• German nuclear reactor row goes to higher court

    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. >> Read the Full Article
  • Bulgaria launches EU push to reopen nuclear units

    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. >> Read the Full Article
  • More of U.S. grain crop to be consumed by family car

    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. >> Read the Full Article
  • China wind power hits 5.6 GW

    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. >> Read the Full Article
  • Wind Power and M&A: A Moveable Feast

    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. >> Read the Full Article
  • EU lawmakers seek more time for car CO2 cuts

    Automakers should be given more time to cut carbon dioxide emissions from their cars under legislation proposed by the European Union's executive arm, EU lawmakers said on Tuesday. In a non-binding report, the European Parliament said manufacturers should reduce the average level of car C02 emitted to 125 grams per km by 2015, rather than to 120 grams by 2012 as proposed by the European Commission last month. >> Read the Full Article
  • Finnish court actions could delay Baltic gas link

    Environmental concerns in Finland over the Nord Stream consortium's plans to build a gas pipeline under the Baltic Sea from Russia to Germany could cause months or even years of delay to the project, officials said. Nord Stream, majority owned by Russian gas export monopoly Gazprom, plans to start building the 1,200 km (750 mile) pipeline in mid-2009 and begin deliveries in early 2011. >> Read the Full Article
  • China warns of faulty dams danger, plans repairs

    Just under half of China's nearly 90,000 dams are dangerously unstable and need urgent repair, the government said on Tuesday, unveiling a three-year plan to do just that costing 27 billion yuan ($3.7 billion). "Over the last several years, dams have had a very important effect on socio-economic development," Deputy Water Resources Minister Jiao Yong told a meeting carried live on central government Web site www.gov.cn. >> Read the Full Article
  • OECD wary on biofuel policies

    PARIS (Reuters) - Governments may be getting a clearer picture of the shortcomings of current biofuel policies but the likelihood they can remedy any wrongs looks far from certain, a senior OECD official said on Monday.

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  • Abu Dhabi unveil plans for sustainable city

    WWF and the government of Abu Dhabi today launched a Sustainability Strategy to deliver the world’s greenest city. Masdar City will be the world’s first zero-carbon, zero-waste, car-free city, meeting or exceeding a set of stringent sustainability goals established under the “One Planet Living™” programme established by WWF and environmental consultancy BioRegional. >> Read the Full Article