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Tuesday, December 20, 2005

Clean Energy Solutions Surrounding Clean Coal, Renewable Energy and Natural Gas Reports on Clean Energy Solutions Surrounding Clean Coal, Renewable Energy and Natural Gas
Clean Energy Alternatives Offer Viable Solutions for National Security, Increased Supply and Environmental Protection

POINT ROBERTS, Wash., December 20th, 2005 – (RES) and (NGS) investor and industry news portals for the renewable energy and natural gas sectors, report on a variety of Clean Energy solutions. The overall direction of the energy industry is moving towards safer and cleaner methods of producing electricity and improving manufacturing processes. Clean coal production has created a method for utilizing domestic supplies with less environmental risks. Puda Coal, Inc (OTCBB: PUDC), a producer of clean coking coal, works to improve the quality of steel while reducing the harmful environmental impacts of the process.

Tom Djokovich, CEO of solar photovolatics firm XsunX, Inc., (OTCBB: XSNX) states, “The growing concerns and costs for securing access to enough energy coupled with the long term costs in environmental and health damage may be the central most compelling reasons driving renewable and clean energy demand.” Stanford Ovshinsky, President, Chief Technology Officer and Co-Founder of Energy Conversion Devices, Inc. (NASDAQ: ENER) believes, “We can and must reduce our dependence on oil to reduce the potential for energy-related wars, inflation, and economic instability.”

Over the years natural gas has become a prominent source of energy in large part due to the fact that it burns much cleaner than other fossil fuels and has lower emissions than traditional coal or oil. Petrol Oil and Gas (OTCBB: POIG), a Coal Bed Methane (CBM) producer, utilizes progressive technology to address the risks associated with dewatering.
Report Excerpt: Embracing Clean Energy Solutions
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As the nation works towards meeting the growing energy demands while maintaining security, energy independence and environmental protection many industry participants are turning towards cleaner sources of energy. Some are looking at better ways of utilizing existing supplies of power producing material like coal and natural gas and others are embracing alternatives such as renewable energy technology. While the future landscape for the energy industry has yet to be determined it appears that a diversified portfolio of cleaner and safer means for the production of electricity is a realistic expectation.

As described by Jamie Wimberly, CEO of the Distributed Energy Financial Group LLC and Founder of the Distributed Energy Stock Index (DESI), “For the next three to five years, the major drivers toward the pursuit for cleaner sources of energy as an end unto itself would include, in this order: government policies and regulation, corporate strategies and customer preferences. For most customers, however, concerns over high prices and the reliability of supply are the drivers to seek alternative sources of energy or solutions.”

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Online Roundtable Discussion with Industry Experts on the Direction and Opportunities for the Renewable Energy Sector

Recent IPOs indicate an increased investor interest as the market provides viable solutions including solar technology, lighting and energy efficiency.

POINT ROBERTS, Wash., December 20th, 2005 – (RES) an investor and industry news portal for the renewable energy sector, presents an online roundtable discussion with Jamie Wimberly Managing Partner and CEO of the Distributed Energy Financial Group, LLC and the Distributed Energy Stock Index; Dr. Robert Wilder, CEO & Founder of Wildershares, LLC and Manager of the WilderHill Clean Energy Index and also David Schoenwald Founder, President and Director of the New Alternatives Fund (NALFX).

The success of IPOs in recent weeks within the renewable energy arena, such as Suntech Power Holdings Ltd and SunPower Corp, suggest an increased investor interest making the timing of this roundtable discussion appropriate. Overall, there are several factors helping to fuel the growth of the renewable energy market. As Jamie Wimberly explains, “The key drivers are in this order, customer needs, including reliability and the ability to manage energy costs, economics the offerings are becoming stronger and more affordable as they go down their cost curves and economies of scale and scope kick in and finally global demand with developing countries such as India and China having many opportunities and resources to pay for alternative solutions.” According to David Schoenwald, “The primary factor is the expectation of profitability and competitiveness of the various technologies, with legislation also being a big factor.”

The renewable energy arena is also benefiting from the integration of other technologies. As Dr. Robert Wilder describes, “Solar and wind are taking off with approximately 30-40% growth per year and they are integrating with other technologies. For example light emitting diodes LEDs are a crossover from semiconductors which I think is a disruptive technology that will overtake the prominence of incandescent bulbs which are little heaters. To switch to LEDs you’ll need much less air conditioning in buildings so you are compounding energy savings.”

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TO SIGN UP, click here. Disclaimer: Our sites do not make recommendations, but offer information portals to research news, articles, stock lists and recent research. Nothing on our sites should be construed as an offer or solicitation to buy or sell products or securities. We attempt to research thoroughly, but we offer no guarantees as to the accuracy of information presented. All information relating to featured companies is sourced from public documents and/ or the company and is not the opinion of our web sites. These sites are currently compensated for by its "featured companies." SmartCool Systems, Inc. (OTC.PK: SSCFF; TSXV: SSC) Three thousand dollars per month, plus 100,000 stock options. XSUNX Inc. (OTCBB: XSNX) Three thousand five hundred dollars per month and two thousand equivalent in one forty-four shares. Cyberlux, Inc. (OTCBB: CYBL) Three thousand dollars per month.

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Saturday, December 17, 2005

Renewable Energy Insights Open for Comments

Up until now I have been doing all the talking so I have opened up my blog to hear your comments on the renewable energy industry and the themes that I pursue through this medium. I am hoping to establish a forum for productive communication on this valuable and essential subject.

I look forward to hearing from you in the near future.

Monday, November 28, 2005

Diversifying Renewables

A viable energy source that is gaining momentum in the renewable/alternative energy arena is Biomass. To highlight this resource, Biomass is defined as plant matter such as trees, grasses, agricultural crops or other biological material that can be used as a solid fuel, or converted into liquid or gaseous forms, for the production of electric power, heat, chemicals, or fuels. This type of energy cn potentially mnimize greenhouse gases, a problem that has plagued fossil fuel production.

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Biomass Program is working to reduce the nation's dependence on foreign oil through the development of technology for conversion of biomass to valuable fuels, chemicals, materials and power. According to the DOE, it also provides the only renewable alternative for liquid transportation fuel. In addition to helping to establish energy independence, it is believed that the use of biomass helps to solidify rural economies, avoid use of highly toxic fuel additives, assist in the reduction of air and water pollution, and reduces greenhouse gas emissions. The DOE's Biomass Program has made the development of biorefineries a key priority.

The potential for biomass is undeniable as it can help protect the environment while contributing to the overall energy supply and preservation of domestic energy security; however it is but one piece of the puzzle. Solar, wind, and wave energy are others to be considered in the overall enery solution. I find that we hear more about a single technolgy than about a comprehensive and integrated solution that combines several viable renewable sources. As in the financial world, diversification is key to securing a long term and successful return on invesment. I look forward to presentations of portfolios that place bets on a variety of innovative technologues to help meet the growing energy demands and the drive for energy security.

Monday, November 07, 2005

World Energy Demands -The Future with Renewables

The International Energy Agency predicts in its 2005 World Energy Outlook that Global energy needs will grow by approximately 50 percent by 2030 with a continued rise in prices unless supply is increased substantially. The Agency also mentions that if countries put into place the action plan outlined by the G-8 Summit implementing more environment-friendly policies, the anticipated results should translate into a 25% lower demand for coal, a 27% growth in renewable energy sources and a 16% reduction in carbon dioxide emissions.

As renewable energy technology becomes more affordable as the price of equipment and components are reduced, this area of the energy arena continues to demand attention as a viable alternative solution to the growth and unmanageability of global energy demands. I am not sure that there can be a more obvious choice when the nation and the world has seen the vulnerability of current energy infrastructure with two hurricanes, terrorist attacks, the security risks of energy dependence, especially in areas hostile to the U.S., and the record high energy prices - all felt within 2005. This direction is anticipated to continue until solutions are implemented that steer consumption along a different path.

The world, however is changing as more consumers, corporations, politicians and even utilities are recognizing the value in energy independence, long term cost savings and protecting the environment. Developing countries such as China are representative of a global shift towards alternative energy sources and the implementation of a more diversified energy portfolio with the nation's recent announcement that it has raised its target for usage levels of renewable energy. While coal will remain China's primary source for electricity, renewable energy, with the recent 5% increase, will account for an estimated 15 percent of national consumption by 2020.

Monday, September 19, 2005

Katrina - A Harsh Reminder of Our Vulnerability

As the world tries to get their minds around the devastation that Katrina brought upon Louisiana, the message is loud and clear that we are extremely vulnerable and highly unprepared.

One of the significant problems faced in the aftermath of the hurricane was the areas' loss of power. The impact that this power loss had was overwhelming in many ways as it affected rescue attempts, made the supply of water and the removal of waste near impossible, cooling systems shut down, hospitals could not function and the list goes on.

In my opinion, whether it be a natural disaster, a terrorist attack or problems related to over usage or technical difficulties, we do not have the proper systems in place to handle power outages. Renewable energy technology, which uses resources that don't stop working during diasters or attacks, is the most logical solution we have to today's problems. Solar and wind power can be incorporated into our daily lives with little or no disruption and provide efficient and clean production of energy, which can be used as either a primary or back-up source of power.

The only positive that we can take from tragic events such as the destruction left by Hurricane Katrina, are the lessons we learn and the measures we take moving forward to improve our reaction and prepardness for any similar future events. I hope that as New Orleans rebuilds and the rest of the world absorbs the overall impact of this disaster that we become pro-active advocates of change, versus passive observers.

Sunday, August 21, 2005

Soaring Oil Prices Feul Renewables

Environmentalists have been explaining the benefits that alternative energy sources hold for the protection and renewal of the world around us, yet it has taken many years for consumers and legislators to take notice. What has changed? The attacks on 9-11 have definitely played a major role as fears of dependence on foreign oil and protection of domestic production and infrastructure has turned the heads of the government and the public towards renewable energy.

In addition, and possibly even more of a factor to the public's and government's attention towards renewables, is the hit we are taking to our pocketbooks with oil and gas prices soaring, and little sign of slowing in sight. On one hand I am pleased that alternative energy sources are becoming a mainstream option, however in part I am disappointed because the motivation behind it seems selfish. We fail to take serious notice when the environment is at risk, but when our budgets are in jeopardy, we finally wake up to the idea that there is another way. Beggars can't be choosers I suppose and whatever awakens the mass population to the efficiencies and other advantages of renewable energy should be welcomed.

In a recent article written by Betsy Blaney, Associated Press Writer - The Associated Press, "Oil prices motivating studies for renewable energy source ", the potential of manure is discussed as a viable source of energy. Biomass such as plant material and animal waste is an option for the production of energy that is gaining considerable attention from legislation, researchers and the public at large.

In today's environment of rising prices, options for using what is readily available on local soil is fast becoming the popular choice. Well stated by Donald L. Klass, director of Biomass Energy Research Association in Washington, "Anything that's renewable and is at least competitive with other prices, is better for everybody."

Tuesday, July 26, 2005

Energy Bill Moves Forward, Leaving Much Behind.

As U.S. politicians finalized changes for a compromised version of the energy bill that had passed the Senate, key positive aspects of the bill have been removed, much to my disappointment. The revised bill is more supportive of the production of fossil fuel production than its predecessor in its elimination of the plan to have 10 percent of U.S. electricity generated by renewable sources by 2020, as well as the proposed reduction of U.S. oil consumption by 1 million barrels per day. Ethanol use, which was pushed upwards in the Senate bill to expectations for production levels of 8 billion gallons, was reduced to 7.5 billion gallons in the new bill. I am disappointed to say the least, coming down from the highs I was feeling after the the Senate's version was passed that put renewables in the spotlight as a viable energy alternative and potential solution to the nation's energy prices, need for resource independence and the overall protection of our environment. I believe that Democratic Senator Byron Dorgan of North Dakota said it best is his statement, "We have a relentless addiction to oil. We need to address it."

Thursday, July 21, 2005

Breaking Old Habits

I recently read a piece on how the renewable community is praising efforts by General Electric for their focus and investment towards a 'Green' future and how the opposite attention has been granted to Exxon for their $100 million commitment to alternative energy research. GE has earned their reaction as a company who has worked consistently towards improving the quality of life for consumers, so it is a short jump to the renewable energy arena for them in the minds of the 'average Joe’. Exxon, whose recent actions indicate that they are certainly contributing to a healthier future, appears to be having a tougher time gaining the trust of environmentalists. While I am not convinced that a leopard can change its spots, I do believe that every little bit helps; especially when that 'little bit' translates into millions of dollars towards research for the development of alternative solutions to meet the increasing energy demands. Coming down hard on fossil fuel companies when they are not participating in the alternative energy cause is one thing, but faulting them when they DO participate seems illogical and counterproductive.

Thursday, June 09, 2005

Solar's Rise Leads Industry Into Silicon Shortages

After fighting for credibility, investor and consumer attention, environmental protection, and overall market growth, the solar industry faces another battle as it deals with the ongoing shortage of silicon. Solar is on the rise seeing an increase in demand last year for new installations between 25-30%. The majority of the recent boom in solar technology has taken place internationally, with German and Japan leading the charge with a combined rate of 69% of worlwide installations in 2004 with the United States coming in at 9%.

So where's the problem? The problem is in the lack of the industry's key ingredient -Silicon. The majority of today's solar PV market uses silicon as the base material but silicon is a shared material. Itis utilized by both the computer and the solar industry, with resulting supply constraints from shortages in the amount of sand and quartz being converted into silicon, forcing prices to continue to rise and supplies to run short. Compounding the problem is solar's use of second quality silicon, basically using what the computer industry rejects, therefore solar PV manufacturing is reliant upon another industry's waste stream. According to SolarBuzz, despite a 62% increase worlwide in installations during 2004, the worldwide supply position for silicon feedstock is insufficient to meet anticipated levels of demand.

Unfortunately for the industry, Solar PV companies have little choice but to wait out the current shortages and hope that silicon manufacturers expand their capacities sooner rather than later. Another potential solution is in the development and marketability of non-silicon based solar cells, bypassing the silicon dependencey altogether. One thing is for sure, the solar industry cannot continue along its current path, changes in either the process or supply stream need to evolve to meet the demands of this growing market to ensure that the solar industry's future remains bright.

Thursday, May 12, 2005

Big Names, Even Bigger Promises

Have giant corporations developed a conscience? Has social responsibility and environmental awareness replaced the priorities of profits and growth for major industry players? Let’s not get ahead of ourselves here. There is good news however, as it appears that big business may finally be on the right track.

Two examples of this potential shift in corporate thinking are Ford and General Electric. In a recent article by Clint Wilder, Contributing Editor of Clean Edge Inc., a San Francisco based research and consulting firm, Is Ford Finally Coming Clean on Hybrids?, he recaps Ford’s message at the Lifestyles of Health and Sustainability (LOHAS) conference in Los Angeles. At the conference, Ford’s proclamation on being environmentally responsible was backed by figures for ramped up production of their hybrid and low emission vehicles. According to Mr. Wilder, “Ford plans to significantly ramp up Escape hybrid production from this year’s 20,000 units, with four more hybrid models coming in the next three years -- the Mercury Mariner, Mazda Tribute, Ford Fusion, and Mercury Milan. And it has a 100,000-unit production target for the partial-zero emissions (PZEV) Ford Focus.”

General Electric is also doing their part for the environment. In an article Seeing the light - Corporations drawn to socially responsible dollars by Thomas Kostigen, MarketWatch, G.E. plans to increase its investment in environmentally friendly technologies to $1.5 billion by 2010, which is double their current level. Is this all for the good of mankind? Not exactly, it of course has to make sense financially otherwise the practicality of a shift in corporate thinking is unlikely. Fortunately it appears that there is money in supporting the environment, as Kostigen reports, G.E. hopes to earn approximately $20 billion in sales by 2010 in environmentally cleaner products.

It would appear that going green has become trendy and with trends comes big smiles on the faces of corporate leaders, let’s just hope it doesn’t go out of style.

Monday, May 02, 2005

Reacting To The Push For Nuclear

As President Bush pushes for the development of nuclear reactors in the United States to help establish energy independence, many industry professionals remain uncertain. Costs of construction, an unattractive financial history, lack of a solution for nuclear waste, and the risk of nuclear accidents has many in doubt about the viability of the resurgence of the nuclear energy market. It does appear clear that if this industry is to get moving once again then it would need government assistance, which according to some should be in the form of risk insurance, financial aid and loan guarantees to help companies get through the lengthy and complicated building process.

The President's proposal has environmental groups on both sides of the nuclear argument up in arms. James Lovelock, one of the world's most prominent environmentalists, believes that the world is more threatened by risks brought about from global warming than the risks posed by nuclear power plants. While Lovelock would prefer to see renewable energy technologies such as wind and solar power take over, these cannot produce enough energy at this point in time to be realistic alternatives. Nuclear energy, according to Lovelock, is the best alternative to global warming problems caused by burning fuels such as coal and oil.

On the flip side, environmentalists such as Dave Kraft, a founding member of the Nuclear Energy Information Service, raises the point that current nuclear facilities are not able to effectively deal with exisiting threats associated with nuclear energy production. If threats still exist today, then it is difficult to have confidence that new entrants to this industry will be able to protect society from the risks associated with nuclear energy. Kraft cites plant safety violations, which range from accidental discharge of radioactive gas, to the Department of Energy's issuance of operating permits in spite of obvious structural deterioration, as current examples of the industry's inability to deal with nuclear production problems. To read more about both sides of this argument:
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Thursday, April 28, 2005

A Big Moment for Small Business

The President spoke yesterday at the Small Business Administration's National Small Business Week's Conference and spent considerable time discussing the country's focus on reducing U.S. dependence on foreign energy. The President discussed the importance of technology in the creation and development of alternative energy sources such as hydrogen, ethanol, wind and solar; development of which will help to lead us away from our current fossil feul path. While he acknowledges the need to steer away from fossil fuels, he also reminded the audience of his request for $2 billion from congress over 10 years for his coal initiative, and his hope for oil and natural gas exploration in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. It is clear that we need to become energy independent, but in doing so we must ensure that the domestic landscape does not suffer as a result.

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Monday, April 25, 2005

U.S. Energy Bill Has Many Fuming

What better way to start this blog than with a discussion of the U.S. energy bill, which was recently approved by a vote in the House of Representatives 249-193. Three key issues stand out from this bill and have groups all over the United States involved in heated discussions.

Conservation groups are up in arms with the proposed authorization to allow oil drilling along the coastal plain of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. If the bill passes with this in place it would reverse the set of protections initiated in 1991 by George H.W. Bush and lift the moratorium on new ocean drilling which had been extended in 1998 by President Clinton through to 2012.

At a time when oil and gas companies are earning record profits, the U.S. energy bill grants producers of oil, gas, nuclear, coal and electric utilities approximately $8 billion in tax breaks and financial incentives.

The third controversial element of the bill is seen in the proposed protection for the makers of methyl tertiary-butly ether (MTBE) from lawsuits associated with water contamination leaving thousands of communities with MTBE contamination problems without recourse.

Whether or not the U.S. energy bill and its controversial provisions will pass Senate is yet to be seen, but if the uproar it has caused so far is any indication, I'd say significant revisions are forthcoming.

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