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Market risks are seen in energy innovations

"I think we have other Solyndras out there," said Representative Cliff Stearns, a Florida Republican and chairman of the oversight and investigations committee of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, which held the hearing on Solyndra. "The government should not be picking winners and losers - that's what they're doing with Nissan, Tesla and Fisker," he said in an interview.
16 Sep 2011

Iowa wind energy storage project scrapped

Iowa Stored Energy Park Agency director Bob Schulte said that geology tests found the storage reservoir wasn't suitable for the scale of project officials envisioned. Essentially, the quality of the storage rock, which would have been sandstone, wasn't as good as officials were looking for.
29 Jul 2011

Iowa wind energy storage project scrapped

Iowa Stored Energy Park Agency director Bob Schulte said that geology tests found the storage reservoir wasn't suitable for the scale of project officials envisioned. Essentially, the quality of the storage rock, which would have been sandstone, wasn't as good as officials were looking for.
29 Jul 2011

Opportunity has power industry scrambling

Plugged into a socket, an electric car can draw as much power as a small house. The surge in demand could knock out power to a home, or even a neighborhood. That has utilities in parts of California, Texas and North Carolina scrambling to upgrade transformers and other equipment in neighborhoods where the Nissan Leaf and Chevrolet Volt are expected to be in high demand.
22 Nov 2010

University of Maine adviser: Small wind turbines not economically viable solution

Calculations by LaBrecque and his team of students found a typical $16,500 windmill only produces between 200 and 500 kilowatt hours of electricity per year - not enough to keep a 100-watt light bulb running for a year. This amounts to a $30 to $80 cost savings per year - meaning the windmill, if saving $80 a year, would pay for itself only after 206 years.
7 Oct 2010

University of Maine adviser: Small wind turbines not economically viable solution

Calculations by LaBrecque and his team of students found a typical $16,500 windmill only produces between 200 and 500 kilowatt hours of electricity per year - not enough to keep a 100-watt light bulb running for a year. This amounts to a $30 to $80 cost savings per year - meaning the windmill, if saving $80 a year, would pay for itself only after 206 years.
7 Oct 2010

Board votes against Dennis turbine

The 3-1 vote reversed last month's decision by a Dennis committee of the historic district to allow the 164-foot-tall wind turbine at a shellfish hatchery operated by the Aquaculture Research Corp. in Dennis. ..."It's in a sensitive wetland area."
29 Sep 2010

The challenge of storing energy on a large scale

"Well-meaning voters and legislators come up with things like 33 percent renewables in California by 2020," said Maurice Gunderson, senior partner at the venture capital firm CMEA Capital in San Francisco. "Well, it sounds like a good idea, but you really have to be a utility geek to get into the details and realize that it simply cannot be done without storage." Mike Gravely, an energy research manager at the California Energy Commission, agreed.
29 Sep 2010

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