Renewable energy

PG&E and BrightSource of Oakland Strike Solar Power Deal

May 15, 2009 / No Comments

Pacific Gas & Electric on Wednesday announced it has gone into solar-power contracts with Oakland's BrightSource Energy to produce a total of 1,310 megawatts of electricity. That's enough to power 530,000 California homes during peak hours— 12 noon - 7pm. [caption id="attachment_5078" align="aligncenter" width="500" caption="Solar farm by BrightSource Energy"][/caption] Go California! Wait! Let me check my PG&E bill. Somebody has to pay ...

2050 – Most of Asia’s Electricity Needs Met by Clean Energy

November 4, 2008 / No Comments

The "Energy (R)evolution: A Sustainable World Energy Outlook" says that two-thirds of Asia's electricity needs can be met by renewable energy sources by 2050. If so, the aggressive investment could create an annual $360 billion industry worldwide and save $18 trillion in future fuel costs. I wonder if the men and women punched their calculators to determine how many people depending ...

239 Billion Green Opportunities in China

September 5, 2008 / No Comments

There are 239 billion green opportunities in China. That is, China is planning on spending Y2 trillion ($239 million) to ensure that renewable energy will account for 15% of the nation's power by the year 2020. China is the world's second largest energy user. A country one fourth the size uses more. Presently, less than 10% of China's power comes from ...

Google Invests Pocket Change in Geothermal Technology

August 20, 2008 / No Comments

So, I wonder. How many points does Google want for throwing pocket change at an alternate fuel technology? The giant search engine machine pledged "10 million U.S. dollars in Enhanced Geothermal Systems (EGS) technology, as part of its Renewable Energy Cheaper than Coal initiative. " Two geothermal tech start-ups and a university will benefit from the grant. "EGS expands the potential ...

Wind Power: Norway Could Become Europe’s Battery

May 27, 2008 / No Comments

World's number 5 oil exporter, Norway has big energy resources and by 2025 it could become "Europe's battery". The island of Utsira, Norway - image by tualatin A recent study talked about developing sea-based wind parks that would allow access up to 8,000 megawatts of renewable energy, equivalent to about eight nuclear power plants. Exporting green energy would actually help the ...