Monthly Archives: April 2013

Renewables Subsidies Decline in Europe, But Share Increases Anyway

Here is another report on the trends for renewable power in Europe, where once generous subsidies are being cut back.  Critics of American energy policy have often pointed to the European model as the best means to facilitate the transition … Continue reading

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Renewables Winning on Cost, Need Infrastructure Support

According to this interesting Bloomberg piece, energy production from renewable energy sources is expected to grow worldwide by 69-74% through 2030, despite the decline in investment in renewables since 2011.  This is largely due to the fact that renewable sources … Continue reading

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UN Report: Infrastructure Fosters Not Only Growth, But Also Sustainability

The latest contribution to the debate over the value of infrastructure spending comes from the United Nations Environment Program, which noted in a report this week that infrastructure spending, especially in cities, where most resources are consumed, can not only … Continue reading

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Administration Infrastructure Proposal Lacks Source of Funds Info

This article outlines some of the policy and process recommendations in the Obama Administration’s 2014 budget proposal, including streamlining some of the procedures involved in obtaining federal approval for projects, but notes the budget proposal lacks much information about where … Continue reading

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Debate Over Quality of Current Infrastructure Misses the Point

Since the American Society of Civil Engineers released it most recent quadrennial report card on the quality of American physical infrastructure last month, a debate has continued between advocates for greater government infrastructure spending and those skeptical of the alarmist … Continue reading

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Time for a New Deal for Infrastructure: how about the InfraBank?

The Huffington Post has published a good argument on the various side benefits of a new program to invest in American infrastructure, arguments outlined elsewhere on this website, as well. The article makes the case for a new approach, a … Continue reading

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Illustration of the Cleantech Boom-Bust Cycle

This interesting piece offers a comparison of venture capital in cleantech versus previous vc experience in early internet technology.  The drop in cleantech investment over the past two years is also put into a longer term perspective.  In short, VC … Continue reading

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Hyperbole Doesn’t Help

Following release of the latest American Society of Civil Engineers Report, which graded American infrastructure in the low “C’s” and “D’s”, there has been a debate over whether the ASCE overstated the case for improving America’s infrastructure.  Some argue that … Continue reading

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Apple Powered by 75% Renewable Energy

Between the solar panels which power its California headquarters and the Hydrogen fuel cells which power its North Carolina data centers, Apple, Inc. currently gets 75% of its power from renewable fuels, as this article makes clear.  Apparently a key … Continue reading

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Integrated, All-Renewable Power Grid in Berlin

As this article makes clear, it is possible to generate power exclusively from renewable sources, with excess power stored as Hydrogen and used to generate electricity when renewable sources are not available.  The technology will no doubt become more efficient … Continue reading

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