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While the OFFICE of President remains in highest regard at NewEnergyNews, this administration's position on climate change makes it impossible to regard THIS president with respect. Below is the NewEnergyNews theme song until 2020.

The challenge now: To make every day Earth Day.


  • FRIDAY WORLD HEADLINE-Al Gore On The Morality Of The Climate Fight
  • FRIDAY WORLD HEADLINE-Solar In Latin America Can Boom
  • FRIDAY WORLD HEADLINE-Scotland Buys Into Kite Wind
  • FRIDAY WORLD HEADLINE-Tesla Eyes The China EV Market


  • TTTA Thursday-What Does Exxon’s Carbon Tax Mean?
  • TTTA Thursday-The Rump Flails Factlessly At Wind
  • TTTA Thursday-New Energy To Get Bigger And Cheaper
  • TTTA Thursday-EVs To Be Cost-Competitive By 2025

  • ORIGINAL REPORTING: The Big Bonus From Plugging Cars In
  • ORIGINAL REPORTING: What About Nuclear?
  • ORIGINAL REPORTING: A Renewables Mandate To Beat The Peak

  • TODAY’S STUDY: Global New Energy Now
  • QUICK NEWS, June 20: What Power Mix Will Beat Climate Change (Part 1)?; What Power Mix Will Beat Climate Change (Part 2)?; New Energy Is NO Threat To U.S, Grid

  • TODAY’S STUDY: Why The U.S. Needs A Western Energy Market
  • QUICK NEWS, June 19: More Artists Join The Climate Fight; U.S. Power Just Hit 10% Wind And Solar; The Dangers Of Oil And Gas Drilling, Detailed

  • Weekend Video: Bill Maher Talks Jobs In Coal And The Real Problem
  • Weekend Video: A Farmer Defends WindPower
  • Weekend Video: The Secret To EV Success Is Charging Stations
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    Anne B. Butterfield of Daily Camera and Huffington Post, f is an occasional contributor to NewEnergyNews


    Some of Anne's contributions:

  • Another Tipping Point: US Coal Supply Decline So Real Even West Virginia Concurs (REPORT), November 26, 2013
  • SOLAR FOR ME BUT NOT FOR THEE ~ Xcel's Push to Undermine Rooftop Solar, September 20, 2013
  • NEW BILLS AND NEW BIRDS in Colorado's recent session, May 20, 2013
  • Lies, damned lies and politicians (October 8, 2012)
  • Colorado's Elegant Solution to Fracking (April 23, 2012)
  • Shale Gas: From Geologic Bubble to Economic Bubble (March 15, 2012)
  • Taken for granted no more (February 5, 2012)
  • The Republican clown car circus (January 6, 2012)
  • Twenty-Somethings of Colorado With Skin in the Game (November 22, 2011)
  • Occupy, Xcel, and the Mother of All Cliffs (October 31, 2011)
  • Boulder Can Own Its Power With Distributed Generation (June 7, 2011)
  • The Plunging Cost of Renewables and Boulder's Energy Future (April 19, 2011)
  • Paddling Down the River Denial (January 12, 2011)
  • The Fox (News) That Jumped the Shark (December 16, 2010)
  • Click here for an archive of Butterfield columns


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  • WEEKEND VIDEOS, June 24-25:

  • Al Franken Explains Climate Science To Secretary Perry
  • John Oliver On Coal Jobs Absurdishness
  • Coal King Sues John Oliver For Defamation

    Wednesday, March 19, 2008


    The North Sea meets the Atlantic Ocean at Scotland. The waves are intense – and generate a lot of energy. A wave energy technology that can endure the ocean’s battering, reliably harvest the energy and get it to the UK grid will turn Scotland into an energy-producing powerhouse.

    Scotland’s European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC) ocean energy testing center was installed to identify that technology. Testing is ongoing. Scotland also has an enormous tidal energy potential and there are competing technologies to harvest it as well. Wave energy is absorbed at the ocean’s surface and away from the coast. Tidal energy is more efficiently collected on the seabed, nearer shore.

    Both wave and tide energies are more predictable and consistent than other New Energies. The collecting devices (turbines, pistons, etc.) do not need to be huge like offshore oil platforms or offshore wind because moving water has a high energy density. Once thought too costly to collect, unprecedented world energy demand, skyrocketing energy prices and global climate change concerns about emissions-generating energies now make ocean energies an appealing option.

    Because no technology has proven itself, there is plenty of aggressive competition for Scotland’s resources. James Ives, CEO, startup Open Hydro: "This is an oil field that will never run out."

    Artist's concept of seabed-stationed tidal energy turbines, one of many unproven technologies. (click to enlarge)

    Scottish Power; Scotland wants to become a global force in marine energy – a market that could be worth billions
    Matthew Boyle, March 12, 2008 (Fortune via CNNMoney)

    European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC), Pelamis (funded by General Electric), Scottish Power

    - The wave and tidal energy potential of Scotland, especially its Orkney Islands, is valued at billions of dollars. Companies are experimenting with competing wave and tidal energy technologies to harvest the energy and reap the rewards.
    - EMEC is the first operating test facility for wave and tide energy.
    - Scottish Power will install 4 Pelamis units, one of the first commercial wave farms in the world.

    The Pelamis wave energy sea monster set for installation off the Orkneys. (click to enlarge)

    - Scotland is expected to be producing 1,300 megawatts of ocean energy by 2020.
    - GE invested $2.6 million in Pelamis in 2006.

    - The Orkney Islands sit at the meeting place of the North Sea and the Atlantic Ocean in the north of Scotland.
    - Pelamis is based in Edinburgh.
    - EMEC connects to Scotland’s grid via undersea cables.

    click to enlarge

    - Waves travel thousands of uninterrupted miles across the Atlantic before hitting the Orkney Island coasts.
    - Tidal flows are more than eight knots.
    - The EMEC floating laboratory cost $29.5 million.
    - The Scottish Power wave farm will have 4 460-foot long Pelamis units, each with a 750 kilowatt capacity.

    A different tidal energy concept. (click to enlarge)

    Colin McNaught, renewable-energy expert advisor to the Scottish government: "The [ocean energy] sector is still in its infancy…"


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