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A Few Rays Of Sunshine For Clean Energy In The Australian Budget

The Clean Energy Council is mildly pleased with last night's budget announcements from the government - New renewable energy funding a step in the right direction. Australia’s clean energy industry has welcomed the Rudd Government’s increased...

Posted May 12, 2010    

PG&E Dives Headlong Into Wave Power Project

Renewable Energy World has an article on PG&E's interest in wave power and projected costs of generation across wave power projects globally - Making a Splash: PG&E Dives Headlong Into Wave Power Project. Drawing power from the churning sea...

Posted May 12, 2010    

How good are our predictions of the next 30 years ?

The Long Now Blog has a great graphic showing how poor predictions in the 1970's of future energy use in the US were - How good are our predictions of the next 30 years ?. The modellers obviously underestimated how successful energy efficiency...

Posted May 11, 2010    

Accenture Report advises utilities to prepare smart grid charm offensive

Business Green has an article on a Accenture study which "warns fears over privacy and rising energy bills could hamper rollout of smart grid technologies" - Report advises utilities to prepare smart grid charm offensive. The Accenture report...

Posted May 11, 2010    

National Grid's smart meter can take control of your dishwasher

The Times has an article on a smart meter rollout in the UK which is anticipating smart appliances - National Grid smart meter can take control of your dishwasher. The model here seems to be that you program the meter to control which appliances...

Posted May 10, 2010    

Europe's Plan to Simulate the Entire Planet

Technology Review has an article on a European plan to build a simulation of the entire planet (maybe they'll call this field of endeavour "psychohistory" - Europe's Plan to Simulate the Entire Planet. When it comes to global crises, we're not short...

Posted May 8, 2010    

Bringing Utility-Scale Solar Power to the Grid

REW has an article on some of the issues to resolve as distributed solar PV becomes widespread across the electricity grid - Bringing Utility-Scale Solar Power to the Grid. Over time the electrical grid will transform into a more distributed...

Posted May 5, 2010    

The Greening of Silicon Valley: It Looks Like the Next Big Thing

Todd Woody has an article at Yale Environment 360 on the technology industry's interest in clean energy, noting "companies such as Google, Adobe Systems, and eBay are preparing for the next step — investing in off-site solar and wind installations...

Posted May 3, 2010    

The Biggest Failure in Energy is Thinking Bigger Is Better: Biochar Entrepreneur Jason Aramburu

TreeHugger has an interview with the founder of biochar company re:char - The Biggest Failure in Energy is Thinking Bigger Is Better: Biochar Entrepreneur Jason Aramburu . TREEHUGGER: What are the major advances have you seen (in your field) during...

Posted May 3, 2010    

GE to Tap Demand for Smart Meters in $200 Billion Global Market

BusinessWeek has a report on GE's interest in the smart meter / smart grid market - GE to Tap Demand for Smart Meters in $200 Billion Global Market. General Electric Co. is poised to tap the $200 billion smart-meter market as nations upgrade more...

Posted April 30, 2010    

U.S. Electrical Grid Undergoes Massive Transition to Connect to Renewables

Scientific American has an article on smart grid evolution in the US - U.S. Electrical Grid Undergoes Massive Transition to Connect to Renewables. The U.S. electrical grid is the largest interconnected machine on Earth: 200,000 miles of high-voltage...

Posted April 30, 2010    

Power station plans put on hold by ETS freeze

The Australian reports that Tony Abbott's scuttling of the CPRS means that investment in new power stations is stalled until some clairty emerges about carbon pricing - Power station plans put on hold by ETS freeze. UP to $2 billion of investment in...

Posted April 29, 2010