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New report says renewables’ share of China’s energy use will rise, but predicts coal consumption up 35% and carbon emissions up 43% this decade. A new report, China energy: a greener shade of grey, from the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) highlights China’s expansion of renewable energy, but says...
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Posted by on in Biofuels
Algae–based biofuel is a new energy source that has been getting a lot of attention lately. Certain types of algae contain natural oils that can be readily distilled into a vegetable oil or a number of petroleum-like products that could serve as drop-in replacements for gasoline, diesel, and jet fue...
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Posted by on in Agriculture
Waltham, Mass. – Harvest Power, a developer of technology for recycling waste materials into soils, fertilizers, energy, and engineered fuels, has raised $1.3 million in venture capital, according to a new filing by the company with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Founded in 2008, Harvest P...
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Posted by on in Water Conservation
The water-energy nexus is a critical aspect of sustainability that must be understood. Energy production requires water, and when energy is saved, so is water. A 2006 report released by the U.S. Department of Energy stated that 39 percent of total freshwater withdrawals in the U.S. were for energy p...
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Posted by on in Fossil Fuels
As America struggles down the road toward a coherent energy policy that focuses on a higher degree of self-reliance, policymakers face numerous issues and realities. These include: the finite supply and environmental impact of fossil fuels, the feasibility and costs to implement a widespread switch ...
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Posted by on in Clean Technology
What if the ever-increasing amounts of carbon dioxide that are heating up the atmosphere could be used to produce an abundant supply of liquid fuels? The U.S. government and private labs are pursuing that Holy Grail of renewable energy — but for now the cost of large-scale production is prohibitive....
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Posted by on in Earth Violators
  State-owned power generating companies are dealing with high global energy prices that have cut their profits. China has also banned the export of diesel, to try to meet domestic demand. Power cuts occur every summer, but this year rising coal costs and a drop in hydropower output mean they...
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Posted by on in Sustainable Development
  The long battle between public and private power is flaring up again. California is the hot spot because the state legislature has lined up on the side of Community Choice Aggregation (CCA), a form of public power lite in which communities choose power sources but distribution is left to t...
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Posted by on in Biofuels
  Standing in front of 200 New Hampshire loggers on a cold night last February, it was my job to explain electricity markets and why biomass power projects are facing a tough time. For these guys, it wasn't an academic discussion of the influence of natural gas prices on wholesale power prices...
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Posted by on in Sustainable Development
Even if the United States takes no explicit action to regulate greenhouse gases, emissions of carbon dioxide and other climate-altering substances will grow slowly over the next two decades, not returning to 2005 levels until 2027, according to a new projection from the Energy Information Administra...
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Posted by on in Wind
Kazakhstan has huge potential for renewable energy, in particular in wind. Since the renewable sector is almost untapped and the government of Kazakhstan is actively working on promoting renewable energy sources and starting new programs to reach the renewable energy target of 5 percent by 2024, thi...
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Posted by on in Fossil Fuels
The price of oil isn’t the only hydrocarbon going through the roof. Check out thermal coal prices to see how dependent economic growth has become on burning increasing amounts of fossil fuels. Prices of Newcastle coal, the Asian coal price benchmark, are poised to rise by as much as 30 per cent this...
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Posted by on in General Environment
The Japanese nuclear disaster has focused attention on global energy resources and nuclear power's role as a source of electricity. Now is an opportune moment for Japan and the United States, in particular, to undertake a thorough re-examination of their current energy environments and to develop r...
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Posted by on in Energy Efficiency
Editors note: At the request by Albert Kong, Vrinda Agarwal and Shilpa Bhat - students from  R.J. Grey Junior High School, who are participating in the Siemens We Can Change the World challenge, Acton Patch is running this article that was submitted by the group. We thought it wa...
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Posted by on in Fossil Fuels
  AS THE PRICE OF OIL roars above $100 per barrel and gasoline nears $4 per gallon, a cry for solutions understandably goes up. Higher gas prices amount to a regressive tax increase on the American consumer, with all that implies for the ability of the U.S. and global economies to sustain thei...
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Posted by on in Fossil Fuels
On Tuesday of last week more than 500 Washington citizens came together at the state capitol to push for legislative priorities selected by twenty-five leading environmental groups.  Washington faces many challenges this year, from protecting waterways from oil pollution to defending environmen...
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Posted by on in Earth Violators
  Early on a spring morning in the town of Damascus in northeastern Pennsylvania, the fog on the Delaware River rises to form a mist that hangs above the tree-covered hills on either side. A buzzard swoops in from the northern hills to join a flock ensconced in an evergreen on the rive...
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Posted by on in Energy Efficiency
  Angoon, AK-- A demonstration project is underway in Angoon focusing on energy self-sufficiency in Southeast Alaska's rural villages. A large number of rural communities in the region and the state are heavily dependent on fossil fuels, such as diesel and heating oil -unsustainable resources...
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