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Tax Extenders Act Omits Alternative Fuel Mixture Credit
Posted on 29 Dec 2009 by Jonathan Wilson

The House of Representatives on December 9th passed a bill (H.R. 4213) that extends many of the tax credits and incentive programs that expire at the end of this year. The bill was referred to the Senate Finance Committee. While the bill extends for... Read More

Renewable Energy Around the Web: December 14, 2009
Posted on 14 Dec 2009 by Jonathan Wilson

Our weekly compilation of renewable energy news and information from around the web. $600 Million for Biofuels U.S. DOE Secretary Steven Chu and Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack last week announced the selection of 19 biorefinery projects to... Read More

Fuel Cell Economics Improving, Offering Energy Storage Solutions
Posted on 5 Jan 2010 by Jonathan Wilson

The economics of fuel cells are improving each year, according to Pike Research , which forecasts that global revenues will more than double over the next few years, from $336m in 2009 to $716m in 2013, according to reports. Pike Research’s analysis... Read More

Renewable Energy Around the Web: December 21, 2009
Posted on 21 Dec 2009 by Jonathan Wilson

Our weekly compilation of renewable energy news and information from around the Web. Renewable Energy in Scotland A report from the Scottish National Heritage organization claims that Scotland is on target to exceeds its renewable energy goals... Read More

Marten Law Group: Renewable Portfolio Standards Drive Market for Alternative Energy
Posted on 5 Jan 2009 by amoir

In this Expert Commentary, Alyssa Moir of the Marten Law Group discusses Renewable Portfolio Standards (RPSs), which mandate that utilities replace some portion of their hydrocarbon-based electricity with clean power sources. Along with explaining how... Read More

Marten Law Group: To Get Stimulus Money, Know Who Decides and How the Money Will Be Awarded
Posted on 9 Mar 2009 by Svend Brandt-Erichsen

In this Emerging Issues Analysis, Svend Brandt-Erichsen of Marten Law Group explains the process that will be used to award funds appropriated in the federal stimulus bill for various projects relating to renewable energy and energy efficiency, electricity... Read More

Marten Law Group: Are NEPA Waivers Needed to Reach Energy Independence?
Posted on 18 Feb 2009 by Brad Marten, Steven Jones and Dustin Till

President Obama has been pressing Congress to enact an economic stimulus package that would “double our capacity to generate alternative sources of energy like wind, solar, and biofuels … and build a new electricity grid that lay down more... Read More

Marten Law Group: By Taking Action on Fuel Economy Standards, President Orders Automakers to Produce More Fuel Efficient Cars
Posted on 27 Jul 2010 by amoir

In this Emerging Issues Analysis, Alyssa Moir of Marten Law Group reports on two Executive Orders issued in January 2009 by President Obama: (1) a request to EPA to revisit the denial of California's CAA waiver request to lower auto emission standards... Read More

Marten Law Group: Federal Renewable Electricity Standard Takes Shape
Posted on 26 Jun 2009 by amoir

In this Emerging Issues Analysis, Alyssa Moir of Marten Law Group reports on the Renewable Electricity Standard that may be enacted by Congress this year. The House's Renewable Electricity Standard is contained in the Waxman-Markey climate change... Read More

Obama Administration commits $2.4 billion to research, development, and manufacture of advanced battery and electric drive technology
Posted on 7 Aug 2009 by Thomas H. Clarke, Jr.

Prior posts have noted the technology and current shortcomings of electric vehicles and battery technology; prior posts have also described various research activities to develop batteries able to provide a charge over a longer period of time. The Obama... Read More

The Smart Grid: An Analysis
Posted on 24 Jun 2009 by Thomas H. Clarke, Jr.

Much of the recent talk about alternative sources of energy has focused on the need for expanding and improving the electrical grid. At the same time, in the interest of efficiency and conservation, there has been much chatter about turning the rather... Read More

GM claims Chevy Volt will get 230 mpg city
Posted on 11 Aug 2009 by Thomas H. Clarke, Jr.

Using EPA mileage methodology, GM claims that its forthcoming Chevy Volt, a plug-in hybrid, will achieve 230 mpg city driving; the range of the Volt on battery-power alone is anticipated to be 40 miles. The price of the Volt is currently anticipated to... Read More

The rush into biofuels may be a major error
Posted on 15 Apr 2009 by Thomas H. Clarke, Jr.

Prior posts have noted that EPA is conducting an assessment of biofuels to ascertain if they are truly "renewable", and that the so-called GHG emission benefits of ethanol appear to disappear if the "indirect" land-use effects are... Read More

Solar Thermal Is Poised To Take Off. Will It?
Posted on 24 Jun 2009 by Thomas H. Clarke, Jr.

When the media conceptualizes about solar energy, they usually obsess over photovoltaics. Yet, solar thermal plants are, in terms of today's technology, often more cost-effective. Although there is only 500 MW's worldwide of solar thermal in existence... Read More

Salty water may be useful as a power source
Posted on 2 Sep 2009 by Thomas H. Clarke, Jr.

Prior posts have noted various potential alternative energy sources, from the nearly developed to the "still on the drawing board". One idea that may hold some promise was recently noted in a prestigious science journal. The key researcher likens... Read More