German Renewables Output Tops Lignite

Renewables became Germany’s most important power source for the first time this year, according to Agora Energiewende.



Click for detailed story

Listen Up: Cap and Trade’s Impact on Fuel Prices

Over 95 percent of climate scientists have concluded that CO2 is the primary cause of global warming. Solving the problem requires a dramatic reduction in CO2 emissions. Some people are altruistic, but almost all businesses are bottom line oriented and will not reduce their CO2 emissions unless they have an economic incentive to do so. There are two realistic incentives: taxing CO2 emissions or setting up a cap and trade program for CO2. Since increasing taxes is politically unfeasible, the most practical approach is with a cap and trade program.



Click for detailed story

Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen: ‘Green News Report’ – September 30, 2014

The Green News Report is also available via...



IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: Good news: President Obama creates the world's largest marine sanctuary... [Read more...]



Click for detailed story

Anna Shen: Q&A: ‘My Country Will Not Go Down Without a Fight’

Palau is small, but its plans are big. President Tommy Remengesau, Jr. has colossal plans for his small island nation of 21,000 people. By creating the world's largest marine sanctuary -- the size of France -- he has deemed Palau's waters to be 80 percent protected. [Read more...]



Click for detailed story

Peter Getty: Climate Protection: A Portfolio of Good Sense and Cents for Our Planet

Climate change economics is viable and sustainable. The wide-ranging benefits to our not so distant future lives and our generational concerns for the environment are priceless. [Read more...]



Click for detailed story

William Bradley: Jerry Brown in Total Command for Term 4 Five Weeks Out

Despite Obama's slumping popularity, all that remains in question is the final margin of victory, the outcome of key initiatives important to Brown's future plans, the size of Democratic majorities in the state Senate and Assembly, and whether there will be another Democratic sweep of all statewide offices. [Read more...]



Click for detailed story

Microgrid Economics: It Takes a Village, a University, and a Ship

As a businessman exploring investments, I need simple answers, however complicated the problem. I wish to know: Are microgrids economical? How much investment is needed and for what? What are the factors that principally affect profitability, within the system and in the environment? If microgrids are not profitable at the present, when will they be? I recognize that understanding microgrids as a system requires complicated mathematics and modeling. I’m sympathetic to and respect those who do that.



Click for detailed story

Solar PV Installations Quintuple Across K-12 Schools

Recent findings from The Solar Foundation (TSF) show an encouraging surge in the number of K-12 schools installing solar power to save money, reduce carbon emissions, and introduce a new generation of children to the very practical benefits of renewable energy.



Click for detailed story

FYI, Geothermal Industry: You’re Doing It Wrong

For years the geothermal industry has relentlessly boasted that it is a baseload resource, meaning it provides stable power similar to a coal or natural gas plant, except without all of those pesky carbon emissions. While upfront costs to develop a plant are higher than other renewable sources, geothermal leaders say that this baseload aspect makes it a more attractive resource in the long run since the grid needs more stable power as increasing amounts of intermittent renewables enter the landscape.



Click for detailed story

Casella Back In The Dumps, But Ready To Pick Up?

by Debra Fiakas CFA

Casella Plants Flag in Waste-to-Energy

The solid waste collection and disposal industry has been transformed by the building enthusiasm for waste recycling.  Founded in 1975, Casella Waste Systems (CWST:  Nasdaq) has been around to experience a lot of change and has been quick to get on the bandwagon.  The company is a self-described recycler and resource manager as well as a solid waste collector. [Read more...]


-- Source