Wednesday, April 25, 2007

Green Skies - Fuel Efficient Planes

Green Skies - Fuel Efficient Planes -Virgin Atlantic Chairman Sir Richard Branson Pursues Green Agenda

Boeing and Virgin Atlantic Announce 787 Order, Environmental Partnership--

Order for 15 787-9s is Europe's largest order to date for fuel-efficient airplane -- Working together on biofuel demonstration and cutting aircraft fuel consumption at airports

CHICAGO, April 24 -- Boeing (NYSE: BA -) and Virgin Atlantic today announced an environmental partnership, which includes an order for 15 787-9 Dreamliners, marking the largest 787 order to date for Europe. The order, worth approximately $2.8 billion at list prices, was previously listed on Boeing's Orders and Deliveries Web site and attributed to an unidentified customer. The order also includes options for an additional eight 787-9s and purchase rights for an additional 20 787s.

"Virgin Atlantic is pleased to introduce the Boeing 787 Dreamliner as our aircraft of the future," said Steve Ridgway, chief executive officer, Virgin Atlantic. "This revolutionary aircraft will bring a step change to the industry, substantially reducing environmental impact and incorporating innovative design and advanced technology, while providing an enhanced flying experience for our passengers."

The environmental partnership includes a joint biofuel demonstration aimed at developing sustainable fuel sources suitable for commercial jet engines and the aviation industry. The demonstration, scheduled for 2008 using a Virgin Atlantic Boeing 747-400, is being worked jointly with GE Aviation and Virgin Fuels. Further details will be announced later this year.

In addition, Boeing and Virgin Atlantic are working together on reducing fuel burn and cutting aircraft emissions on the ground by exploring alternatives to traditional aircraft operations at airports. For example, Boeing and Virgin Atlantic are partnering on trials of towing airplanes to "starting grids," areas close to the active runway to start engines preflight, with a goal of reducing fuel consumption and carbon emissions by up to 50 percent, as well as limiting community noise. Trials conducted thus far at London's Heathrow and Gatwick Airports and San Francisco International Airport have produced positive results, and work continues to develop alternative operational procedures at the world's busiest airports.

"Virgin Atlantic has demonstrated extraordinary leadership within our industry on addressing environmental impact, and Boeing is proud that the 787 Dreamliner is such an important ingredient of the airline's plan for the future," said Scott Carson, president and chief executive officer, Boeing Commercial Airplanes. "Working together in partnership, Boeing and Virgin Atlantic will develop innovative, environmentally progressive solutions to provide greater fuel efficiency and lower aircraft emissions."

The Boeing 787 Dreamliner, scheduled for entry into service in 2008, provides passengers with a better flying experience, and operators with a more efficient commercial jetliner.

With the 787 Dreamliner, Boeing continues its leadership and innovation with a mostly composite airplane that uses 20 percent less fuel per passenger than similarly sized airplanes. The 787 is designed for the environment with lower carbon emissions and quieter takeoffs and landings. Inside the airplane, passengers will find cleaner air, bigger windows, more stowage space and improved lighting.

Since the 787 launch in April 2004, 44 customers worldwide have logged 544 orders worth more than $75 billion at current list prices, making the Dreamliner the most successful commercial airplane launch in history.

Friday, April 20, 2007

Oprah celebrates Earth Day and teaches consumers to make green choices

If anyone can change consumer habits - we know its Oprah. She has influenced the publishing industry in a significant way and today she is inciting her studio and at home audience to "Go Green".

As she tells us that each person creates 4.5 pounds of garbage each day- we can all start with changing our habits and begin recycling on a regular basis.

She also reminded us that as we go grocery shopping and we are asked if we want paper or plastic bags- respond with "neither" .She urges consumers to buy reusable material bags that can be washed ( with eco friendly detergent) .

Another tip- rather than buying bottled water over and over again - buy a re-usable water container for on the go. Some even come with a built in filter.

For light bulbs- spend the extra money up front for the energy efficient bulbs and save money and energy over the long run. Each consumer switching to buying and using just one energy efficient bulb would make a world of difference.

Eco friendly cleaning products can change the environment in and out of your house and even several cases , it has saved children with allergies . With allergies at epidemic rates- that should be an easy change .

For Starbucks addicts - and who isn't - bring in your fillable coffee containers and save money and help save a tree.

Bottom line - we can all make small differences in our daily lives without compromising or loosing to make a big difference.

Oprah just made a big impact on the growing trend of green and ethical consumerism

Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Yahoo Goes Green

Yahoo (YHOO) has been promoting green consumerism and info to Yahoo users for a while and reminds us of upcoming Earth Day April 22nd -

Also- read about Yahoo' s committment to go carbon neutral

My personal favorite of Yahoo's info is the top 100 green car ratings for consumers to check out-

As we all look at making a green choice in our next vehicle it is intersting to know that not all of the top ten are hybrids - for example the 2007 MINI Cooper is number 8

The Green Rating measures vehicles environmental friendliness from 1 to 100. The higher a vehicle's Green Rating, the "greener" it is , The Green Rating was developed in consultation with Environmental Defense, a leading environmental nonprofit

Hedge Funds Back $79 Million Order for ZAP (OTC BB: ZAAP) Electric Cars

Hedge Funds Back $79 Million Order for ZAP (OTC BB: ZAAP) Electric Cars

ZAP is pleased to announce their largest order for consumer electric vehicles

SANTA ROSA, Calif., April 18 - Electric car pioneer ZAP (OTCBB: ZAAP) has received an order for $79 Million from a Chicago-based start-up, The Electric Vehicle Company.

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The Electric Vehicle Company (EVC) was founded with the goal of promoting economical non-polluting electric transportation. EVC is being funded by two hedge funds, Diversified Equity Funding, L.P. and Diversified Strategies Fund, LLC, which both have an investment interest in ZAP. EVC will focus on sales of electric vehicles to municipalities, distributors, university campuses, auto and recreational dealers, foreign countries and the military. Additionally, the company has the goal of developing the first retail chain committed to the sale of all electric vehicles. The two funds have committed the funding necessary to develop the marketing organization. The hedge funds will also provide financing for the purchase of ZAP vehicles by fleets and municipalities
ZAP CEO Steve Schneider said the order is for ZAP's electric cars, trucks and other vehicles. Schneider noted that EVC would receive an 8% discount if orders were filled within the next 12 months. The order is subject to meeting the performance criteria of EVC and certain terms of ZAP.

"We believe this order, which constitutes thousands of vehicles, is the largest order for consumer electric vehicles in history," said Steve Schneider, CEO of publicly owned ZAP. "Many municipalities have been talking recently about mitigating greenhouse gas emissions, so we are grateful to be involved in this historic effort."

Schneider noted that in March, large pension funds and business enterprises called for Congress to place limits on emissions of carbon dioxide and other gases blamed for global warming, the latest among several business-oriented groups to call for a national climate policy.

ZAP, the only full-line electric vehicle company in the US, made news recently with the sale of its XEBRA electric cars and trucks, the first vehicles designed for the US market by a Chinese automobile manufacturer. ZAP also recently announced an automotive business plan to design a new generation of high performance electric vehicles designed by Lotus Engineering.

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Larry Spatz, of EVC, has entered into a consulting agreement with ZAP in which he will utilize his relationships and expertise to assist in the company's growth.

ZAP has been a leader in advanced transportation technologies since 1994, delivering over 90,000 vehicles to consumers in more than 75 countries. At the forefront of fuel-efficient transportation with new technologies including energy efficient gas systems, hydrogen, electric, fuel cell, ethanol, hybrid and other innovative power systems, ZAP is developing a high-performance crossover SUV electric car concept called ZAP-X engineered by Lotus Engineering. The Company recently launched a new portable energy technology that manages power for mobile electronics, like cell phones and laptops. For more product, dealer and investor information, visit

Forward-looking statements in this release are made pursuant to the "safe harbor" provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Investors are cautioned that such forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties, including, without limitation, continued acceptance of the Company's products, increased levels of competition for the Company, new products and technological changes, the Company's dependence upon third-party suppliers, intellectual property rights, and other risks detailed from time to time in the Company's periodic reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

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Wednesday, April 11, 2007

New Hybrids for 2007

New Hybrids for 2007 - Brands and Prices from FuelEconomy.Gov

Lexus GS 450h Compact Car

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Toyota Camry HybridMidsize Car

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Saturn Vue HybridSport Utility Vehicle

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Nissan Altima HybridMidsize Car

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Saturn Aura HybridMidsize Car

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Five new hybrids will be available for 2007:
Lexus GS 450h - Compact car equipped with a 6-cylinder engine and 6-speed automatic transmission
Toyota Camry Hybrid - Midsize car equipped with a 4-cylinder engine and a continuously variable transmission (CVT)
Saturn Vue Hybrid - Sport utility vehicle equipped with a 4-cylinder engine and a Hydra-matic 4-speed automatic transmission
Saturn Aura Hybrid - Midsize car equipped with a 4-cylinder engine and an 4-speed automatic transmission
Nissan Altima Hybrid - Midsize car equipped with a 4-cylinder engine and a continuously variable transmission (CVT)
The GS 450h, Camry Hybrid, and Vue Hybrid vehicles are eligible for federal income tax credits. The Aura and Altima are not yet available for sale and have not been certified by IRS as eligible for the credit.
Consumers can now choose from eight hybrid cars, six hybrid SUVs, and two hybrid trucks. More hybrids may be released later in the model year.

Monday, April 09, 2007

Ethcial consumerisim - green consumerism global report

As the global economy shifts to a green revolution -
GfK NOP, a global market research company, published the first of a seriesof reports into the state of play of ethical brands and how they are perceived byconsumers worldwide.

full report :

Some hi-lites -

Ethical brands are becoming more widely accepted worldwide. Nearly one in
three (31 per cent) consumers stated that buying ethical products makes them
feel good. Only 18 per cent of the 5,000 consumers surveyed by GfK NOP
thought that ethical brands were just a fad, and 43 per cent stated they thought
ethical brands made businesses more accountable for their actions. Only one in
four (24 per cent) don’t believe the hype around ethical products.

One third of all people questioned said that they were willing to pay
a 5-10% premium for ethical products.

Tuesday, April 03, 2007

Evergreen Solar, Inc - technical indicator and news increase share price

Bullish 50/200-day MA Crossovers (NASDAQ)
Evergreen Solar, Inc (ESLR)
In addition to todays news - the company showed a technical indicator bullish break out on
todays news adds to the momentum or maybe was anticipated- the stock is currently up on the day -. 62 at time of this posting

Evergreen Solar, Inc. (Nasdaq: ESLR ) a manufacturer of solar power products with its proprietary, low-cost String Ribbon(TM) wafer technology, today announced a major extension of its sales agreement with SunEdison. The extension increases the total value of the contract to over $510 million, boosting the total value of Evergreen sales agreements announced in the past 16 months to more than $1 billion.

The initial $200 million agreement was announced in July 2006. Under the terms of the contract extension, Evergreen Solar will ship an additional $316 million of photovoltaic (PV) modules to SunEdison through 2011.

Note- this is not a recommendation to buy or sell this stock