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Energy bill has potential to deliver big for Alaska projects

Energy bill has potential to deliver big for Alaska projects

By Tim Bradner Alaska Journal of Commerce The federal energy bill includes provisions that will allow leases in the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska to be extended 10 years, or even more, in some cases. The new federal energy bill is full to the brim with at least promises of significant new money for Alaska energy projects.
Testing the Waters: Gaining Public Support for Offshore Wind

Testing the Waters: Gaining Public Support for Offshore Wind

The coastlines of the U.S. are brimming with potential for offshore wind development, yet every turbine is on land. Why isn't this coastal goldmine of clean energy and jobs being tapped? According to a new study, the impediment isn't technological, it's social.
Bet on Biofuels, Not Russian Gas, Former NATO Chief Tells EU

Bet on Biofuels, Not Russian Gas, Former NATO Chief Tells EU

European Union governments and companies would do better increasing production of renewables than counting on a natural-gas pipeline from Russia to ensure energy security, former NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen.
The Four Economic Factors that Determine the Feasibility of Microgrids

The Four Economic Factors that Determine the Feasibility of Microgrids

Microgrids are poised to alter the economics and topology of the electricity grid, ultimately transforming the electricity industry as we know it. In this article, we discuss the four economic factors to consider before and during microgrid development and provide an opportunity for designers, policymakers, and industry experts to join a community of microgrid professionals looking to capture the green, reliable, resilient […]
Attorney’s General Push Bush on Climate Change

Attorney’s General Push Bush on Climate Change

Attorneys General from 11 states have called on the Bush Administration to reconsider its position on the regulation of greenhouse gas emissions. Noting that states are filling the regulatory void left by federal inaction, the Attorneys General submitted a five-page letter to the Administration outlining why a national approach to the climate change problem will lead to more cost-effective solutions.
From Calais to Tilburg: Turning Niche into Mainstream – Day 2

From Calais to Tilburg: Turning Niche into Mainstream – Day 2

  After a year of planning the first ever ESCP Europe Tesla tour it has finally started in London. We are embarking on a great experience in our Tesla model S cars to raise awareness of the ongoing climate change and clean energy initiatives across Europe. We will be introducing the team throughout this post as we hit the road to our first destination in the Netherlands, in the small city of Tilburg. LAUNCH EVENTBefore we began our epic journey, there was a launch event (12th of March) at the ESCP Europe London Campus. In day one of our blog posts we talk about the inspirational speakers that attended in greater detail, but overall the event provided everyone with the fantastic opportunity to look at one of the most interesting car brands out there. Most people were taken by utter surprise when they first experienced the acceleration of the Tesla car. Similar to me, everyone was taken aback when the driver plunged his foot down to accelerate the car from 0 to 60 miles in 4,2 seconds. It leaves you lightheaded and with a feeling of excitement as you realise that this is a completely different kind of driving experience. SETTING OUT TO FOLKESTONEAs we set out to Folkestone to catch the train going through the famous Eurotunnel, the benefits of the car quickly became apparent. The huge touchscreen in the centre of the car wedged between the driver and the co-pilot is very convenient to use and controls everything in the car. 3G Internet and free Spotify is included everywhere you go! Folkestone: Our first Super Charge Station Stop-pit, it only took us 30 minutes to charge the car! TESLA GOOGLEIt provides essential data on the driving performance. A whole array of sensors measure the remaining energy versus distance still left to travel, and on another set of graphs illustrating the average and total travel range of the car. This data is combined with the Tesla Google Map which automatically calculates the route via the network of Super Charger stations. This means it is nearly impossible to run out of battery when you follow the route on the map. THOR, AURORA, JUPITER AND HOW WE GOT THERE…NOW, enough about how the Tesla car works! We bought Walkie Talkie’s to communicate while driving on the road. I would like to proudly present our code names for our God like EV cars: Thor (white Tesla), Aurora (red Tesla) Jupiter (black Tesla) To make sense of these names it is important to introduce the team a little bit more. We are a multinational driving team with members from Germany, France, Greece, United Kingdom, India, Lebanon, Taiwan and Chile, and our diversity inspired the names. Thor is the name of a war god from the German Mythologies, the name Aurora was inspired by the goddess of dawn in Roman mythology and the name JUPITER is based on the planet that represents Zeus in Greek legend. DODGING TRAFFIC IN LONDONTo avoid traffic in central London we decided to circumvent the city and soon arrived in Folkestone. It was very comfortable to be able to have the cars charged while we quickly nipped into the building to get a snack before leaving England behind and delving into the country that has given us Belgian chocolate, waffles and pommes frites. Going through the Eurotunnel was a completely new experience, what a great alternative way to travel! FOUR COUNTRIES LATER ON…Maher, Matheus and Oscar who were passengers in Aurora decided to make a detour from the planed route between Calais and Tilburg into Brugge. This turned out to be a longer route. However, Aurora and Thor made it into the town centre and into the market square.   He said he wasn’t a poser! …Yeah, sure. TILBURGAfter failing to find the rest of the gang, Tesla Jupiter decided to continue driving on to Tilburg. We were able to reach our destination with no further problems, we got lucky! Soon Aurora and Thor had caught up with us and we scrambled to get all the Pomodore we could eat. They told us that a lot of people approached the cars in Brugge and asked questions about the electric vehicles and the purpose of the trip. After a dinner that left us full to the brim we decided to call it a night.   PROFILE In the cars are: Red car (Aurora) sponsored by Regis Holdings Limited Maher Sarkis - Electrical Engineer, Manufacturing/Innovation Expert, always first to sign up for crazy deals and parties! (Photography) Mathias Woronoff - Steven Spielberg/Gerhard Richter of the EV TourZahed Mirza – Architect & EV Enthusiastic White car (Thor) sponsored by Heitkamp & Thumann Group Afeez Alade- Kolawole - Founder of Try my EV & biggest EV evangelistAndreas-Alexandros Eleftheriades- Consultancy Service Expert & The daddy of the EV Tour Viktor Von Selchow - Blogger and self-declared “Professional” Road Trip Music Consultant Black car (Jupiter) sponsored by The Research Centre for Energy Management (RCEM) Ben Pullen – Ben brings the best out of people and is a natural streamer of ideasOscar González - The energy efficiency GuruHoward Chia-Hao Hsu - Car whisperer To watch the first video of this fascinating journey, please click the link below:https://vimeo.com/158941871/2039c7c2fc Please click here to read day 1 of the ESCP Europe Electric Vehicle Road Trip.
Putting Our Utilities on an Energy Diet

Putting Our Utilities on an Energy Diet

In the past, we made assumptions about our economy and our society that fit with the spirit of those times. The spirit of conquest and manifest destiny rushed through our American veins and led us toward the grand ambition of building a "modern" electricity and interstate highway system. We used our creativity to make energy from fossilized sunshine to power consumables and move people and products, generating electrons in abundance to ensure access to energy. Fast forward to the 21st century, and we still are using a fire hose to water a flower.
Biogas Technology: “Cow Power” Catching On in US

Biogas Technology: “Cow Power” Catching On in US

For years, third world ranchers have been using methane from manure to run electrical generators down on the farm. This clean-burning biogas is not only a good local fuel in countries with little or no infrastructure, now even countries like the U.S. are reaping energy from this foul-smelling source.
Experts Weigh In: Will California Meet Its RPS?

Experts Weigh In: Will California Meet Its RPS?

About one year ago, California made history by enacting a law that would require the highest amount of renewable energy to be incorporated into a continental state's energy mix: 33 percent by 2020. That number is at least 8 percent higher than the next most aggressive state renewable portfolio standards and upwards of 10 percent more than the average renewable portfolio standard for all the states in the nation.
Will California Achieve its Goal?

Will California Achieve its Goal?

About one year ago, California made history by enacting a law that would require the highest amount of renewable energy to be incorporated into a state's energy mix: 33% by 2020. That number is at least 8% higher than the next most aggressive state renewable portfolio standard, and upwards of 10% more than the average renewable portfolio standard for all US states which have adopted its standards to date.