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Biofuel Startup KiOR Threatens to Veer Off the Road

Posted by Patrick J. Kiger
Alternative energy company KiOR, which aimed to lead the nation into a future in which fuel manufactured from wood chips, grasses and other plant materials would replace petroleum, now faces dire financial difficulties that may threaten the company’s future. (See earlier story on KiOR: “Beyond Ethanol: Drop-In Biofuels Squeeze Gasoline From Plants.”)

California Drought Dries Up Hydro, But Power Stays On

Solar, wind, natural gas, and planning help stave off energy crisis for parched state.
California's record drought has parched crops, but hasn't yet dimmed lights or choked the flow of electricity, even though the Golden State, with more than 300 dams, has long been a hydroelectricity leader among U.S. states.

Transitioning to a Clean Energy Future Will Require Lots of Private Capital, but How Do We Get There?

By Victor A. Rojas

The past two decades have seen a tremendous growth in our understanding of the climate change imperative and in the enormity of the challenge that confronts us. It has become clear that meeting climate change mitigation objectives will require the aggressive deployment of clean energy technologies, substantial amounts of capital, and creative methods of engaging that capital around these activities.

EDF Wins Business Achievement Award for Efforts to Advance Clean Energy Financing

By Matt Golden

Each year the Climate Change Business Journal (CCBJ) awards businesses and non-profits for their outstanding work in the climate and environment industry.

Quantifying “Green”: How Source Energy Can Lead to Better Energy Policy and More Clean Energy Jobs


Today U.S. energy policy is an amalgamation of disparate tax breaks and subsidies. For decades the government has supported “clean” technologies without visibility into their environmental and energy performance. It has been guided by nearly arbitrary concepts of what is “green” or “clean.” Can we really consider low-efficiency solar panels, manufactured using coal as an energy source, while polluting a local river in Asia, as renewable energy in the U.S.?

White House Meeting on Climate Change Resilience Shows National Commitment

By Rory Christian

Today, the White House is hosting an event highlighting its commitment to boosting resilience among communities most vulnerable to the effects of climate change.

‘Utilities 2.0’: The Future May Be Sooner Than We Think


Last month, I had the pleasure of moderating a panel called “Utilities 2.0: The Role of Distributed Generation and Demand Response in Evolving Utility Business Models.” The topic may sound esoteric, but to the more than sixty people in attendance, and at least fifty more watching online, the event, wh

New Database from Pecan Street, WikiEnergy, Promises to Reveal Important Energy Insights

By Marita Mirzatuny

As our society moves deeper into the realms of big data, at times it can seem overwhelming that our actions can generate millions of data points. Therefore, what we do with that data becomes crucial in the new energy landscape, as big data promises to improve our lives by unlocking innovation.

Is Clean Energy Technology Booming? Five Reasons It Is.

By Benjamin Schneider

You may have heard about the recent 60 Minutes segment that inexplicably reported the cleantech sector was in steep decline.

NRG Solar, Boeing Break Ground on Dandan, Guam’s First Solar Facility

25 megawatt photovoltaic solar installation will supply clean energy to up to 10,000 homes, reduce costly fuel imports
Press Release

INARAJAN, Guam, Mar. 4, 2014 /3BL Media/ - NRG Energy, Inc. (NYSE:NRG), through its wholly owned subsidiary NRG Solar LLC, and The Boeing Company (NYSE:BA), started construction on Dandan, Guam’s first solar power plant. NRG will bring its experience and ingenuity as a solar innovator to this project, proven by the company’s successful development of solutions ranging from the world’s largest solar thermal and photovoltaic facilities to professional sports stadium rooftops to customizable solar canopies.


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