With ambitious EU legislation, wind energy can provide huge benefits to Europe

April 2, 2008

Energy Daily: Manuel Pinho, Portugal’s Minister of Economy and Innovation, warned that if quick steps were not taken towards a better use of renewables, the EU would go from importing 55% of its energy to 66% by 2030, making the economy even more dependent on energy from third countries. He presented Portugal’s renewable energy mix, a combination of hydro and wind power, as a combination ideal for providing flexible, indigenous electricity at competitive energy prices.

“Wind has delivered the most promising results out of all renewable energy technologies so far, with 57 GW of total capacity installed in the EU by the end of 2007. In order to ensure that this trend continues, we need to have a secure and favourable EU legislative framework”, EU Energy Commissioner Andris Piebalgs told delegates at the opening session of the European Wind Energy Conference (EWEC) today in Brussels. The EU Commissioner – Chairman of the EWEC 2008 Conference also emphasised the need to consider renewable energy solutions beyond 2020 and far into the future.

A swift adoption and implementation of the European Commission’s proposed Renewable Energy Directive is essential to ensure a secure, sustainable and competitive energy future in Europe, delegates heard this morning. Decision-makers at national and European level stressed the importance of a stable, flexible legislative framework. They outlined their vision for the EU legislation and how this will deliver a new generation of energy supply.


Important event: Washington International Renewable Energy Conference, March 4-6

February 28, 2008

Triple Pundit: With energy costs, efficiency, security and climate change looking like they will be on corporate and political agendas for quite some time to come, government officials and executives from industry and commerce are increasingly networking to find ways of reducing energy intensity and greenhouse gas emissions – both operationally and by implementing organizational polices and best practices.

Cabinet level officials from more than 70 countries will be gathering alongside representatives from private sector, non-governmental organizations, the media and the public in the nation’s capital March 4-6 for WIREC 2008, the Washington International Renewable Energy Conference.

Conference focal points are organized around four themes: Market Adoption and Finance; Agriculture, Forestry and Rural Development; Technology, Research and Development; and State and Local Government Initiatives, each intended to provide a forum for examining policy initiatives that can facilitate a rapid ramping up renewable energy sources.

“This agenda has both the breadth and depth necessary for international leaders to address energy security, environmental quality, and wealth creation in rural areas.” said Thomas C. Dorr, Under Secretary of Agriculture for Rural Development, in a media release.

In addition to the ministerial level meeting, ACORE (American Council on Renewable Energy) and 14 domestic and international renewable energy trade associations are organizing the trade and business side of the conference and exhibition. “What makes WIREC distinct from other renewable energy conferences is the participants,” Dorr added. “For the first time, all of the crucial stakeholders in renewable energy will gather in one place at one time—from energy and agriculture ministers to rural cooperatives and from academia to Fortune 500 companies. We have all of the necessary elements to make a significant impact in renewable energy deployment.”

WIREC 2008 is the third global ministerial-level conference on renewable energy, following events in Beijing in 2005 (BIREC 2005) and Bonn in 2004 (Renewables 2004). The first renewable energy International Action Plan, which contains 197 non-binding commitments to foster growth in renewable energy, resulted from the Bonn conference

Public release of a corresponding set of voluntary renewable energy pledges from participants, dubbed the Washington International Action Program (WIAP), is expected following WIREC 2008. Pledges may include specific commitments, the development of a suite of policy instruments, program launches or any combination of concrete steps aimed at fostering greater renewable energy development and use….

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Nanotechnology Research Roundtable in Boston Friday, Feb. 15

February 16, 2008

Nanotechnology Now contained a report about a February 15 press event with four of America’s foremost nanotechnology experts. The goal was a wide-ranging discussion about using the technology to more effectively treat patients and to better produce and secure energy. Also, an entrepreneur will share his company’s experience taking nanotechnology from the lab to the marketplace, and all participants will discuss the role of the federal government in supporting nanotechnology research through the National Nanotechnology Initiative (NNI) and its member agencies.

The speakers included Rick Hess, president and chief executive officer of Lowell, Massachusetts-based Konarka Technologies Inc., a leading developer of products that provide a source of renewable power in a variety of forms for commercial, industrial, government and consumer applications. Mr. Hess discussed how Konarka works at the intersection of energy, nanotechnology, and printed electronics to print light absorbing nanomaterials that generate electricity on plastic films. He described the origin of the technology and the challenges faced in bringing the technology to a product that can be manufactured in high volume for the solar energy market.

2008 International Builders Show

February 9, 2008

National Association of Homebuilders: Housing professionals from across the country and abroad will convene at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Fla., Feb. 13-16 for the 2008 International Builders’ Show (IBS), the housing industry’s largest annual trade show and exhibition. The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) event, held in one of the largest convention centers in the country, will feature the most cutting-edge designs, technologies, products and services in the industry.

More than 1,900 exhibitors will be on display across more than one million net square feet of exhibit space. Suppliers span more than 300 product categories ranging across every aspect of the residential and light commercial construction fields. [The website lists many dozens of vendors in construction materials, wall and floor products, appliances, as well as other categories. Well worth a look.]

Piper Jaffray Technology and Renewables Conference this month

February 1, 2008

Fox Business News: Piper Jaffray & Co. will host its third annual Clean Technology and Renewables Conference Feb. 20, 2008 in New York City. The conference will provide insight on upcoming technological advancements and cost improvements from leading solar, biofuels and other clean technology companies operating across the globe.

“We are proud to have more than 75 companies within the clean technology and renewable energy sectors present at this year’s conference,” said Jesse Pichel, senior technology research analyst at Piper Jaffray. “We expect investors will walk away with strong conviction that the sector has one of the best secular themes within technology investing.”

“Piper Jaffray, as a leader in the renewable energy and clean technology space, connects growth companies to capital and expertise around the world,” said Lois Quam, head of alternative investments at Piper Jaffray. “We will take this to a new level at our upcoming conference.”

Investors will also hear a keynote address by Steve Creamer, chairman and CEO of EnergySolutions, Inc. Additionally, the conference will feature company presentations from senior management, as well as one-on-one and group meetings.

Companies scheduled to present include: ADA-ES, Inc.; Advanced Energy Industries, Inc.; Akeena Solar, Inc.; Altair Nanotechnologies, Inc.; American Superconductor Corporation; The Andersons, Inc.; Applied Materials, Inc.; Ausra, Inc.; Blue Source LLC; BP p.l.c.; Canadian Solar, Inc.; Ceres, Inc.; China Wind Systems, Inc.; Comverge, Inc.; Cree, Inc.; Day4 Energy Inc.; EcoSynthetix Inc.; Echelon Corporation; EMCORE Corporation; Energy Conversion Devices, Inc.; EnergySolutions, Inc.; Environmental Power Corporation.; ersoll Solar Energy AG; Evergreen Solar, Inc.; First Solar, Inc.; FuelCell Energy, Inc.; Global Solar Energy, Inc.; Gushan Environmental Energy Limited; Hoku Scientific, Inc.; HydroGen Corporation; Intellon Corporation; JA Solar Holdings Co., Ltd.; Konarka Technologies, Inc.; LSB Industries, Inc.; MBA Polymers; Medis Technologies Ltd.; MEMC Electronic Materials, Inc.; Mendel Biotechnology, Inc.; Metabolix, Inc.; Moser Baer India Ltd.; NanoGram Corporation; Nanosolar, Inc.; Nova Biosource Fuels, Inc.; Novozymes A/S; OC Oerlikon Solar Management AG, Pfaffikon; Open Energy Corporation; Ormat Technologies, Inc.; Performance Plants, Inc.; Phoenix Solar AG; Plasco Energy Group; PowerGenix; Power-One, Inc.; Powerspan Corp.; Raser Technologies, Inc.; RenaSola Ltd.; Renewable Energy Corporation ASA; Rentech, Inc.; SemiLEDS; Sharp Electronics Corporation; SmartSynch, Inc.; Solarfun Power Holdings Co., Ltd.; Solaria Corporation (The); Solaria Energia y Medio Ambiente, S.A.; SolarWorld AG; SOLON AG; Spire Corporation; SunPower Corporation; Suntech Power Holdings Co., Ltd.; Ultralife Batteries, Inc.; Venture Vehicles, Inc.; Verenium Corporation; Xantrex Technology Inc.; Yingli Green Energy Holding Company, Ltd.

Company and investor participation in the third annual Clean Technology and Renewables Conference is by invitation only. Clients interested in attending should contact their Piper Jaffray representative. Members of the media who would like to attend should contact Andrea Young at 612 303-6697 or andrea.m.young@pjc.com.

Good Energies CEO Richard Kauffman to speak at CERA week conference on electric power

January 10, 2008

Street Insider.com: With escalating cost, price, fuel choice, technology, climate change and regulatory pressures defining an increasingly challenging environment for the power industry in North American and globally, Cambridge Energy Research Associates’ (CERA) 27th annual CERAWeek, Quest for Security: Strategies for a New Energy Future, has expanded the power segment of its agenda to two days, Thursday and Friday, February 14 and 15. This establishes a major two-day electric power conference within the framework of CERAWeek that also highlights renewables and technological innovation.

CERAWeek 2008, which opens in Houston February 12 with sessions focusing on oil and natural gas, will feature more than 50 electric power industry leaders, executives and policymakers in two days of sessions on February 14 and 15 addressing electric power topics ranging from capital cost escalation and the future of coal in the power generation mix, to low-carbon strategies and resolving conservation and efficiency tradeoffs.

“The industry is in a very challenging environment right now,” said CERA Vice President and Senior Advisor Lawrence Makovich. “Critical fuel, technology and investment decisions must be made while the global cost escalation in fuels, people and engineering capabilities plays into price increases for electricity. In addition, there may well be additional charges associated with carbon policy and renewables. The extent to which alternative energy can become part of the solution will depend on whether flexibility and logical pacing can become part of alternative energy mandates and policies.

“CERAWeek 2008 will bring together the foremost thought leaders from the industry, policy and financial communities to analyze the possibilities and options for the electric power future,” Makovich added.

“CERA’s electric power services have established their importance worldwide,” said Dan Yergin, CERA Chairman and IHS Executive Vice President. “In recognition of the critical issues affecting the power industry, we have expanded the traditional electric power focus into a major two-day electric power conference as one of the central parts of CERAWeek.”

Power Segment Speakers

The two-day power segment of CERAWeek 2008 will feature addresses from a number of prominent leaders, including: Dr. Alan Greenspan, former chairman, U.S. Federal Reserve (1987-2006); Joseph T. Kelliher, chairman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission; James E. Rogers, chairman and chief executive officer, Duke Energy Corporation; Michael Morris, chairman and CEO of American Electric Power; Hon. Donald L. Evans, chairman, Energy Future Holdings; Philippe Joubert, executive vice president, Alstom Group, and president, Alstom Power Systems, Alstom; and Lars G. Josefsson, president and CEO, Vattenfall AB.

Sessions earlier in the week (February 12 and 13) of CERAWeek will include presentations by Abdallah S. Jum’ah, president and CEO, Saudi Aramco; James Mulva, chairman and CEO, ConocoPhillips; Nobuo Tanaka, executive director, International Energy Agency; Hon. Chakib Khelil, Minister of Energy and Mines, Algeria, and new president of OPEC; Linda Cook, executive director, Gas and Power, Royal Dutch Shell; Nobel Laureate R K Pachauri, director-general, TERI and chairman, Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change; and Helge Lund, president and CEO, StatoilHydro ASA.

    Other power segment speakers include:

-- Alfredo Elias Ayub, director general, Comision Federal de

-- Jim Barry, CEO, NTR

-- Matthieu Bucaille, managing director, Lazard

-- Peter L Corsell, CEO and president, GridPoint

-- John Deutch, Institute professor, Massachusetts Institute of

-- Richard Kauffman, CEO and president, Good Energies Inc.

-- Deryk I. King, chairman and CEO, Direct Energy, Centrica North

-- Jacob Maroga, chief executive, Eskom

-- Ernest J. Moniz, Ph.D., professor of physics and Cecil and Ida
Green distinguished professor, MIT Sloan School of Management

-- Mike Mudd, CEO, FutureGen Alliance

-- George Sakellaris, president and CEO, Ameresco, Inc