Commentary

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    Nov 28, 2013 | Mike Wootton
    What a struggle it is to utilize renewable energy in the Philippines. I have it on good authority that developers, driven to desperation to get a return on their investments and frequently having pursued development of renewable resources for anything up to 7 or 8 years and having held service contracts with government for nearly 4 years complete with budget and work commitments which in most cases have been honoured if not exceeded, are now forced towards the corruption game in order to sell electricity which is at usually at about half the price of existing generation. How can it be that corrupt arrangements have to be made to sell something which is half the price of the only alternative and which is environmentally benign?
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    Nov 27, 2013 | Dr. Michel Gisiger
    The transition from coal to oil and gas in the 19/20th centuries did not occur because the world was expected to run out of coal. It took place because the economics were in favor of oil and also because this new energy raw material proved to be more versatile, easier to handle and beneficial to human comfort (remember London smog).
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    Nov 26, 2013 | Suresh Kumar
    I am working in a building which is centrally air conditioned. I got the idea of using the exhaust wind of Air conditioning plant to rotate the turbine for producing energy.
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    Nov 15, 2013 | Trevor Stiles
    Over the past few years, experts across the political spectrum have called for the expansion and modernization of the American transmission grid. These experts have pointed to increased congestion, new generation facilities located far from load centers, and the impact of state renewable portfolio standards, among other drivers of transmission need.
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    Nov 14, 2013 | Scott Shugarts
    A recent survey of small businesses suggests that owners are not generally opposed to the Obama Administration's energy and environment initiatives. The survey, commissioned by the American Sustainable Business Council and administered by Lake Research Partners, shows considerable support across party lines for policies and goals aimed at heightened energy efficiency and investment.
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    Nov 13, 2013 | Terry M. Jarrett
    Every day it seems the newspapers are filled with stories of breached security at a bank, government agency, media outlet, or a utility. According to a recent US Department of Homeland Security report, in fiscal year 2012, ICS-CERT received and responded to 198 cyber incidents as reported by asset owners and industry partners.
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    Nov 12, 2013 | Kimberly Klemm
    Analysis of the cost benefit of distribution generation for renewable energy leads to the conclusion that short-term return on investment is low and long-term investment shows profitable returns if development capital is produced.
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    Nov 08, 2013 | Jessica Kennedy
    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is making the coal industry nervous with a proposed rule that would impose new regulations on greenhouse gas emissions from newly constructed power plants. This would permit new coal plants to emit no more than 1,300-1,400 pounds of carbon dioxide per megawatt hour.
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    Nov 07, 2013 | Scott Shugarts
    On Friday, September 27th, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) published its Working Group Report on the Physical Science Basis of Climate Change. In conjunction, President Obama released his own statement concerning the report.
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    Nov 04, 2013 | Davis Swan
    With the U.S. government "closed for business" and a looming debt ceiling crisis the debate over whether or not to extend the wind energy Production Tax Credit (PTC) is not getting much attention these days. President Obama's official position is that the PTC should be extended indefinitely. Many in Congress disagree and there are is ample private sector and research lab commentary on both sides of the question.