About Andrew

Andrew I've been reporting and writing on a wide range of topics at the nexus of economics, technology, ecology/environment and society for some five years now. Whether in Asia-Pacific, Europe, the Americas, Africa or the Middle East, issues related to these broad topical areas pose tremendous opportunities, as well as challenges, and define the quality of our lives, as well as our relationship to the natural environment.

Author Archives: Andrew

Report Highlights Importance of Making “Low-Carbon, Water-Smart” Energy Choices

July 23rd, 2013 | by Andrew

US society needs to make the right choices today in order to assure adequate, affordable supplies of both energy and water. Pursuing a strategic pathway centered on low-carbon renewable energy resources and energy efficiency gains can get us there, according to a comprehensive study undertaken by the "Energy and Water in a Warming World Initiative" (EW3)

GE Brilliant Wind Turbines Heading Down Under As Part Of $350MM Boco Wind Farm Project

July 9th, 2013 | by Andrew

Fifty-eight GE 1.7-100 and nine 1.6-100 Brilliant wind turbines will be heading to Australia as part of a Downer EDI-GE Australia and New Zealand (ANZ) wind farm engineering and procurement contract (EPC). In addition to generating some 113 MW of clean, renewable electricity – enough to supply at least 40,000 homes – bringing the project to fruition will result in the avoidance of some 300,000 metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions as compared to coal-fired power generation

GE’s Brilliant Wind Turbine — Wind Power Cheaper Than Coal Or Natural Gas (Part 1)

June 29th, 2013 | by Andrew

Already competitive with electricity produced by coal and natural gas-fired power plants, GE is driving the cost of clean, green, renewable energy down further with its Brilliant line of wind turbines and power management systems. Incorporating Ramp Control, Predictive Power Analytics, and short-term, grid-scale battery storage in an integrated wind power systems platform, GE Power & Wind believes it's on the right track when it comes to addressing one of the industry's persisting criticisms: the intermittent nature of wind

VW’s Vision Of Ecological Sustainability Takes Shape In Tennessee

June 22nd, 2013 | by Andrew

With ThinkBlue, the world's third largest automaker is raising the stakes in its sustainability drive, including allocating $500 million-$600 million for renewable energy investments. VW management recently hosted an energy management workshop and site tour of its green manufacturing facility in Chattanooga, Tennessee. CleanTechnica was there.

US Tops In Renewable Energy Attractiveness As Sector Comes Of Age

June 3rd, 2013 | by Andrew

The US, China and Germany, ranked as the top three most attractive countries for renewable energy investment in 2012, a year in which renewable energy came of age, ushering in an era of democratization of energy, according to the 10th anniversary edition of Ernst & Young's

Google Makes First Renewable Energy Investment In Africa

May 30th, 2013 | by Andrew

Upon completion, the Jasper Power Project will be one of the largest solar PV facilities on the African continent, capable of producing enough clean, renewable electricity to power some 30,000 South African home, as well as bringing about much in the way of positive, ecologically sustainable social development

National Survey: Nearly 90% Of Americans Say Government Should Act On Global Warming, Push Ahead On Clean Energy

May 29th, 2013 | by Andrew

In contrast to a bitterly divided Congress, there is also broad public support for eliminating fossil fuel subsidies, taxing carbon and greenhouse gas emissions, and lowering emissions regardless of what other countries may or may not do, according to a national survey conducted by 4C -- George Mason University Center for Climate Change Communication and the Yale Center for Climate Change Communication

eV2g Marks Milestone, Selling Electricity From EV Test Fleet To PJM Grid

May 1st, 2013 | by Andrew

A distributed power-clean energy milestone was reached late last week as leaders from government and industry joined officials from the University of Delaware and NRG energy to celebrate the first instance of electric vehicle-to-grid (EV2G) technology being used to sell electricity to the power grid. Ongoing success could well provide a critical missing link on the path to a clean, green, renewable and distributed energy infrastructure, economy, and society

Latin America Clean Energy Investments Surged 127% Higher In 2012

April 30th, 2013 | by Andrew

Clean energy investments soared higher in Latin America in 2012 amid an overall, global contraction. Four Latin American countries registered triple-digit percentage increases, with Brazil leading the way in terms of dollars invested. The data was released by Bloomberg New Energy Finance in advance of ACORE's third Latin America & Caribbean Renewable Energy Finance Forum, which is being held in Miami this week

Mosaic Opens Up Largest Solar Rooftop Project To Date To Online Investors

April 29th, 2013 | by Andrew

Investor response to Mosaic's pioneering solar PV project crowdfunding platform has been dramatic, and positive. The Oakland-based start-up is now looking to its online community of investors to finance its largest solar rooftop project to date, a 487-kW installation for the Wildwoods Convention Center in New Jersey

Middle East–Africa Solar PV Demand Will Increase 625% This Year

March 22nd, 2013 | by Andrew

Yes, oil and natural gas are still king in the Middle East-Africa region, but solar energy is on the rise across the region, as governments, private sector businesses and international organizations are laying the foundation for industry development and sustainable growth, developments that could yield tremendous benefits socially and environmentally

80% Cuts In Transportation Sector Petroleum And Emissions: How Do We Get There?

March 19th, 2013 | by Andrew

The Dept. of Energy's "Transportation Energy Futures" study provides a template for Pres. Obama's vision of reducing US transportation sector petroleum use and greenhouse gas emissions 80% by 2050. Realizing gains in vehicle energy efficiency and fostering shifts in demand for different modes of transport, growing use of biomass biofuels, and transitioning to hydrogen and electric vehicles are the three main facets of the TEF strategy

SEIA & GTM Host US Solar Energy Year In Review On-Air Google Hangout

March 14th, 2013 | by Andrew

The US solar energy market and industry fired on all cylinders in 2012 despite headwinds in Congress, a fragile economic recovery, internal industry turmoil, and ongoing opposition from fossil fuel and utility industry players, according to SEIA-GTM's Solar Market Insight 2012 year in review

House, Senate Democrats Introduce Carbon Pricing Discussion Draft

March 13th, 2013 | by Andrew

The carbon tax debate continues in the US Congress as sponsors and stakeholders assert carbon-pricing legislation would address the most challenging, and interrelated, problems facing the US today. Amounting to a tax on carbon emissions, the discussion draft's sponsors are soliciting public feedback on how best to allocate proceeds

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