February 25, 2011

Major SunPower Plant Gets Local Approval

A SunPower Corp project slated for Central California received county-level approval on Tuesday, overcoming a key hurdle on the road to building what could one day be one of the world's largest power plants that create energy from the sun's light.

First Solar On the Hunt for New Markets

Hunting for new markets has become a priority for First Solar, company executives noted in its earnings report on Thursday. They also sounded a cautious note about the outlook for 2011 and reported declining sales and net income for the fourth quarter.

Watchdog Says Electric Cars 'Are as Dirty as Diesel'

Electric cars may portray themselves as 'zero emissions' but the overall pollution they generate can be almost as great as a frugal conventional diesel car, consumer watchdogs said.

February 24, 2011

Australia Government to Set Carbon Price from Mid-2012

Australia's government launched a third attempt on Thurs. to make carbon polluters pay for their emissions, unveiling plans for a fixed-price scheme from 2012 and vowing not to surrender.

Climate Change Halves Peru Glacier: Official

A glacier on Peru's Huaytapallana Moutain shed half its surface ice in just 23 years, officials said, reinforcing concerns of climate change's growing threat to fresh water resources.


Libyan Turmoil Puts Focus on Arctic Oil: Greenland

Unrest in the Middle East means the potential oil riches in Arctic areas like Greenland are more important than ever, the island's premier said on Wednesday.

White House Report Parries Attacks on ‘Clean Energy Standard’

A White House report unveiled Wednesday seeks to rebut GOP claims that Obama's energy proposals amount to "picking winners and losers" among energy technologies and are too costly.


Canadians More Concerned than Americans About Climate Policy

A new poll conducted by U.S. and Canadian think tanks found 80 percent of Canadians believe the science behind climate change, as opposed to 58 percent of Americans.

EPA Scales Back Final Air Pollution Rules for Boilers

Bound by a court-ordered deadline and facing intense pressure from Congress, U.S. EPA has overhauled its rules for toxic air pollution from industrial boilers to go easier on businesses.

Penn. Govenor Scales Back Drilling Policy on Public Land

A policy that environmental advocates view as an important shield for certain state parks and forests against damage from gas drilling has been repealed by new Penn. Gov. Tom Corbett.

Broun Touts Plans for Climate Science Hearings

The chairman of the House Science, Space and Technology Committee's oversight panel is planning hearings aimed at showing that climate science is unsettled, according to a news account.

Solar Energy Faces Tests On Greenness

Five solar thermal projects in California are being challenged in court by labor, environmental and American Indian groups.

Google Ventures Invests in Power-Saving Technology

Google Inc's venture capital arm on Wednesday announced an investment in an energy conversion technology that could save power in everything from consumer electronics to hybrid cars.

Solar Decathlon Houses Now Have a Home on the Mall

After complaining for weeks that they had plenty of houses but no home, competitors in the Department of Energy Solar Decathlon got a surprise message Wednesday on Twitter: they're back on the Mall.

Trina Solar to Spend $1.5 Billion on R&D in Next 5 Years

Chinese solar company Trina Solar plans to spend 10 billion yuan ($1.52 billion) over the next five years on R&D as rising competition drives down product prices across the industry, an executive said.

S.Korea Says to Invest $266 Million in Green Ships

South Korea will spend 300 billion won ($266.1 million) over the next 10 years to develop technology for low carbon "green" ships in a bid to reclaim its status as the world's leading shipbuilding country from China.

Global Warming Rate Could Be Halved by Controlling 2 Pollutants, U.N. Study Says

The projected rise in global temperatures could be cut in half in coming years if world governments focused on reducing black carbon and ground-level ozone, including methane -- rather than CO2 alone, according to a U.N. study released Wednesday.

PM Council on Climate Change Okays Green India Mission

The Prime Minister's Council on Climate Change has approved the Green India Mission, which targets 5 million hectare improvement in forest and tree cover besides adding another 5 million hectare to existing forest cover.

Mayor Vows to Keep Gas Drilling Fight Despite Move

The tiny rural town of Dish at the heart of the natural gas drilling controversy in Texas is losing its most high-profile crusader: Mayor Calvin Tillman, who has sold his house over concerns about his children's escalating health problems.

February 23, 2011

Oil Soars as Libyan Furor Shakes Markets

Turmoil in the Arab world drove oil prices higher and stocks lower despite efforts by Saudi Arabia to calm turbulent markets.

Mideast Unrest Shows Need for Alternative Fuels: Navy Secretary

Oil price rises spurred by spreading unrest in the Middle East underscore why the U.S. military should reduce its dependence on fossil fuels, said U.S. Navy Secretary Ray Mabus.

Big Mass. Utility Signs Deals, Bypasses Cape Wind

The second-largest utility in Mass. has agreed to buy electricity from three wind power companies to help it meet renewable power mandates, but it won't be buying from Cape Wind.

Increase in Natural Gas Production Could Slow Interest in Minn. Wind Power

Minnesota is the nation's fourth largest producer of wind energy, but a potential game-changing development in natural gas production could erode interest in wind power.

Hearings on Polar Bear Status Back in Court This Week

A federal judge will hear arguments next week in a case that speaks to a central question regarding Arctic animals affected by climate warming: When is a species endangered?

Oxfam Battles Big Oil Push for Disclosure Exemptions

Oxfam America is urging the SEC to hold back the exemptions that major oil companies are seeking from forthcoming requirements to disclose data on payments to foreign governments.

Solyndra and Government Support for Cleantech Under Fire

As public and political eyes turn to the federal budget and cost-cutting, Silicon Valley startups backed by Department of Energy loan guarantees and grants are coming under scrutiny.

Energy Department Loses Senior Official, Chu's Chief of Staff

The Energy Department will feature an altered lineup as it confronts GOP efforts to slash funding for several green energy programs.

S.E. Asia Urged to Exploit Abundant Clean Energy

From surging rivers to volcanic steam, Southeast Asia is blessed with abundant sources of renewable energy but governments are not doing enough to exploit them, experts and activists say.


Feinberg: His Oil Spill Claims Work 'Unparalleled'

The administrator in charge of Gulf oil spill claims argues in a court filing posted Tuesday that the openness of the process has been "nothing short of extraordinary" and his efforts to compensate victims have exceeded what is required by federal law.


U.P.S. Finds a Substitute for Diesel: Natural Gas, at 260 Degrees Below Zero

U.P.S. is about to add 48 trucks powered by liquefied natural gas and would like to deploy more. The final frontier for alternative motor fuels, powering big tractor-trailers, has been crossed.

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