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Listing of "conventional" renewable energy topics.


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  • Conventional RE / Trends >
    China Leading Global Race to Make Clean Energy - These efforts to dominate renewable energy technologies raise the prospect that the West may someday trade its dependence on oil from the Mideast for a reliance on solar panels, wind turbines and other gear manufactured in China. But they also provide healthy competition to the West to ramp up their pace. (NYTimes; Jan. 31, 2010) (Also Murcury News)

Retail Outlets

Target Dates

  • Al Gore's Inconvenient Plan - "Al Gore said that the United States should produce all of its electricity from carbon-free, renewable energy within 10 years. Although he didn't lay out specifics, he seems to want to do it with wind, solar, and geothermal, although it's not clear from his speech whether nuclear would be acceptable. Can it be done? It isn't likely." (MIT Technology Review; July 18, 2008)

Extra, Extra

  • Extra water, wind strain Northwest power grid - The Northwest is awash in electric power this spring. Rivers are swollen. Columbia River dams are running full bore. Wind farm blades are spinning. "If you have electricity but no one needs it, sometimes you have to pay someone to take it." (The Oregonian; June 27, 2008)

Government and Politics

  • African Renewable Energy Gains Attention - Sub-Saharan Africa could provide more than 170 gigawatts of additional power-generation capacity - more than double the region's current installations - through 3,200 "low-carbon" energy projects, such as combined heat-and-power, biofuels production, mass transportation, and energy efficiency, according to the World Bank report. (WorldWatch Institute; Sept. 10, 2008)
  • The Elephant Under the Rug: Denial and Failed Energy Projects - U.S. energy policy has developed delusions where people are still getting rich pursuing failed projects that should have been abandoned years ago. Saving face and saving contracts has made denial the order of the day. Billions in subsidy money, finance a war chest for lobbying that keeps these programs alive. (Renewable Energy World; Sept. 2, 2008)
  • Palin on CNBC: Energy, Public Service and Role of VP - Alaska Governor Sarah Palin said; “Alaska should be the head, not the tail in Energy Policy. It is time to ramp up American supply of energy up in the arctic in Alaska. We have trillions of cubic feet of natural gas and billions of barrels of oil still sitting underground." (CNBC; Aug 29, 2008)
  • More US States Cooking Up Renewable Energy Incentives - Wisconsin Governor Jim Doyle's Task Force on Global Warming has called for implementation of Advanced Renewable Tariffs to encourage the development of the state's renewable energy resources. RENEW Wisconsin was the first non-governmental organization in the U.S. to propose a policy of Advanced Renewable Tariffs when it filed testimony with the Wisconsin PSC in the fall of 2006. (Renewable Energy World; Aug. 15, 2008)

Future Planning

  • Power-Gen: Energy Diversity Is Key to Success- At the Power-Gen International conference -- an event with over 1,200 exhibitors in the coal, oil and natural gas industries -- you might not expect renewables to play an important role in the conversation around energy, but Renewables are here to stay. (Has video links.) (Renewable Energy World; Dec. 8, 2008)
  • Beaver aims to be 'renewable capital of Utah' - "There's a lot going on out there," said Jason Berry, the renewable energy coordinator with Utah Geological Survey. "There's a lot of leased land for geothermal development and a lot of prospecting [for wind and hot water] by companies interested in the state." Beaver County is fast becoming a convergence point for companies wanting to harness renewable forms of energy like geothermal wells or the persistent wind. (Salt Lake Tribune; Nov. 28, 2008)
  • New Energy Economy Emerging in the United States - The old energy economy, fueled by oil, coal, and natural gas, is being replaced by one powered by wind, solar, and geothermal energy. The transition is moving at a pace and on a scale that we could not have imagined even a year ago. (Earth Policy Institute; Oct 15, 2008)

Cautions

  • Why sustainable power is unsustainable - Based on recurring themes at the FT Energy Conference, renewable energy technologies remain the great hope for the future, and are guaranteed research funds in the short term. But unless a second generation of sustainable energy ideas based on truly sustainable resources is established, the renewable light could be in danger of dimming. (New Scientist; FEB 6, 2009)
  • Conventional Renewable Energy >
    11 green inventions that go too far - Some have been quick to capitalize on the green trend, losing practicality in the frenzy to attain another kind of green — the kind that shows up on a balance sheet. Others create extreme concepts that will never become everyday realities, in order to raise awareness. Either way, the results can be just plain nuts. (MSNBC; Aug. 20, 2010)

Resources

  • Conventional Renewable Energy >
    Ten PowerPoint Slides That Shook the Earth - If you attend enough cleantech events or are pitched by enough startups, you start to see the same few PowerPoint slides over and over again. Here is a collection of the best or at least the most notorious and historically significant slides in our industry. (GreenTechMedia; July 8, 2010)

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