alternative energy

We Are at Peak Oil Now; We Need Very Low-Cost Energy to Fix It

December 23, 2015 by Gail Tverberg

Peak Oil and Risk

This past week, I gave a presentation to a group interested in a particular type of renewable energy–solar energy that is deployed in space, so it would provide electricity 24 hours per day. Their question was: how does the production cost of electricity really need to be?[read more]


If Divestment Won't Work, What's the Alternative?

February 16, 2015 by Harry Saunders

Fossil fuel divestment will not keep carbon in the ground. Student activists should redirect their attention toward something that can actually be effective in mitigating climate change: advocating for radical increases in funding for basic research and innovation aimed at developing clean, cheap energy alternatives.[read more]

World Looks to OECD as High Level Commission Calls for Phasing Out Coal

September 19, 2014 by Justin Guay

Recently, the high powered Global Commission on the Climate and Economy released its flagship report on global coal use and the economy: The New Climate Economy. The report pulls no punches when it comes to coal, including a call for a global coal phaseout.[read more]

How US Territories Can Kick Their Oil Addiction

August 31, 2014 by Eric Wesoff

US Territories and Oil Need

The 4 million inhabitants of US territories (3.6 million of which live in Puerto Rico) power their islands almost entirely with petroleum. And because the price of oil is relatively high, residential electricity prices in the territories are three to five times the price of mainland electricity.[read more]

China Promotes Both Fuel Efficiency and Alternative-Fuel Vehicles to Curb Growing Oil Use

May 17, 2014 by U.S. EIA: Today in Energy

China Curbing Oil Use

Unprecedented motorization in China has led to increases in oil demand and oil imports. In response to growing oil imports, the Chinese government is adopting a broad range of policies, including improvements in the fuel economy of new vehicles and the promotion of alternative-fuel vehicles.[read more]

Limitations of Unreliable Energy Sources, aka 'Renewables'

November 22, 2013 by Rod Adams

As part of the discussions stimulated by their airing of Pandora’s Promise, CNN hosted a debate between Michael Schellenberger of the Breakthrough Institute and Dale Bryk of the Natural Resources Defense Council. That debate included some commentary that I thought was worth promoting.[read more]

Interview: How Edward Guinness' Alternative Energy Portfolio Climbed 67% in One Year

October 20, 2013 by Jim Patrick

Edward Guinness joined Guinness Asset Management in 2006. He is co-manager of the Guinness Atkinson Alternative Energy Fund. Previously, he worked for HSBC in corporate finance beginning in 1998; in 2002, he joined Tiedemann Investment Group in merger arbitrage.[read more]

Global Hydropower Set To Exceed $75 Billion Through To 2020

October 20, 2013 by Joshua Hill

Global Hydropower

A new report recently published by analyst firm GlobalData has predicted that global cumulative hydropower installed capacity is expected to increase from 1,064 GW last year to 1,407 GW in 2020, and reach total investment of $75 billion.[read more]

Unconventional Energy and Transportation Wisdom

April 8, 2011 by Deron Lovaas

Lisa Margonelli of the New America Foundation asked me to speak on a panel yesterday -- the entire thing was recorded and is available here -- along with Jed Kolko of the Public Policy Institute of California and Shin-Pei Tsay of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. The topic was "unconventional wisdom" and we were looking at...[read more]


Break Down Bureaucracy to Get Breakthrough Technologies

March 4, 2011 by Josh Freed

Washington policy wonks scoffed when the Obama Administration announced last year that the Department of Energy and Pentagon were going to collaborate in developing new clean energy technologies. They thought such a shot-gun marriage was impractical and  impossible to even get off the ground. Instead, it is proving to be model for...[read more]

Pragmatic view of the Nuclear Renaissance from Dr. Moniz

March 2, 2011 by Rod Adams

Dan Rather interviewed Dr. Ernest Moniz as part of an in-depth look at nuclear energy, its future prospects in the United States and its current technological position. Dr. Moniz is a professor at MIT, was one of the co-chairs of the study group that produced MIT's recent report titled The Future of Natural Gas and serves on the Blue...[read more]

ARPA-E: The Little Program that Can

October 4, 2010 by Josh Freed

Imagine a program that turns a relatively small initial investment into billions of dollars of U.S. economic growth, thousands of new Americans jobs, and groundbreaking technologies that change the way we use energy in this country and around the world. It would be a darling of innovators, the private sector, and policymakers. Sounds...[read more]

The Ethanol Urban Myth

June 23, 2010 by Jane Van Ryan

Last weekend I was having a very pleasant conversation with my neighbors when the subject turned to the oil spill and the need for alternative energy. One neighbor said, "The oil companies don't want us to use alternative energy so they've bought all of the best technologies." You've probably heard that old saw. It's one of several "...[read more]

The Jevons Paradox: Time to Send it The Way of the Dodo?

June 23, 2010 by Peter Troast

The Jevons Paradox has been the elephant in energy efficiency's room since energy efficiency was in diapers. It casts a gloomy shadow over the industry, raises doubts about the sanctity of our mission, and the fact that it exists at all is, frankly, kind of a drag. But here's the thing: energy efficiency is all grown up now, and Jevons...[read more]

Range Fuels’ Number One Critic

June 22, 2010 by Robert Rapier

That title appears to be reserved for me, even though I did not set out to earn it. It all started with the first story I wrote on Range Fuels in which I pointed out that their progress does not remotely align with their early promises. Since that initial story was published I have been frequently contacted to provide a skeptical side of...[read more]