Thursday, February 12, 2009

SOME ENERGY NEWS FROM BRITAIN AND EUROPE

  • Pelamis P-2 powers on in Orkney

    Edinburgh based Pelamis Wave Power (PWP) has won an order from UK renewable energy generator E.on for the next generation Pelamis Wave Energy Converter, known as the P-2.

  • Strong winds in EU power sector

    Statistics released by the European Wind Energy Association (EWEA) this week show that 43% of all new electricity generating capacity built in the European Union last year was wind energy, exceeding all other electricity generating technologies including gas, coal and nuclear power.

  • €5bn for EU offshore energy grid

    Workboat operators will be heartened by the announcement this week from specialist asset investment company Imera that it plans to build North Sea and Atlantic electricity grids, connecting key markets and offshore wind farms as the foundation for a pan-European offshore electricity network.

Planning for the future! What a concept! I wonder if our American Congress has thought of it?

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As Jim Hightower explains it, is that “the wealthiest 1 percent of Americans possess more net worth today than the bottom 90 percent of us combined. Worse, these privileged few and their political henchmen have structured a new economic ‘normal’ of long-term joblessness, low wages, no benefits or worker rights, miserly public services, and a steadily widening chasm between the rich and the rest of us.” We must restore sanity to this nation.