Author: Jeff Kart


Vincent’s post from the The European Wind Energy Conference got me thinking about U.S. offshore wind potential. Wind on the water has been all the buzz in Michigan. The state’s portion of the Great Lakes has the potential to produce Read more…


No, it’s not the latest CD from Verve, it’s the latest rumble from industry groups and states: Raise the percentage of ethanol blended into unleaded gasoline. The current cap is 10 percent. An ethanol trade group called Growth Energy has Read more…


A recent post extolling the virtues of trash as an energy source has stirred up a lot of comments. Those include an e-mail and phone call from the folks at BlueFire Ethanol, who have a patented process that turns garbage Read more…


when it comes to renewable energy. The city of Corvallis, Oregon, is No. 1 when it comes to purchasing green power, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Green Power Communities Program. The city of 55,000, about 90 minutes from Read more…


Coal is dirty. Nuclear is dangerous. Wind and solar are intermittent. Trash is a constant, which brings us to landfill gas. People throw things away. They recycle, sure, but consider all the waste in the world the next time you Read more…


“Georgia, Georgia, the whole day through Just an old sweet song Keeps Georgia on my mind” You probably know the Ray Charles song. The Solar Energy Industries Association is singing it now. The trade group says Georgia sun is a Read more…


Depending on where you live, the Great Lakes may seem far from local. But they hold 84 percent of the freshwater in North America. So if you ever get thirsty, you might want to pay attention. President Barack Obama has Read more…


Fuel cells and hydrogen were the buzz for years in U.S. automotive industry, until foreign competitors began making waves with hybrids. Problems with the H included the high cost of infrastructure and the fossil-fuel energy needed to make hydrogen stations Read more…


Came across a report from the Congressional Research Service (pdf) on biofuels. Dated Jan. 5, 2009, it’s a decent summary of federal incentives (pre-stimulus). Some numbers: There are 24 U.S. programs that support biofuels, mostly ethanol and biodiesel. They were Read more…


Exciting news on the cellulosic ethanol front. The promise of next-generation biofuels is moving from the lab to the factory. BP has announced a joint venture with Verenium to make cellulosic ethanol from grass and other non-edible plants.


There are all kinds of tax credits and other green incentives in the new economic stimulus bill. But nonprofits are being left out of the mix. Such organizations are usually ineligible for federal tax incentives for renewable energy projects, according Read more…


The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act is the name of the much-touted economic stimulus bill headed for the president’s desk. It’s big, to the tune of $789 billion. What happens now? Obama plans to sign it tomorrow morning and the Read more…


Time to learn a little Finnish: Picosun Oy. The company is working on a research project funded by the European Union to develop more efficient solar cells. The project, called ROD-SOL (short for Rods for Novel Solar Cells), aims to Read more…


Barack Obama promised change and hope. He’s bringing it when it comes to the mercury control industry. If you haven’t heard, the new president has directed the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to drop an appeal of a Bush administration mercury Read more…

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