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Another Attack on coal

By Tom Tamarkin Dec. 8, 2014 By by cheap energy in America. Last night CBS “60 Minutes” attacked the coal fired utility industry and no one realized it. They did a story about fly ash and bottom ash waste coming from coal fired electrical generating stations. Without any independent scientific explanation Lesley Stahl allowed the CEO of Duke Energy to ... Read More »

UK’s blackout prevention plans in doubt after back-up power plant fails

The Telegraph, UK | By Emily Gosden, Energy Editor | Nov. 24, 2014 Peterhead power station, paid to guarantee it can help keep the lights on, fails to function properly during testing Britain’s plans to keep the lights on this winter have been thrown into fresh doubt after a power plant supposed to provide back-up electricity supplies failed during testing. ... Read More »

Google rejects renewables

Energy Matters November 26, 2014 by Roger Andrews Here at Energy Matters we pride ourselves on writing original posts that aren’t just rehashes of what someone else has written, but once in a while along comes an article of sufficient interest to justify putting it up for discussion. This article is one. It’s a post-mortem on a project initiated by ... Read More »

Legal Fight Pits Sellers of Energy Against Buyers

New York Times: By DIANE CARDWELL and MATTHEW L. WALD NOV. 26, 2014 PJM Interconnection, a grid operator, says its program saved $650 million in a summer week.CreditPJM Interconnection, via Pr Newswire Over the past few years, the federal government has nurtured the growth of an odd kind of player in the energy markets: companies that recruit consumers to unplug ... Read More »

Greedily CASHING OUT in Maine

Friends of Maine’s Mountains November 22, 2014 First Wind’s schtick was money, not progress Hello Friends. Perhaps First Wind should have named itself “Me First.” Because this past week offered the most blatant proof yet that the company’s interest in Maine was never energy independence for our state. It was ALWAYS purely financial. Of course, there are still many starry-eyed ... Read More »

What It Would Really Take to Reverse Climate Change

Today’s renewable energy technologies won’t save us. So what will? By Ross Koningstein & David Fork Posted 18 Nov 2014 | 20:00 GMT Download this article as a PDF Google cofounder Larry Page is fond of saying that if you choose a harder problem to tackle, you’ll have less competition. This business philosophy has clearly worked out well for the ... Read More »

Renewable energy ‘simply WON’T WORK’: Top Google engineers

UK Register By Lewis Page, 21 Nov 2014 Windmills, solar, tidal – all a ‘false hope’, say Stanford PhDs Comment Two highly qualified Google engineers who have spent years studying and trying to improve renewable energy technology have stated quite bluntly that renewables will never permit the human race to cut CO2 emissions to the levels demanded by climate activists. ... Read More »

Great News! Useless Wind Turbines May Soon Kill the Wind Industry!

Mothers against wind turbines Faulty Turbines Sending Siemen’s Wind Power Division Broke as Samsung Cuts & Runs from Europe November 16, 2014 by stopthesethings German fan maker, Siemens has been running a huge propagandacampaign in South Australia over the last couple of weeks, surrounding the opening of the extension of the Snowtown wind farm – wheeling in Australia’s 2011 Tour ... Read More »

SolarCity’s $750M tax gift shrouded in secrecy

By Tori Richards | Watchdog.org IT’S A SECRET: SolarCity and the state of New York don’t want taxpayers to know how their millions are being spent. New York taxpayers are footing the bill for a massive $750-million SolarCity manufacturing plant with a promise that the company will spend $5 billion there on product and development, but when a local TV ... Read More »

UK leads marine energy revolution as world’s largest tidal stream project agrees investment to begin construction in Scotland

Meygen, UK MeyGen agrees terms for a funding package to finance Phase 1A of the MeyGen project. The funding syndicate includes: the Department of Energy & Climate Change, Scottish Enterprise via the Renewable Energy Investment Fund (delivered by the Scottish Investment Bank), Highlands and Islands Enterprise, The Crown Estate, and Atlantis Resources Ltd. MeyGen, the world’s largest tidal stream development, ... Read More »

Unearthing Green Scams

Biomass Some renewable energy investment opportunities seem too good to be true-and occasionally they are. How can a potential investor tell a wise investment from a shell game? By Anna Austin Historically, the number of investment fraud cases in a given industry increases with the level of hype surrounding it. If it’s frequently in the news and on the Internet, ... Read More »

Yet another example of the “green energy” scam

Beaufort Observer Socialistic money laundering to transfer wealth to a select few August 10, 2014 Global warming, a.k.a. climate change, is the vehicle for the transfer of wealth. The fundamental characteristic of the global warming progeny is that green energy, green vehicles, green this and green that is that none of these “developments” is market based such as was the ... Read More »

Hot air from the wind power lobby

Fincial Post Tom Adams and Ross McKitrick, Special to Financial Post | November 12, 2014 7:00 PM ET Renewable power generation, particularly wind and solar power, are key drivers behind Ontario’s surging electricity prices. Wind and solar power are key drivers behind Ontario’s surging electricity prices On Oct. 30 we published a Fraser Institute study entitled “What Goes Up… Ontario’s ... Read More »

Demand response: US utility pilots Itron EV charging solution

metering.com US electric service provider Pepco Holdings has announced it will deploy Itron and ClipperCreek’s electric vehicle smart charging solution as part of a demand response pilot program. The utility, which serves the state of Maryland and District of Columbia, will use ClipperCreek’s charging station fitted with Itron’s Embedded Sensing technology to test plug-in vehicle charging. Customers can volunteer to ... Read More »

Green energy companies accused of exaggerating merits of projects

Western Morning News, UK Wind and solar farms in the Westcountry produced 9% of the counties’ electrical energy at a cost of about £35 million a year in state subsidy, according to a comprehensive new analysis of renewable energy performance. Detailed power output figures collected by the Renewable Energy Foundation and now published online have also revealed that some of ... Read More »

Massive Subsidies for Wind Power a Crony Capitalist “Gift”

November 6, 2014 by stopthesethings Ex-Rep. Istook: Wind Energy a Crony Capitalist Gift Newsfront Sean Piccoli 23 October 2014 Wealthy investors in wind power are reaping profits from an expensive — and subsidized — form of green energy that is driving up the electricity bills of ordinary Americans, a former Oklahoma congressman told Newsmax TV on Thursday. Under the guise ... Read More »

LG VP describes new world of smart appliances

Energy management to ride coat tails of convenience Smart Grid Today – Thursday, October 30, 2014 There’s a community in Texas where the refrigerator ice-makers only run during off-peak hours, the washers and air conditioners turn on or off with a text from a remote smartphone, and the dryers leave clothes practically ready-to-wear using 50% less energy. Most of those ... Read More »

When the wind doesn’t blow, the power doesn’t switch on

Wind turbines can’t realistically offer us the amount of power we need, writes Terry McCrann. Picture: AP Melbourne Herald Sun ON Monday, all the wind farms in Southern Australia, all the hundreds of turbines scattered across South Australia, Victoria, New South Wales and Tasmania, altogether produced exactly zero — nothing, nada, zip, zilch — power for two hours smack in ... Read More »

Downwind: A Sun News Documentary

http://www.downwindmovie.com/ DownWind is a Sun News documentary that exposes how Ontario’s green energy dreams turned into a nightmare. DOWN WIND deals head on with how Ontario politicians rammed through green energy laws and dashed forward with installation of thousands of wind turbines across the province’s farmland and countryside. Read More »

Another eagle killed – gory pictures

Save the Eagles Original article, in Swedish: http://www.natursidan.se/nyheter/bilder-fran-nar-en-havsorn-kolliderar-med-vindkraftverk/ March 12 2014 Google Translation: August Thomasson, young birder and photographer from Sösdala in central Skåne, was at his job Monday out riding in the plains west of Kristianstad. When he walked around the Vinnö meadows, along came an eagle gliding low over him. It slips away for a moment towards a ... Read More »

Winners of Prime Minister’s prize for innovation in alternative fuels announced

The winners of the Prime Minister’s Prize for Innovation in Alternative Fuels for Transportation have been announced. The prize of $1 million is the largest awarded in this field. Oct. 6, 2014 National Fuel Alternatives Program Director, Eyal Rosner: “Israel has set itself an ambitious goal – to reduce the use of conventional fuel for transportation by 60% by the ... Read More »

Solar Subsidy Recipient Suing Treasury for More

National Review By Veronique de Rugy I didn’t see this one coming. According to the Wall Street Journal, the largest installer of residential solar panels, a company called SolarCity, is suing the federal government for underpayment of green-energy subsidies: In its suit, SolarCity says two of the company’s subsidiaries received smaller-than-expected grants. The company doesn’t say exactly how much funding ... Read More »

The Obama Green Energy Scam You May Have Missed

Townhall: Donald Lambro | Dec 27, 2012 WASHINGTON – Have you seen the latest development in President Obama’s waste-ridden, clean energy program that’s now under federal investigation at the U.S. Treasury Department? Three of the country’s biggest residential solar panel installers — SolarCity, SunRun and Sungevity — have been subpoenaed by Treasury’s Office of Inspector General for their financial records ... Read More »

Solar Energy Revolution: A Massive Opportunity

Peter Diamandis Forbes My friend Ray Kurzweil projects the U.S. will meet 100 percent of its electrical energy needs from solar in 20 years. Elon Musk is a bit more conservative, pegging it at 50 percent in that timeframe. While the growth of solar may seem slow to some, it’s fair to say it’s in the midst of its “deceptive ... Read More »

Solar Energy Takeover: Applying Moore’s Law To Solar Power Technology

by Joseph Tohill on 07/06/2011 the9billion.com in Business,Earth,Technology Without a doubt, solar energy has progressed by leaps and bounds over the past thirty years, as technology has improved and fabrication costs have decreased. In 1980, the price per Watt of a solar module was roughly $22. Now the price per Watt hovers around $3 and shows signs of continuing downward ... Read More »

Federal investigations of SolarCity lead GOP to attack Buffalo Billion

The Buffalo News By Jerry Zremski on October 2, 2014 – 6:23 PM WASHINGTON – SolarCity, the solar energy systems installer that’s aiming to bring nearly 3,000 jobs to Western New York with the help of the state’s Buffalo Billion initiative, finds itself square in the middle of two political campaigns. Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo touts the economic-development effort as ... Read More »

Why Elon Musk Is Doubling Down on Solar Power

Bloomberg Businessweek By Ashlee Vance June 19, 2014 Making solar panels is a huge mistake. That’s been the big story of the solar industry over the past few years. A glut of solar panel makers flooded the market with their products, forcing prices of solar panels down to crippling levels. The biggest culprit in all of this was China, which ... Read More »

Solar at Scale

By Elon Musk, Peter Rive and Lyndon Rive June 16, 2014 SolarCity has signed an agreement to acquire Silevo, a solar panel technology and manufacturing company whose modules have demonstrated a unique combination of high energy output and low cost. Our intent is to combine what we believe is fundamentally the best photovoltaic technology with massive economies of scale to ... Read More »

Google Acquires Smart Thermostat Maker Nest For $3.2 Billion

Forbes 1/13/2014 @ 4:18PM Three years after redefining what thermostats are capable of, Palo Alto-based Nest is being bought by Google GOOG -1.95% for $3.2 billion. “Google will help us fully realize our vision of the conscious home and allow us to change the world faster than we ever could if we continued to go it alone. We’ve had great ... Read More »

How Texas Lost the World’s Largest Super Collider

Texas Monthly October 21, 2013 By Trevor Quirk The Higgs boson, a particle that has shaped the theories of modern particle physics, was discovered at a super collider in Geneva. It was a hugely significant moment for Big Science, one that received a Nobel Prize earlier this year—and it should have been discovered in Texas. Magnablend, a chemical blending plant, ... Read More »

The myth of renewable energy

Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists Dawn Stover | 11/22/2011 – 15:29 DAWN STOVER Stover is a science writer based in the Pacific Northwest and is a contributing editor at the Bulletin. “Clean.” “Green.” What do those words mean? When President Obama talks about “clean energy,” some people think of “clean coal” and low-carbon nuclear power, while others envision shiny solar ... Read More »

National Energy Policy Goals Proclamation by US Engineers

NATIONAL ENERGY POLICY GOALS PROCLAMATION 111TH CONGRESS MARCH 2009 We, the leaders of America’s engineering community, call on the new President and Congress to act quickly on establishing National Energy Policy Goals to help ensure the nation’s economic and national security and to guide the development of energy technology for the 21st Century. GUIDING PRINCIPLES America’s National Energy Policy Goals ... Read More »

Letter to Google’s Eric Schmidt

February 12, 2009 Mr. Eric Schmidt, Chairman & CEO 366 Walsh Road Atherton, CA 94027 Dear Mr. Schmidt: A series of recent articles, including a prominent one in the New York Times, shows your passion for energy conservation. Further, your family foundation addresses issues of sustainability and the responsible use of natural resources. I do not have to tell you ... Read More »

Spending on smart meters shows solid growth

Metering.com 5 SEPTEMBER 2006 Sacramento, CA, U.S.A. — (METERING.COM) — September 5, 2006 – Consulting group Global Smart Energy says that spending on smart meter hardware totaled $800 million in the US in 2005, and this figure is expected to grow by 20 percent a year for the next decade as utilities move from electromechanical meters to their more sophisticated ... Read More »