Archive | December, 2013

Year End Update: Alternative Energy Mutual Funds and ETFs

Alternative energy investing was very profitable in 2013. This article reviews how green mutual funds and ETFs performed in 2013, what stocks were most favored by these funds, and forecasts where funds should go in 2014 and beyond. Alternative Energy Fund Returns 2013 has been the year of the comeback for alternative energy mutual funds […]

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Knowledge Management:

An Ongoing Problem  A few years ago, I did a lot of work on “nuclear knowledge management,” or NKM.  There are a lot of definitions of what NKM includes, but my first brush with knowledge management came when, as a Department of Energy manager, I was visited by researchers from the national laboratories.  They told […]

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Drop-in Hydrogen Fueling Stations Designed by Students

Yesterday, I talked about the need in Whistler, B. C., Canada for better hydrogen refueling infrastructure in order to save their fuel cell bus program. Today, I would like to talk about a student contest for building drop-in hydrogen fueling stations that could be a solution for Whistler. The aim of the 2014 Hydrogen Student […]

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‘Watch what we do, not what we say': Shell cancels U.S. gas-to-liquids plant

When civil rights advocates grew restless because of President Richard Nixon’s right-wing rhetoric on the issue of desegregation, then-Attorney General John Mitchell told them, ”Watch what we do, not what we say.” Those following the hype over America’s supposed newfound abundance of oil and natural gas would do well to follow that advice when evaluating […]

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Hyundai Intrado Fuel Cell Concept Teaser

Before the most recent Los Angeles Auto Show in November and December, Hyundai teased us with a new fuel cell concept vehicle. Well, the teasing continues as Hyudai has partially revealed its Intrado concept (pictured above), well ahead of when and where it will be officially unveiled. At the March 2014 Geneva Motor Show, the […]

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Nuclear Liability:

The Logic of Liability Regimes Once again, I have seen an article criticizing the fact that nuclear liability regimes assign financial responsibility solely to the nuclear plant operator, thus appearing to insulate vendors from financial claims.  On the surface, these criticisms seem to have some logic–after all, who wouldn’t want to go after the “real” […]

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Microsoft doubled renewable energy purchases in FY 2013

Before this difficult year fades into history, I wanted to call attention to an excellent development, care of a local PNW company you may have heard of, Microsoft Corp. Microsoft’s 2013 “Citizenship Report” describes an ambitious agenda that features making its operations carbon neutral, and using the “power of technology” to promote human rights. The […]

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