Tag Archive | Energy

“UK will invest in carbon capture in Alex Salmond’s constituency, says Ed Davey”

Ed Davey, the UK energy secretary, will confirm plans before Monday’s cabinet meeting for a major new investment in the UK’s first carbon capture and storage scheme at Peterhead power station in Alex Salmond‘s Holyrood constituency.


Putting more pressure on Scotland to stay.

“Why volcanoes are the energy source of the future”

In Iceland, scientists have just completed a successful experiment in harnessing energy directly from a volcano.


It would be interesting to see how cost-effective this form of renewable energy is compared to others. Would energy companies get a higher or lower profit?

“Why China is building a massive solar power plant in the middle of nowhere?”


Back in 2009 when China announced it would build the world’s largest photovoltaic power plant in the Mongolian desert, it choose a US company, First Solar, to construct the 2,000-megawatt (MW) project. Yesterday, China unveiled plans for another huge solar power plant, a 1,000 MW project in the remote Xinjiang Region. This time, though, a homegrown company, Trina Solar, won the contract.

“Energiewende” is German Economic Policy December 31st 2013



Merkel Says Balanced Budget, Energy Take Priority in Third Term


Germany is committed to “Energiewende“. The policy must pay for itself by being budget neutral. This is the most radical economic policy of the 21st Century by any major global advanced economy. If Germany can achieve its objectives it will have solved the major economic challenge facing advanced industrial nations.

Good luck Germany!!!

“Solar Pioneer Says Fukushima Can Make Japan Clean Energy Hotbed”



Japan should be able to turn the energy woes triggered by the 2011 Fukushima disaster into a chance to integrate more clean energy, said an industry expert.


Economic necessity means Japan must turn this crisis into an opportunity.


“U.K. Adopts 450 Million Pound Offshore Wind Port Plan”



The U.K. approved a 450-million pound ($736 million) project to build manufacturing and port facilities for the offshore wind industry in northeast England, expanding the country’s drive to develop the technology.



“Wind Power Rivals Coal With $1 Billion Order From Buffett”



The decision by Warren Buffett’s utility company to order about $1 billion of wind turbines for projects in Iowa shows how a drop in equipment costs is making renewable energy more competitive with power from fossil fuels.


Investment decisions are being influenced by environmental concerns. The world’s most famous investor is betting on renewable energy. He is also hedging the losses on the railway company he owns as Coal shipments by rail fall.

“Energy Efficiency Is Long Overdue”



On a global scale, we humans are becoming more energy efficient with each passing year. Even so, we’re exploiting only a fraction of the technological opportunities to use energy more cost-effectively. There’s a lot governments can do to put this right.


There’s a lot that can be done on efficiency, but who picks up the bill for it? Take my survey and have your say.

“The World’s Top 10 Solar Countries”



In 2012 solar power produced just 0.5% of global electricity. It’s only a speck compared to coal (42%), natural gas (21%), hydro (15%) and nuclear (12%).

“U.K. Urged to Auction Renewable Energy Contracts “



The U.K. should hold competitive auctions for most renewable power contracts to bring down technology costs and lower the impact on consumer electricity bills, an analyst linked to the ruling Conservative Party said.


Will renewable energy providers be interested in an auction process, if there are no taxpayer-funded subsidies or opportunities to pass the costs on to consumers with higher bills?