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Homeowners Install Wind Turbines

Homeowners Install Wind Turbines

[The Mercury News] The blades of a spinning turbine blur, pumping electricity as the wind whips through them – but it’s not Altamont Pass, rather it’s the home of Brad Laschinske, Oroville resident and alternative energy enthusiast.
Khosla: Ethanol Not Final Fuel

Khosla: Ethanol Not Final Fuel

[Red Herring] At the California Clean Tech Open event Tuesday, Khosla Ventures founder Vinod Khosla said the ultimate fuel probably won’t be ethanol. “Contrary to what you might believe, I think it’s extremely unlikely that in 20 years we will be using any ethanol in cars,” he said. That’s a surprising statement from one of ethanol’s most enthusiastic backers. Mr. […]
Nevada Lawmakers Hear from Solar, Geothermal Power Companies

Nevada Lawmakers Hear from Solar, Geothermal Power Companies

Carson City, Nevada [Associated Press] Nevada is making steady progress toward becoming a national leader in solar and geothermal energy, state lawmakers were told [March 22]. Representatives of several leading alternative energy companies, as well as University of Nevada, Reno researchers, told the Senate Commerce and Labor committee that those renewable energy sources are becoming more popular and economical. … […]
Will Hydrogen Clear the Air? Maybe Not, Say Some

Will Hydrogen Clear the Air? Maybe Not, Say Some

Widespread hydrogen use has been enthusiastically embraced by major corporations and environmentalists alike as a panacea for global warming and the depletion of fossil fuels, and is a particular favorite of the Bush administration. But skeptics, and even some hydrogen advocates, say that use of hydrogen could instead make the air dirtier and the globe warmer…
Energy’s future is trapped in the fossil fuel past

Energy’s future is trapped in the fossil fuel past

In his State of the Union address, President George W. Bush proposed a $1.5bn government research and development programme to replace the internal combustion engine with hydrogen-powered fuel cell cars. While some applauded his call to create a clean, non-polluting energy source for the 21st century, many environmentalists were less enthusiastic…
Two EVs for the Other 99 Percent

Two EVs for the Other 99 Percent

The chatter among electric vehicle (EV) enthusiasts and investors is all about the launch of the Tesla (NASD:TSLA) model S. A cool ride, no doubt, but not many of us are ever going to buy a sedan that starts at $49,900, even after the $7,500 tax subsidy.
Why There’s Room for Competition in Home Solar Loans

Why There’s Room for Competition in Home Solar Loans

When a group of clean energy enthusiasts wanted to find better options for people to install clean energy solutions in their homes, buy electric vehicles and invest in clean energy, they thought about starting a green bank, but Blake Jones of Colorado-based Namaste Solar says they decided to start a credit union instead.
SunEdison: When Optimism Goes from Healthy to Dangerous

SunEdison: When Optimism Goes from Healthy to Dangerous

By now most renewable energy stakeholders and enthusiasts have heard the woes that have begotten SunEdison. On April 22, the company filed for bankruptcy after a long spending spree that was reportedly fueled by dept. In this video I talk to introduce Paula Mints, veteran solar analyst who had been predicting that SunEdison would be forced into bankruptcy since 2015 to hear her take on the situation.
In SolarCity Bid, Tesla’s Musk Targets Customers Wanting All

In SolarCity Bid, Tesla’s Musk Targets Customers Wanting All

Tesla Motors Inc.’s offer to buy SolarCity Corp. would combine two already deeply linked companies to offer clean energy enthusiasts a one-stop shop.  
Trading Sub-prime Carbon

Trading Sub-prime Carbon

The first niggling doubt about carbon trading came when I showed up at Carbon Forum America in San Francisco in February and found 1400 enthusiastic people and a trade show of 80 companies touting the next big thing.