Monthly Archives: March 2009

Arizona State University becomes 3rd biggest solar campus!

arizonaAs SET’s involvement in the Solar College Initiative heats up, it’s important for all of us to celebrate the victories for campus solar already taking place. And today is a big day – as Arizona State University dedicated its new solar projects which add up to be the nation’s third largest on campus. At a capacity of  Continue reading

China Poised to be Global Solar Leader?

solarLast year, China was nowhere to be seen on the top ten solar PV market list. Major players Spain, Germany, the US, South Korea, and Japan were joined by small European countries like Belgium, Portugal, and the Czech Republic as biggest global installers. But a new Chinese initiative may rearrange the global picture soon. Late last week, Continue reading

SET to be Featured Monday on NY’s

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Sustainable Energy Transition (SET) will be featured in its first New York radio spot this coming Monday night 7-8pm. I will be interviewed live by new media and pop culture author and professor Douglas Rushkoff on his new show, The Media Squat. The interview will probably be around 10-15 minutes and in the first half of the show. So if you’re interested in hearing a voice connected to the blogs, Continue reading

Natural Gas Rig Count Continues Nosedive

natgasrigBaker Hughes reported today that the number of active natural gas rigs is now half the peak level hit last September. That’s right – in just 6 months US companies have gone from actively trying to increase production (taking advantage of high US natural gas prices above $10 per MMBtu) to not even having the rigs to maintain Continue reading

Coal Share of US Electricity Falling

coalI’ve got some good news to share — coal is losing its market share in the US electricity mix to less carbon-intensive sources. In the late 1990s, coal-fired power plants produced almost 53% of total US electricity. And the US EIA just released in its estimate for 2008 electricity that coal’s share fell to Continue reading

US Solar Market Has Room to Grow

solarThe US pioneered solar in the 1950s, and was the largest market for a long time. But as I have discussed in previous posts, it’s been many years since the US market led global growth. Germany has dominated PV growth for a number of years until Spain’s strong 2008 growth of 2.46 GW. Today’s post will discuss the whole solar market (including solar thermal) after perusing the 2008 Year in Review published by Continue reading

US Oil Supplies Climb Further – Records May be Tested

oiltanksThe US Energy Information Agency reported another build in fuel supplies last week on low demand and high production. If crude supplies continue on this trajectory another few weeks, they may hit record levels. And lower heating needs from the fast-approaching Spring mean that diesel prices are indeed close to the parity with gasoline I mentioned Continue reading