A sampling of green-tech news with quick commentary.German Lessons: Is Cash-for-Clunkers the Answer to U.S. Auto Woes? - The Wall Street JournalA plan to give incentives to consumers who turn in gas guzzlers for new, fuel-efficient is getting serious consideration in the U.S. New GM Chief Foresees 'Deep' Restructuring - The Washington PostOn the product side, the government auto task force found the Chevy Volt promising, but not close to being commercially viable because of cost. Google to Announce Venture Fund - The New York TimesAn interesting angle on how Google's venture … Read more
A sampling of green-tech news with quick commentary.Economy forces consolidation in solar industry - San Francisco ChronicleDarwinian forces at work in solar as project developer Recurrent Energy buys project pipeline of another firm. Valero Energy to Buy 7 Ethanol Plants - The New York TimesCorn ethanol maker VeraSun had to auction off its refineries. Meanwhile, the industry is pushing to increase the mix of ethanol in gasoline to 15 percent from 10 percent. Oil, Water Are Volatile Mix in West - The Wall Street JournalOil firms cause concerns by buying water rights in dry west for … Read more
A sampling of green-tech news with quick commentary.Study finds renewables could provide 40 percent of global electricity by 2050 - BusinessGreenThat sort of increase in renewable energy from wind and solar would only happen with different policies, lots of investment, and a more flexible grid, study authors say. Easy To Install Solar Panels Are City Friendly and Affordable - TreeHuggerIt's a bit pricey ($400 or $600), but this sort of self-installed, small solar panel for city dwellers could be a hit with eco-minded folks. I've already got a foldable solar panel at home that charges … Read more
A sampling of green-tech news with quick commentary.Keeping Household Electronics Out of the Landfill - The New York TimesVery good cheat sheet on what to do about electronics gathering dust around the house. Firepower of the Lowly Caulk Gun - The Wall Street JournalHave you done a home energy audit yet? Weatherizing homes with insulation and air sealing is the first step to greening your home--and the country's buildings. Geothermal Power Heats Up in a Down Economy - Earth2TechThe proverbial " untapped" resource, geothermal is less than 1 percent of electricity production. Google: Clean Energy Goes 'Straight to the Bottom Line' - The Wall Street Journal&… Read more
Starting on Wednesday, CNET News is running a three-day special report on the green-tech industry in which we examine its progress to date and its prospects.
We focus particularly on the electricity grid and the growing role of IT in energy and environmental sustainability.
The central question at play is scale: will new technologies speed a huge industrial shift to a cleaner energy industry? Or will green tech remain a niche in the next decade?
The package is a culmination of many weeks of hard work by a handful of editors here. For me, personally, it's a bit of … Read more
A sampling of green-tech news with quick commentary.Obama Vows Support for Renewables -- and a Carbon Cap - The New York TimesObama makes energy a major theme in last night's address to Congress, calling for a law to regulate greenhouse gas emissions. Climate bill needed to 'save our planet,' says Obama - Climate WireThe political dimension (read: opposition) to getting a mandated carbon cap through Congress. Transcript: Obama's Speech To Congress - CBS News 'Green' energy needs a big leap - Los Angeles TimesEnergy Secretary Steven Chu identifies technology breakthroughs needed in clean energy … Read more
A sampling of green-tech news with quick commentary.
Goals for Ethanol Production Are in Peril - The New York Times"The ethanol industry is on its back despite the billions of dollars they have gotten in taxpayer assistance, and a guaranteed market," according to one analyst. And the industry is unlikely to meet government production mandates. Saudi Oil Min: Renewables Push Could Create Energy Havoc - Dow JonesSaudi oil minister warns of a "nightmare scenario of diminishing energy supplies" if renewable energy is adopted too quickly. How Better Place plans to revive the electric car - CNET Australia… Read more
A sampling of green-tech news with quick commentary.PSE&G Proposes $773 Million Solar Energy Program - Press ReleaseThere's a trend forming with utilities investing directly in solar power installations, with New Jersey the latest to jump. Obama Champions Efficiency in Stimulus - The New York TimesObama counters after being criticized for proposed programs to weatherize homes of low-income people and make federal buildings energy efficient. Nissan seeks government loans for electric cars - ReutersFinancial woes could delay its electric car plans past its original target of 2010. Cutting Coal Use with Sunshine - Technology Review… Read more
A sampling of green-tech news with quick commentary.Dark Days for Green Energy - The New York TimesThe credit crisis is seriously disrupting wind and solar business, slackening demand and creating layoffs. Will Green Energy Wilt from Lack of Funds? - BusinessWeekMore on why a dearth of "tax equity" is derailing renewable energy projects. Half Britain's homes could be heated by renewable gas, says National Grid - Press releaseOne advantage: biomethane made either by gasifying biomass or processing sewage could be piped through the existing natural gas network. Ford to Follow GM in Making Plug-in Battery Cells Overseas - Earth2Tech… Read more