Monday, August 31, 2009
Friday, August 28, 2009
What Happened to Biofuels?
Thursday, August 27, 2009
Kicking CALSTRS While It's Down
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
Investors Returning to the Renewable Energy Sector?
Tuesday, August 25, 2009
The Cost of Doing Business
Monday, August 24, 2009
Hanging Numbers on Climate Change Legislation
- Without the restrictions of a Waxman-Markey bill, U.S. production rates would grow to an average 16.4 million barrels a day in 2030, according to the study.
Friday, August 21, 2009
Pulling the Plug on SDG&E's Plan to Pull the Plug
Thursday, August 20, 2009
Natural Gas To Flex Lobbying Muscle
"The gas-industry's goals in the Senate include incentives that will encourage power companies to switch to natural gas from coal and lead truck fleets to convert to natural gas from diesel. Lobbyists will also seek to limit companies' ability to atone for their pollution via carbon "offsets," such as planting trees overseas, which reduce the incentive to switch to cleaner fuels like gas."
Tuesday, August 18, 2009
PG&E Tightens Its Grip
Monday, August 17, 2009
Boone & Ted's Excellent Adventure
"Renewable energy and clean-burning natural gas are the basis of a new strategy the world needs to create a cleaner and more secure future. And the global transformation to a clean-energy economy may be the greatest economic opportunity of the 21st century."
Adopting a "cash-for-clunkers" program in the utility sector can save money and reduce emissions right away by retiring the oldest, least efficient and most polluting power plants in exchange for modern gas-powered plants. New coal plants should be required to combine natural gas with the coal they burn, resulting in cleaner emissions, and every power plant should meet strict carbon-emissions standards."
Friday, August 14, 2009
Power Line Problems Loom Large
Instead, it presents options, suggesting broad pathways for lines that can link planned renewable power projects to the grid. Most of the proposed lines are in the Southern California desert, while one stretches to the Oregon border. "
Thursday, August 13, 2009
PG&E Remains Committed to Wave Energy
Despite the difficulties, P.G.& E. is pushing forward with a similar wave project in Humboldt county. The utility has cut that project’s size to 18 square miles from 136 square miles as it zeroes in on the most productive areas of the ocean. Jana Morris, a P.G.& E. spokeswoman, said that the utility expects to file a draft pilot license application for the project in the spring of 2010."
Wednesday, August 12, 2009
Will Clean Coal Work?
"The huge carbon capture and storage devices are hugely expensive, too. AEP executives estimate that the cost of carbon capture for a modest-size coal plant of about 235 megawatts would start at $700 million. That works out to about $100 for a ton of carbon dioxide, far above the projections made by the Environmental Protection Agency about prices under a cap-and-trade scheme similar to one passed by the House in June. MIT put the cost of carbon capture and storage at $50 to $70 a ton. (The Waxman-Markey bill would give the first six gigawatts of plants -- equal to around seven average-sized plants -- a $90 per ton subsidy in the form of free allowances.)"
Tuesday, August 11, 2009
Who Needs A Pension Plan When You Can Be A Lobbyist?
Monday, August 10, 2009
The Hydrogen PR Offensive
Thursday, August 06, 2009
"Curiouser and Curiouser"- A View From Inside The Rabbit Hole at T-Ridge
Wednesday, August 05, 2009
What Do Californians Really Think About Drilling?
If that last sentence sounds a bit tortured, it is. So is the line of argument in the CalBuzz piece, but I'm not saying it's wrong. Jerry Roberts and Phil Trounstine have been around the block a few thousand times, so underestimate their instinct at your peril.
Net-net, they argue that in the PPIC poll the issue of offshore drilling was put to voters as part of series of energy policy questions that focused heavily on meeting energy needs and reducing our national dependence on foreign oil. In that context, support for drilling is not that surprising.
However, Roberts & Trounstine posit the theory that most Californians consider offshore drilling an environmental issue and-- had the question been posed in an environmental context-- the results likely would have been strikingly different. Bottom line, they argue, if you are a candidate for statewide office, you could still get your head handed to you if come out in support of drilling.
The post is interesting and probably pretty accurate.
Tuesday, August 04, 2009
San Jose's Green Vision
The paper reports:
"The California city is pushing forward with its "Green Vision" of getting all its electrical power from clean, renewable sources, as well as diverting 100% of its waste from landfills and converting it into energy.
In mid-June, the City Council gave the green light to start negotiating plans that could lead to the nation's only organics-to-energy biogas facility.
Renewable biogas, which contains methane, will help power the nation's 10th-largest city, which hopes to reduce its per capita energy use by 50% and get the remaining 50% from renewable sources, says Jennifer Garnett, spokeswoman for San Jose Environmental Services Department."
At the center of the city's efforts is a process called "dry anaerobic fermentation," which allows for the breakdown dry materials that would otherwise hit the landfill. According to the article, "
"The dry process, done in the absence of oxygen, is new to the USA, says Michele Young, organics manager of San Jose's Environmental Services Department.
There are similar operations nationwide, but they involve "wet waste," which is easier to recycle than dry waste, Young says. Dry waste is what usually ends up in landfills.
The proposed new technology is already in use in 12 facilities in Germany and Italy. Thirteen more are planned for this year, Young says."Is biogas the way to San Jose's energy independence? [USA Today]
Monday, August 03, 2009
Will Waxman Markey Less Dependent on Foreign Oil?
In fact, Parker argues that the bill makes us, if anything, more dependent on foreign oil: "The more we cap our carbon, the happier the Saudis are."
Parker is not exactly a reactionary conservative on this issue. She describes herself as "a Prius-driving, pro-seal, recycling, organic vegetarian" who is "heavily tilted toward saving the planet."
Her basic thesis is twofold: that the bill only addresses stationary sources, not mobil (i.e., transportation), and that the carbon taxes it envisions under a cap and trade scheme make domestic production way, way too expensive.
It's a compelling argument and worth a read...
A Crude Reality About Energy Independence [Washington Post]