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Advanced Hydropower Gets New Funding from DOE and Interior Departments

Reports on new funding by the DOE and the Department of Interior for various advanced hydro projects, including sustainable run of the river hydro and pumped storage as well. The announced $17 million in funding over the next three years is targeted...

Posted September 8, 2011    

Apply To The "Enhanced Geothermal Roadmap" Workshops

The Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy agency (EERE) has announced a roadmap workshop for enhanced geothermal. It is inviting a select — small — group of subject matter experts to take part in this roadmap workshop in order to help develop a...

Posted June 24, 2011    

Solar Takes Another Step Towards Grid Parity

Solar Photovoltaic (PV) manufacturing continues along a trajectory of decreasing costs that will very soon cause it to reach grid parity. This post looks at an innovative Massachusetts based startup, 1366 Technologies that is poised to begin...

Posted June 21, 2011    

2011: The Summer Rooftop Solar Goes Big

Solar power continues along its firmly established downward cost curve and edges ever closer to achieving the historic milestone of grid parity. Today it just got a huge boost that will help it scale out in this country and will go a long way...

Posted June 21, 2011    

Is the Concentrated Photovoltaic Sector Heating Up?

Concentrated solar photovoltaic energy or CPV is a relative newcomer to the solar power arena and is showing signs of entering into a phase of very rapid growth. It works by concentrating the sun onto a small area of active PV, which operates at...

Posted May 18, 2011    

The Catastrophic Downside Risk of Nuclear, Oil, and Coal

Energy systems need to also be measured according to the potential risks associated with them in the advent of failure. And the actuarial costs of these risks need to be better understood and included into the market price for the energy that...

Posted April 20, 2011    

Renewable Energy Bill Approved by California Senate

California’s Senate has just passed some important new renewable energy legislation that will, if approved in the Assembly and signed into law by Governor Jerry Brown, require utilities operating in the state to obtain one third of their...

Posted February 25, 2011    

Unpredictable Oil Prices are Hurting Everyone

This post examines the recent swings in the spot price for crude oil — especially in light of the currently rapid rising spot prices. Noting that the current run up of prices looks a lot like period leading up to the sudden price spike that...

Posted February 22, 2011    

Embodied Energy, a Measure of Sustainability

 A footprint crossing a line in the sand.What is the meaning and importance of embodied energy as a measure of sustainability and why we need to develop widely accepted standards for embodied energy? This article explores this somewhat...

Posted December 14, 2010