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Trends Impacting the Acceptance of Clean Energy Technology

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Collection of news stories that reflect thematic movement in the world toward acceptance of clean, alternative, and even hitherto marginalized 'free energy' technologies.

Stories in 2007

Economics Not Ethos Drives Alternative Fuels - "With oil prices at record highs, at last it appears that there is real interest in alternative fuels and energy. Most pragmatic speculators realize that real change is driven by economics not ethos, which occurs only when gas is so expensive that alternatives become financially attractive." (Prime Newswire Oct. 25, 2007)

Energy poses major 21st century crisis - Energy poses one of the greatest threats facing humanity this century, the world's leading academies of science warned Monday, highlighting the peril of oil wars and climate change driven by addiction to fossil fuels. (PhysOrg Oct. 22, 2007)

White Collar, Blue Collar… Green Collar? - The newest job sector, green energy, is now the 5th largest sector of the economy, and growing. Green collar jobs include any that involve the design, manufacture, installation, operation, and/or maintenance of renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies. (Alternative Energy News Oct. 17) (Thanks There was an error working with the wiki: Code[1])

Growing Number of Americans Think That Solar Electricity Should Be Offered on All New Homes - According to a recent Roper survey commissioned by Sharp Electronics Corporation, nearly 90 percent of Americans think that solar electricity should be an option for all new home construction, up significantly from one year ago (79 percent). (Business Wire May 30)

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Renewable energy could power half the U.S. - American Council On Renewable Energy (ACORE) report says wind, solar could make big contribution to energy supply by 2025, but only if policies change. ACORE's projections differ sharply with those of the U.S. government and most major oil companies, who say renewables will continue to account for between 5 to 10 percent of the country's energy use by 2030. (CNN Money May 2, 2007)

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Finance > Start-Up Fervor Shifts to Energy in Silicon Valley - Entrepreneurs from all backgrounds — but especially former dot-commers — express a sense of wonder and purpose at the thought of transforming the $1 trillion domestic energy market while saving the planet. (NY Times Mar. 14, 2007)

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Two oil giants plunge into the wind business - Two of the world's leading oil producers, Shell and BP, have almost overnight joined some of the biggest players in wind power in the United States, accelerating a trend of large corporations investing in the rapidly growing alternative-energy field. (Boston Globe March 2, 2007)

Emirates, MIT Team Up for Green Energy - Leaders of this major oil-producing Gulf country said Sunday they were plunging into the field of renewable energy, announcing a joint research venture into green energy with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. (Yahoo Finance Feb. 25, 2007)

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Plugging Into the Sun - Spurred by recent legislation that provides financial incentives — and by rising energy costs and, perhaps, by a lingering distrust of power companies in the aftermath of the California electricity crisis at the start of the decade — homeowners across the state have come to see solar power as a way to conserve money as well as natural resources. (NY Times Jan. 4, 2007)

Stories in 2006

Congress Urged to Shift Funds to Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy - In a letter delivered this week to congressional leaders, 103 business, consumer, environmental, energy policy, and other groups urged that federal energy research and development funds be shifted to programs supporting renewable energy and energy efficiency -- away from fossil fuel and nuclear power programs. (Renewable Energy Access Dec. 28, 2006)

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CNN's - "The rise of organic foods, recycled products and eco-friendly ingredients have helped a generation of consumers 'go green,'" Looks at wind power and green building, and more, as well as the amount and variety of small things that consumers can do to easily be a little greener. (CNN) (Thanks TreeHugger)

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Commanders in Iraq Urgently Request Renewable Power Options - MNF-W priority 1 request pointing to the hazards inherent in American supply lines, noting that up to 70% of the supply convoys on Iraq's roads are carrying fuel, requests alternative energy solutions to power US forward operating bases and the US military looks like it will act on the request. (Defense Industry Daily Aug. 23, 2006)

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Four out of Five Americans Want Solar in New Houses - 80% of US residents would like to see home builders offer solar power as an option for new houses, according to a survey by Japan's Sharp Electric Company (the world's largest producer of solar cells). (TreeHugger Aug. 1, 2006)

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US Customers Increasingly Choose Green Power - According to An AP article in Sunday's Washington Post, more and more utility customers are choosing to purchase green power, even though it comes at a premium. Nationwide, 20% more customers are taking advantage of green power options if they're available. Thirty-six states offer green pricing. (.TreeHugger July 31, 2006)

China to Invest $200 Billion in Renewable Energy - As part of seeking its objective of obtaining 10% of its energy from renewable resources by 2010, China is set to spend $200bn on renewable energy over the next 15 years, and industry players are racing to grab a slice of the action. (Reuters July 15, 2006)

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World energy consumption could be cut by half if clean technology applied - Oil and electricity consumption across the world could easily be cut by half, if clean energy technologies that are currently available were applied, said Claude Mandil, executive director of the International Energy Agency. (PhysOrg June 26, 2006)

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Wall Street Sees the Green in Going Green - Wall Street gathers June 22-23 at the largest U.S. finance forum dedicated to reviewing investment in the growing renewable energy sector. Last year, investors put more than $48 billion worldwide into clean energy companies and projects such as wind farms and ethanol plants. (Renewable Energy Access June 19, 2006)

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Renewables: 25% Of Energy Use By '25? - A bipartisan group of lawmakers, industry leaders, farm groups, governors, county officials, and environmentalists have launched an effort to have the nation get 25 percent of its total energy from renewable sources by 2025, dubbed "25x25". (Christian Science Monitor / CBS June 9, 2006)

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Corporate America Going Green - Corporate America, which once dismissed fears about global warming as unfounded, appears to be changing its mind, publicly acknowledging its influence on climate change and striving for a greener image. (Reuters June 5, 2006)

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UN Secretary-General Calls for New Energy Approaches - United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan called for new approaches to energy use with a focus on greater efficiency, increased investment in renewable sources and new technologies. (Renewable Energy Access May 12, 2006)

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Is Clean Energy the Next Tech Boom? - Small sampling of recent renewable energy developments bespeaks a trend that appears to only be gaining momentum. (WorldChanging Apr. 15, 2006)

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Renewables provided 13.3% of global energy in 2003 - Of the 13.3% for renewables, combustible and waste provide 10.6% and hydro is 2.2% of TPES. Geothermal was the largest emerging renewable energy source at 0.416%, with wind at 0.051%, solar at 0.039% and tidal/wave/ocean at 0.0005%. (Refocus Weekly April 5, 2006)

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Make your own energy at home, Britons urged - British politicians are urging people to turn their homes into power plants, by embracing 'microgeneration'. The scheme could see more homeowners installing solar panels, rooftop wind turbines and a range of other measures to cut their power bills and ultimately reduce greenhouse-gas emissions. (Nature March 29, 2006)

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Home power springing up everywhere - Solar panels and miniature wind turbines could soon become an officially-promoted part of the urban landscape. Is DIY power generation going to be the next big thing? (BBC Mar. 9, 2006)

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Bush Visits Renewable Energy Lab - President Bush on Tuesday acknowledged that Washington has sent "mixed signals" to one of the nation's premiere labs studying renewable energies — by first laying off, then reinstating, 32 workers just before his visit. (CBS News Feb. 21, 2006)

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Bush: U.S. on Verge of Energy Breakthrough - Ovonics Saying the nation is on the verge of technological breakthroughs that would "startle" most Americans, President Bush on Monday outlined his energy proposals to help wean the country off foreign oil. (ZPEnergy quoting from YahooNews Feb. 20, 2006)

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Sweden plans to be world's first oil-free economy - Sweden is to take the biggest energy step of any advanced western economy by trying to wean itself off oil completely within 15 years - without building a new generation of nuclear power stations. ( Feb. 8, 2006)

Renewable Energy Now Accounts for 14% of the World's Primary Energy Supply - Research and Markets has announced Renewable Energy Report Ed 2 2006. (BusinessWire Feb. 2, 2006)

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Fossil-fuel crisis drives Europe to nuclear, green energy - Surging oil prices, deepening concern about carbon pollution and sudden worries over Russia's reliability as a gas supplier have been a windfall for Europe's nuclear and renewable energy industries. (PhysOrg Jan. 9, 2006)