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Cal on February 19th, 2017

Recent global solar-power capacity auctions have come in at record low levels: $0.033/kilowatt-hour (kwh) in India, $0.032/kwh in Mexico, $0.024/kwh in Abu Dhabi, $0.029/kwh in Chile, and $0.039/kwh in the United States. In adding renewable energy to their grids, many countries are now holding public auctions whereby the lowest qualified bidders get the government contracts […]

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Cal on February 15th, 2017

Despite having only 20% of the world’s shale oil and gas resources, advantages in the US and Canada mean these countries will continue to dominate the market, according to a new Raymond James report. While abundant shale resources exist in several countries around the world, a variety of hurdles preclude their development, including technical know-how, regulatory barriers and […]

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Cal on February 11th, 2017

FuelCell Energy, a leading developer of hydrogen fuel cells, is constructing a new power plant in the US that will make use of the company’s fuel cell systems. Once operational, the plant is expected to supply electricity to 3,700 homes in the state of Connecticut. Renewable energy sources comprised nearly 90% of new electric power capacity added to Europe’s electricity […]

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Cal on February 8th, 2017

In our last post on Andrea Rossi’s E-Cat we wrote about the law suit between Rossi and Industrial Heat which was headed to the US courts. Industrial Heat paid an $11 million license fee to Rossi for use of his Energy Catalyzer or E-Cat and claimed the device did not work as advertised. Industrial Heat said […]

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Cal on December 19th, 2016

The city of New York’s Christmas holiday-light energy use has declined by about one-third from 2010, largely due to the switch to LEDs (light-emitting diodes).  This year, holiday lighting in the US city will add about 750 megawatts of load, down from about 1,150 MW in 2010. Investment Bank Goldman Sachs calls LEDs one of the fastest technology shifts […]

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Cal on December 6th, 2016

Here is oil observer Tom Whipple’s take on the OPEC agreement this past week to cut back crude oil production in an effort to raise world oil prices: The total cut by OPEC members is supposed to be 1.2 million barrels per day (b/d) to which a non-OPEC cut of 600,000 b/d, including Russia’s 300,000 b/d, […]

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Cal on December 3rd, 2016

Scientists from the UK’s University of Bristol have developed a lab-made nuclear diamond that can generate electricity and is made from radioactive waste. The diamond battery has an incredible lifetime, and will only be half used up by the year 7746.  As most people know, a severe downside of the nuclear fission process is the creation of dangerous radioactive waste, which […]

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Cal on November 28th, 2016

Switzerland voting in a referendum rejected a proposal to introduce a strict timetable for phasing out nuclear power. A majority of cantons (Swiss states) voted against the initiative with the latest reports showing the breakdown 55% to 45%. The plan would have meant closing three of Switzerland’s five nuclear plants next year, with the last shutting in […]

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