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Author Archives: Susan Kraemer

“Job-Killing Regulations” at EPA Made US a Net Fuel Exporter

January 4th, 2012 | by Susan Kraemer

Jordan Weissmann at the Atlantic has a fascinating piece on just how it is that the gas-guzzling US has just become a net fuel exporter, even though our oil production peaked in the 1960s. As you have probably read, the US has just become a net fuel exporter - with refined products, such as diesel, gasoline, and jet fuel made from crude oil now our #1 export. Of course we still import 9 million barrels of crude a day from the oil producing countries, but our domestic gas use is down at a seven year low. More efficient vehicles, lack of jobs to commute to, baby boomers retiring, and new drivers being more carbon-conscious accounts for the reduction. But Weissmann digs a little deeper


Big Solar and Big Wind to Meet in Abu Dhabi for World Future Energy Summit

January 4th, 2012 | by Susan Kraemer

From the 16th to the 19th of January, twenty renewable energy and cleantech developers from across Egypt, Ghana, India, Jordan, Morocco, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, UAE and USA will showcase cutting-edge projects and conduct full business presentations at the Project Village at the World Future Energy Summit (WFES) 2012 in Abu Dhabi


Post-Durban, Vestas Ends 2011 With Over 6 GW of Orders

January 1st, 2012 | by Susan Kraemer

Countries like the Ukraine, Poland, Pakistan, and Brazil have not previously been required to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions. Last month at Durban, that changed. Orders from nations like these boosted year-end wind turbine business at Danish wind giant Vestas. The company ended 2011 with a total 6.2 GW of orders, and said that late orders coming in will be included in its annual report due early February, which are expected to take the total over 6.5 GW. The flurry of orders came a month after international climate negotiations in Durban, South Africa, delivered a surprise stipulation that every nation has agreed to, to share binding, international cuts in greenhouse gas emissions within just 8 years.


Obama has Nearly Quadrupled Renewable Energy on Public Lands

December 31st, 2011 | by Susan Kraemer

With two years of the Obama administration, almost four times as much clean energy has been put on the grid on public lands as in all the previous 40 years. All the renewable energy ever permitted on public lands totaled 1,800 MW by the end of 2008. In the last two years, the Department of the Interior has approved 6,600 MW of new projects


China and India Ineligible for Carbon Capture Funding?

December 30th, 2011 | by Susan Kraemer

China, India, Ghana, Qatar, United Arab Emirates and South Africa may be eliminated as eligible countries for Clean Mechanism Development (CDM) funding for Carbon Capture and Sequestration (CSS) projects in new negotiations following the Durban climate talks


New CO2 Sequestration from Finland Yields Commercially Useful Materials

December 30th, 2011 | by Susan Kraemer

The Finnish physicist Matti Nurmia has patented a different type of CO2 sequestration with real commercial potential, using very little energy in the conversion process and creating byproducts with high commercial value. His firm, Cuyha Innovation Oy (Oy means company) converts acidic CO2 into harmless bicarbonates. Nurmia's process differs from carbonization, where CO2 is neutralized with carbonate minerals such as limestone, the way that companies like California's Calera are making cement with sequestered


EU Will Tighten Cap to Fix Carbon Price Collapse

December 22nd, 2011 | by Susan Kraemer

The EU now has ten times the solar power of the US, twice the wind, and it dominates the global offshore wind industry. As a result, and as a mark of the ease in meeting its Kyoto goal and already lowering its carbon emissions 8% below 1990 levels for its first deadline, the price on carbon has plummeted


How WindFlip Will Deliver Gigantic Floating Turbines to Site

December 16th, 2011 | by Susan Kraemer

To tow the new gigantic off-shore wind turbines being developed in Europe far out to sea, a Norwegian company has devised a clever and simple mechanism. Their Windflip tows the turbine out almost horizontal - and then when it gets to the site tilts it up into position; using just the weight of seawater. The structure contains 29 air filled compartments. Once at the site each of the compartments inside the Windflip is sequentially filled with water, causing the stern to slowly submerge, so that both the Windflip barge and the turbine it is holding flip up 90°


Can ALEC Dim Arizona Solar on Tuesday?

December 12th, 2011 | by Susan Kraemer

Tuesday morning could be key in deciding Arizona solar policy for years to come. Because of the way public utilities are set up in the state, the five-member Arizona Corporation Commission (ACC) has wound up with almost unfettered control of energy policy in the state. On the agenda: rolling back renewable energy standards, gutting solar rebates, and even forbidding ACC from discussing declining rebates, thanks to infiltration by ALEC, the sinister nationwide shadow group which has just gained effective control over the ACC, via new member Brenda Burns, a former National Chairman of


141 GW of European Offshore Wind Under Way

December 7th, 2011 | by Susan Kraemer

A new EWEA report tallying all existing offshore wind power projects in the 17 European Union states, based on a survey of built, consented and planned capacity and wind farm projects already undergoing construction, finds that Europe has a pipeline of a staggering 141,000 megawatts of offshore wind due on the grid over the next twenty years. With 4 GW installed by the end of 2011, Europe has 99% of offshore wind globally already



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