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What are the metrics? What do we consider? Lessons from Examining the French economic situation?

When considering an energy future, a driving question is what drives decisions.  What do we “count” when it comes to “cost”. The current “cost” structure for energy has many internalized and many externalized costs.  For example, when it comes to coal, there are questions as to whether and how to count its medical impact (through mercury pollution, …

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Save energy, color-less google …

Google is doing amazing things when it comes to energy. They are working to promote plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs). They are the centerpiece for Climate Savers smart computing, targeting a 50% reduction in computer electricity usage by 2010. They custom design/build highly efficient power supplies. Well, do you realize that switching from color to black & white …

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Green Prophets and Green Profits

The Toronto Globe & Mail business section looks at the “slew of small – and some not so small – public companies trading on Canadian exchanges that are involved in the alternative energy game.” They’re in sectors as far reaching as hydro and wind power, geothermal power, solar energy, tidal and wave power and biofuels. There’s even a …

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Conservatives vs NASA on Global Warming

Editor’s note: Today we welcome guest blogger Chapter 1.   … “The only thing Antwan ever touched of mine was my hand, when he shook it at my wedding…  But when you little scamps get together, you’re worse than a sewing circle.” Mia Wallace in Pulp Fiction This diary follows a rumor’s spread through the conservative blogosphere.  It …

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Gore’s Solar Panels: Bad Investment, So-So Environmentalism, Good Politics

As the Zoning Appeals Board of the Nashville sub-city of Belle Meade considers Al Gore’s request for a conditional-use permit to install solar panels on the roof of his mansion during its meeting Tuesday night*, I thought I’d take a look at the economics of solar power for the home of perhaps the world’s leading advocate for …

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Clean Energy ‘Till The Cows Come Home

Manure from a herd of 3,900 dairy cows will be used in Ohio’s first-ever project to capture methane from manure for generation of electricity. Buckeye Power, Inc. has started purchasing cow manure produced power from Bridgewater Dairy in northern Ohio, to provide green energy to the state’s 24 electric cooperatives. This is good news, though I wouldn’t …

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Seeking Adventure? Try VentureOne

Venture Vehicles, Inc. is an innovative, environmentally-friendly personal transportation company based in Los Angeles, California. According to their mission statement, they are “dedicated to changing the world of personal transportation by creating a revolutionary new class of vehicles that is ultra-clean & efficient, safe and exhilarating to drive.” The VentureOne (pictured) is one example of this …

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Aerotecture: Integrated Vertical and Horizontal Urban Turbines

I just caught a really cool video on the architectural idea of integrating vertical and horizontal-axis turbines into urban design and planning. From a company called Aerotecture comes the Aeroturbine — a quiet, vibration-free, bird-safe, turbine that can be installed on existing rooftops or built into the architecture of new buildings to provide clean renewable electricity at its site …

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Vertical-Axis Wind Turbines To Hit Palm Springs This Summer

It’s been a long, winding road for the development of commercially-viable vertical-axis wind turbines. The advantages over their horizontal-axis brethren are significant: Only 50ft high or less, bird-friendly, low, rigid steel frames, low drive train for easy maintenance, and — most importantly — low cost. A recently-incorporated California wind company called Wind Harvest International is …

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Wind Whips Up Growing Side Business For Alliant Energy

Alliant Energy Corp., a utility holding company based in Madison, Wisconsin, “has been quietly nurturing a side business … that is growing by leaps and bounds,” reports the Wisconsin State Journal. That business is WindConnect, which offers expertise to help get wind-energy projects built. It is Alliant ’s fastest-growing non-utility business and, according to Alliant spokesman Rob Crain, “it …

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Dispatch from Spain IT Conference: Microsoft’s Green Wall of Silence

M$ asks “Are Europeans still obsessed with carbon footprints?” James Governor over at Greenmonk just got back from a tech forum in Spain and shared his thoughts on Microsoft’s green silence… I just got back from Microsoft TechEd IT Forum 2007 in Barcelona. The company’s new strategy seems to be… if it moves virtualise it, if it doesn’t move …

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Fuel cell for your laptop: Next year?

Refuel rather than recharge? That is the question! Fuel cell developer Power Air of Livermore, California has announced they plan to ship the first commercially available fuel cells in November 2008 reports Cleantech Media “Recent efforts to miniaturize our proprietary Zinc Air Fuel Cell (ZAFC) technology – particularly over the past six months – have met with much …

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Recharge Your Wallet with Moixa USB Batteries

Moixa USBCELL is a great example of sustainable product design. Moixa Energy’s eco-friendly USBCELL battery category has been short listed for this year’s prestigious National Energy Efficiency Awards. It is also finalist for the 2007 Innovation in Engineering Awards alongside a Nuclear Power Station and High Speed Hybrid Train! USBCELL Batteries are in rechargeable battery category that …

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Electricity Generating Clothing Right Around The Corner

How in the hell you wash it is beyond us… Australian researchers are working on developing shirts that will generate electricity whenever the wearer moves. These shirts would directly power mobile telephones, portable music players and other small electrical appliances. Before you go thinking science fiction, know that $4.4 million was recently awarded by the …

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Let There Be Solar! The Vatican Goes Green With New Panels

Pope Benedict XVI has touted a message of ecological sustainability and conservation since his election in 2005. On the “World Day of Peace” in January of 2007, the Pope even proclaimed concrete ecological programs and initiatives for the Vatican which are actually coming to fruition. Prep work for installation of solar panels on the roof of …

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