Monday, July 09, 2007

Clean Energy Quick Clicks

Alberta's government is urging the Canadian federal government to initiate a North American global warming agreement that would draw in the United States. Alberta is a major natural gas producer, but because Canada signed onto the Kyoto Protocol agreement, some fear that their industry will be penalized for continuing to feed the U.S.'s unmitigated appetite for energy. Alberta may lessen the liability if the U.S. were on board with some sort of emissions-cutting agreement.
  • Last week the Chrysler Group announced several fuel efficiency initiatives and a new focus on hybrid technology. It announced a new family of V-6 engines that will feature cylinder deactivation, operating on three cylinders and optimizing fuel efficiency when the V-6 power isn't needed. Chrysler Group is investing $3 billion in new plants in WI, MI, IN and Mexico that will feature vehicle lines that are more aerodynamic, weigh less, and feature dual-clutch and drivetrain improvements, along with clean diesel offerings.
  • Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) has launched a program to help customers offset their carbon dioxide emissions, a major contributor to global warming. Customers who volunteer to participate will pay an additional fee to their monthly utility bill that will go towards funding projects that offset their energy use, as determined by PG&E's new carbon footprint calculator.
  • no 1203 reports on a partnership between Wisconsin-based start-up Virent and Shell Hydrogen to develop a hydrogen production process. Virent has developed an industrial catalyst-driven process to convert biomass to several different end-products like hydrogen and biofuels. Shell is interested in a hydrogen economy and especially overcoming the hurdle of the CO2 emissions associated with hydrogen production.

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