Shell Funds Energy Land Reclaimation Study

14 Oct

On of the key issues facing the environment today is venture capital and funding support from large corporations. Oil Obit Energy News is interested in following the money and we will report on developments in the sector.

Recently, we learned that Shell is providing a $950,000 grant to enable Colorado State University (CSU) researchers to study how best to re-vegetate lands disturbed by energy development. According to Colorado Energy News:

The work will take place on one of Shell’s three federal research, development and demonstration oil shale leases in Rio Blanco County. The lessons will be applicable not just to possible commercial oil shale development, but also to the natural gas development frenzy that already is occurring in northwest Colorado.

Shell’s funding is generating positive comments, including that of Mark Paschke, a CSU associate professor of restoration ecology and a principal researcher on the project. “I think Shell has really stepped up to the plate here,” he commented. << Colorado Energy News >>

Sixth Annual Energy Technology Conference

14 Oct

Ardour Capital Investments, LLC and Baker & McKenzie LLP are hosting a energy technology conference on October 16, 2008, at the Baker & McKenzie Conference Center (New York). The following is their press release concerning the event:

Ardour Capital Investments, LLC, a leading research and investment bank focused on Energy Technology / Alternative Energy & Power / Clean & Renewable Technologies in conjunction with global law firm Baker & McKenzie LLP, announce the 6th Annual Energy Technology Conference to be held on Thursday October 16th, 2008. Thirteen companies in the sector will present to some of the largest investors in the space. Keynote addresses will be given Dr. Rohit T. Aggarwala- Director of The Office of Long-term Planning and Sustainability for New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Carol Battershell, Senior Advisor- U.S. Department of Energy, Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy.

New York, NY (Vocus/PRWEB ) October 13, 2008 — As leaders in their respective fields, Ardour’s Energy Technology Banking Group and Baker & McKenzie’s energy practice, have created a venue where key players in the alternative energy marketplace converge to discuss trends, explore opportunities, and forge relationships. Expect a lively discussion on the current issues facing the energy technology space, including the recently extended ITC/PTC subsidies; continued commercial developments of the presenting companies; and the impact on the sector of the upcoming Presidential election.

Companies scheduled to attend, speak and be available for one-on-one sessions include:

  • American Superconductor Corp. (AMSC)
  • Capstone Turbine Corp. (CPST)
  • Colorep (Private)
  • Comverge, Inc. (COMV)
  • FuelCell Energy, Inc. (FCEL)
  • Metabolix, Inc. (MBLX)
  • Open Energy Corp. (OEGY)
  • Plambeck Neue Energien (PNE3.DE)
  • Quantum Fuel Systems Technologies (QTWW)
  • Satcon Technology Corp. (SATC)
  • Spire Corp. (SPIR)
  • Ultralife Corp. (ULBI)
  • Zenergy Power Plc (ZEN.L)

Admission is by invitation only, so please register soon as space is limited. For more information or to register for the conference please contact Brian Greenstein at (212) 375-2956.

Ardour Capital Investments, LLC is a full service, FINRA registered investment bank and securities research firm focused on energy technology since 2002. Ardour provides a wide range of financial services for both public and private companies, including road shows, private placements and equity offerings.

Baker & McKenzie’s Alternative Energy & Technology Group advises a broad range of alternative energy industry participants, including private developers (public and private companies, utility subsidiaries, and others), electric utilities, municipalities, natural gas companies, construction and equipment suppliers, lenders, equity investors and power marketers in relation to all phases of activity involved in alternative energy related projects. << CONFERENCE DETAILS HERE >>

Oil Obit – Building the Coffin

05 Oct

Will McCain or Obama help us write the obituary for our dependence on foreign oil? Both are proposing they will.

John McCain
“Elimination of our dependence on foreign oil is a fundamental key to us restoring our economy, creating millions of jobs and also ensuring that America is secure and not dependent on oil from people like Hugo Chavez or other parts of the Middle East, which as we know, could be destabilized under certain sets of circumstances,” John McCain said during a campaign stop in Iowa. McCain adamantly supports lifting the ban on drilling on the Outer Continental Shelf and he wants to give the decision making power to the states; each state should decide if they want to allow drilling off their shores according to McCain.

Barack Obama is less clear on the offshore oil drilling issue in my opinion. He says he wants to allow it but  isn’t making a clear commitment for it. He repeatedly claims offshore oil drilling won’t help lower gas prices for years, which is a weak argument – no new energy alternative will quickly lower gas prices either. And, lowering gas prices isn’t the issue; decreasing demand is and the higher price of gas lowers demand. We all know that decreasing gas prices increases demand and the popularity of gas-guzzling SUVs during the past two decades is a clear indication of this fact. Obama also states he wants any offshore drilling to be part of a comprehensive energy plan. Clearly, we all want a comprehensive energy plan that includes alternative energy supplies.

To lower our demand on foreign oil supplies, McCain is proposing a $5,000 tax credit for each citizen that buys a zero emissions car. Obama is setting a goal of one million plug-in hybrid cars to be on the road by 2015. Obama also wants to offer tax credits to automobile manufacturers to retool their plants to produce fuel-efficient cars; he is proposing tax credits of up to $7,000 to consumers who buy them.

With respect to nuclear energy, McCain is clear; he has proposed building 45 nuclear plants by 2030 and ultimately, 100 new plants. Once again, Obama isn’t as clear on this issue either – he says the country should explore nuclear energy as part of the energy mix, but has expressed concerns about the storage of nuclear waste. We are, and have been for decades, concerned about the storage of nuclear waste. What’s Obama’s proposed solution for nuclear waste storage? Or McCains?

Links to Energy Careers and Jobs

02 Oct

Resources for careers in energy and energy-related job listings.

Career Information

Association of Energy Engineers

A source for information on the dynamic field of energy efficiency, utility
deregulation, facility management, plant engineering, and environmental compliance.

Careers in Hydrogen and Fuel Cells

Lists resources that discuss the kinds of education and skills, both technical
and non-technical, that will be in demand in this new and exciting field.

Careers in Renewable Energy

A U.S. Department of Energy fact sheet that gives an overview of the career
opportunities in the renewable energy field.

DOE Career Opportunities

Features information about career opportunities at the U.S. Department of
Energy and its laboratories.

Engineering: Go For It!

Magazine style guide ($4.00) that opens up the world of engineering careers to high school students.

Environmental Career Center

Helps people work for the environment through comprehensive environmental
and natural resources job listings, career news, inside tips and advice, employer
interviews, and career research reports.

The Environmental Careers Organization

Features information on its career services and educational resources to help
the next generation of environmental professionals.

Junior Engineering Technical Society

Provides programs and resources for high school students interested in engineering
careers.

Occupational Outlook Handbook

A key word search using “energy” will locate information on career opportunities
in energy.

The Solar Energy Institute

Offers a one-week summer program in Arizona that gives high school students
the opportunity to learn about the solar energy field through lectures, tours,
and hands-on research.

Welcome to the World of Engineering!

A guide from the American Society for Engineering Education for high school
students interested in engineering and engineering technology careers.

Wisconsin K-12 Energy Education Program: Energy Careers

Features links to information on energy careers, energy education programs,
and employers in the energy industry.

Job Listings

American Wind Energy Association: Wind Energy Career Center

Provides links to employers in the wind energy industry.

Centre for Alternative Technology

Posts vacancies of European companies in the renewable/sustainable development
sector.

DOE Jobs Database

Features a searchable database of available jobs at the U.S. Department of
Energy, as well as an automated job application system.

Energy Jobs Listings

A list of energy-related employers in the Northwest from the Energy Ideas
Clearinghouse.

environmentjob.co.uk

Features listings of renewable energy and energy efficiency jobs and volunteer
opportunities in the United Kingdom.

Fuel Cells 2000: Employment Resources

Lists fuel cell companies and helps match qualified job seekers with fuel
cell companies.

Green Energy Jobs

A listing of jobs in the renewable energy industry.

Hydro Research Foundation: Job Postings

Posts job listings in the hydropower industry.

National Society of Professional Engineers: Energy Job Board

Features job listings, online resume posting, career tips, mentoring programs,
continuing education opportunities, and resources for high school and college
students.

National Energy Technology Laboratory Careers and Fellowships

Provides information on position vacancies and research opportunities at the
Lab.

National Renewable Energy Laboratory: Employment

Features current job openings at the Lab.

PowerPlantPro

Posts jobs listings for power industry professionals.

If you would like to add to our listing, please use our “Contact Us” form here.

Bottom Line “Green” Strategies for Businesses

19 Sep

Everyday business owners and managers are meeting to discuss operating expenses and profits. But how often do you see “Green Strategies” as a line item on the agenda? Not often enough but more often now than in the past for a good reason; green business strategies increase profitability.

When a business implements green strategies they reduce waste, increase efficiency and lower their operating costs. Not only do you help improve the environment, you profit by doing so. Where do you start?

There are a significant amount of resources available from organizations, companies and government agencies.

Industrial Technologies Program (ITP): Leads national efforts to improve industrial energy efficiency and environmental performance. ITP is part of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy and contributes to its efforts by partnering with U.S. industry in a coordinated program of research and development, validation, and dissemination of energy efficiency technologies and operating practices. There is a wealth of information available on their website including additional details concerning the Industrial Assessment Centers (more info below).

Industrial Assessment Centers: The Industrial Assessment Centers (IACs), sponsored by EERE’s Industrial Technologies Program, provide eligible small- and medium-sized manufacturers with no-cost energy assessments. Additionally, the IACs serve as a training ground for the next-generation of energy savvy engineers. Manufacturers can request an energy audit from IACS. A team of energy specialists will visit your facility, perform an energy audit and help you identify projects that conserve energy and reduce waste.

Database of State Incentives for Renewables & Efficiency (DSIRE): DSIRE is a comprehensive source of information on state, local, utility, and federal incentives that promote renewable energy and energy efficiency. Established in 1995, DSIRE is an ongoing project of the North Carolina Solar Center and the Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC) funded by the U.S. Department of Energy.

EDITOR’S NOTE: I have conducted dozens of environmental audits in North Carolina. The state does a fabulous job providing information to businesses, consultants and the public. If you can’t find what you need on their website, give them a call – they are very helpful.

Monterey Bay Area Green Business Program: Partnership of environmental agencies, utilities and nonprofit organizations that assist, recognize and promote businesses and government agencies that volunteer to operate in a more environmentally responsible way. To be certified “green,” participants must be in compliance with all regulations and meet program standards for conserving resources, preventing pollution and minimizing waste; all of which result in lowering costs and increasing profits. The program was initially developed by local governments in the San Francisco Bay Area in collaboration with US EPA, Cal EPA Department of Toxic Substances Control and the business community. Although the program is focused on the Northern California area, they offer a variety of business resources you can use to reduce waste including “Green Business Checklists” such as the following for:

Buying Green Power in Your State – Green Power Network: The U.S. Department of Energy’s Green Power Network provides news and information on green power markets and related activities. This site provides state-by-state information on Green Power Marketing in Competitive Electricity Markets and Utility Green Pricing Programs. In addition, the site lists marketers of Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs) (also known as green tags or tradable renewable certificates), which represent the environmental attributes of the power produced from a renewable energy project. Whether or not consumers have access to green power through their local utility or a competitive electricity marketer, consumers can purchase RECs without having to switch electricity suppliers.

Wind Powering America: The U.S. Department of Energy’s Wind Powering America site provides state-by-state wind project information, including validated wind maps, anemometer loan programs, small wind guides, legislative briefings, wind working groups, and state-specific news.

Profitable Green Solutions: More and more focus is being placed on total carbon emissions; your carbon “footprint” so to speak. First, you must accurately measure your carbon emissions using global standards. There are numerous ways to measure and subsequently reduce carbon emissions that result in cost-savings. Profitable Green Solutions, a private consulting firm, solicites new business by offering free carbon audits.

Oil Obit Energy Environment

21 Aug

Oil Obit – help us write the obituary for our dependence on foreign energy supplies. Here you will find hard-core, high-level information pertaining to energy alternatives, renewable energy, solar, wind, geothermal and related solutions. You can also follow the money – venture capital, mergers and acquisitions in the energy and environmental fields.

Feel free to register and leave your comments, papers and topics for discussion.

ACEEE Champion of Energy Efficiency Awards

20 Aug

Oil Obit News: ACEEE PR/Washington, D.C.—Pacific Grove, California (August 20, 2008): The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) presented four Champion of Energy Efficiency Awards at its biennial conference, the Summer Study on Energy Efficiency in Buildings. These awards recognize leadership and accomplishment in the energy efficiency field. Winners are selected based on demonstrated excellence in program implementation, research and development, energy policy, or private sector initiatives. The winners for 2008 are:

Philips for leading the way toward replacement of conventional incandescent lamps in the U.S. market. Philips initiated efforts to set incandescent lamp efficiency standards in the U.S. and played a pivotal role in working with the rest of the lighting industry, energy efficiency advocates, and Congress to negotiate the lamp standard provision that was enacted as part of the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007. This provision promises to be one of the most important energy efficiency appliance standards enacted in the past quarter century based on ACEEE’s analysis.

Dian Grueneich
for outstanding career-long leadership in the energy efficiency field, and innovation in utility regulation. Ms. Grueneich played an important role as a leader in the movement for energy efficiency policies and regulations in California. For the past three years, she has served on the California Public Utilities Commission overseeing the implementation of some of the most aggressive and successful utility energy efficiency programs in the world. She has played a major role in helping to develop incentives that reward utilities for meeting energy-saving goals, pushing for good evaluation to document program savings, and advocating for strong energy efficiency efforts as part of California’s climate change action plans.

ENE (Environment Northeast) for shepherding policies that engage stakeholders, substantially increase energy efficiency investments, and institutionalize support for energy efficiency throughout New England. Environment Northeast has played a pivotal role for over a decade in advocating for energy efficiency policies and regulations in New England, including an important role in seeking the inclusion of energy efficiency in the plans for the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) agreement.

Austin Energy, Roger Duncan, General Manager,
for decades of leadership in energy efficiency and sustainable energy policies and programs that serve as models for utility innovation. Over the past two decades, Austin Energy has played a leadership role in delivering efficiency and sustainable energy programs to their customers. During this time, Mr. Duncan has advocated for and overseen the implementation of these efforts, recently assuming the role of general manager. Austin Energy and Mr. Duncan have not been content to just serve their customers’ needs, but have advocated for sustainable energy policies nationally within both the public power community and in the broader utility community as well.

These winners were nominated by their peers, and selected by a committee of ACEEE’s Board of Directors from an impressive pool of more than 75 nominations. Selection criteria were based on each nominee’s impact, innovation, and leadership in the energy efficiency field.

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