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The hydrogen hype bubble may have finally popped

The hydrogen hype bubble may have finally popped

green hydrogen’s current lack of availability isn’t the only reason it’s not the wonder-fuel the fossil fuel industry has been making it out to be
Briefly Noted … Other Energy Issues

Briefly Noted … Other Energy Issues

University says Enron failure is not a symptom of deregulation; China installs fuel cell plant on pig farm; Ebara buys into Ballard; flywheel system demonstrated.
Global Woes Continue with LDK Solar’s Quarterly Earnings

Global Woes Continue with LDK Solar’s Quarterly Earnings

China's LDK Solar became the latest company to detail symptoms of the drag caused by oversupply and falling subsidies as it reported mounting losses for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2011.
Five ways COVID-19 could derail renewables

Five ways COVID-19 could derail renewables

“The Chinese use two brush strokes to write the word ‘crisis.’ One brush stroke stands for danger; the other for opportunity.” – John F. Kennedy Just when renewable generation appeared ready to take-off, the coronavirus hit. COVID-19 — the official name of the disease as announced by the World Health Organization on February 11, 2020 — already is disrupting global […]
Worker at 1,100-MW Site C hydro project tests positive for COVID-19

Worker at 1,100-MW Site C hydro project tests positive for COVID-19

BC Hydro confirms that a worker at its 1,100-MW Site C hydro project work camp in Fort St. John, British Columbia, tested positive for COVID-19. The worker arrived from Alberta on July 13, and BC Hydro says this person immediately self-isolated after receiving their test results from Alberta Health Services on July 15. Northern Health provided a second test and […]
Will the Rough Patch Continue for Ethanol?

Will the Rough Patch Continue for Ethanol?

The last year has been a bad one for the corn ethanol industry. With relatively high grain prices and low oil prices, producers have struggled to stay profitable and many companies have gone bankrupt. In addition, growing consumer backlash has caused a public relations nightmare for the industry. With such a terrible state of affairs, where does the industry stand? In this podcast, we'll look at the state of first-generation ethanol in the U.S.
SunPower Reducing Workforce in an Effort To Streamline Organization

SunPower Reducing Workforce in an Effort To Streamline Organization

As solar module manufacturers continue to struggle to stay afloat in an oversupplied market, one more major player is planning to restructure. Yesterday module manufacturer SunPower announced its plan to idle half of its Fab 2 production lines in the Philippines and lay off 900 employees. The company said in a statement that the re-organization is a temporary measure.
Wind Farms and Health: It’s Not Black or White

Wind Farms and Health: It’s Not Black or White

Anyone following the controversies surrounding wind farm siting policy over the past five years has surely been startled at the rapid escalation of concerns being voiced by residents near wind farms. After years of building wind farms in ranching communities with few if any complaints, we began to hear clusters of noise complaints about a few wind farms, especially in Wisconsin, New York, Ontario, and Maine. These complaints focused on the surprising intrusiveness of wind farm noise, and sometimes sleep disruption; nearly all of those having problems lived within a half-mile or so of turbines, with occasional issues being reported out to a mile or so.
A Stern Review of UK Flooding

A Stern Review of UK Flooding

It’s hard to believe that almost eight years have passed since the publication of Lord Nicholas Stern’s Review on the Economics of Climate Change. The report asserts that the need for action to reduce emissions is urgent, and that the longer the problem is left unresolved, the more expensive it will be to fix. As it bluntly states: ‘If we […]
Out with the Old: A Coal Plant Protest in My Hometown

Out with the Old: A Coal Plant Protest in My Hometown

UPDATE: The owners of Brayton Point announced that the plant will be closing in 2017.  The spewing smokestacks of Brayton Point have always been prominent landmarks in my life. On a road trip with family or friends, seeing the brown towers spring up on the horizon, in a strange way, represented home. Of course, as a child I had no […]