Category Archives: Renewable fuel

Wind industry under siege

Siege being defined as the low cost of gas and the end of federal subsidies.  Continue reading

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Public school green

Indiana University Bloomington Shool of Public and Environmental Affairs is proud of purchasing green energy credits, showing their commitment to sustainability.  Higher priced energy purchased with public money?.

Renewable energy to the rescue?

Ukraine is seeking investments in renewable energy to reduce dependence on Russian gas.  Continue reading

Renwable is a big Joke.

Why do we ignore basics.

Perpetual motion

Reports of the Naval Research Laboratory’s sea water to avgas were perpetual motion stories that ran up on the shoals of the laws of Thermodynamics.  Continue reading

Renewable Border Wars

North Dakota’s Public Service Commission refuses charges from higher cost renewable electricity from Minnesota. Continue reading

Energy storage by rail

Roll the train cars up the hill and when you need electricity, roll them back down the hill.  Continue reading

Renewable Energy made affordable

The switch to renewable energy sounds affordable in the UK because it is heavily subsidized.  Can we get something like that in the US?  Continue reading

Trees were renewable energy

Except when you want to burn them or waste wood products from other uses to generate electricity.  The greens would rather leave the logging residues even if it increases potential fire damage. The Australian greens are interesting folks.

LFNs – a serious issue for wind power?

Scares over technology aren’t restricted to unsound fears of EMFs emanating from electric lines or automated natural gas meters. Now wind farms are being blamed for making families and children sick because of low-frequency sound waves, harmonics, to the point some famililes in St. Croix County, Wisconsin, abandoned their homes near wind turbines. It prompted a study… Continue reading

Wind tax credits extended in fiscal cliff deal

But Xcel Enery (which uses wind for 17%  of its electricity, more than four times the national average, according to the Denver Post) is reconsidering its support for the wind industry for not benefiting customers. Continue reading

Energy stories in 2012

The Consumer Energy Alliance lists its top ten energy stories of the year. From gas prices, the war on coal, natural gas production, carbon emissions, to wind power. Continue reading

What does wind power and the electric car have in common?

As wind energy tax credits, which cover as much as a third of the costs of wind generation, set to expire at the end of the month, the industry has proposed a compromise plan to Congress. Continue reading

Solar industry declining worldwide with a massive supply glut

The solar business continues to plummet world wide. Does anyone see the disconnects in this picture? Continue reading

Renewable energies and your electric bill

The headline in the Washington Free Beacon was a no brainer, but reminds us that ignoring the downsides to well-intentioned policies can be costly. Continue reading

Another one bites the dust

Just 18 months after opening, another solar company has closed, taking with it another $26 million in taxpayer dollars… Continue reading

Followup: Proposal 3 Failed

Michigan voters rejected Proposal 3 which would have created a constitutional ammendment, the first in the country, requiring utilities to derive at least 25% of their electrical sales from wind, solar, biomass and hydropower by 2025. Continue reading

New Energy Economy — A Complete Flop

Former Colorado Governor, Bill Ritter, coined the term “new energy economy” in 2006 when he hoped Colorado would become a center for renewable energy commerce. It has been a resounding failure. Advocates of renewable energy say government tax credits and loan guarantees are necessary for the wind and solar industries to be competitive against other power sources. Continue reading

Proposal to change Michigan’s Constitution

Michigan voters could make Michigan the first and only state to make renewable energy mandates part of its Constitution if Proposal 3 is passed. Proposal 3 would require 25% of the electricity produced in the state to come from renewable sources — wind, solar, hydro and biomass — by 2025. Continue reading

Scientists genetically modify bacteria to turn household waste into fuel

Researchers at MIT in Boston genetically modified a soil bacterium called Ralstonia eutropha. When stressed, it usually stops growing and put all its energy into making complex carbon compounds. Now scientists at MIT have manipulated its genes to persuade it to make fuel, in the form of, a kind of alcohol called isobutanol that can be directly substituted for, or blended with, petrol. Continue reading