Wednesday, April 26, 2006

Greener Miles

Greener Miles

Ford (F) is offering Ford owners a new way to balance their choice of automobiles with a growing need to be environmentally responsible. As consumers find the shift difficult to make , they can feel they are making a positive contribution to a future generation of clean energy users . "Greener Miles" will allow Ford owners to go to the Web Site to determine the amount of carbon dioxide they produce in one year of driving. They can offset the negative impact by investing the equivalent dollar value in clean technology .

Ford has partnered with TerraPass funds that invest in clean energy projects like wind farms and methane capture
If you aren’t quite ready to change your car- you can at least invest in the future green generations

Monday, April 24, 2006

Fuel cell stocks up following President's statements

Fuel cell stocks gained investor attention , as high oil prices were a topic of discussion and a big thanks to statements from President Bush -

President George W. Bush: "I believe that today's children will one day take their driver's test in a hydrogen-powered, pollution-free car. That's the goal of the United States."

Two noticeable leaders in today's renewable stocks included Ballard Power Systems Inc.(BLDP) that reached a new 52 week high , up over $2.30 for the day . Ballard makes and markets (PEM) fuel cells . Also FuelCell Energy Inc. (FCEL), a company that makes fuel cell power plants for electric power generation was up 0 .75 closing at $13.65.

For a comprehensive list of renewable energy stocks visit:
Renewable/Alternative Energy Stocks Directory

Thursday, April 20, 2006

Focus on Energy in China

With the visit of China’s President Hu Jintao this week , energy and clean energy discussions are on the table. China is one of the key members of the Asia-Pacific Partnership on Clean Development and Climate, formed by the US in July 2005 and launched in January 2006 . Asia-Pacific Partnership on Clean Development and Climate was created to promote research and development of “clean”, or low-carbon, energy technology.

Asia-Pacific Partnership on Clean Development and Climate

Vision Statement of Australia, China, India, Japan, the Republic of Korea, and the United States of America for a New Asia-Pacific Partnership on Clean Development and Climate

"Development and poverty eradication are urgent and overriding goals internationally. The World Summit on Sustainable Development made clear the need for increased access to affordable, reliable and cleaner energy and the international community agreed in the Delhi Declaration on Climate Change and Sustainable Development on the importance of the development agenda in considering any climate change approach.
We each have different natural resource endowments, and sustainable development and energy strategies, but we are already working together and will continue to work to achieve common goals. By building on the foundation of existing bilateral and multilateral initiatives, we will enhance cooperation to meet both our increased energy needs and associated challenges, including those related to air pollution, energy security, and greenhouse gas intensities.
To this end, we will work together, in accordance with our respective national circumstances, to create a new partnership to develop, deploy and transfer cleaner, more efficient technologies and to meet national pollution reduction, energy security and climate change concerns, consistent with the principles of the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).
The partnership will collaborate to promote and create an enabling environment for the development, diffusion, deployment and transfer of existing and emerging cost-effective, cleaner technologies and practices, through concrete and substantial cooperation so as to achieve practical results. Areas for collaboration may include, but not be limited to: energy efficiency, clean coal, integrated gasification combined cycle, liquefied natural gas, carbon capture and storage, combined heat and power, methane capture and use, civilian nuclear power, geothermal, rural/village energy systems, advanced transportation, building and home construction and operation, bioenergy, agriculture and forestry, hydropower, wind power, solar power, and other renewables.
The partnership will also cooperate on the development, diffusion, deployment and transfer of longer-term transformational energy technologies that will promote economic growth while enabling significant reductions in greenhouse gas intensities. Areas for mid- to long-term collaboration may include, but not be limited to: hydrogen, nanotechnologies, advanced biotechnologies, next-generation nuclear fission, and fusion energy.
The partnership will share experiences in developing and implementing our national sustainable development and energy strategies, and explore opportunities to reduce the greenhouse gas intensities of our economies.
We will develop a non-binding compact in which the elements of this shared vision, as well as the ways and means to implement it, will be further defined. In particular, we will consider establishing a framework for the partnership, including institutional and financial arrangements and ways to include other interested and like-minded countries.
The partnership will also help the partners build human and institutional capacity to strengthen cooperative efforts, and will seek opportunities to engage the private sector. We will review the partnership on a regular basis to ensure its effectiveness.
The partnership will be consistent with and contribute to our efforts under the UNFCCC and will complement, but not replace, the Kyoto Protocol. "

Wednesday, April 19, 2006

Corporate Changes and Positioning- Home Depot Eco Options

As posted before, (Top 10 List of Retail Green Power Partners) large corporations are now taking the movement to environmental responsibility and energy efficiency to new levels never seen before. It is no longer just to appease a small demographic customer base, but now part of corporate business plans moving forward.

HOME DEPOT INC (NYSE:HD) is addressing their customers that are “more concerned than ever about energy consumption and the quality of the air, water, forests and health of their home & environment. The Home Depot's Eco Options brand helps customers improve homes and the environment."

I remember seeing this green movement start in the 70's, but never really gain the exposure and momentum necessary to go mainstream.

It always comes down to cost and economics. As we are confronted with oil prices over $70 and we face the price hikes at the pump, the average person that represents a typical customer that may shop at Home Depot is looking for new choices being dictated by their wallets.

Customers in Home Depot can look for the symbols helping to find energy-efficient products that will lower their energy bills, or products that can improve air quality and reduce emissions that contribute to global climate changes.

Sunday, April 16, 2006

India’s growing renewable energy market

India’s growing renewable energy market

India and China’s growing economies are adding to the current global oil dependency as world oil demand is estimated to reach 90 million barrels per day (bpd) before the end of this decade. With current prices fluctuating in the $60’s and experts such as T Boon Pickens saying we could see $100 barrel, there is a global push and demand to seek alternative energy solutions.

India and China could see the high growth they are experiencing come to a significant slow down if oil prices are too high and no solutions are in place.

Technology to reduce the dependency on oil and gas needs to be implemented to find short-term and long-term solutions.

India is taking heed and now ranks fourth in the world for wind energy behind Germany, Spain and the United States. The country's monsoon winds, contribute to their current annual power production . The World Wind Energy Association (WWEA) sees India as a leader in Asian countries in the area of generating wind power. India, with overall capacity (4,430 MW) and additions (1,430 MW) is taking steps to deal with a pending energy crisis.

The world is listening to the voices of the winds as wind energy currently delivers worldwide 1 per cent of the global electricity generation.

China moved up from 10th position in 2004 (764 MW) to 8th in 2005 (1,260 MW), and with installations, has reached the sixth position worldwide. The Chinese Government adopted a renewable energy law in 2005 with the goal of strengthening its manufacturing industry so it can produce an increased number of turbines to meet its future demands. .

Global energy players are being asked to make progress in addressing a global-energy policy approach to secure energy efficiency and environmental protection.

Tuesday, April 11, 2006

Top 10 List Of Retail Green Power Partners

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently released the national list of Top 10 Retail Partners featuring the largest retail purchases of renewable energy by members of the Green Power Partnership, reflecting renewable energy purchases made through March 27, 2006.

At the top of the list is Whole Foods Market, followed by Starbucks. Members of the top six purchasers of green power include Safeway Inc., Staples, FedEx Kinko's, and HEB Grocery Company, showing the investment community that going green can be associated to some of the market's "stars".

Whole Foods Market, Starbucks, Safeway Inc., Staples, and FedEx Kinko's additionally are listed on the EPA's most recent overall Top 25 list of the largest corporate green power purchasers in the Green Power Partnership. Combined, the green power purchases of the Top 10 Retail Partners resulted in 877,000 megawatt-hours (MWh) of green power annually. This is enough renewable energy to power approximately 82,000 average U.S. homes per year or is equivalent to removing the emissions of 107,000 cars from the road annually. The Top 10 Retail Green Power Partners, listed in descending order of purchase size, are as follows: Retail PartnerPurchase Size (MWh)1. Whole Foods Market463,1282. Starbucks150,0003. Safeway Inc.87,0004. Staples49,4565. FedEx Kinko's40,6006. HEB Grocery Company/Austin Region Operations27,6007. Liz Claiborne, Inc./NJ Corporate Headquarters25,0008. prAna16,5009. Lowe's Home Centers in NC, NM, SC, TN, TX16,47310. MOM's - My Organic Market1,488EPA’s Green Power Partnership is a voluntary program helping to increase the use of green power among leading U.S. organizations. For more information on EPA's Green Power Partnership, visit: For more info on EPA's Top 10 List of Retail Partners, visit: For more information on EPA's overall Top 25 list of Partners in the Green Power Partnership, visit:

SOURCE: U.S. Environmental Protection

Wednesday, April 05, 2006

Online Energy and Renewable Investor Conference April 26th

Gain insight from industry speakers and public renewable energy and oil and gas companies as to the future trends and opportunities in energy

Keynote Speakers Peter Beadle Peter Beadle, CEO of GreenJobs - Mr. Beadle has over 25 years experience in the energy industry, 20 of which were with BP. Mr. Beadle is currently the CEO of Greenjobs, which aims to become the focus for employment in renewable energies and currently provides recruitment services at all levels, from simple job listing to recruitment. In addition, it provides news on the RE sectors with a special focus on people and will also provide analyses of employment and remuneration across the sectors.>> full bio Cornell Capital Partners Cornell Capital Partners - Founded in 2001, Cornell Capital Partners (“Cornell”) is a private investment firm that specializes in structured finance and, according to Knobias Pipe Trac, was one of the most active investors in the U.S. in terms of the number of structured equity financings in 2005. Knobias also reported that Cornell has structured over $1 billion in committed equity capital in over 100 transactions within the last 12 months. Cornell works closely with management to design custom-tailored, alternative financing structures that meet each individual company’s capital needs and corporate goals. Neal M. Dikeman Neal M. Dikeman is a co-founder and partner at Jane Capital Partners LLC, a specialty merchant and investment bank providing buy-side M&A and strategic advisory services, primarily in the cleantech, information and energy-related technology sectors and with an emphasis on cross-border transactions. Jane Capital represents Macquarie Bank’s Technology group in the US.
Mr. Dikeman is the Head of Jane Capital’s Energy & Environmental Group, and focuses on cross-border transactions for IT, energy & environmental technology companies. Some of Mr. Dikeman’s recent credits at Jane Capital include advising on the spin-out, creation and venture funding of Fideris, Inc. in fuel cell test systems; the merger of @Pos with Symbol Technologies; advisory to ConocoPhillips on its energy technology investment activities; the creation of SC Power (formerly Australian Superconductors) in superconductor technologies; the international launch and subsequent acquisitions and financings of PalmTEQ Ltd, an Australian POS wireless applications company. >> full bio Toddington Harper Toddington Harper is President, Founder and CEO of Fuel Cell Markets Ltd. He studied the commercialisation of Fuel Cell technologies in his thesis whilst taking a BSc Honours degree from UMIST University & Manchester School of Management (UK). Toddington is a qualified PRINCE2 practitioner (the ultimate UK qualification for Project Management) and this combined with his significant skills in utilising the internet and online communications as a business tool led to the establishment of Fuel Cell Markets in 2002 to assist with the development and integration of these technologies into industry and society. Toddington is actively involved with many organisations, steering groups and think tanks across the globe. These include the European Commission’s Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technology Platform, the World Fuel Cell Council, Fuel Cell Europe, the London Hydrogen Partnership, Scottish Hydrogen & Fuel Cell Association to name but a few.>> full bio Philip J. McPherson Philip J. McPherson is Director of Research for C. K. Cooper & Company, an investment banking boutique that focuses almost exclusively on smaller independent oil and gas companies.
Mr. McPherson joined the firm in July of 2001 to initially augment the firm’s Institutional Sales Group, and then joined the Oil and Gas Group in December of 2001. Mr. McPherson assists in a wide range of research and corporate finance related issues. In this role, Mr. McPherson is responsible for assisting C. K. Cooper & Company in expanding its research coverage of smaller exploration and production companies within the United States. Mr. McPherson assists in identifying investment ideas, developing necessary financial models, and recommendations in preparation of reports thereof. In addition, Mr. McPherson will assist in adding to C. K. Cooper’s Watch List of Companies of lesser-known issues.>> full bio Richard Stuebi Richard Stuebi has nearly 20 years of experience as an executive, entrepreneur and consultant in the energy industry, with most of the past decade focused on advanced energy technologies and business opportunities.
Mr. Stuebi is currently the BP Fellow for Energy and Environmental Advancement at The Cleveland Foundation, where he works with various public and private sector stakeholders to promote commercial activity in advanced energy in the Cleveland area.>> full bio Robert Wilder, J.D., Ph.D. Dr. Wilder is CEO & Founder of Wildershares, LLC; he is the Manager of the WilderHill Clean Energy Index. He holds a Ph.D. from University of California at Santa Barbara and a Law Degree from University of San Diego School of Law. In addition Dr. Wilder is a Visiting Faculty at University of California, San Diego.>> full bio Jamie Wimberly Jamie Wimberly founded and currently serves as the CEO of the Distributed Energy Financial Group (DEFG) LLC, a specialized consulting and financial services firm focused on distributed energy and energy technologies.
DEFG offers a suite of consulting products and services focused on commercialization and raises capital for energy technology firms and projects. †In addition to DEFG, Jamie Wimberly serves on the Board of the Center for the Advancement of Energy Markets (CAEM, a think tank in the energy sector that he also co-founded).>> full bio Bruce Woodry Bruce Woodry, Chairman & CEO Sigma Capital Group, Inc., a boutique investment bank which provides representational and advisory investment banking services on ranging from $5 Million to $250 Million in deal size in the energy industry sector. Collectively, the partners of Sigma Capital have over $24 billion of transactional experience with over $1 billion of renewable energy project finance.>> full bio
Participating Companies Alchemy Enterprises, Ltd. Alchemy Enterprises, Ltd. (OTCBB: ACHM) (Corporate Profile, News and Info) has acquired and owns the intellectual property in a new technology for generating and managing power, electricity, and propulsion systems. Alchemy’s system produces clean energy that is non toxic and environmentally safe. It reuses its primary fuel components and costs less than gas to refuel and is reliant on commonly found and abundant base earth metals. The company is now in the process of preparing these new products for manufacture, and establishing itself as a major global company for strategic deployment of its products into the world markets. CSMG Technologies CSMG Technologies (OTCBB: CTUM) owns the patents and all world rights to a patented CO2 separation technology, which processes low-quality raw landfill gas that is approximately 50% carbon dioxide and 50% methane into a usable commercial gas. The technology's efficiency is derived from an advanced technique for landfill gas, financed by the company and developed by the Ukrainian Scientific Institute. The technology absorbs carbon dioxide and other impurities from the gas without the use of filters or membranes that become clogged over time. Encore Clean Energy, Inc. Encore Clean Energy, Inc. (OTCBB: ECLN) (Corporate Profile, News and Info) Encore Clean Energy intends to leverage ownership of its revolutionary low-cost, high-efficiency clean energy technologies to form valuable partnerships with local industrial leaders best positioned to market, sell and profit from the social, economic, environmental and political benefits of its low-cost, high-value, in-demand clean energy-generating products. Encore Clean Energy is currently focusing its corporate efforts on product development of potential breakthrough clean and renewable energy technologies, which the Company has been researching, developing, prototyping and testing. Smart Cool SmartCool Systems Inc. (OTC.PK: SSCFF;TSX.V.SSC) (Corporate Profile, News and Info) is a marketer of advanced energy saving technologies which reduce the electricity consumption (Kwh) and maximum demand (Kw/KVA) of refrigeration and air conditioning compressors. As a distributor of the Abbotly System 4000 Energy Savings Module (ESM)®; a system of micro-computer digital optimization modules which work with existing compressor equipment and controls, SmartCool enables businesses to reduce the electricity usage of refrigeration and air conditioning compressors by 10% to 20% while maintaining temperature performance. The Company holds exclusive distribution rights for the ESM in Canada and in twelve states within the United States. XsunX, Inc. XsunX, Inc. (OTCBB: XSNX) (Corporate Profile, News and Info) Building-Integrated Photovoltaics - Based in Aliso Viejo, California, XsunX is the developer of Power Glass -- an innovative solar technology that allows glass windows to produce electricity from the power of the sun. This proprietary process is intended to allow manufacturers to apply a transparent and photovoltaic glazing to glass and other transparent substrates. When XsunX glazing is exposed to light, the light energy is converted into electrical energy for use as a power source. XsunX believes that its solar electric glazing technology has a number of major market opportunities in the worldwide architectural glass, optical film and plastics markets. (If you are interested in participating in our conference please contact Dawn Van Zant or Ann-Marie Fleming)
Sponsors Alternative Energy: News - a daily news service providing daily consolidated global news stories related to alternative energies and peak oil. / The Solar Electric Power Association (SEPA) is a collaboration of utilities, energy service providers and the photovoltaic industry working together to create and encourage commercial use of new solar electric power business models. Brae Consulting is a catalyst in the transforming cleantech and sustainability markets. The company occupies a unique niche, bringing together marketing, business development, and communications expertise with in-depth knowledge of social entrepreneurship and clean

Saturday, April 01, 2006

Renewable Energy IPO's

Recent IPO news : Aventine Renewable Energy Holdings, Inc., a company that produces and markets ethanol announced that it has filed a registration statement with a proposed initial public offering of up to $50 million in common stock. VeraSun Energy Corp., the U.S.’s second largest ethanol producer, plans to go public in an initial offering of stock worth up to $150 million and has applied to list on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol VSE. Additionally, Ormat Technologies(ORA) , announced it plans to offer 3.5 million shares in a follow-on public offering with net proceeds from this offering which may include construction of geothermal and recovered energy generation power plants and other investments, and financing possible acquisitions