1. From the University of Southampton:

    Planting short rotation energy crops on England’s unused agricultural land could produce enough biomass to meet renewable energy targets without disrupting the food industry or the environment, according to research led by Professor Gail Taylor from the University of Southampton.

    The study, funded by the UK Energy Research Centre (UKERC), is a rare investigation into energy crop supply which looks at the potential of planting short rotation coppice (poplar and willow) in England, taking into account social, economic and environmental constraints. It found that with efficient land use, England is able to produce enough biomass to generate approximately four per cent of current UK electricity demand, without compromising environmental sustainability or food production.

    […]

    The UKERC research, published in Biofuels, states that new technology will enable biofuels to be made from ‘lignocellulosic’ crops (e.g. short rotation coppice willow and poplar), which, unlike current ‘cellulosic’ crops (typically derived from food crops such as wheat and maize) is able grow on poor quality agricultural land.

    [PDF] Aylott M.J., Casella E., Farrall K. and Taylor G. (2010). Estimating the supply of biomass from short-rotation coppice in England, given social, economic and environmental constraints to land availability. Biofuels, 1: 719-727

     

     energy 

  2. We need environmental regulation, renewable development and energy efficiency for job creation, global competitive advantage, future price spike protection as well as climate control and life on earth. But the Conservative stimulus package snubbed the chance to create an estimated 150,000 more jobs in the green sector while allocating a quarter-billion of its slim eco-budget to funding carbon capture and storage research for tar sands developers.
     

     Canada  Conservatives  energy  politics 

  3. crookedindifference:

Why Energy Companies Invest Next to Nothing in Innovation

Don’t pay attention to those oil company ads that claim they’re devoting  time and resources towards working on clean energy solutions — just  look at the graph below. The chart, which Climate Crocks reminds us of today,  shows just how little the energy sector spends on research and  development compared to other innovation-based industries. 0.3%. That’s  practically nothing.
And that’s why 50% of our power still comes from coal and why there have  been so few radical innovations in clean energy in over 30 years. It’s  also why it’s so tough for many to admit that the free market isn’t  going to solve this problem alone — that unharnessed, the free market  would have us burning coal until we exhausted the supplies, caring less  about such things as the global average temperature of the world.

    crookedindifference:

    Why Energy Companies Invest Next to Nothing in Innovation

    Don’t pay attention to those oil company ads that claim they’re devoting time and resources towards working on clean energy solutions — just look at the graph below. The chart, which Climate Crocks reminds us of today, shows just how little the energy sector spends on research and development compared to other innovation-based industries. 0.3%. That’s practically nothing.

    And that’s why 50% of our power still comes from coal and why there have been so few radical innovations in clean energy in over 30 years. It’s also why it’s so tough for many to admit that the free market isn’t going to solve this problem alone — that unharnessed, the free market would have us burning coal until we exhausted the supplies, caring less about such things as the global average temperature of the world.

    (via wearetheearth)

     

     energy  research  spending 

  4. From Brit Liggett, Inhabitat:

    The United States House Appropriations Committee — a committee that helps determine government spending — emerged from a closed door meeting yesterday with a proposed $100 billion in government spending cuts, much of which would slash spending in renewable energy technology at a time when the President believes it is the key to a prosperous future. The cuts focus a large amount of their ire on green energy, slashing 20% of the Department of Energy budget, 35% from the budget for Efficiency and renewable energy technology programs, one fifth of the budget for the Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability — which manages our grid systems — and 18% from the Office of Science, the largest supporter of basic research in the physical sciences in the United States.

     

     energy  politics  budget 

  5. From Inhabitat:

    It’s no secret that crowds cause temperatures to rise, but all those bodies generating heat could be a large source of untapped energy. Inspired by the hordes of people passing through Stockholm’s Central Station each day, a Swedish real estate company, Jernhusen, has found a way to harness the energy created by the 250,000 moving bodies to heat an office building across the street. As a result, the building’s energy bill has decreased by 25 percent. 

    Previously: Parisian Building Taps Metro System as a Heat Source 

     

     energy  technology  design  Sweden 

  6. phoenixearth:

Did You Know You Can Get Free Solar on Your Home in Eight US States?
“There are now at least eight states in the US where you can get a free solar system to supply your home’s electricity at a lower rate than your utility does. These eight states allow private companies to compete with their utilities that sell power by the kilowatt hour, through a “lease” or a power purchase agreement, or PPA…”

    phoenixearth:

    Did You Know You Can Get Free Solar on Your Home in Eight US States?

    “There are now at least eight states in the US where you can get a free solar system to supply your home’s electricity at a lower rate than your utility does. These eight states allow private companies to compete with their utilities that sell power by the kilowatt hour, through a “lease” or a power purchase agreement, or PPA…”

     

     energy  solar 

  7. From The Washington Post:

    The Obama administration Tuesday announced a plan to speed up development of wind energy by searching the Atlantic Coast for the most desirable places to build windmills rather than wait for developers to propose sites that could hurt the environment or sit in the middle of a shipping lane. 

    Under a new initiative called Smart From the Start, the Department of the Interior will identify sites in the Atlantic Outer Continental Shelf with “high wind potential,” Interior Secretary Ken Salazar said. Officials said it currently takes up to nine years for an offshore project to get approval to build.

     

     energy  wind 

  8. From BBC News:

    Kenya is to launch a climate exchange platform to facilitate the trading of carbon credits and help tackle climate change.

    The market will be the first of its kind in Africa, enabling all African countries to sell their carbon credits.

     

     Africa  Kenya  carbon  energy  environment 

  9. wtftory:

    From The National Post:

    The assessment, Fueling the Problem, released by Climate Action Network, says that billions of dollars in subsidies for oil and gas companies are helping drive up emissions that cause global warming.

    […]

    It also noted that Finance Minister Jim Flaherty was urged by his own department, as well as Environment Minister Jim Prentice, to eliminate some tax incentives for investments in fossil fuel development and exploration last spring. Senior Finance Department officials provided options that would help the government generate revenues while honouring a commitment made by G20 countries to phase out fossil fuel subsidies.

    But at the time, Mr. Flaherty chose to “minimize the commitment” made by Canada, focusing instead on a 2007 commitment to eliminate incentives for oilsands companies that are starting new projects.

    “Since that time (2007), the Canadian government has taken no additional action to reduce, phase out or eliminate other fossil fuel tax breaks or subsidies and continues to give up well over a billion dollars in revenue to the oil, gas and coal sector each year,” said the report.

     

     Canada  energy  Stephen Harper 

  10. smarterplanet:

U.S. OK’s world’s largest solar power plant - msnbc.com
 The Obama administration on Monday approved what investors say will be the world’s largest concentrated solar power plant and one that more than doubles all of U.S. solar output and can power at least 300,000 homes.

    smarterplanet:

    U.S. OK’s world’s largest solar power plant - msnbc.com

     The Obama administration on Monday approved what investors say will be the world’s largest concentrated solar power plant and one that more than doubles all of U.S. solar output and can power at least 300,000 homes.

     

     energy  solar  California 

  11. themagnificentlifeofplants:

Discover what they don’t want you to know.Live clean and free, watch it!

    themagnificentlifeofplants:

    Discover what they don’t want you to know.
    Live clean and free, watch it!

     

     films  documentaries  energy 

  12. From Google Earth Outreach - Appalachian Mountaintop Removal

    Mountaintop removal coal mining is changing the American landscape on a scale that is hard to comprehend unless you see it from the air. Anyone who has ever flown in a small aircraft over southern West Virginia or eastern Kentucky will never forget the experience of seeing the massive scale of destruction - mountain after mountain blown up and dumped into valleys as far as the eye can see. Mountaintop removal affects more than mountains and streams, however; it is threatening to displace and destroy a distinctly American culture that has persisted in the Appalachian Mountains for generations. Appalachian people working to save their communities have long dreamed of ways to fly reporters, decision-makers, and thousands of other Americans over the Appalachian coalfields to see this destruction first hand - and then to visit their communities to hear stories of people who endure the consequences of what some have called “cheap energy.” Now, thanks to Google Earth, a pretty good approximation of that tour is accessible to anyone who has a computer and a high-speed internet connection, extending our reach by millions of people.

    Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. (in the Huffington Post)

    Coal’s most catastrophic and permanent impacts are from mountaintop removal mining. If the American people could see what I have seen from the air and ground during my many trips to the coalfields of Kentucky and West Virginia: leveled mountains, devastated communities, wrecked economies and ruined lives, there would be a revolution in this country.

    Well now you can visit coal country without ever having to leave your home. Every presidential candidate and every American ought to take a few seconds to visit an ingenious new website, [ilovemountains.org/myconnection] that allows one to tour the obliterated landscapes of Appalachia.

    The amazing new website allows you to enter your zip code to learn how you’re personally connected to the great crime of mountaintop removal. Using this website Americans from Maine to California can see these mountains and the communities that were sacrificed to power their home.

    The site puts a human face on the issue by highlighting the stories of families living in the shadows of these mines.

    This new website finally exposes this national disgrace for every American to witness.

     

     coal  mountains  environment  energy 

  13. From Inhabitat:

    A new project in Cambridge, MA dubbed the “Park Spark” has dogs powering the street lights in their own dog parks. Designed by Matthew Mazzotta, a visual artist with a degree from MIT, the project uses dog poop from the park to produce methane, which is then burned to light the park at night. The project was funded through the Massachusetts Institute for Technology and a partnership with the City of Cambridge, and it will hopefully spark a dog poo-fueled revolution of biogas-powered parks across the country.

     

     energy  methane  poo 

  14. From the BBC:

    Householders in Didcot have become the first in the UK to use gas made from their own human waste and supplied via the national grid to heat their homes.

    Up to 200 Oxfordshire homes will be using biomethane made from sewage they had flushed away three weeks earlier.

     

     energy  heating  homes  waste  poo 

  15. From Inhabitat:

    Canada may not be the first place you would guess to have the world’s largest photovoltaic facility. In fact, if this writer was asked he’d have opted for somewhere notoriously sunny such as Saudi Arabia or Australia. However, it was announced this week by Canadian firm Enbridge Inc. and Arizona-based First Solar Inc. that the 80-megawatt Sarnia Solar Project was not only opening, but it was now the largest operational PV plant in the world. Who’da thunk it?

    […]

    Not only is the renewable energy put into the local power grid, but the construction of the plant itself was also done using the latest sustainable methods. According to Enbridge, the construction project created 800 jobs and in an effort to make as little environmental impact as possible, no water was used during construction and no waste was created. As such, the entire project was designed to have minimal visual impact on the surrounding area and construction workers made sure that minmimal noise was made so as to not disturb the local wildlife.

     

     energy  Ontario  solar