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Energy Throwdown: GE vs. Siemens

Energy Throwdown: GE vs. Siemens

General Electric (NYSE:GE) wants to acquire one of the largest companies in France, and it could get what it wants if Germany doesn’t get in the way. Alstom SA, the target of GE’s desires, is a French energy and transportation company with a market value of approximately $11.5 billion. It deals in hydroelectric and nuclear


Google Hearts Wind Power

Google announced yesterday that it has ponied up $75 million for a wind farm in Carson County, TX. In it’s lock box of wind farm assets, this is number 15 for the Internet giant. Patterson Energy Group (NASDAQ:PEGI), one of my top picks for 2014, is developing the project, which provides enough juice to power 56,000


60 Minutes Disses Cleantech Industry

You would think CBS’s 60 Minutes would have learned from its recent Bengazi debacle, but apparently not – evidenced by this Sunday’s extremely poor and inaccurate report, this time on the Cleantech Industry. After being pleasantly surprised that 60 Minutes would begin 2014 with a segment on Cleantech, it immediately became clear that the only purpose of the “Cleantech Crash” was to bash the industry. With a tone


Google Invests $100 Million Into California Solar Plant

Google has announced that it will be investing $103 million into the Mount Signal Solar project, located in California. The project is being developed by Silver Ridge Power and boasts of a capacity of 265 megawatts. The investment represents Google’s continued support of solar energy and the company’s endeavor to promote projects that aim to make this energy


FUTUREWATCH: Charging Mobile Phones with Lightning

Harnessing the power of lightning to charge your mobile phone is much more impressive (and innovative!) than using wireless charging accessories for Lumia. The question is open, however, as to whether it is safer and more convenient. And no, we are not talking about the lightning power connector by Apple. Scientists from the University of


How the Government Shutdown Could Impact Energy

At 12:03 AM this morning, after lawmakers in Congress failed to reach agreement on funding the government, thousands of federal employees lumbered out into the streets of Washington, DC looking for taxpayer payer money to spend. They knocked over trash cans, stuck their hands through windows and stopped cars in the street, hoping to find


Bloomberg Reports Global Solar Surpasses Wind

Bloomberg New Energy Finance predicts that 33.8GW of new onshore wind farms, plus 1.7GW of offshore wind, will be added globally in 2013. This compares with its median forecast of 36.7GW of new photovoltaic, or PV, capacity. This year is set to be the first in which PV has added more megawatts than wind. In


Hawaii: Doing Solar Right

The business outlook for solar in Hawaii certainly looks ‘sunny’ with graphs like this one from the LA Times showing solar capacity on an exponential growth curve: doubling in size every year since 2007. Obviously abundant sunshine has something to do with it, but just as significant is how the average Hawaiian electricity bill is nearly twice as high


Suntech Supplying La Paz Solar Farm with Modules

Suntech Power Holdings Co., Ltd. Will be supplying 132,000 Suntech Ve and Vd panels for the largest solar power plant in Latin America, a 30MW plant in La Paz, Baja California Sur, Mexico. The panels will be installed by Martifer Solar, a Portugal-based fully-integrated solar company, on a 100-hectare (approx. 247 acres) site. Owned by


$600M Solar Testing Facility Coming to Texas A&M

Last week Texas A&M University-Central Texas announced ambitious plans to build a $600 million solar testing facility, which it said would be the largest in the world. The university is partnering with the Center for Solar Energy to develop a roughly 800-acre site. It will also include a solar farm that will power the campus.


The California Carbon Challenge

Next10, which develops online tools that help people gain a deeper understanding of complex issues, has released the California Carbon Challenge. The idea is to simulate the tough choices policymakers face in how to address climate change. It allows people to choose strategies to cut the state’s carbon emissions through an interactive game and get feedback


Extreme Weather in Australia: A Casualty of Climate Change?

This 2013 report from the Climate Commission offers a review of the current state of our knowledge about different types of extreme weather events in Australia. These events include extreme temperatures, rainfall, drought, bush fires, storm surges, cyclones and storms. Here is a summary of some of the key findings from the report titled The


The Greening of Wimbledon

Wimbledon is the flamboyant southwest district of London. In has been inhabited since the Iron Age, and the hill fort at Wimbledon Common stands witness to the saga of glory. Situated within the Greater London upon the Thames, it is famous for the Tennis Championships which give it the unique sporty flavor and it finds


MIT Creates Solar Mapping Tool for Cambridge

  MIT is making it easier for the people of Cambridge to go solar, thanks to a new solar mapping tool that it developed. Residents, businesses and others in Cambridge can look up addresses throughout the town to determine the potential of rooftop solar at the location, including estimated system cost, payback and return on