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Scientists: Innovation Needed on Energy Storage, Grid

New innovations in energy storage, transmission, and the integration of variable electricity sources are necessary to enable renewable energy sources to contribute significantly to the U.S. energy supply, according to a new report from the American...

Posted November 17, 2010    

Educating the Energy Generation: Workforce Needs in Renewable, Nuclear Power Sectors

Today, the race for dominance in clean energy technology sectors pits the United States against the greatest international competition for a key emerging technology field than in any era since the Cold War race to lead in aerospace, computing,...

Posted November 15, 2010    

Phasing out Fossil Fuel Subsidies Will Help, But Only Innovation Can Make Clean Energy Cheap

By Jesse Jenkins, originally at the Breakthrough InstituteOver at theEnergyCollective.com, Tyler Hamilton dives into the International Energy Agency's newly released forecast of global energy trends (exec sum here [pdf]) focusing on the disparity in...

Posted November 10, 2010    

China Energy Use to Soar, Driving Demand for Coal, Oil & Clean Energy Alike

China's demand for energy will soar 75% by 2035, according to the latest world energy forecast from the International Energy Agency (IEA), released Tuesday. The growing economic aspirations of 1.3 billion Chinese, who today use just one-third the...

Posted November 10, 2010    

United States, Australia Partner to Make Solar Energy Cheap

By Jesse Jenkins, originally at the Breakthrough InstituteThe United States and Australia have inked a new partnership to pursue joint solar energy research designed to make solar energy cheap enough to compete with fossil fuels.The Sydney Morning...

Posted November 8, 2010    

Should We Borrow from the Future to Pay for Clean Energy Innovation Today?

Originally posted at the Breakthrough InstituteHere's an interesting argument from our friends across the pond at the UK-focused Political Climate blog, making the case that despite rising deficit concerns and austerity measures in the UK and...

Posted October 28, 2010    

As DOE Wraps Up Recovery Act Energy Investments, Does Clean Tech Funding Cliff Loom?

Today marks a milestone for the US Department of Energy and the United States: the official end of the largest investment in the nation's clean energy technology and industries in American history. Funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment...

Posted September 30, 2010    

Does November GOP Win Spell the End for Clean Energy Progress? Maybe Not

By Jesse Jenkins, originally at the Breakthrough InstituteAccording to most electoral prognosticators, Republicans are poised to win major victories in the upcoming November midterm elections, with control of both the House and Senate within their...

Posted September 14, 2010    

Republican Candidates Wield Cap and Trade as Political Weapon

If you live in states like Delaware, Pennsylvania, West Virginia or Kentucky, you may have already seen them: new political hatchet ads attacking Democrats and even some moderate Republicans for support of Congressional cap and trade bills....

Posted September 9, 2010    

WattHead's Fifth Birthday!

Time sure flies! I nearly forgot to note the passage of WattHead.org's fifth birthday as a blog! Inaugurated August 11, 2005, WattHead now enters its sixth year featuring energy news, original analysis, and opinionated commentary on the critical...

Posted August 27, 2010    

Gates: Invest in Innovation to Make Clean Energy Cheap

In a new interview with Technology Review, Bill Gates nails the global energy and climate challenge and discusses the need for dramatic increases in energy R&D funding to make clean energy cheap. Bill Gates has been speaking out publicly over...

Posted August 25, 2010    

White House Report: Stimulus Driving Clean Energy Innovation, Manufacturing, Markets – But What Comes Next?

With global competition mounting and Recovery Act momentum poised to fade, can the Obama Administration secure a lasting clean energy legacy?The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act has funded breakthrough innovation and new growth industries that...

Posted August 25, 2010