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Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Tue Oct 12th, 2010 at 02:01:50 PM EST
BBC News - Ban on Gulf of Mexico oil drilling to be lifted

The moratorium on deep-water drilling in the Gulf of Mexico is to be lifted, the US government has confirmed.

The six-month ban was introduced in the aftermath of April's BP oil spill, but calls had been growing for it to be ended because of its economic impact.

Before oil firms can resume deep-water work in the region they will first have to meet a range of new safety rules.

A federal report said the moratorium had caused a temporary loss of between 8,000 and 12,000 jobs in the Gulf.



Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Tue Oct 12th, 2010 at 02:13:27 PM EST
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Google wades into offshore power lines - MarketWatch

Google Inc., Japanese trading house Marubeni Corp. and Swiss-based Good Energies Investment Corp. on Tuesday pledged seed money to develop an undersea power-cable network along the U.S. Eastern seaboard, the companies said Tuesday.

The funding supports a venture by Trans-Elect, an independent transmission company seeking to build a 350-mile transmission system off the Atlantic coast from New Jersey to Virginia.

The network would supply electricity from future offshore wind farms that will be run by an independent U.S. power producer, the companies said.



Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Tue Oct 12th, 2010 at 02:17:27 PM EST
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By the Numbers: Google's Offshore Wind Investment | GigaOM
Google and investors Good Energies and Marubeni are trying to kick-start a ground-breaking project to build a 350-mile cable on the east coast to power offshore wind farms. When built, it will be one of the largest projects of its kind in the U.S., and is an example of how a few pioneer investors can seed a market. But how do the gigawatts, dollars, and price points break down? Here's Google's offshore wind investment by the numbers:

6 GW (or 6,000 MW): The amount of clean power capacity that could be generated by the offshore wind farms that would be built next to the wind power transmission backbone.

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60,000 MW: The potential offshore wind capacity of the entire Mid-Atlantic region.

1.9 million: The number of homes that could be powered by offshore wind farms that would be built next to the transmission line backed by Google.

Tens of millions: The amount of the initial investment from Google, Good Energies, and Marubeni.

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$2,500 per kilowatt to $5,800 per kilowatt: The high capital costs of offshore wind power from 2007 through 2009, according to the DOE.

9 cents to 25 cents per kilowatt hour: The average price of offshore wind farm power.

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Under 5 cents per kilowatt hour: The average price of coal power (without factoring in the price of carbon and other environment costs).

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20 percent: The percentage of electricity that the DOE wants to come from wind power in the U.S. by 2030.

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43,000 jobs: The amount of jobs created if all of the offshore wind capacity in the U.S. was tapped.



Point n'est besoin d'espérer pour entreprendre, ni de réussir pour persévérer.
by marco on Tue Oct 12th, 2010 at 04:55:38 PM EST
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Google and Spectrum Bridge Send Your Power Use Data Over TV "White Space"  | Fast Company - Ariel Schwartz (June 24, 2010)
... Google has long been excited about the idea of white spaces. In a 2008 blog post, co-founder Larry Page imagined the possibilities of these unused signals:

We will soon have "Wi-Fi on steroids," since these spectrum signals have much longer range than today's Wi-Fi technology and broadband access can be spread using fewer base stations, resulting in better coverage at lower cost. And it is wonderful that the FCC has adopted the same successful unlicensed model used for Wi-Fi, which has resulted in a projected 1 billion Wi-Fi chips being produced this year. Now that the FCC has set the rules, I'm sure that we'll see similar growth in products to take advantage of this spectrum.

If the Google/Spectrum Bridge trial goes well, we may see ultra-powerful white space wireless pop up in more populated areas. That's good news for Google, which has invested in the smart grid through multiple ventures, including its own PowerMeter software. It's also promising for anyone living in a remote area without wireless. Thanks to white space, wireless may soon have no boundaries.



Point n'est besoin d'espérer pour entreprendre, ni de réussir pour persévérer.
by marco on Tue Oct 12th, 2010 at 05:10:55 PM EST
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Brussels plans strict new controls for offshore oil drilling | Business | The Guardian

The European commission is to reveal plans for tougher controls on offshore oil and gas drilling tomorrow. It would force national governments to abide by rules set in Brussels and extend liability for oil companies in the event of a disaster, The Guardian has learned.

The commission will also call for a moratorium on "complex" drilling projects in Europe until the lessons of the Deepwater Horizon disaster in the Gulf of Mexico have been digested - a move that has been rejected by Britain.

If the commission proposals became European law they would have far-reaching effects on the UK oil industry. More than half the offshore rigs in the EU are in British waters.



Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Tue Oct 12th, 2010 at 02:20:13 PM EST
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Failure to impose CCS levy on energy bills would be 'disastrous', MPs told | Environment | The Guardian

A failure by the UK government to provide the billions of pounds needed to build full-scale demonstration plants that capture and bury carbon emissions from power plants would be "disastrous", MPs were toldtoday.

Developing carbon capture and storage (CCS) plants is seen as critical to meeting the UK's legally binding targets for greenhouse gas emissions over the next 20 years. But, ahead of the government's comprehensive spending review on 20 October, businesses - including Shell and Siemens - and policy experts have voiced fears that the government will not i impose a levy on energy bills to provide the estimated £4bn needed



Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Tue Oct 12th, 2010 at 02:28:51 PM EST
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Carbon Capture, with all the feel-good, cosmetic and public-funding financial benefits to corporations as the Missile Defense Shield.

File under Hypocrisy(ies) (hypo-crisis?) of the small government crowd.

Never underestimate their intelligence, always underestimate their knowledge.

Frank Delaney ~ Ireland

by siegestate (siegestate or beyondwarispeace.com) on Wed Oct 13th, 2010 at 08:07:54 AM EST
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Silicon Valley's Solar Innovators Forced to Retool - NYTimes.com
FREMONT, Calif. -- A few years ago, Silicon Valley start-ups like Solyndra, Nanosolar and MiaSolé dreamed of transforming the economics of solar power by reinventing the technology used to make solar panels and deeply cutting the cost of production.ounded by veterans of the Valley's chip and hard-drive industries, these companies attracted billions of dollars in venture capital investment on the hope that their advanced "thin film" technology would make them the Intels and Apples of the global solar industry.

But as the companies finally begin mass production -- Solyndra just flipped the switch on a $733 million factory here last month -- they are finding that the economics of the industry have already been transformed -- by the Chinese. Chinese manufacturers, heavily subsidized by their own government and relying on vast economies of scale, have helped send the price of conventional solar panels plunging and grabbed market share far more quickly than anyone anticipated.

As a result, the California companies, once so confident that they could outmaneuver the competition, are scrambling to retool their strategies and find niches in which they can thrive.



Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Tue Oct 12th, 2010 at 03:54:11 PM EST
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EUObserver: Oettinger backtracks on oil drilling ban


EUOBSERVER / BRUSSELS - The European Commission appears to have backtracked on earlier plans for a compulsory moratorium on deepwater oil drilling inside the EU, with new proposals set to call for a voluntary ban at member state discretion.

The executive's energy commissioner, Guenther Oettinger, is scheduled to announce the review of Europe's drilling activities on Wednesday (13 October), calling on national governments to voluntarily suspend drilling in very deep waters and environmentally sensitive areas like the Arctic.

A more forceful draft circulating last week simply called on member states to implement the ban however, attracting the ire of British MEPs who feared such a move would cost jobs.

The EU's biggest oil reserves are found in the North Sea off Scotland, with MEPs from the region instrumental in watering down a parliamentary declaration last week that ultimately opposed a compulsory ban, while at the same calling for tighter security restrictions in the sector.

That warning appears to have been taken on-board, with Wednesday's final draft set to give member states the means, under EU law, to impose a ban if they choose, according to Reuters.

Green MEPs welcomed the proposals to strengthen EU rules but were disappointed by the commission's softened stance on a drilling ban, arguing that Europe is not prepared to deal with a spill on the scale of the Deepwater Horizon accident in the Gulf of Mexico earlier this year.



Vencit omnia veritas.
by Luis de Sousa (luis[dot]a[dot]de[dot]sousa[at]gmail[dot]com) on Wed Oct 13th, 2010 at 04:42:46 AM EST
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Naturally, there's too much money at stake.

keep to the Fen Causeway
by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Wed Oct 13th, 2010 at 05:52:48 AM EST
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China's Wind Power Projected to Equal 13 Three Gorges Dams by 2020 | Greenpeace China - Press Release 2010.10.13
China's wind power can reach 230 GW of installed capacity by 2020, which is equal to 13 times the current capacity of the Three Gorges Dam; its annual electricity output of 464.9 TWh could replace 200 coal fire power plants, according to China Wind Power Outlook 2010, a new report jointly released by Greenpeace, the Chinese Renewable Energy Industries Association (CREIA), and the Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC).

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Compared to multinationals, many Chinese companies are young and lack a strong basis for research and development. Despite a renewable energy policy requiring grid companies to purchase all electricity from wind farms, access to wind power for the grid is frequently lagging behind an unstable, out-dated grid infrastructure. There is also the problem of a lack of incentives and penalties for grid companies, and slow progress in more wind energy technologies.

Wind Power Outlook 2010 PDF!



Point n'est besoin d'espérer pour entreprendre, ni de réussir pour persévérer.
by marco on Wed Oct 13th, 2010 at 04:56:40 AM EST
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Denmark pollutes like an oil state [Danish]

Title really says it all.

(Of course, Denmark is an oil state - for a little while yet. But Oil State has connotations of dirty brown people speaking unintelligible languages and genuflecting towards the wrong pagan idols.)

- Jake

Austerity can only be implemented in the shadow of a concentration camp.

by JakeS (JangoSierra 'at' gmail 'dot' com) on Wed Oct 13th, 2010 at 02:12:06 PM EST
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