Pressure builds in Taiwan to reconsider nuclear power
January 18, 2008 09:27 AM - Reuters

TAIPEI (Reuters) - Following a resounding victory for Taiwan's pro-nuclear opposition party, record oil prices and concerns over a possible power deficit, Taipei is reopening the debate over potential expansion of its nuclear capacity. The victory by the Nationalist Party (KMT) in recent parliamentary elections, in which it won 72 percent of the seats, has strengthened its bid to recapture the presidency in the March 22 poll and with it the power to determine energy policy.

Focus the Nation, Focus on Coal
January 17, 2008 09:30 AM - , Private Landowner Network

It’s safe to say that most Americans aren’t up to speed on global warming. They may be aware of the problem and some - a relative few - may even be taking steps to help out, to cut their carbon footprint. But most are doing nothing, nada, zip. Some politicians, state and federal, are speaking out of course and making some headway legislatively. Many companies, too, are doing at least something such as cutting their own emissions, investing in green technologies and offering products that promise lower emissions. Overall, the green energy industry is growing.

World oil demand to peak before supply: BP
January 17, 2008 05:49 AM - Reuters

World oil production may peak in the coming years, but it will be because of a decline in demand for petroleum rather than constraint on supply, a BP economist said on Wednesday. The comments come in the wake of remarks from other industry officials who in recent months have questioned mainstream supply forecasts, suggesting a peak in output may be closer than the industry has previously admitted.

Canada seen setting new car efficiency standards
January 17, 2008 02:26 AM - Reuters

Cannon's office announced on Wednesday that he would announce "a major environmental initiative" at the Montreal International Auto Show at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday.

Canada sacks nuclear watchdog over reactor closure
January 16, 2008 02:00 PM - Reuters

OTTAWA (Reuters) - The Canadian government fired the country's top nuclear watchdog over how she handled the closure of a reactor that makes medical radioisotopes and said on Wednesday her conduct could have cost people their lives. Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission President Linda Keen lost her job late on Tuesday for refusing to allow a 50-year-old reactor at the Chalk River facility in Ontario to reopen after a maintenance shutdown in November.

German nuclear reactor row goes to higher court
January 16, 2008 12:02 PM - Reuters

FRANKFURT (Reuters) - A court ruled on Wednesday that a dispute between the German government and a power group about whether to close a major nuclear reactor will be referred to the country's Federal Administrative Court. The decision prolongs a dispute between the operator, Vattenfall Europe, which last year applied to keep the 806 megawatts plant open beyond 2010, and the Environment Ministry, which threw out the application.

Bulgaria launches EU push to reopen nuclear units
January 16, 2008 10:49 AM - Reuters

Bulgaria has launched talks to convince fellow European Union members to let it reopen two nuclear power reactors that it had to shut to win EU entry, the government said on Wednesday. The closure of the 440 megawatt units at Kozloduy nuclear power plant in late 2006 caused big financial losses to Bulgaria and led to power deficits in the Balkans, Prime Minister Sergei Stanishev told a news conference.

More of U.S. grain crop to be consumed by family car
January 16, 2008 06:52 AM - Reuters

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Almost a third of the U.S. grain crop next year may be diverted from the family dinner table to the family car as fuel, putting upward pressure on food prices, a leading expert warned on Tuesday. Grain prices are near record levels as the United States produces more ethanol, now made mostly from corn, to blend with gasoline and stretch available motor fuel supplies.

China wind power hits 5.6 GW
January 16, 2008 06:04 AM - Reuters

BEIJING (Reuters) - China's wind power generating capacity surged to 5.6 gigawatts by the end of last year, but over a quarter of it is still not connected to the grid because of bad planning, an industry expert said on Wednesday. Shi Pengfei, vice-president of the Chinese wind energy association, said capacity growth in 2008 is likely to speed up, with another 4 GW expected to be added by the booming industry. This will bring the total amount of turbines erected by the end of this year to nearly 10 GW, or twice Beijing's official target for the end of the decade.

Wind Power and M&A: A Moveable Feast
January 15, 2008 10:21 AM - , Triple Pundit

Multi-billion dollar renewable energy enterprises seem to have sprung up full-blown practically overnight, providing investment bankers, venture capitalists and financiers with their latest moveable feast. Wind power projects and companies were among the first to attract serious attention and capital. While solar and biofuels have likewise come to the fore, wind power investment continues to grow at a healthy clip, constrained more by a lack of key materials than by lack of capital, opportunity, industry or even political will.

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