Friday, March 16, 2012

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Germany: 80 Times More Peak Solar Power than U.S. Compared to Electricity Demand

Posted: 16 Mar 2012 08:43 AM PDT

  I ran across this interesting statistic the other day and wanted to comment on it and some of the differences between German and U.S. solar energy policy. (This is the post I hinted at in my piece on the 2011 U.S. Solar Market Insight report yesterday.) First of all, some more stats: As of sometime [...] Related posts:
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‘Invisible Wires’ for Transporting Electricity on SolarWindows

Posted: 16 Mar 2012 08:05 AM PDT

  We covered New Energy Technologies’ trademark SolarWindow technology a couple times last year after researchers at the United States Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) teamed up with New Energy Technologies to advance these SolarWindows. To put it simply, this technology would allow us to create electricity from solar technology on see-through glass — yes, totally [...] Related posts:
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New Rules to Add Momentum to Brazil’s Solar Energy Drive

Posted: 16 Mar 2012 07:58 AM PDT

Brazil's been slow to realize its vast solar energy potential, but that's changing. Brazil's Agencia Nacional de Energia Electrica said that in two weeks it will enact new regulations that offer solar energy tax breaks to utilities and authorize net metering, which would allow consumers and businesses to sell electricity from renewable sources to grid operators. Related posts:
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  3. 80% of Contracts in Latest Brazil Power Auction Are for Wind Power


Electric Cars Can Bring Gas Price Relief

Posted: 16 Mar 2012 07:29 AM PDT

  by Roland Hwang of the NRDC With gasoline prices already exceeding $4 gallon in some parts of the country, American drivers need more than ever choices to relieve their pain at the pump. One of these most promising solutions is the electric car which has the potential to deliver the equivalent of $1 gallon for [...] Related posts:
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Over 1 Million Jobs on West Coast from Clean Economy Transition

Posted: 16 Mar 2012 07:18 AM PDT

  The governors of Washington, Oregon, and California, as well as the British Columbia premier released a report this week showing that, with a transition to a clean economy, the region would add over one million green jobs and $142 billion in GDP! The report, West Coast Clean Economy: Opportunities for Investment & Accelerated Job Creation, also [...] Related posts:
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Butterfly Molecule May Provide Key for Nuclear Waste Cleanup

Posted: 16 Mar 2012 06:38 AM PDT

  Scientists from the University of Edinburgh, working with colleagues from the US and Canada, have created a previously unseen uranium molecule that they believe could help in the cleanup of nuclear waste. The butterfly-shaped uranium compound is similar to radioactive molecules that scientists have assumed are key components of nuclear waste. However, these compounds [...] Related posts:
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The Dark and Seamy Underbelly of the Recycling Industry

Posted: 16 Mar 2012 06:30 AM PDT

Today was Day One of the Good Jobs, Green Jobs Conference in Los Angeles, held by the Blue Green Alliance. That's not blue as in oceans, that's blue as in blue collar workers. This exciting conference brought together clean tech industry leaders, labor union leaders, government, investors and educators to discuss how best to create more green jobs. This builds on the work Van Jones did in promoting a Green Collar Economy. Villaraigosa and many other speakers all mentioned the importance of working together to create more quality green jobs. Related posts:
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  3. Los Angeles Unveils World's Largest Solar Plan


The “What Happened to the Methanol Economy?” Question

Posted: 15 Mar 2012 05:17 PM PDT

Methanol was once a potential replacement for fossil fuels. Now it seems to have been relegated to the back shelves at the fuel library. Curious, I went digging to learn a bit more about the fuel choices we use to motor us from one place to the next. What I really wanted to learn was [...] Related posts:
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