Offshore wind farms drawing electricity from grid to keep turning in icy conditions

Energy firm confirms wind turbines need to draw electricity from grid at times, but point out that all power stations use electricity as well as generating it

Gordon Rayner The Telegraph [UK] 31 Dec 2014

Offshore wind farms are drawing power from the National Grid to keep turning and prevent them icing up in subzero […]

‘Green’ energy for hedge funders

Christopher Warfel Letters to the Editor The Providence Journal 2/4/2013

I was recently elected to the Town Council of Block Island. My nearly 30 years of professional work has been in conventional- and renewable-energy production and use. My master’s thesis involved the application of wind technology to produce drinking water by desalination.

I have worked […]

A123 Seeks Lobbying Firm to Secure $256 Million Sale

The Washington Free Beacon 1/2/2013

The bankrupt electric car battery manufacturer A123 Systems Inc. is looking to hire a lobbying firm to protect the company’s sale to China’s Wanxiang Group, according to Dow Jones…

…A123 Systems filed for bankruptcy in October after receiving $133 million of a nearly $250 million grant from the federal government. […]

More than 1,000 new coal plants planned worldwide, figures show

World Resources Institute identifies 1,200 coal plants in planning across 59 countries, with about three-quarters in China and India

Damian Carrington The Guardian [UK] 19 November 2012

More than 1,000 coal-fired power plants are being planned worldwide, new research has revealed.

The huge planned expansion comes despite warnings from politicians, scientists and campaigners that the […]

Solyndra Not Dealing With Toxic Waste At Milpitas Facility

CBS News San Francisco 4/28/2012

MILPITAS (CBS 5) — Three months ago, CBS 5 caught Solyndra tossing millions of dollars worth of brand new glass tubes used to make solar panels. Now the bankrupt solar firm, once touted as a symbol of green technology, may be trying to abandon toxic waste.

It’s a tedious process. […]

Chu to Congress: We’re not interested in lowering gas prices

Ed Morrissey 2/29/2012

Hey, at least Energy Secretary Stephen Chu gave an honest answer. When asked by Rep. Alan Nunnelee whether the Obama administration wants to work to get gas prices to come back down, Chu replied that they’re not focusing on that — and that higher gas prices mean more of a push […]