Green tech news harvest: Twittering energy usage, biofuels blues
Off the green wire: price drop for solar; more biofuels backlash; First Solar looks to utilities; private equity does 'green business;' start-up makes biodiesel from biomass; and transmission wires for renewables pits clean energy versus nature lovers.
A sampling of green tech news, from California to Malyasia.
- The House That Twitters Its Energy Use « Earth2Tech - Where a house twitters what its meter reads. A great use of Twitter.
- Technology Review: A Price Drop for Solar Panels - Check in on the solar price/silicon shortage balance: Travis Bradford of the Prometheus Institute predicts prices for panels to drop in half in the next few years.
- Environmental Capital - WSJ.com : Biofuels Backlash: Asian Palm-Oil Producers Shut Plants - On the biofuels blues beat, WSJ reports that Asian biodiesel producers are shelving tens of millions of dollars worth of plants while European plants have shut down. U.S. biodiesel producers are , too. Asian cancellation may be a good thing, environmentally.
- First Solar poised to enter utility market - The darling of public solar companies, First Solar, has an application in California to build a solar power plant with its cadmium telluride panels. This year it expects to top $1 billion in revenue.
- Prominent Green Group to Help Buyout Firm - New York Times - The big daddy of private equity--Kohlberg Kravis Roberts--will put the squeeze on companies to become more 'green' by working with Environmental Defense Fund. Another case of business working with environmentalists.
- Watertown Daily Times | SMALL TECHNOLOGY A BIG DEAL - Distributed gasification of biomass to make bidiesel. Small company in upstate New York is developing technology that could have impact around the world.
- Environmental Capital - WSJ.com : Green Line: California Transmission Battle Divides Environmentalists - Transmission lines are becoming a fault line in the battle between enviros and clean energy advocates. California struggles with plan to put transmission lines from solar power plants through state park