• Renewables Investors Fear Withdrawal Of Subsidies

    • Date: 19/08/10

    European Governments Are Finding Themselves Forced to Scale Back Amid Budgetary Pressures and High Power Prices […] Spain saw a boom in photovoltaic installation in 2007 and 2008, before a regulatory change in September 2008 lowered subsidies for future installations. Capacity installed prior to this change receives a highly subsidized feed-in tariff of as much […]

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  • Ireland: Elderly In Fear Of Winter Fuel Poverty

    • Date: 19/08/10

    Many elderly Clare people face a cold winter ahead as the introduction of a carbon tax could plunge pensioners into fuel poverty. That’s the view of north Clare councillor Martin Conway (FG), who believes that there is a growing fear among the county’s elderly population of a cold winter to come. “The introduction of a […]

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  • Energy Idiocy

    • Date: 18/08/10

    People who make an effort to be eco-friendly – for instance by recycling glass bottles, turning off lights and unplugging cellphone chargers – have no idea what they’re on about, according to a new survey. Those who don’t bother are more likely to know what actually saves energy and what doesn’t. This revelation comes in […]

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  • Wood to Coal to Oil to Natural Gas and Nuclear: The Slow Pace of Energy Transitions

    • Date: 17/08/10

    In the wake of the Macondo well blowout, we are hearing renewed claims that we must quit using oil, that we must win “the oil end game.” In addition, there are the continuing calls for drastic reductions in carbon-based fuel consumption, and those calls are being amplified thanks to the drought and record-setting heat that […]

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  • More Than Half Of Britain’s Wind Farms Have Been Built Where There Is Not Enough Wind

    • Date: 17/08/10

    It’s not exactly rocket science – when building a wind farm, look for a site that is, well, quite windy. But more than half of Britain’s wind farms are operating at less than 25 per cent capacity. In England, the figure rises to 70 per cent of onshore developments, research shows. Experts say that over-generous […]

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  • Britain Is Struggling To Power Nuclear Renaissance

    • Date: 15/08/10

    China started generating electricity from the first fourth generation nuclear station without fanfare last month, using largely home-grown technology that reduces waste, increases efficiency and vastly brings down costs compared with existing plants. It’s only a trial project, with the first commercial-scale model planned for 2020, but nevertheless is a step towards production-line nuclear plants […]

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  • Blinded By The Sun

    • Date: 13/08/10

    THE beauty about solar power stations is that you just have to promise them. Never mind that you won’t deliver. After all, the new green faith is about seeming, not doing, right? I again mention this truth because the Brumby Government now promises to make Victoria the “solar capital” of Australia. Premier John Brumby says […]

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  • Green Jobs Outsourced

    • Date: 12/08/10

    President Obama promotes federal subsidies for the renewable energy industry, saying they will create “the jobs of the future, jobs that pay well and can’t be outsourced.” But some green jobs can be outsourced, as Michigan solar cell maker Energy Conversion Devices, Inc., demonstrated Tuesday. ECD said it will move final assembly of some of […]

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