Archive for December, 2007

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission issued the first hydrokinetic energy project permit to Finavera Renewables Ocean Energy Ltd. for a 1MW project off the coast of Washington that will employ aquabouys to generate electricity.

It appears that the jurisdictional dispute described in an earlier post has been resolved. This blog entry contains a link to a statement on wave energy by the Surfrider Foundation.

If done in a mindful manner, wave energy can produce electricity in a much cleaner manner than fossil fuels. I know the proper way to harness wave energy though:



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The European Commission has released the results of its internet public consultation “Capturing and storing CO2 underground–should we be concerned?” The survey, conducted in spring 2007, found some major concerns regarding carbon capture and storage (CCS) among Europeans. Around 90% of respondents were concerned that injected CO2 might not stay underground, 58% had concerns with CCS taking support away from renewable energy and energy efficiency, 71% believe CCS will be a bridging technology while other forms of energy are developed, and about 49% were concerned about liability issues. Most respondents stated that they were willing to pay more to have CO2 sequestered.

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FutureGen is a project to build a coal gasification plant to generate electricity and hydrogen. The plant will capture and sequester CO2 in geologic formations. The project is funded primarily by the US Department of Energy, with some funds coming from commercial partners. The budget was initially set at around $1 billion, but is currently estimated to be $1.8 billion.

The FutureGen Alliance (the commercial partners) announced that it has chosen the Mattoon, Illinois site for the project. The Department of Energy, however, issued a press release announcing that a reassessment and restructuring of the FutureGen is in order. The press release states:

DOE has not yet issued the Record of Decision (RoD), which is required to enable a final siting determination. DOE believes that the public interest mandates that FutureGen deliver the greatest possible technological benefits in the most cost-efficient manner. This will require restructuring FutureGen to maximize the role of private sector innovation, facilitate the most productive public-private partnership, and prevent further cost escalation.

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