hydrogen fluoride release at Areva's Richland facility.
NYMEX crude opens 73 cents lower as geopolitical concerns fade
May crude futures on the New York Mercantile Exchange opened 73 cents
lower at $63.55/barrel Monday as geopolitical concerns continued to recede and
trading was expected to be light with Europe closed for the Easter Monday
OPEC president says oil markets 'very balanced'
Oil markets are currently "very balanced" and the recent spike in oil
prices was due to geopolitical tension over the capture of British sailors by
Iran, OPEC president Mohammed bin Dhaen al-Hamli said Monday.
Outlook for LNG
January's global LNG trade totaled 15.2 million mt, Flower
said. If such a rate persists, this year's trade total would be
more than 180 million mt. But since liquefaction plants
typically perform better in the winter, an extrapolation on January data
might be overly optimistic
PacifiCorp is Ranked No. 2 in Renewable Power Sales
PacifiCorp, parent company of Rocky Mountain Power, said Thursday
it now ranks No. 2 in the nation for the third consecutive year in
the number of customers buying renewable power.
plants ship out energy
The reasons I've heard for this new power plant are
the same reasons given for the other power plants that have been built in
this region. They have all been in the name of addressing the growing energy
needs of Mohave County. ...transmitting their power to another region where
the highest bidder is, they are using transmission capacity that may not
be used to import power into Mohave County simultaneously.
Rural areas could be next power hotbed
Mike Bowman was part of a farming family in Wray, watching his
and his neighbors' farms and ranches struggle against the elements
of Colorado's Eastern Plains, relying on a diminishing water supply
and looking for ways to maintain a way of life.
Scientists seek new environmental models
U.S. and European scientists say the U.N. climate report issued
Friday highlights the need for integrated climate and human behavior
Senator Not Alone in Effort-- Both PNM, Udall support legislation on
Jeff Bingaman is not alone among New Mexicans trying to find a
compromise position to move climate change legislation forward.
WEATHER OUTLOOK 041007
Geomagnetic storms reaching the G1 (Minor) level
occurred on 02 April due to high-speed solar winds from a coronal hole.
Strong-arm Tactics-- TXU's response an unfortunate step backward
It's one of the most despicable things we've heard
in some time. Facing a $210 million penalty for
allegedly manipulating the power market in Texas, TXU
said it would be compelled to shut power plants.
Twist in climate-change fight pits corporations against each other
In the global-warming debate, the classic battle has featured
environmentalists squaring off against big industry, arguing about
the potential costs to the economy compared with the potential costs
to the planet.
TXU Issues Apology On Plant Closing Issue
McCall: "TXU apologizes for creating
any perception of threatening to
shut down power plants in Texas. TXU is not permitted to
down power plants. Such a step can only be done after a review by
U.S. urged to capture the 'enormous' potential of green power
The federal and state governments in the United States should
join companies and the financial community in capturing the
‘enormous’ potential and benefits of the country's ability to
produce green power and green fuels.
UK budget includes millions of pounds for renewables
Funding for the residential installation of solar panels and
small wind turbines received an increase of 50% in the UK
US Mortgage Rates Continue Low Across the Board
released the results of its Primary Mortgage Market Survey (PMMS) in
which the 30-year fixed-rate mortgage (FRM) averaged 6.17 percent with
an average 0.4 point for the week ending April 5, 2007, up slightly
from last week when it averaged 6.16 percent. Last year at this time,
the 30-year FRM averaged 6.43 percent.
US Southwest Headed for Dust Bowl Dryness - Study
The US Southwest, home to some
of the fastest growing cities in the country, could be on a path toward
permanent drought caused by greenhouse warming, a new study said.
electric power play
Virginia's recently enacted electricity legislation drew widespread
criticism because it increases electric rates, gives utilities
some pretty hefty profit opportunities and flew through the
legislature with no hearings.
What's Moving the Oil Markets 041007
•Global crude futures were rangebound
Tuesday with the focus remaining on the situation in the Middle East.
•Prices fell significantly on Monday as mounting crude inventories in the US
Midwest, particularly at Cushing, Oklahoma, home of the NYMEX delivery
point, sparked weakness in the front-month spread.
Zeroing Out Carbon Emission in Woodstock
Michael Esposito rides his bike all the time — from cold
nights when leaving his old job at a natural food store to warm
days while passing shops selling yoga clothes and soy drinks. So
the 67-year-old is excited about a new plan to reduce this
countercultural haven's net carbon dioxide emissions to zero
within a decade, an ambitious attempt to erase the town's
April 6, 2007
Acidic Oceans Threatening Sea Life, UN Panel Says
Rising carbon dioxide emissions are making the world's
oceans more acidic, particularly closer to the poles, heralding disaster
for marine life, a major U.N. report on climate change impacts says.
Alaska legislative committee approves amended gas pipeline bill
Palin's proposal would have Alaska solicit proposals for a gas pipeline
that meets certain goals such as required periodic open seasons and rolled-in
tariffs on pipeline expansions.
Alaska oil, gas producers paid $813 mil in tax to state April 1
Alaska oil and gas producers paid $813 million in lump-sum tax payments
to the state of Alaska on April 1 under terms of the state's new Petroleum
Profits Tax, officials said Wednesday.
As Dunes Encroach, Desert Nation Struggles To Keep Its Head Above the
Throughout Mauritania, a desolate, dune-enveloped country
twice the size of France, men and women wage a daily battle
against the sand.
Warning Raises Questions
Suggestions by physicians to clean up the Wasatch Front's
polluted air are receiving largely positive reactions, but officials
have many questions and Rocky Mountain Power doesn't like their
proposal to ban new coal-fired power plants.
Bernanke on Subprime, Watch What I Do, Not What I Say
The event on subprime lending put on
last week by the DC Chapter of PRMIA and the American Enterprise
Institute drew almost 200 people. The general tone of the discussion was
bearish regarding the outlook for the housing market and the impact of a
deflating real estate bubble on the US economy.
Bill to cut power plant emissions restored
A bill that would set strict limits on carbon- dioxide emissions
from new electrical generating plants in Washington is back on track
after it was derailed last week by a House committee chairman who
favored a different approach to reducing greenhouse gases.
Boeing to Test an Airplane Powered Solely by a Fuel Cell
Boeing researchers and their industrial partners in
Europe are preparing to conduct experimental flight tests of a manned
airplane powered only by a fuel cell and lightweight batteries.
Brazil will miss half of 2007 biodiesel output target
Brazilian biodiesel producers will fall far short of meeting an earlier
government projection on the country's biodiesel output capacity because the
rising price of a major feedstock, soybean oil, has discouraged investors from
building new plants, a government official told Platts Monday.
Bush defends greenhouse gas efforts
After the Supreme Court recently ruled that the Environmental
Protection Agency has the authority to regulate greenhouse gas
emissions from automobiles, President Bush told reporters that his
administration already has laid out a plan to address the issue.
Carbon Capture in Sight – March 28, 2007
I have read a number of articles about carbon
sequestration. One thing appears to be ignored in almost all of them.
How much energy will be required to liquefy and pump the CO2 into the
Carbon Trading Heats up Capitol Hill
Carbon emission constraints are creating quite a stir
in Washington. Convinced that the country must act,
lawmakers on Capitol Hill are seeking direction from
members of the European Union on how to establish an
emissions trading scheme.
CO2 ruling heats up debate on emissions
In the coming years everything from cars to dishwashers to steel
mills is likely to be required to consume energy more efficiently as
a result of stricter environmental regulations expected to come on
line to combat greenhouse gases.
Coal Power Plant Plans Challenged As 'Too Risky'
Chesapeake Energy Corp. chief Aubrey McClendon, promoting natural
gas and gas-fired power plants as the best alternative to coal and
other harmful fuels, Monday challenged a new wave of proposed
coal-fired power plants in the region.
Coal, conservation assessed in Texas
Two recent studies offer sharply contrasting approaches to
meeting Texas' growing demand for electricity, with one calling for
greater use of coal to generate power and another suggesting
efficiency and conservation programs to trim new demand.
Complaints Rise Against Utilities
The number of consumer complaints against Connecticut
utilities increased last year after four consecutive years
of decreases, according to an annual scorecard released
Monday by state regulators.
The Department of Public Utility Control investigated
3,900 customer complaints in 2006, a 27 percent increase,
the agency said.
of the cell phone charger
How much money could you make from a technology that
replaces electrical wires? A startup called Powercast,
along with the more than 100 companies that have inked agreements with
it, is about to start finding out.
DOE extends deadline for comments on nuclear plant
A two-month extension will allow people to incorporate comments
about a Paducah siting study for a 1,000-job spent nuclear fuel
recycling plant into a nationwide environmental impact statement.
Energy Costs May Explode in Switch to Nuclear Power
After painstakingly analyzing the costs of U.S. nuclear power
plants built decades ago, energy experts caution that a resurrection
of nuclear power could bring along some financial risk and
surprisingly high electricity costs.
Entergy Nuclear Receives Early Site Permit for Possible New Nuclear Unit
An early site permit certifies that the site is suitable for a
new nuclear unit and resolves many safety and environmental issues
related to the site. The ESP remains valid for 20 years.
Environmental groups say ruling may cost utilities billions
Environmental groups predicted Monday that a Supreme
Court ruling in an air pollution case could cost electric utilities
billions of dollars to limit pollution from coal-fired power plants and
settle several outstanding government lawsuits.
Ethanol-blend auto emissions no greener than gasoline-- study
An unpublished federal report appears to undermine the belief
that commercially available ethanol-blended fuel produces
cleaner emissions than regular gasoline.
EU Pins Hopes on US States to Act on Climate Change
Europe is putting enormous faith
in US states to drive federal US action against climate change, the top
environmental aide to California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger told
Reuters on Wednesday.
EU Pledges to Cut Greenhouse Gases by 2020
The EU is emerging at the forefront of the fight against climate
change. Pledging to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 2020 and boost
renewable sources, EU politicians seem keener than ever to prove
their green credentials.
Nine out of ten Europeans think climate change is a serious
Faced with a lack of energy options, Thailand looks to coal
As the Thai economy continues its steady growth,
policymakers are drafting energy strategies with a view toward keeping
the lights on for the next 15 years. To do that, planners say, Thailand
must nearly double its electricity production to about 55,000 megawatts
Global Warming Driving Australian Fish South - Report
Global warming is starting to
have a significant impact on Australian marine life, driving fish and
seabirds south and threatening coral reefs, Australia's premier science organisation said on Wednesday.
Greenhouse Gas Effect Consistent Over 420 Million Years
New calculations show that sensitivity of Earth's
climate to changes in the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide (CO2) has been
consistent for the last 420 million years, according to an article in
Nature by geologists at Yale and Wesleyan Universities.
HP to Reduce its Global Energy Use 20% by 2010
To accomplish this reduction below 2005 levels, HP will
deliver energy-efficient products and services to customers and
institute energy-efficient operating practices in its facilities
Hydrogen Cars Inch Forward – March 21, 2007
You correctly (and boldly) reported some key problems:
1. Inefficiency in splitting water (50% or less)
2. Expense to compress and store hydrogen.
Japan Nuclear at Full Power Despite Safety Doubts
Cover-ups at Japanese nuclear
plants have dented public trust, but the government looks set to forge
ahead with plans to boost reliance on nuclear power, already providing
almost one-third of the country's energy needs.
Kerry, Snowe Seek Energy Star Details From EPA
Senators John Kerry (D- Mass.) and Olympia J. Snowe
(R-Maine) pushed the head of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
for details on the government's Energy Star Small Business Program,
including the specific steps the Bush Administration has taken to assist
small businesses address the climate change crisis.
Key Cabinet Members Meet With Global Warming Experts
Experts say it was a "momentous" day -- the first time the four
most powerful leaders in the state came together solely to discuss
"This issue of climate change is vastly significant to
us," said Gov. Charlie Crist.
Lighting Up Montana With Wind Power is Easier Said Than Done
Stand under the towering turbines at Montana's largest wind farm,
south of Judith Gap, and the near-silent rotating blades give the
illusion the earth is moving.
Los Angeles to turn human waste into electricity
Construction began Thursday on a power plant near the Port of Los
Angeles that is to turn human waste into enough electricity to power
3,000 homes, officials said.
Meet C,mm,n - The World’s First Open-Source Car
Behold, the world’s first open-source car. Cumbersomely
dubbed “c,mm,n” (say “common”), the vehicle was introduced at
AutoRAI in Amsterdam.
More work needed, but Palo Verde nuke can turn things around-- NRC
Improvements are being made at the Palo Verde nuclear power plant in
Arizona, but there still are instances where crews address symptoms, not the
root cause, of problems and where incomplete answers are accepted, US Nuclear
Regulatory Commission Region IV Administrator Bruce Mallett said Wednesday.
New 'Biofuel Cell' Produces Electricity From Hydrogen In Plain Air
A pioneering “biofuel cell” that produces electricity
from ordinary air spiked with small amounts of hydrogen offers
significant potential as an inexpensive and renewable alternative to the
costly platinum-based fuel cells that have dominated discussion about
the “hydrogen economy” of the future, British scientists reported.
NRC Turns Aside Harris Plant Claim
The Nuclear Regulatory Commission rejected a claim by nuclear
critics that Progress Energy's Shearon Harris nuclear plant in Wake
County is vulnerable to fire risk and should be shut down
Nuclear Scandal May Jolt Japan Power Cost
Japan's electricity prices may surge because safety coverups
could prompt the government to order more nuclear reactors closed,
Mizuho Investors Securities says.
Ontario utilities save more than 413 million kWh in 2005, 2006
A report by six of Ontario's largest electric utilities shows that during
the past two years, conservation and demand-response efforts have saved more
than 413 million kWh in the province.
Pollution decision could hit AEP hard
The Supreme Court yesterday dealt a blow to American Electric
Power and other utilities that could force them to pay vast sums in
penalties for modifying their oldest coal-fired plants without first
installing air-pollution equipment.
Quote of the
We think the high oil prices of late are due to
Mohamed bin Dhaen al-Hamli said Thursday. Iran's detention of 15 UK service
personnel almost two weeks ago had helped push oil prices up to six month
highs, but the release of the sailors Wednesday sent oil prices down.
A rapid snow melt
is sending especially large volumes of runoff into the Columbia River
Basin. The showcase facility, Grand Coulee Dam, recently averaged more
than 4,000 MWHr of power generation, the highest in 5 years.
Report finds Davis-Besse crack rate growth faster than estimated
During a 2002 refueling and inspection outage, plant
personnel discovered that boric acid leakage from cracks in reactor
pressure vessel head nozzles had caused severe degradation of the vessel
Report of Solar-Geophysical Activity 040607
The geomagnetic field is expected to be at quiet levels
on 06 and 07 April. The onset of a recurrent coronal hole should begin
late on 08 April allowing for possible unsettled conditions to isolated
Russia's Nuclear Energy Industry Will Be Competitive By 2012
Russia's nuclear energy sector will become competitive and strong
enough to support its own expansion by 2011-12, when Russia switches
to competitive pricing for electricity and gas, Atomic Energy Agency
(Rosatom) chief Sergei Kiriyenko said.
Silicon Valley's 'best brains' work on energy
Venture capitalists in Silicon Valley have been
searching for the next big thing in high-tech for years, but now many
have switched to greener pursuits -- finding technology to help cut
Solar Getting Limelight – March 19, 2007
I believe that we are now ready for
massive programs to commercialize existing solar technologies, much more
than the Bush Administration has asked for. China has a goal to achieve
PV panel costs of 50 cents/watt by 2010, and I believe they will
Stationary Fuel Cells Getting More Attention – March 23, 2007
Lets keep in mind that one normal cubic
meter of hydrogen releases only 80% of energy that it took to produce
it. Stationary fuel cells make much more sense, as they are not moving.
Lets forget about them in cars, not enough noble metals exist on earth
to satisfy the number of automotive engines required.
Supreme Court Ruling Opens Door for Global Warming Solutions
The Supreme Court’s ruling that the U.S. Environmental
Protection Agency has the power to regulate carbon dioxide emissions
from cars opens the door for a concerted, nationwide approach to dealing
with global warming, say two Duke University environmental experts.
Supreme Court rulings against Duke Energy, EPA could affect TVA plants
A pair of Supreme Court decisions could bring about a change in
the legal and regulatory environment TVA faces involving coal-fired
power plants that emit carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases.
dirty secret about clean cars
smiles all around as the automakers announced they would
make half of America's vehicles ethanol-ready by 2012. "If
you want to reduce gasoline usage—like I believe we need to
do so for national-security reasons as well as for
environmental concerns—the consumer has got to be in a
position to make a rational choice," said a beaming Bush.
there's a dirty secret about clean cars.
Three Affiliated Tribes and SkyPower Corp. form Joint
Venture for Wind Energy Development
"This is a very significant project for the Three Affiliated
Tribes in developing renewable energy resources for the Fort
Berthold Reservation," said Fred Fox, TAT Natural Resources
Administrator. "Mr. Terry Fredericks has put forth a great deal of
diligent work into wind energy development for the Tribe."
TXU warns Texas PUC policies may lead to some plants shutting
A senior TXU executive has told the Texas Public Utility
Commission that the company may be forced to shut several of its older
natural gas-fired plants if the agency does not give it "an opportunity
to cover the real and legitimate costs associated with owning, operating
and maintaining" them.
U.S., Chinese researchers collaborate on clean coal
Scientists from China will meet with their counterparts in the
United States next week to advance the science needed to use coal -
the No. 1 domestic energy resource for each country – cleanly and
UK Government to Facilitate Domestic Microgeneration Devices
The UK government has launched a consultation which recommends
that UK consumers will no longer need to apply for planning
permission to put microgeneration devices such as solar panels on
UN Panel Issues Bleakest Warning on Climate
Top climate experts issued their bleakest forecasts yet
about global warming on Friday, ranging from hunger in Africa to a thaw
of Himalayan glaciers in a study that may add pressure on governments to
UP warns PRB recovery could last two weeks; markets see impact
Union Pacific warned that the recovery from the weather-related mine shutdowns
in the Powder River Basin could last for two weeks. But market participants
said they do not expect the weather disruptions to have a lasting impact on
Yesterday, C.S.U./Dr. Gray issued
their first Hurricane Season Forecast of 2007:
These are the same exact forecast values as they issued in their April
2006 Outlook for the 2006 Season, which ties the highest Tropical
Storm/Hurricane/Intense Hurricane totals they have even predicted for a
Wal-Mart encourages workers to embrace sustainability
Wal-Mart Stores Inc. is expanding its initiative to help employees
incorporate sustainability principles into their daily lives, building
on the company´s corporate commitment to the environment.
What's Moving the Oil Markets 040407
•"Iran will remain the key
directional input in front of the upcoming long Easter weekend..
Winter Arctic Sea Ice Near Record Low
Winter Arctic sea ice this year was the second smallest
area on record in a sign of greenhouse warming, U.S. climate scientists
Spread Approaching Strength
The most recent 30 days of the
spread have been hard on traders. After trading near parity and
in a narrow range the spread collapsed with Brent going more
than $2.00/bbl over WTI in March. In early June 1998 the spread
also traded in a similar narrow range and experienced a shock.
Later in the month and into early July 1998 WTI gained over
April 3, 2007
Australia Tells EU To Do More on Emissions
Australia called on the European Union on Tuesday to do
more to cut its own greenhouse emissions before lecturing Kyoto sceptics Australia and the United States about climate
Australian government awards 12 new offshore exploration permits
The Australian government has announced the award of twelve new petroleum
exploration permits in Commonwealth waters offshore Western Australia,
Tasmania and the Territory of Ashmore and Cartier Islands.
Australia's Southwest Getting Hotter and Drier - Study
Western Australia's southwest,
an important agricultural region that also contains one of Australia's
largest cities, would continue to get hotter and drier because of
climate change, a government-backed study said.
BLM continues to prepare Wyoming coal leases
Subsidiaries of Foundation Coal, Arch Coal, Peabody Energy and Rio Tinto
Energy America hope to eventually be able to bid on a total of 827.5 million
short tons of southern Powder River Basin coal after federal agencies complete
a lengthy process of holding public meetings and writing volumes of reports
leading to competitive bidding on the four parcels.
BP's Bet on Butanol
Forget ethanol: it's hard to transport and
gives bad mileage per gallon. Another alcohol, butanol,
is a much better renewable fuel, says the president of
Britons Aware but Inactive on Climate Change - Survey
The British government, which
prides itself on its green credentials, will have trouble hitting its
carbon-cutting targets judging by a survey highlighting the deep gap
between public awareness and actions.
Building industry favours net-zero energy homes
Within 20 years, all new homes will be enviro-misers,
producing as much energy as they consume.
Canada's New Government supports clean air and energy efficiency
projects in Yukon
Canada's Minister of the Environment, John Baird, joined by
Premier and Minister of the Environment Dennis Fentie, today
announced $5 million in funding for the Yukon as part of a trust fund
set up by Canada's New Government to support provincial and territorial
projects to help reduce greenhouse gas emissions and air pollutants.
Carbon Risk and Negawatts - Using Energy Efficiency Programs to Reduce
Your Carbon Exposure
Global carbon regulation is arguably the largest risk and opportunity
most corporations will face in the beginning of the 21st century. It
has been estimated that turnover in the global carbon marketplace
could exceed a trillion dollars in the next five to ten years.
Voluntary and mandatory reporting protocols are emerging.
Chernobyl Radiation Equal to Everyday Risks, Study Finds
The risk of survivors of the Chernobyl accident dying
early is far less than supposed, ranking about the same as exposure to
air pollution or passive smoking, according to new research published on
Climate Change Sceptics Say Humans Not To Blame
They point to natural shifts in the sun's heat, a cooling of
the planet in the mid-20th century and an apparent slowdown of
temperature rises in the past decade.
Crude price rising because market 'spooked' by geopolitics-- Bush
The recent rise in world crude prices is due in large part because oil
markets have been "spooked" by tensions between the west and Iran, US
President George W. Bush said Tuesday.
Communism, Lenin once remarked, equals Soviet power plus
the electrification of the whole country. Such was the thinking that
gave rise to Unified Energy System, Russia's vast power concern. With
annual consumption of 980 trillion kilowatt hours, Russia gobbles up
more of the stuff than any country in the world, except for the U.S. and
EPA finalizes rule requiring states slash particle pollution
The Environmental Protection Agency has finalized a rule outlining
requirements for states developing plans to clean the air in the 39
areas of the country where particle pollution levels do not meet
national air quality standards.
EPA has the authority to regulate greenhouse gases-- US' top court
In a major victory for a number of US states and environmental groups,
the Supreme Court Monday rejected the Bush administration's argument that it
does not have authority to regulate emissions of carbon dioxide and other
so-called greenhouse gases that are blamed for global warming.
EU Slams United States, Australia on Climate Change
The European Union accused the
United States and Australia on Monday of hampering international efforts
to tackle climate change.
Expanding the Grid
Western states want to expand their grid to improve
regional electrical reliability and make room for
renewable energy resources. Altogether, eight transmission
owners and operators have come together to provide a high
voltage backbone transmission system between Wyoming,
Colorado, New Mexico and Arizona.
The nation's largest public power provider is making
changes. But its compliance with new laws to enable it to
act more like a private business is coinciding with new
legislation that would put it on the road to
Hungary must invest in energy efficiency-- IEA
Hungary has a very high dependence on gas, the IEA said, but is not using
it in an efficient manner.
Japan's petroleum demand seen falling 1.5% in fiscal 2007-2008
Japan's petroleum demand is forecast to dip 1.5% on the year to 218.9
million kiloliters (1.4 billion barrels) in the fiscal year ending March 31,
Judge rejects suit over nuclear matter in water
A federal judge has denied class-action status for a lawsuit
seeking damages from Exelon Corp. for spills of radioactive tritium
at a nuclear power plant in Will County.
Massachusetts offshore wind project clears environmental hurdle
The 420-MW Cape Wind project, the first offshore wind farm proposed in
the US, has cleared a key hurdle after Massachusetts officials approved its
final environmental impact report.
Meteoalarm-- a new pan-European service on severe weather
On World Meteorological Day, 23 March 2007, a Website
will be launched that will provide a snapshot of where severe and
potentially dangerous weather might occur over the following 48 hours.
MidAmerican, U.S. Reach Deal Over Property
MidAmerican Energy has reached a tentative agreement with the
government over remediation of 4.7 acres of property that once held
a coal gasification plant near the Cedar River. The land was
designated a Superfund cleanup site because of hazardous coal tar that
was allegedly released into the soil and groundwater...
Natural Gas - The New Green Standard for Transportation
Natural gas costs less than diesel—on average, as much as 25% less per
And 98% of the natural gas used in the USA comes from North America.
Discovers Cold Fusion (again)
The Navy back in 2002 published two volumes (yep, count 'em, two)
in support of cold fusion.
Now, the latest news is that Navy researchers from the Space and
Naval Warfare Systems Center have published an article in the
respected journal Naturwissenschaften, claiming an experiment that
is highly reproducible and demonstrates nuclear reactions.
New 125-Megawatt Texas Wind Farm Providing Energy to TXU
The wind farm is expected to provide power for more than
24,000 homes -- enough to meet the annual energy needs of about
56,000 Texans. It is located approximately 25 miles southeast of Big
New Green Big-Rigs Cut Greenhouse Gases, Save Truckers Up To $11,000
Starting this month, truck and trailer manufacturers are
offering customers 2007 models certified by EPA's SmartWay
program to improve fuel efficiency. By meeting EPA equipment specifications,
these models provide the triple benefit of saving operators money while
reducing greenhouse-gas emissions and air pollutants.
Nuke Dump Dead?-- Not to Nye County
When you say the word "oversight" after the phrase "Yucca
Mountain," most Nevadans think of the state's fight against the
proposed nuclear waste dump. But in Nye County, home of Yucca
Mountain, "oversight" clearly has a different meaning.
NYMEX crude opens 84 cents lower as geopolitical concerns fade
May crude futures on the New York Mercantile Exchange opened 84 cents
lower at $65.10/barrel Tuesday, on increasing expectations that Iran and the
UK can diplomatically resolve the current standoff involving 15 detained
British sailors. A sharp pullback in product prices added to bearish
Once touted unlimited energy source generates little interest today
Unlimited energy brewed in a bottle sparked a worldwide sensation
nearly 18 years ago. Promises that cold fusion would power the
planet, however, were shot down in little more than a month.
Ontario To Explore Joining Forces With U.S. States On Climate Change
Premier McGuinty today signaled Ontario's interest in potentially
joining the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) and the
Western Regional Climate Action Initiative, both state-level
strategic partnerships whose mandates are to reduce greenhouse
Oregon Dams Join Green Power Ranks
The largest hydroelectric project totally inside Oregon's borders
is now officially generating green power, with a designation
achieved by only 26 hydro plants in the United States.
Public Opinion Must Lead Climate Change Investors
A bigger shift in public opinion
would drive investment banks and fund managers to put more money into
tackling climate change, analysts and investors told a conference in
Quote of the
"Fundamentally, the situation is unchanged
since Friday...There is less tension in the market over Iran and
people are relieved there was no aggression from either the US or
the UK this weekend. There was a brief sell-off during the Asian
window, but it is recovering from that now."
crude futures were mixed Monday with ICE Brent and NYMEX WTI May
futures contracts diverging, although markets were generally more
settled than last week with no significant developments over the
weekend in the UK-Iran standoff, a London-based broker said.
Report of Solar-Geophysical Activity 040307
The geomagnetic field was active with periods of minor storming due to a
recurrent coronal hole high speed stream. The greater than 2 MeV electron
flux at geosynchronous orbit reached high levels today. The
geomagnetic field is expected to be unsettled to active on April 3 and
quiet on April 4 & 5.
Report Warns Australia of Severe Climate Impacts
Australia, slowly emerging from
its worst drought in a century, will suffer killer heatwaves, bushfires and floods as global warming
intensifies, a draft report by international climate scientists said on
Russia to build at least 3 nuclear units a year from 2015
Russia plans to build a minimum three nuclear power units per year from
2015 to meet its goal of raising the share of nuclear power in the country's
energy balance to 25% by 2025 from 16% at present, the head of Russia's
federal atomic agency Sergei Kiriyenko said Tuesday.
Seafood Poisoning on the Rise as Oceans Become Warmer, More Polluted
Bowls of piping hot barracuda soup were the much-anticipated
treat when the Roa family gathered for a
casual and relaxing Sunday meal.
Within hours, all six fell deathly ill. So did two dozen
others from the same neighborhood.
Senate bill aims to trim federal building energy use
The Senate environment committee has approved a bill that would
require the federal government to improve energy efficiency at many of
the more than 8,000 buildings it owns or leases across the country.
Supreme Court vacates circuit court ruling in Duke case
The Supreme Court Monday said the US 4th Circuit Court of Appeals erred
when it ruled in favor of Duke Energy in a lawsuit the government brought
against the utility charging it violated the Clean Air Act when it modified a
number of aging coal-fired power plants without also installing additional
The Greenhouse Problem - Let's Get Serious
The most readily available sources of the energy that is
essential for human advancement involve the emission of enormous
quantities of carbon dioxide to the atmosphere as waste, and there is
concern that these may cause harmful changes in the world’s climate.
This article shows that most of the energy that is needed can, to the
extent that is judged to be necessary, be provided without emission of
The stormy Sun affecting the human life and the technology
The origins and fate of life on Earth are intimately
connected to the way the Earth responds to the Sun's variations.
The TXU Deal-- Twists, Turns and a Potential Clean-Tech Tipping Point
Texas is also the focus of much excitement in clean tech right now – and
more than a little intrigue. What will happen with the proposed $45 billion
leveraged buyout of TXU – arguably the most significant deal in the history
of the U.S. utility industry? Significant not just because of its record
size, but because of its vast implications for the future of clean energy.
Tokyo Electric covered up 1984 emergency shutdown at nuclear plant
Tokyo Electric Power Co. said Friday that it concealed the
emergency shutdown of a reactor at its Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant
US and China Increase Efforts to Protect China's Water Resources
The U.S. and China signed an agreement March 27 to
expand the cooperative program that provides U.S. technical assistance
to help improve and protect water quality and access to safe and
sustainable water resources in China. Increasing water conservation and
efficiency in China will also help reduce energy consumption and air
pollution locally and globally.
US could add 23,000 MW of hydro capacity by 2025
The study reviewed the possible contributions of waterpower technologies
to US renewable energy supplies by 2010 and 2025 and found potential for
generation expansion at existing facilities, at dams without powerhouses, at
new small and low-power developments and from new technologies such as ocean and
hydro kinetic power
US lawmaker urges White House to thwart creation of gas cartel
The top-ranking Republican on the US House Foreign Affairs Committee
Monday, in a letter to Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, urged the Bush
administration to prevent the creation of an OPEC-like natural gas cartel.
Vietnam Hunts Foreign Source of Mystery Oil Spills
Vietnam's prime minister has
ordered an international investigation into mysterious oil spills that
have blackened some of the country's most popular beaches after ruling
out the country's oil rigs.
What's Moving the Oil Markets 040207
•Global crude futures were mixed Monday with ICE Brent
and NYMEX WTI May futures contracts diverging,
•"Fundamentally, the situation is
unchanged since Friday," said one London-based broker. "There is less
tension in the market over Iran and people are relieved there was no
aggression from either the US or the UK this weekend.
Wind farm meeting moved due to crowd
The town of Lyme's debate on a wind power moratorium Saturday
drew enough residents to be moved, physically.
Yucca Mountain Workers Laid Off; More Cuts Ahead
Three dozen Yucca Mountain workers lost their jobs last week, and
a Department of Energy official warned Wednesday that several
hundred others may face layoffs in the months ahead.
March 30, 2007
America's Iraq oil grab is a done deal
"By 2010 we will need [a further] 50 mm bpd. The Middle East,
with two-thirds of the oil and the lowest cost, is still where the prize
-- US Vice President Dick Cheney, then Halliburton chief executive officer,
London, autumn 1999.
Appetite for 'green' power will not be satisfied
UK businesses will attempt to purchase some 34 TWh of 'green'
electricity in 2007. With the volume of accredited renewable power
reaching only 12 TWh in 2006, it is clear that internal company
targets will be very difficult to meet. Ultimately, increasing
demand for green energy is not being met by new capacity.
Basra crude-- The great game of Iraq’s southern oil
Concepts like “Shiite oil” and “Kurdish oil” complicate the debate about
Iraq’s energy resources. This paper starts from the proposition that it
would be better to call a thing by its name: in terms of the size of
reserves, Iraqi oil is first and foremost Basra oil.
Beijing's Water Thirst Causes Neighbor Problems
The northern Chinese province of Hebei, which
surrounds Beijing and supplies most of its water, has
over-exploited its resources so badly it is suffering subsidence
and saline contamination, Xinhua news agency said.
seek a prepaid coal plant
Tampa Electric wants customers to start paying for a proposed
"clean coal" plant in Polk County years before it cranks out the
first watt of power.
Brent crude holds above $65 b on the back of geopolitical tension
Global crude futures retreated slightly from six-months highs seen on
Wednesday during early trading in Europe Thursday. But support for the
whole petroleum futures complex is still strong on the back of ongoing
tensions surrounding Iran, which is putting a healthy risk premium on crude
futures prices, analysts said.
Britain Gives US$98 Mln to Protect Congo Forests
The British government has
donated 50 million pounds (US$98 million) to protect the fragile
ecosystem of the Congo Basin, the world's second largest rainforest, a
British diplomat said on Wednesday.
California Eyes Joining EU Emissions Trading Scheme
California hopes to link its
planned emissions trading system to the European Union's market,
boosting efforts to build a global mechanism to fight climate change,
aides to Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger said on Thursday.
California regulator approves transmission projects for wind power
The California Public Utilities Commission has approved two
projects to construct transmission to reach areas with high
potential for green power resources.
Canada Scales Back Seal Hunt Because of Poor Ice
The number of young harp seals that Canadian hunters can
kill off the east coast this year will be cut by a quarter, mainly
because of poor ice conditions where the animals give birth, officials
Canadian Government Says Key Environment Bill in Trouble
Canada's minority Conservative government is unhappy
that opposition parliamentarians have totally rewritten its draft clean
air legislation and will now consider what to do with the bill,
Environment Minister John Baird said Thursday.
Carbon Capture in
American Electric Power says it is not waiting around
for the feds to mandate carbon controls on all power
plants. On its own accord, it is setting the process in
motion to capture carbon dioxide emissions that are tied
to climate change.
Cherry Blossom Peepers Recycle On the Go
For the second year in a row, families can enjoy
spending time with nature and help the environment, too. The U.S.
Environmental Protection Agency and the National Park Service are
teaming up again to collect recyclables at this year's National Cherry
China Drought Threatens Water Supply for Millions
A prolonged drought over a wide
swathe of China is threatening drinking water supplies for 13.4 million
people and 12 million cattle, the official Xinhua news agency said on Wednesday.
China’s crude oil import growth may slow down
China's oil imports may rise 10 % this year, a slower pace than
last year's 14 %, as government policies to boost energy conservation cuts
Chinese Air Pollution Crosses Pacific, Reaches Western United States
Climate-altering pollution from China is traveling across the
Pacific Ocean and ending up on the West Coast of the United
States, according to a new
study published in the Journal of Geophysical Research.
Chinese Biofuels Expansion Threatens Ecological Balance
The recent agreement between China's top
forestry authority and one of the nation's biggest energy giants to
develop biofuels plantations in the southwest reflects rising
Chinese attention to non-fossil energy sources. But the excitement
may come at great environmental loss to the region's forests and
biological diversity, suggesting significant trade offs associated
with the renewable fuels.
Chinese farmers have access to renewable and clean energy
Millions of farmers can now use renewable and clean energy in Guizhou.
By the end of 2006, 980,000 methane pits have been built in Guizhou
province, about 20 times than that in 2000.
Clean Coal Would Cost Billions-- Energy Department Puts $4 Billion
Annual Price Tag on Cleansing Process
It could cost $4 billion annually to eliminate the carbon dioxide
generated by power plants in the Carolinas.
The immense cost for cleaning up coal would be equivalent to
building two nuclear power plants every year
Coal shipments on inland waterways expected to pick up
Harsh February winter weather reduced coal shipments on the nation's inland
water system, but industry analysts are expecting coal shipments to pick up
this spring as utilities seek to add to their stockpiles ahead of the summer
peak coal-burning season.
Concentrating solar has potential in U.S., concludes report to Congress
Concentrating solar power could generate cost-competitive
electricity within ten years, but it would require federal
incentives of US$2 billion, according to a report prepared for
the U.S. Congress.
Conflicting Information Keeps US Mortgage Rates Low
Freddie Mac yesterday released the results of its
Primary Mortgage Market Survey (PMMS) in which the 30-year fixed-rate
mortgage (FRM) averaged 6.16 percent with an average 0.4 point for the
week ending March 29, 2007, unchanged from last week when it averaged
6.16 percent. Last year at this time, the 30-year FRM averaged
Connecticut Deal Powers FuelCell Shares
FuelCell Energy (FCEL) said Mar. 27 that it won more than $200
million of business providing the Connecticut Clean Energy Fund with
six power projects totaling around 68 megawatts, in the latest
example of how alternative energy businesses continue growing.
Dominion Resources answers questions on power plants
Dominion Resources officials spoke at length Monday night about
clean-coal technology at a planned power plant on the Clinch River,
but rebuffed questions on environmental issues.
EC energy chief welcomes EU-US energy cooperation
EU energy commissioner Andris Pieblags Tuesday welcomed increased
cooperation in the field of energy supply and security between the European
Union and United States and offered the US support in the field of energy
EPA Rule Will Help States Control Fine Particle Air Pollution
EPA today finalized a rule outlining requirements for state plans to
clean the air in 39 areas of the country where particle pollution levels do
not meet national air quality standards. These state plans will lead to
improved air quality for millions of Americans.
EPA To Hold Public Meetings on Managing Non-Federal Mercury Supplies
EPA and its federal partners are establishing a
stakeholder panel process to provide the U.S. government with a range of
options for better managing non-federal mercury supplies.
on renewable energy
"We have agreed that we need a target for renewable energy supply and that
it will be binding, but it will follow a discussion on what that means for
each member state," Reinfeldt said after the first session of the European
EU anxious to shake off energy dependence on Russia
An EU summit which opened in Brussels will focus on energy
security issues in countries neighbouring Russia.
Federal judge sends Massey permits back for reconsideration
A federal judge ruled that the Army Corps of Engineers' Huntington District
issued four permits dealing with valley fills in West Virginia without fully
determining if the permits would hurt the environment.
Finland Feels the Heat as Early Spring Hits Loggers
Finland, renowned for its harsh
Arctic winters, is struggling to collect enough timber from its forests
to feed the country's paper mills as an early spring thaw makes the
ground too soft for logging trucks.
GE Invests, Delivers One of World's Largest Solar Power Plants,
Harnessing Portugal's Sunshine, PowerLight's Technology
Spread across a hillside pasture amid olive trees, 52,000
shimmering photovoltaic modules in one of the world's largest solar
power plants have begun generating enough electricity for 8,000
homes, GE, PowerLight Corp. and Catavento SA announced today.
Georgia Power, state regulatory staff agree on mercury cuts
The proposed rule would require Georgia Power to invest about $4 billion
in emission-control projects at six of its 10 coal-fired plants by 2015, EPD
staff said. According to some estimates, the projects will reduce mercury
emissions by as much as 90%.
Government Official Faulted for Science Meddling, Leaks of Private
A government official broke federal rules and should
face punishment for leaking information about endangered species to
private groups, the Interior Department's watchdog said.
Hong Kong May Face Legal Challenge Over Dirty Skies
The Hong Kong government may
face its first legal battle over worsening air pollution after a green
group asked for a review of its air quality laws on Thursday, arguing
clean-up efforts were inadequate.
Imagine a world where nothing is plugged in-- Columbia might get glimpse
into future when it becomes Hydrogen City
There still are plenty of scientific and technical hurdles that
need to be overcome. But hydrogen and fuel cell technology could
reverberate through our lives and our economy.
Imported Pollution Adds to China’s Environmental Woes
Seemingly a winner in the global balance of trade, China is in
fact struggling against an undercurrent of imported waste. The
country, already laden with domestic pollution, is rapidly
becoming the planet’s largest garbage dump, facing a huge influx
of foreign garbage.
Too much of China´s electronics recycling is done in ways
that aren´t good for the people doing it or for the environment.
Groups like the Basel Action Network and Greenpeace have
documented how recycling plants will burn plastic openly to get
at more valuable materials, or how farmers will run primitive
backyard recycling operations to melt circuit boards.
Indiana Town Takes Major Step to Becoming 'BioTown, USA'
Can an agricultural town use farm and animal wastes to meet all
of its energy needs? The Indiana State Department of Agriculture
believes it's possible, and has taken the first major step towards
converting Reynolds, Indiana, into "BioTown, USA."
Indonesia Sticks to Building Nuclear Power Plant
The Indonesian government will continue its efforts to
build a nuclear power plant, despite mounting opposition from
Iran shows significant increases in gasoline imports
Iran's government spent almost $ 4 bn on gasoline imports during
March 2006-January 2007, recording a significant increase from the same
period the previous year.
Iran takes early steps to resolve gas crisis
The recent approval in Iran's Majlis (Parliament) of a mechanism
to ration gasoline may be a key step towards addressing what is widely
believed to be Iran's most pressing current economic challenge.
Isolation of Texas Power Grid Questioned-- Proposal to Connect With
Neighboring Regions Jolts State Officials
Texas' isolated power grid has been a source of pride and envy
The state enjoys its independence as the only electricity grid in
the continental U.S. largely free from federal oversight.
Japan adopts new basic energy policy
A new basic long-term energy policy which calls for promoting
self-dependent petroleum development and expanding nuclear power generation
was approved by the Japanese government.
London can use wind and biomass to generate power
The city of London could generate power from wind turbines at
25 possible locations, and supply 116,000 homes with electricity
while displacing 147,000 tonnes of CO2 a year.
Lutz says GM wants Volt on the road by 2010
General Motors Corp. hopes to begin producing an all-electric
vehicle inspired by its Chevrolet Volt concept vehicle by 2010,
according to Vice Chairman Bob Lutz.
Nation Eyes Fresno's Clean and Green
The City of Fresno released today an overview of several
initiatives that position the City as a leader in the areas of
renewable energy and clean air vehicles. Fresno has earned national
recognition from the Department of Energy and the Environmental
Protection Agency for its aggressive approach to clean and green
New research blows away myths on wind farms
A new report from the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS)
and Oxford Brookes University has blown away another myth about wind
farms - their impact on house prices. The research found no clear
relationship between the proximity of wind farms and property
prices, and suggested that this may be an urban myth with apparent
changes in value disappearing when examined closely.
NGOs Call for Renewable Energy Tariff in Quebec
With "Quebeckers" heading to the election
polls today, three groups representing municipalities in the
Canadian province of Quebec are calling on the next government to
vigorously lead the development of renewable energy in North
NRC Urged to Look Closely at Spent-Fuel Storage Pools; Petition Seeks
Rule Change to Require Pilgrim to File Environmental- Impact Study
The entire Massachusetts congressional delegation and a number of
South Shore state legislators are urging federal regulators to force
the Pilgrim nuclear power plant to address concerns about the safety
of its waste-storage pool.
One in 10 at Risk From Rising Seas, Storms - Study
One in 10 people in the world,
mostly in Asia, live in coastal areas at risk from rising seas and more
powerful storms that may be caused by global warming, an international
study showed on Wednesday.
Oregon lawmakers see edge in energy tax credit
State officials want to take Oregon's biggest business
income tax break and make it bigger.
Paper industry criticizes burning wood only for energy
Wood should be used as a resource for paper products before
it is burned for energy, according to the paper industry in
Portland Leads the Way in Preparing for Peak Oil
Earlier this month, Portland, Oregon, became the first
city in the United States to publish an official strategy for coping
with a future in which oil is no longer economical.
Power of wood - biomass plan to tackle climate change-- UK
A plan to boost the supply of environment-friendly woodfuel to
cut greenhouse gases and produce enough energy to power 250,000
homes was unveiled today.
Powerful New Tool To Track Atmospheric Carbon Dioxide By Source
Scientists from NOAA's Earth System Research
Laboratory have announced a new tool to monitor changes in atmospheric
carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases by region and source. The
tool, called CarbonTracker, will enable its users to evaluate the
effectiveness of their efforts to reduce or store carbon emissions.
PSE Encourages Customers to Go Green
Washington-based Puget Sound Energy is making it easier and more affordable for
residential and business customers to choose to be more "green" in
their electricity usage when they sign up for the company's Green
Power Program, which supports the development of additional
renewable energy resources in the Pacific Northwest.
Quote of the
"We're not anticipating launching any military activity.
We have been following, for the better part of two years now, a diplomatic
course with Iran...While obviously our president retains the option to
conduct whatever policy he needs to, we are very much on a diplomatic
path...We think that the nuclear issue can be resolved through 'quiet
diplomacy' if we could just get the Iranians to the negotiating table. But
right now, the Iranians are refusing to do that."
The US will continue
to pursue the diplomatic route to resolve the dispute over Iran's nuclear
ambitions, US Under Secretary of State Nicholas Burns said Wednesday. He
downplayed the prospect of any military activity in the wake of the capture
of 15 British service personnel.
Quote of the
"It has not been widely publicized but we understand that
the US Aircraft carrier USS Nimitz and its strike group will depart San
Diego coming Monday and head to the Persian Gulf...having three US aircraft
carrier strike groups in the Gulf will be a major escalation. The strike
risk will be at its peak in the next 60 days. We believe that the oil market
will keep the risk premium when it soon realizes that a third carrier is
being sent to the Gulf."
Olivier Jakob said
in a Petromatrix report that support for global crude futures is still
strong during early trading in Europe Thursday on the back of ongoing
tensions surrounding Iran, which is putting a healthy risk premium on crude
"The United States is in Iraq at the request of
the Iraqis and under a United Nations mandate. Any suggestion to the
contrary is wrong."
The White House
insisted Wednesday that Saudi King Abdullah, a key US ally among Arab
states, was wrong to say the US military presence in Iraq is an
"illegitimate foreign occupation."
Quote of the
"We will send a signal of solidarity on this issue and we
will try to find the language which conveys this."
ministers, meeting in Germany, will send a message of solidarity with
Britain over Iran's detention of 15 British naval personnel, German Foreign
Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier said Friday.
"I do not think anyone will go home short this
weekend given the current situation with Iran."
Aaron Kildow, trader
at Prudential Financial, commenting on the influence of increased tension
over the standoff between Iran and the UK regarding the detention of 15
British service personnel on petroleum prices.
Report of Solar-Geophysical Activity 033007
Solar activity was very low. Solar X-rays remained below
B-level during the past 24 hours. The geomagnetic field is
expected to be quiet for the next two days (30-31 March). An increase to
unsettled levels with a chance for active periods is expected sometime
late on the third day (1 April) due to a recurrent high speed stream
from a favorably positioned coronal hole.
San Francisco requires use of recycled plastic bags
The City of San Francisco's Board of Supervisors passed an ordinance March
27 requiring the use of compostable plastic, recyclable paper and/or reusable
checkout bags by stores located in the City and County of San Francisco,
according to a Board of Supervisors meeting agenda.
Scientists Say Antarctic Ice Sheet is Thinning
A Texas-sized piece of the
Antarctic ice sheet is thinning, possibly due to global warming, and
could cause the world's oceans to rise significantly, polar ice experts
said on Wednesday.
Scottish city needs more solar roofs than it has roofs
The city of Glasgow would need to install 1,344 wind turbines
or 4.2 million solar PV roofs if it wants to sustain current
consumption levels of electricity while reducing CO2 emissions
Sen. Hutchison Introduces Renewable Energy Legislation
Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-TX), Chairman of the Republican
Policy Committee, today will introduce the Creating Renewable Energy
through Science and Technology (CREST) Act. The legislation will
provide a comprehensive, coordinated national research effort to
spur the development of renewable energy.
Energy, the theme of
is vitally important to us all. Like most European countries,
Hungary imports the majority of its fuel from abroad. A continuous
supply is indispensable for ensuring the functioning of the economy
– for transportation and haulage, for providing heat and light, and
for living a normal life in general. Is Hungary’s energy policy
capable of guaranteeing this supply? Is it capable of reducing the
current high level of dependence? How can we save energy, and
improve the efficiency of its usage?
Summer 2007-- Solar Energy Hits the Major League
Although modest in terms of its size, the
logistics of designing and overseeing a 120-kilowatt photovoltaic
(PV) solar array for a Major League Baseball (MLB) stadium are a bit
trickier than one might think.
The Canadian Electricity Association Advocates Canada-US Cooperation on
In a paper released today, the Canadian Electricity Association (CEA)
recommends a cooperative focus on energy security by Canada and the
The Cuban oil rush
Sometime later this year, less than 70 miles from Florida, a
consortium of Spanish, Indian and Norwegian companies will likely start
drilling for oil. It could mark the beginning of a Cuban oil rush -- one
that American oil companies won't be able to join, despite their proximity
to the action.
'The Roll to Coal' Threatens CO2 Targets
Emissions of carbon dioxide from the power sector are shooting up
because of an increasing switch from burning high-priced gas to
cheaper, but more carbon-intensive, coal, says the report,
commissioned by the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF).
Turkey, Iraq and US to meet on Iraq oil
Turkey's energy minister said Ankara was asked for help
developing oil in northern Iraq and will meet with US and Iraq officials
But Hilmi Guler said the negotiations will be with the central Iraqi
government, not the Kurdish leaders that control the oil rich north and are
at odds with Turkey.
U.S. department offers US$188 million for renewables
The U.S. Department of Agriculture will provide US$176.5
million in loan guarantees and $11.4 million in grants to
support investments in renewables and energy efficiency
improvements by agricultural producers and small businesses.
U.S. Solar Cell Market Increased 33% in 2006
The installation of solar photovoltaic (PV) devices in the United
States increased by about 33 percent in 2006 over the previous year,
according to a new report from Solarbuzz, LLC. Worldwide PV
installations totaled 1,744 megawatts (MW) in 2006, a new record and a
growth of 19 percent over 2005.
U.S. urged to capture the 'enormous' potential of green power
The federal and state governments in the United States should
join companies and the financial community in capturing the
‘enormous’ potential and benefits of the country's ability to
produce green power and green fuels.
UK budget includes millions of pounds for renewables
Funding for the residential installation of solar panels and
small wind turbines received an increase of 50% in the UK
UK-- Connecting offshore wind to the National Grid
The development of the UK's pioneering offshore wind energy
sector continues apace as details were announced today of the
licensing regime for would-be electricity transmission owners.
UK Greenhouse Gas Emissions Up in 2006
Britain's greenhouse gas
emissions rose last year, the government said on Thursday, despite the
country's claims to be a world leader in the fight against climate
Union Pacific removes embargo on new PRB business
Union Pacific removed the embargo Tuesday on new coal business out of the
southern Powder River Basin in a move that shippers and industry experts said
reflects the railroad's confidence that it has enough capacity to add new
customers without overwhelming the Joint Line, which it operates with
competitor BNSF Railway.
US corn plantings in 2007 to be highest since 1944
Corn growers intend to plant 90.5 million acres of corn for all purposes
in 2007, up 15% from 2006 and 11% higher than 2005, the US Department of
Agriculture reported on Friday.
US Department of Energy invests $ 385 mm in cellulosic ethanol
US Department of Energy (DOE) Secretary Samuel W. Bodman
announced that DOE will invest up to $ 385 mm for six bio refinery projects
over the next four years. When fully operational, the bio refineries are
expected to produce more than 130 mm gallons of cellulosic ethanol per year.
US DOE Lauds NRC Approval Of Entergy Plant Site Permit
The U.S. Energy Department on Tuesday applauded nuclear energy
regulators for approving an early site permit for
Corp.'s Grand Gulf Nuclear Station in
The Nuclear Regulatory Commission approval marks the second time
this month the agency has signed off on an early site permit.
US EIA to begin monthly ethanol, biofuel surveys
The US Energy Information Administration plans this year to begin
development of monthly ethanol and biofuels data surveys to reflect the
growing importance of the fuels in the market, EIA administrator Guy Caruso
US ethanol spot prices fall as market eyes hike in imports
Ethanol spot prices in the US fell Wednesday, driven down in part by the
anticipation of increased imports from Brazil.
US expected to emit almost one-fifth more greenhouse gases
By 2020, the United States will emit almost one-fifth more gases that
lead to global warming than it did in 2000, increasing the risks of drought
and scarce water supplies. That projection comes from an internal draft
report from the Bush administration that is more than a year overdue at the
The United States already is responsible for roughly one-quarter of the
world’s carbon dioxide and other “greenhouse” gases that scientists blame
for global warming.
US refinery crude inputs in need of sustained rise-- EIA
While inputs of crude oil into US refineries have started to rise
recently, they will "have to be sustained well above 15 million b/d this
spring and summer to help keep gasoline production sufficiently high to meet
expected demand increases," the US Energy Information Administration said
US senators offer biofuels bill; calls for 36 bil gal yr by 2022
Two US senators plan to unveil a biofuels bill Tuesday to require the
production of 36 billion gallons of renewable fuel annually by 2022, including
21 billion gallons of advanced biofuels that year.
US to plant enough corn in 2007 for 8.8 bil gal of ethanol
US agriculture officials said Wednesday that US farmers will plant 87
million acres of corn in the farm year running from September 2007 to August
2008, 9 million acres more than last year and the highest corn acreage since
Spring temperatures pervade Nation as
March heads out like a Lamb
However, Winter should make a Northern
encore with some anomalous HDD's, wind, and even Snow & Ice, during
first-half of April.
Utah firm retracts request for radioactive waste expansion
Radioactive waste disposal firm EnergySolutions LLC is withdrawing
its request to increase radioactive waste capacity at its Utah site.
What's Moving the Oil Markets 032807
•The initial talk of Iran firing on US warships encouraged a flurry of
buying activity pushing May ICE Brent to $69/b and NYMEX WTI to $68.09/b
within 20 minutes.
What's Moving the Oil Markets 032907
•Global crude futures retreated slightly from
six-months highs seen on Wednesday during early trading in Europe Thursday.
But support for the whole petroleum futures complex is still strong on the
back of ongoing tensions surrounding Iran, which is putting a healthy risk
premium on crude futures prices, analysts said.
•The weekly US stocks data showed an
unexpected draw in crude stock of 900,000 barrels.
What's Moving the Oil Markets 033007
•Despite underlying support coming from the geopolitical tensions with Iran,
Brent futures were higher after a bullish physical market and rumors of
longer than planned field maintenance, brokers said. At 1155 London time
(1055GMT) the May ICE Brent futures contract changed hands at $68.37/barrel,
up 49 cents.
•There is also a disconnection between Brent futures and WTI futures.
Wind turbines whip up debate-- Ohio landowners say it's their right to
erect the structures, despite criticism
Brown, a 55-year-old assistant to the city engineer, says he has
the right to do with it what he wants.
If that includes erecting a towering wind turbine that consumes
only a 15-foot circle of land yet nets him thousands of dollars each
year, he says it is nobody's business.
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