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Should the U.S. compete or cooperate with China on clean energy?

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Here’s an editorial following up on and article posted earlier regarding Secretary Chu’s announcement that the U.S. invest US$37.5 million to cooperate with China on clean energy research.

Wind turbines are seen at the Da Bancheng Wind Farm in Xinjiang, China, last year as Beijing pushes companies to produce more renewable energy.
By Elizabeth Dalziel, AP

Amid recent studies suggesting the United States is losing the clean energy edge to China, the U.S. Department of Energy is helping fund a joint research center.

On Monday, Energy Secretary Steven Chu announced $37.5 million in U.S. funding over the next five years for the U.S.-China Clean Energy Research Center, to be located at existing facilities in both countries. The Center will focus on energy efficiency, clean vehicles and carbon capture from coal plants.

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Secretary Chu Announces $37.5 Million Available for Joint U.S.-Chinese Clean Energy Research

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Washington, DC – U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu announced today the availability of $37.5 million in U.S. funding over the next five years to support the U.S.-China Clean Energy Research Center.  Funding from the Department of Energy will be matched by the grantees to support $75 million in total U.S. research that will focus on advancing technologies for building energy efficiency, clean coal including carbon capture and storage, and clean vehicles.  The Clean Energy Research Center (CERC) will be located in existing facilities in both the U.S. and China and will include an additional $75 million in Chinese funding.

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March 31st, 2010 at 4:11 pm

Energy Secretary Opposes Suspending Stimulus Grants

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The article below is a follow up to an article posted here recently. Dr. Chu’s arguments pose a bit of a contradiction to my own and some U.S. senators’ arguments against certain aspects of the proposed stimulus bill.

MARCH 5, 2010, 8:56 P.M. ET

By JOSEPH B. WHITE

SANTA BARBARA, Calif.—Energy Secretary Steven Chu said Friday that an effort by Democratic lawmakers to block federal stimulus grants for energy projects that use foreign-made hardware could cost U.S. jobs.

“There are unintended consequences by just coming out and saying, Buy American,” Dr. Chu said. “I do not want a moratorium. We have 9-10% unemployment. You do not want to stop these projects if 2/3 [of the hardware] is American and 1/3 is foreign.” In remarks on the sidelines of the conference, Dr. Chu said he will “work with people in Congress to explain the subtleties” of the global wind-energy market.

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“China is moving $9-10 billion a month…they want to be a leader in this new technology. It’s ours to lose, but we could blow it,” Dr. Chu said. He said U.S. businesses can adapt to higher energy prices by becoming more efficient and adopting new technology.

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March 6th, 2010 at 10:44 am

U.S. withdraws Yucca Mountain application

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Well, this seems to add some finality to the situation. We’ll see.

Mar 03 – United Press International

The U.S. Department of Energy said Wednesday it has filed a motion to withdraw its license application to store high-level nuclear waste at Yucca Mountain.

In a news release, the department said it filed the motion with the Nuclear Regulatory Commission with prejudice. President Barack Obama has instructed Energy Secretary Stephen Chu to establish a commission to study the issue of how best to dispose of nuclear waste.

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March 5th, 2010 at 3:09 am

Energy efficiency to shine in 2010

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I’d like to say that I had the idea first, but people have been talking about energy efficiency for decades, even centuries. It’s definitely possible that it’s been this prevalent in the news for a long time, and I’m  now seeing so much of it only because I’m paying closer attention, but I’ve been watching closely for a couple of years. Either way, there seems to be some pretty serious, new-found traction to efficiency efforts. Excellent.

Posted: 01/24/2010 04:00:00 PM PST

Updated: 01/25/2010 05:21:38 AM PST

Solar and wind power may get the headlines and attention, but green-tech experts say 2010 will be dominated by energy efficiency, the mundane but critical process of cutting the amount of gas and electricity that homes and offices use.

Energy Secretary Steven Chu regularly describes himself as an “energy-efficiency nut.” Sixteen states, including California and New York, have passed legislation enabling homeowners to finance energy-efficiency upgrades through their property taxes. President Barack Obama even declared insulation “sexy” at a Home Depot last month.

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And it’s increasingly seen as an effective way to create desperately needed jobs, save struggling consumers money, wean America from its dependence on foreign oil and reduce carbon emissions — all at the same time.

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“Energy efficiency is very capital-efficient,” said Rob Coneybeer of Shasta Ventures. “We like the idea of people using IT to measure, monitor and improve their energy usage.

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January 25th, 2010 at 5:01 pm