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5289Power Struggle, a Three Part series at Nightly Business Report, PBS - Recommended

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  • Bashir Syed
    Nov 28, 2006

      Date:Monday, November 27, 2006 7:38 PM

       

      Nightly Business Report . POWER STRUGGLE | PBS www.pbs.org

                             

            

            POWER STRUGGLE

            Monday, November 27, 2006

            An NBR Series -- PREMIERES Tuesday, November 28, 2006

       

            A 3 part series examining alternative energy in America .

       

                  When crude oil prices soared earlier this year, interest in alternative energy also spiked. More Americans began to ask if alternative sources of energy, like solar and wind power, could help end America 's dependence on fossil fuels. In "Power Struggle," NBR Correspondent Stephanie Dhue profiles U.S. companies that have already started investing in alternative energy and finds out if these investments can really fuel America .

                 

                   

                  The "Power Struggle" Reports:

                  Part 1: Investing in the Alternative 

                    a.. Premieres Tuesday, November 28, 2006

                    b.. This report examines investor interest in alternative energy companies and projects. It includes interviews with Gary Conley of SolFocus, Stephan Dolezalek of VantagePoint Venture Partners, and others.

       

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                    a.. Babcock & Brown

                    The investment firm Babcock & Brown is "one of the largest developers and owners of US wind power." Michael Garland, who heads the firm's Energy Infrastructure Group, is interviewed in Part 1 of Stephanie Dhue's report.

                    b.. Energy Information Administration (EIA)

                    The EIA is the source of "Official Energy Statistics from the U.S. Government." This links to EIA data and reports about alternative and renewable fuels.

                    c.. General Accounting Office (GAO) (PDF Document)

                    This links to a 2004 GAO report titled, "Renewable Energy: Wind Power's Contribution to Electric Power Generation and Impact on Farms and Rural Communities."

                    d.. The Michigan Alternative and Renewable Energy Center (MAREC)

                    MAREC is a research and demonstration center located at Grand Valley State University .

                    e.. National Renewable Energy Laboratory

                    NREL "is the nation's primary laboratory for renewable energy and energy efficiency R&D."

                    f.. SolFocus

                    SolFocus is a solar energy generation technology firm based in Palo Alto , California . SolFocus CEO Gary Conley is interviewed in Part 1 of Stephanie Dhue's report.

                    g.. Tesla Motors

                    Tesla is a designer and manufacturer of high-performance electric cars. Tesla's Chairman and CEO, Martin Eberhard, is interviewed in Part 1 of Stephanie Dhue's report.

                    h.. VantagePoint Venture Partners

                    VantagePoint is a venture capital company that includes a practice group focused on clean technologies. The firm's Managing Director, Stephan Dolezalek, is interviewed in Part 1 of Stephanie Dhue's report.

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                  Part 2: Tidal Power 

                    a.. Premieres Wednesday, November 29, 2006

                    b.. This report looks at efforts to harness energy from the ocean. It focuses on a tidal power project being built in New York ’s East River and includes interviews with Ron Smith of Verdant Power, Roger Bedard of the Electric Power Research Institute, and others.

       

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                    a.. Alternative Energy News - Hydro Power

                    Alternative Energy News offers information about a variety of alternative energy sources. This links to information the site offers about hydro power.

                    b.. Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI)

                    EPRI is "an independent, nonprofit center for public interest energy and environmental research." The center's Ocean Energy Leader, Roger Bedard, is interviewed in Part 2 of Stephanie Dhue's report.

                    c.. Foundation for Water and Energy Education (FWEE)

                    FWEE "is committed to providing balanced information regarding the use of water as a renewable energy resource in the Northwest." The website includes information geared to children.

                    d.. National Hydropower Association (NHA)

                    NHA "is a non-profit national association dedicated exclusively to advancing the interests of the hydropower industry." The association's website offers information about hydro power systems and issues.

                    e.. Renewable Energy Access

                    Renewable Energy Access is an internet source for news and information about renewable energy. This links to an article about the East River hydro-turbine project profiled in Part 2 of Stephanie Dhue's report.

                    f.. Riverkeeper

                    Riverkeeper is an organization dedicated to protecting America 's waters. The organization's General Counsel, Robert Goldstein, is interviewed in Part 2 of Stephanie Dhue's report.

                    g.. Verdant Power

                    Verdant is a designer and developer of hydropower systems, including the East River turbine system profiled in Part 2 of Stephanie Dhue's report.

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                  Part 3: Solar Power 

                    a.. Premieres Thursday, November 30, 2006

                    b.. This report looks at efforts to harness energy from the sun. It focuses on California , which is starting a program to boost energy efficiency, increase renewables, and cap greenhouse gasses. It includes interviews with Sherman Haggerty of Lennar, Dian Grueneich of the California Public Utilities Commission, and others.

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                    a.. Alternative Energy News - Solar Power

                    Alternative Energy News offers information about a variety of alternative energy sources. This links to information the site offers about solar power.

                    b.. California Energy Commission

                    This state government site offers information about California 's energy situation.

                    c.. California Manufacturers & Technology Association (CMTA)

                    CMTA represents California 's more than 30,000 manufacturing companies. The organization's Vice President of Government Relations, Dorothy Rothrock, is interviewed in Part 3 of Stephanie Dhue's report.

                    d.. California Public Utilities Commission

                    This state government site offers additional information about California 's energy situation. Commissioner Dian Grueneich is interviewed in Part 3 of Stephanie Dhue's report.

                    e.. Domaine Carneros

                    Domaine is the Napa winery that invested in solar technology. The company's CEO, Eileen Crane, is interviewed in Part 3 of Stephanie Dhue's report.

                    f.. Go Solar California

                    California set up this site to offer more information about solar energy and the state's new Solar Incentive program.

                    g.. Lennar Living

                    Lennar Living is the homebuilder's online magazine. This links to information about the Solar Plus homes Lennar is building and selling in California .

                    h.. PowerLight (PDF Document)

                    PowerLight is a designer and developer of solar power systems, including the one that currently powers the Domaine Carneros winery in Napa California . This links to a case study of the Domaine Carneros solar project.

                    i.. Solar Electric Power Association (SEPA)

                    SEPA is a non-profit organization dedicated to facilitating "the use and integration of solar electric power by utilities, electric service providers, and their customers."

                    j.. Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA)

                    SEIA "is the national trade association of solar energy manufacturers, dealers, distributors, contractors, installers, architects, consultants, and marketers."

                    k.. Tesla Motors

                    Tesla is a designer and manufacturer of high-performance electric cars. Tesla's Chairman and CEO, Martin Eberhard, is interviewed in Part 3 of Stephanie Dhue's report.

                    l.. U.S. Department of Energy

                    This links to information the Department of Energy offers about solar energy technologies. The site includes subsections focused on concentrating solar power, photovoltaics, solar heating, and solar lighting.

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