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How Much Damage Can Donald Trump Do?

The ECOreport asks a former senior analyst with the DOE, how much damage Can Donald Trump Do?

By Roy L Hales

The fears seem especially strong across the renewable and environmental communities. David Suzuki writes that  “a bigoted, misogynistic, climate change denier has been elected to the highest office in what is still the world’s most powerful nation.”  Many fear that President-elect Donald Trump “is set to gut US environmental regulations, open up federal lands for fossil fuel extraction, and quit the Paris climate agreement.” Academics from many North American universities are copying information and data from U.S. government environmental websites before the new administration eradicates it. The next President’s personality “is certainly extreme by any standard.” How much damage can Donald Trump do to America?

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The Impending Biofuel Boom

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PMLux Research’s latest report predicts that “Global biofuels capacity will grow to 61 billion gallons per year (BGY) in 2018, up from 55.1 BGY in 2014.” It is a good read. I sent lead author Victor Oh a list of questions and these were his answers about the impending biofuel boom.

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California’s 9th Circuit Hears Appeal on Ivanpah

The Underlying Issue Is Freedom of Religion

By Roy L Hales & Robert Lundahl

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1In a remote corner of the Mojave Desert, 15 miles from Las Vegas, stands the expansive Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System. Occupying 5 square miles, the facility seems to swallow up a stunning expanse of desert including animals, plants and now, spiritual and cultural resources.

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The Growth Of US Renewables During 2014 As A Vindication

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1It has been 37 years since Dr Allan Hoffman gave President Jimmy Carter the plan that could have started America’s renewable revolution. The idea was shelved after Reagan was elected. Hoffman waited, as administration after administration ignored the potential, until Barack Obama was elected. The retired senior Department of Energy executive views the growth of US renewables during 2014 as a vindication of what he and his colleagues saw decades ago.

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The New Renewable is Recycled Energy Technologies

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1By 2016, twenty percent of the energy Xcel Energy is feeding into Colorado’s grid will have to come from renewables. The state’s Public Utilities Commission ruled that up to 20 MW per year of this can come from industrial facilities that convert waste heat to power. The new renewable is recycled energy technologies.

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Two Perspectives on Fracking

The ECOreport interviews an environmentalists & retired senior analyst witht he D.O.E. for two perspectives on fracking.

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PMInterviews with Dr Allan Hoffman, formerly a senior executive with the DOE, and Eoin Madden of the Wilderness Committee:  Two Perspectives on Fracking.
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The LPO, A Highly Successful Government Program Continues

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PMThe Loan Program Office’s (LPO) success rate is impressive by any standard. Given that it works with businesses that find it difficult to obtain bank loans, it is nothing short of phenomenal. Tesla, America’s rapid deployment of utilities scale PV solar and the first US produced battery packs are among the LPO’s success stories.
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Tracing the Story of US Wind Development With a DOE Map

By Roy L Hales

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A new Department of Energy map is a bit of an eye opener for those of us getting skeptical about the Golden State’s wind potential. According to an article in the  Wallstreet Journal, wind power makes sense in Texas, but not in California,  “which isn’t located in the ‘wind belt.’” That may be true, but guess where the technology first took root!
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Get the Politics out of Wind Energy!

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1Stanford University has just published a glowing report about how Wind Farms “can provide a surplus of reliable clean energy to society.” I almost posted it. It is important to publish information that does not fit your beliefs but, in this case, I decided to voice my skepticism instead.
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The Loan Programs Office’s Accomplishment

By Roy L Hales

Screen shot 2014-03-18 at 3.43.47 PMAmerica’s solar industry is celebrating its most stellar year. The amount of capacity number of installations have grown from a mere 45 MW, in 2003, to 4,751 MW in 2013. As Rhone Resch, President and CEO of Solar Energy Industrieys  Association (SEIA) puts it, solar energy is now mainstream. More than half of those installations was from ere utility scale solar projects that probably would not have come into being were not for the Department of Energy’s Loan Programs Office (LPO).
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