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Two Integrated Gasification Combined Cycle Plants Planned for Texas

Texas Energy Future Holdings Limited Partnership (TEF), the holding company formed by Kohlberg Kravis Roberts (KKR) and Texas Pacific Group (TPG) to acquire TXU, and TXU announced today that they have started the planning process for two integrated gasification combined cycle (IGCC) commercial demonstration plants to be located in Texas.

Clean Energy Centre Gets the Go Ahead

The New Zealand Clean Energy Centre has now got the go-ahead, after attracting significant industry funding to complement government support.

Universities in £1.5M Drive to Cut Cost of Solar Power

Chemists, physicists, materials scientists and electrical engineers in Manchester and London are embarking on a £1 1/2 million project to develop new and potentially cheaper ways of generating solar power.

Effective Carbon Control Policy Improves Competition, Climate, Cost of Power Generation

Jay Apt, a professor at Carnegie Mellon University's Tepper School of Business and co-author of a forthcoming paper outlining incentives for controlling carbon emissions, warns of the consequences of delay in enacting effective electric sector policy.

Cellulosic Ethanol: Fuel of the Future?

In his January 23 State of the Union address, President George Bush outlined his plan to reduce the nation's dependency on foreign oil by requiring the production of 35 billion gallons a year of renewable and alternative fuels by 2017, roughly five times the current target set by Congress of 7 1/2 billion gallons by 2012.

Nanotechnology for Sustainability: Key Opportunities for Energy Saving

A new report from Cientifica, "Nanotechnologies for the Energy Markets" indicates that the primary impact of nanotechnologies will be in more efficient use of existing resources rather than the creation of new supplies from solar and hydrogen based technologies.

BP Selects Strategic Partners For Energy Biosciences Institute

BP has selected the University of California Berkeley and its partners the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign and the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory to join in a $500 million research program that will explore how bioscience can be used to increase energy production and reduce the impact of energy consumption on the environment.

USDA Announces Plan for $1.6 Billion Investment in Renewable Fuels

Agriculture Secretary Mike Johanns today announced plans to propose $1,6 billion in new funding for renewable energy, with a focus on cellulosic energy research and production, as part of the Administration's 2007 farm bill proposals.

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