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Baucus Tax Reform Cuts $46 Billion in Oil Breaks
SOURCE: AP/Matt RourkeA refinery is shown in Trainer, Pennsylvania. On November 21, Sen. Max Baucus (D-MT), chair of the Senate Finance Committee, unveiled a discussion draft of tax reform legislation that focuses on cost recovery and accounting rules as part of a comprehensive overhaul of the U.S. tax code. This draft package includes the elimination of some longstanding tax breaks for Big Oil companies. The discussion draft proposes to eliminate as much as an estimated $46 billion in unnecessary tax breaks for hugely profitable Big Oil companies over the next decade. The White House just announced that Sen.
10th January 2014
Hydropower "Battery" Could Even Out Wind Energy Supply, Researchers Say
Norwegian hydropower stations could be linked to wind farms and serve as giant "batteries" to even out power supply fluctuations, a Scandinavian research organization says. A major hurdle for renewable energy suppliers is intermittent power production - sometimes too much power is generated, other times too little, and periods of peak demand often don't coincide with periods of peak supply. By using excess electricity from windy periods to pump water uphill into reservoirs, hydroelectric power stations could smooth out the intermittent power supplied by large wind farms, Scandinavian researchers from the firm SINTEF say. At times of low wind energy supply, the stored water could be released through dam turbines and hydroelectricity would fill the gap.
10th January 2014
Organic battery hailed as cheap renewable energy solution
A cheap rechargeable battery that harnesses energy by using the electrochemistry of organic molecules rather than metals is being touted by Harvard researchers as a breakthrough for renewable energy.
10th January 2014
MidAmerican's giant California Solar Star power plant enters service
(Reuters) - Renewable power companies MidAmerican Solar and SunPower Corp said they have connected the first 57 megawatts to the power grid from California's 579-MW Solar Star solar power plant, one of the biggest in the United States.
10th January 2014
China pledges further support for solar industry
SHANGHAI (Reuters) - China pledged further support support for its ailing solar power industry on Saturday as the government seeks to revive a sector struggling with overcapacity and falling prices.
10th January 2014
World Bank vows to limit financing of coal-fired plants
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The World Bank's board on Tuesday agreed to a new energy strategy that will limit financing of coal-fired power plants to "rare circumstances," as the Washington-based global lending powerhouse seeks to address the impact of climate change.
18th July 2013
New crystals yield solar breakthrough
New materials technology has boosted the power conversion efficiency of cheap next-generation solar cells.
18th July 2013
Mexicans flock to recycle plastic bottles in exchange for food vouchers
Since Mexico City closed a huge landfill, residents have warmed to recycling - but the rest of the waste system is yet to catch upCarlos Quintero picked up a huge bag full of plastic bottles and moved a few feet forward before setting it down again in the long snaking queue to get into Mexico City's Mercado de Trueque, or barter market. In return for donating the bottles for recycling, Carlos would receive well-needed tomatoes, onions and a cabbage."It is a really good way of getting something out of things we normally throw away and helping the environment," he said.
18th July 2013
Gamechanger: Next Generation Wind Turbines With Storage Are Cheap, Reliable And Brilliant
What makes a new wind turbine exciting? Wind companies are always trying to making their next turbine spin more efficiently and generate more power than the last, just as car companies are looking for better fuel efficiency and engine power. Advances usually come in small jumps in both cases, with a single percentage improvement cause for celebration. GE announced a new line of wind turbines in May that generate between 20 and 24 percent more power than the previous best turbine in its class. It does this through traditional improvements in turbine design, but also through innovations that address one of the main issues that critics of wind power raise: intermittency.
15th July 2013
Campaign to roll back state renewable programs is a flop so far
State laws requiring utilities to sell a certain percentage of clean energy have been attacked across the nation over the past year. But these renewable portfolio standards have been holding their own just fine.
15th July 2013
Solar Power Cheaper Than New Coal, Foresees German Solar CEO
In a new interview with Deutsche Welle, the CEO of a Germany-based global solar developer made a good case for the potential for solar power to become cheaper than coal sooner rather than later. That would be Bernhard Beck, CEO of BELECTRIC. In the interview Beck had some interesting things to say about the direction of the global solar market and the potential for growth in large-scale solar power generating plants, and if anything, we think his forecast could come true even sooner than he thinks.
14th July 2013
U.S. court says biofuel producers must face carbon emissions rules
(Reuters) - Biofuel producers will be subject to rules regulating carbon emissions, a U.S. appeals court ruled on Friday, in a decision hailed by environmental groups.
14th July 2013
Climate Change Takes Centre Stage in U.S.-China Talks
The United States and China have agreed on a suite of potentially far-reaching initiatives aimed at cutting greenhouse gas emissions in the world’s two largest economies and largest polluters. Environmental groups are applauding initial reports of the agreements, arrived at during high-level talks here on Wednesday and Thursday. Further, there is also a sense that the discussions indicated a warming of relations between the two powers that could constitute the basis for an important new cooperative relationship at international negotiations on climate change.
14th July 2013
Tea Partiers fight over solar power in Georgia, and the solar fans win
In Georgia on Thursday, the Tea Party scored a victory against the Tea Party by helping push through a plan requiring the state’s largest electric utility to increase its capacity for solar power.
14th July 2013
US, China agree on carbon cutbacks
The United States and China, the world's top emitters of greenhouse gases, agreed to five initiatives to cut carbon output from the largest sources, including heavy duty vehicles, manufacturing and coal-fired plants, the State Department said.
14th July 2013

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