Alternative Energy

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The Ivanpah solar plant has produced about one-quarter the energy promised. Now the owners of the project have applied for a half-billion-dollar grant to pay off a large portion of its original federally guaranteed loan.

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Working on an economic story today? Here’s the latest fromĀ AEI experts on today’s economic stories.

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It is far from clear that methanol could compete as a transportation fuel.

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The automobile stands as an enduring symbol of mobility and opportunity in America — and of innovation that’s at the core of our nation’s economic strength and prosperity.

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As the controversy over climate policy has grown, it has been said that greenhouse gas (GHG) control is too hard but solar radiation management (SRM) is too easy. Join AEI for a discussion of the potential economic benefits, as well as the risks of SRM with Lee Lane, J. Eric Bickel and Nobel Laureate Thomas Schelling. A reception will follow.

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Among all the problems that have surfaced as a result of using ethanol as an alternative to gasoline, one is especially troubling. It can damage automobile engines and fuel systems.

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A Chevron oil refinery sits behind homes and office buildings in Richmond, Calif,

With the passage of California’s Assembly Bill 32, the Golden State has embarked upon an experiment in energy policy that has no modern parallel.

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Even with modern technology, electric cars are not capable of satisfying consumer desires. Policymakers should end their wasteful counter-market pursuit of vehicle electrification.

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Sailors assigned to Riverine Group 1 conduct maneuvers aboard an experimental riverine command boat as part of an alternative fuels demonstration held at Naval Station Norfolk, Va., on Oct. 22, 2010. The boat is powered by an alternative fuel blend of 50 percent algae-based and 50 percent NATO F-76 fuels to support the Secretary of the Navy's efforts to reduce total energy consumption on naval vessels.

There’s a war underway over the future of biofuels for the U.S. military.

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