The Environmental Protection Agency is not sufficiently protecting the environment

Opinion by Michael Sivak The mission of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is to protect human health and the environment. However, as the EPA is getting ready to relax the future vehicle fuel economy standards, the time is right to consider whether, under the current administration, this agency’s mission is,... Details →


Perspective: Despite Solyndra’s death, the future of solar energy is sunny

by Steven Pleging, CEO/President of Quantum Solar Power Corp. I believe that the loss of industry players Solyndra, Evergreen, and SpectraWatt opens the market for more innovative solar companies to succeed with smarter tactics and mainstream products that fit into existing manufacturing models. Remember when the dot.com bubble burst in... Details →


Researchers castigate planning bodies for ill-conceived Jatropha programs

The results of massive plantings of Jatropha worldwide for use as a biofuel feedstock—some 12.8 million ha (49,421 square miles) are expected to be planted by 2015—are “anything but encouraging”, according to Promode Kant from the Institute of Green Economy in India and Shuirong Wu of the Chinese Academy of... Details →


Perspective by The Townsend Company Figure 1. Typical daily grid demand. Click to enlarge.“Why do you need energy storage on the grid, when the grid is full of power plants that generate all the energy that is needed?” It would seem like a good question to ask and applies the... Details →


Perspective: Europeans in the lead with range extenders for hybrid vehicles; 2nd vs. 3rd generation

by Dr. Peter Harrop, Chairman, IDTechEx We are in the decade of the hybrid electric vehicle despite the fact that most off-road and underwater vehicles are pure electric. That includes most forklifts, golf cars and mobility vehicles for the disabled Autonomous Underwater Vehicles (AUVs) and personal submarines. Indeed, most... Details →


Perspective by The Townsend Company RPS policies as of March 2011. Source: DSIRE. Click to enlarge. On May 25, 1961 President John F Kennedy, in a special joint session of Congress, declared, “I believe that this nation should commit itself to achieving the goal, before this decade is out, of... Details →


Perspective: Not all reductions in battery costs are found underneath the microscope

Perspective by The Townsend Company The one topic that all people involved in the electric vehicle industry agree on is that batteries cost too much. This has led to a wave of investment in material science developments by both governments and private investors alike over the past few years. Yet,... Details →


Perspective: Drive Star Conversion Program Could Cut US Oil Use in Half by 2020

Perspective by Felix Kramer, Founder, CalCars Reprinted by invitation from the CalCars website [Calling the recent weeks “one of the most emotionally difficult times for me as I’ve seen people with far more clout than I fail to make headway in changing the lackluster, dispiriting and immensely frustrating responses to... Details →


Perspective: Regional Greenhouse Gas Cap-and-Trade Programs May be the Solution

Perspective by Brian J. Donovan, CEO of Renergie, Inc. Reprinted with permission from The Donovan Law Group website INTRODUCTION Cap-and-trade was first tried on a significant scale twenty years ago under the first Bush administration as a way to address the problem of airborne sulfur dioxide pollution–widely known as acid... Details →


Perspective: The Role of Offsets in Climate Change Legislation

Perspective by Brian J. Donovan, CEO of Renergie, Inc. PDF version INTRODUCTION An offset is a measurable reduction, avoidance, or sequestration of GHG emissions from a source not covered by an emission reduction program. If a cap-and-trade program includes offsets, regulated entities have the opportunity to purchase the “emission credits”... Details →


Perspective: Government Leadership Needed for Electric Vehicles to Succeed

Perspective by Chris Hill, Manager, Central Fleet for the City of Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, and author of Hamilton’s Green Fleet Implementation Plan. [Mr. Hill is currently chair of the Ontario Chapter of NAFA Fleet Management Association, and a Green Party candidate for Canada’s Parliament in the next general election. The... Details →


Perspective: Toyota Prius Recall Is Only a Bump in the Road in the Move Toward Electrification

Perspective by Oliver Hazimeh, Director of the North American Automotive Practice and the Global e-Mobility Practice, PRTM [Management consultancy PRTM was a contributor to the “Electrification Roadmap” released in November 2009 by the Electrification Coalition. Earlier post.] The recall of Toyota’s Prius is causing some observers to question whether the... Details →


Perspective: Why Carbon Emissions Should Not Have Been the Focus of the UN Climate Change Summit and Why the 15th Conference of the Parties Should Have Focused on Technology Transfer

Perspective by Brian J. Donovan, CEO of Renergie, Inc. [Renergie was formed for the initial purpose of raising capital to develop, construct, own and operate a decentralized network of ten modular-designed small advanced biofuel manufacturing facilities (SABMFs) in the parishes of the State of Louisiana which were devastated by hurricanes... Details →


Perspective by Deron Lovaas, Federal Transportation Policy Director, Natural Resources Defense Council Oil is a strategic commodity second to none—it underlies the global economy and even the American way of life. Of course, other countries benefit from this fact, with about $900 million flowing out of the US to buy... Details →


Perspective: US Needs to Transition to Hydrous Ethanol as the Primary Renewable Transportation Fuel

by Brian J. Donovan, CEO Renergie, Inc. [This opinion piece originally appeared in the Field-to-Pump blog, published by Renergie, Inc.] Use of Hydrous Ethanol in Brazil The oil price shocks of the 1970s led the Brazilian government to address the strain high prices were placing on its fragile economy. Brazil,... Details →


by Bill Cooke The Saturn version of the two-mode plug-in hybrid at the Milford Proving Grounds. Click to enlarge. On 11 August, GM invited approximately 75 journalists and auto analysts to spend a day learning about the new GM. The day was split between a morning session at the GM... Details →


Perspective by Jeff H. Hassannia, Vice President, Business Development Diversified Energy Corporation The commercial viability of algae-based biofuels production is ultimately going to depend on economics. Regardless of whatever advances might come in terms of technological and biological breakthroughs, the fact remains that the commercial marketplace will not have an... Details →


Perspective: Shoddy Environmental Bookkeeping—Biofuels and Indirect Land Use Change

Perspective by Professor Bruce Dale, Michigan State University Until early last year, it was widely accepted that biofuels such as ethanol significantly reduce total greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions compared to gasoline. Then, a high-profile study using indirect land use change (ILUC) analysis suggested biofuels may have worse GHG performance than... Details →


Perspective: Indirect Land Use Change Analysis Is Not Life Cycle Analysis

Perspective by Professor Bruce Dale, Michigan State University I have worked for over 30 years to develop cellulosic biofuels, so I am not particularly interested in corn ethanol. I am, however, very interested in using life cycle analysis (LCA) to show how the environmental performance of biofuels can be improved.... Details →