Energy

UK clears 3 wind farms in clean energy target chase
February 28, 2008 09:00 AM - Reuters

LONDON (Reuters) - British energy minister Malcolm Wicks has given the all clear to three wind farms in England as the government tries to clear a backlog of clean energy projects and hit ambitious renewable energy targets. Two of the projects are onshore wind farms in North Lincolnshire and South Yorkshire, while the third is an offshore project planned for the Thames Estuary.

Britain delays CO2 permit issue as EU dithers
February 28, 2008 08:58 AM - Reuters

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain has decided to delay issuing European Union carbon emissions allowances (EUAs) because the European Commission is still unsure when the carbon trading registry system will start, the British government said on Thursday. The environment ministry Defra said in a statement that the trading, which will be connected to the United Nations International Transaction Log, must be ready before December.

Exploring the Green-BoP Nexus Pt. 1: A Nano-Sized Car Reveals
February 27, 2008 10:34 AM - , Next Billion

The launch of the Tata Nano, the ridiculously low-priced car that could open a floodgate of new drivers in India and elsewhere, is undoubtedly one of the milestone innovations marking the early years of the 21st century. This is not just because of the unprecedented feat of technological and design innovation it represents but because of the huge rift it exposes in the public debate over the linkages between two crucial concepts, poverty and environment.

Ceramic Fuel Cells gets first major order
February 27, 2008 08:11 AM - Reuters

LONDON (Reuters) - Ceramic Fuel Cells said on Wednesday it had secured the first big order for its energy efficient fuel cells, and a source close to the situation said it expects similar orders in the next 12 months. Shares in Ceramic rose 10 percent to 21p after it announced the five-year deal with Dutch energy firm and utility partner Nuon, worth between 75-100 million pounds ($147-197 million).

DSM, partners receive U.S. grant for biofuels study
February 27, 2008 03:23 AM - Reuters

AMSTERDAM (Reuters) - Dutch chemicals group DSM NV said on Wednesday it and partners have received a grant from the U.S. Department of Energy for research on the production of bio-based products, including biofuels. DSM said in a statement the project will run for four years and its partners for the project include Abengoa Bioenergy New Technologies, Los Alamos Laboratory and Sandia National Laboratory.

A solar powered world?
February 26, 2008 10:35 AM - , Private Landowner Network

Arizona Public Service (APS) has announced plans to build a 280-megawatt concentrating solar power plant in the desert 70 miles southwest of Phoenix. The Solana Generating Station, if it were operating today, would be the single largest solar power plant on the planet. Solana, with its thermal energy storage, will be able to operate 24/7 providing power for 70,000 homes.

CLP to develop world's largest solar power station
February 25, 2008 07:24 AM - Reuters

HONG KONG (Reuters) - An Australian subsidiary of CLP Holdings Ltd, the larger of Hong Kong's two power utilities, has agreed with Melbourne-based Solar Systems to develop the world's largest solar power station. TRUenergy will contribute an initial A$7 million ($6.5 million) to develop a 2-megawatt heliostat concentrated photovoltaic pilot plant, subsequently investing up to A$285 million to build the remaining stages of the 154 megawatt project in northern Victoria, Australia, CLP said.

China may hit energy use target for 1st time in 08
February 25, 2008 04:13 AM - Reuters

KUNMING (Reuters) - China could meet its own annual targets for energy efficiency for the first time this year, but will still have problems meeting its goals of reducing emissions, according to a state-backed think tank. China in 2006 set a goal of cutting energy intensity, or the amount of energy needed to produce $1 in economic growth, by 20 percent by 2010. But after it failed to meet the annual target in 2006, the first year of the campaign, it has not published the annual goals for subsequent years.

Amazon nuts help fuel first biofuel flight
February 24, 2008 08:22 AM - Reuters

LONDON (Reuters) - Nuts picked from Amazon rainforests helped fuel the world's first commercial airline flight powered by renewable energy on Sunday. A Virgin Atlantic jumbo jet flew from London to Amsterdam with one of its fuel tanks filled with a bio-jet blend including babassu oil and coconut oil.

Jakarta hit by scheduled blackouts to save power
February 23, 2008 03:23 AM - Reuters

JAKARTA (Reuters) - Jakarta's commercial and residential districts were hit by scheduled power cuts for several hours on Saturday as part of a desperate attempt by Indonesia's state electricity firm to save dwindling supplies. Java, Indonesia's most heavily populated island, and Bali, the neighboring resort island, were hit by serious outages last week as bad weather hampered coal deliveries and left two big power plants on Java with only enough coal stocks to last a day or so.

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