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Report finds that Global Renewable Energy Growth is Outstripping Coal and Nuclear

A new analysis of the global power plant market launched today by Greenpeace International shows that since the 1990s, installations of wind and solar grew faster than any other power plant technology [1]. In addition, renewable energy expanded rapidly, to reach its biggest market share in 2010 and providing enough capacity to supply electricity to the equivalent of one third of Europe….

Jeremy Rifkin on the Distributed Energy Revolution

Clip from a much longer interview – Rivkin does a good job describing the transformative power of new, distributed grid technology….

When students talk, United States Secretaries listen: a big leap forward for ACE
When ACE first started, we began with the belief that high school students could genuinely influence the climate debate. We didn’t just say it to make ourselves feel better about the unfortunate reality of climate change – we knew deep down that this underrepresented population had potential to make a significant impact if given the knowledge, tools and inspiration to take charge of their collective future and the fate of the earth….

European ‘Green Challenge’ Grant Open to US Cleantech Startups

While some refer to lottos as a “tax on the stupid” the Dutch Postcode Lottery are making “grants for the smart” to support cleantech stars through their Green Challenge.

“The world must embrace a new, greener lifestyle. One bright idea can make a big difference. Toencourage and aid the invention of great new green products and services, the Dutch Postcode Lottery presents the Postcode Lottery Green Challenge 2011.”…

GE Invests $63 Million in Small Green-Tech Companies

Green technology is proving to be an important innovation for many companies.

General Electric (NYSE: GE) and five other venture capital partners are planning a $63 million investment in 10 small green technology companies….


Black & Veatch’s Strategic Directions in the Electric Utility Industry survey results have captured the changing electric utility trends in the United States for half a decade. This year’s survey once again explored traditional utility-focused questions regarding operations and regulations, in addition to asking about the timing of emerging technologies and their respective impacts on the industry….

ARPA-E FY2010 Annual Report Highlights Transformational Projects Since Agency’s Establishment

It’s hard to believe the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) is just two years old: already we have seen the potential of high-risk, high-reward research to both our energy and economic future. The Fiscal Year 2010 Annual Report highlights the creation of ARPA-E, how the agency’s investments are supporting transformational technologies in energy, and a synopsis of the projects it has funded to date….

Severe Drought in Europe Threatens Crops and Nuclear Power Output

One of Europe’s most severe droughts in a century is threatening crop production, shrinking some rivers to near-record low levels, and raising the specter that France may experience blackouts as some river-cooled nuclear power plants may be forced to shut down….

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