• North America: The New Energy Kingdom

    • Date: 08/12/10

    The American Petroleum Institute reports that the United States produced more crude oil in October than it has ever produced in a single month, “peak oil” or not. This reversal of trend helps explain why U.S. domestic production for the year will be 140,000 barrels a day higher than last year (which was 410,000 barrels […]

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  • U.S. Republicans: Killing Green Opposition By Cutting Off Its Funding

    • Date: 07/12/10

    Billions in federal subsidies for manufacturers of solar panels and wind- and solar-power facilities will end Jan. 1, 2011, unless lawmakers who negotiated a deal to extend tax cuts back down from their positions. The clean-energy incentives were created by 2009 economic stimulus legislation. Republicans are taking a firm stand that they aren’t part of […]

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  • France Stops Subsidies For New Solar Projects

    • Date: 07/12/10

    The French government is planning to suspend feed-in tariffs for new photovoltaic installations above a capacity of 3 kilowatt hours for a period of four months, according to a draft decree discussed at a government meeting on Thursday. –-ENDS Europe, 7 December 2010 Solar developers are set to abandon France following the government’s recent announcement […]

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  • Energy and Poverty – What is Really at Stake in Cancun

    • Date: 06/12/10

    A year ago during the Copenhagen conference on climate change, I published a post, Electricity for the Poor–What Copenhagen Really Needs to Confront, where I noted that some 1.5 billion people did not have access to reliable electricity supplies. To update this, there is more electricity generated this year than last, mostly due to newly commissioned large conventional sources of electric power – gas, […]

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  • The Green Energy Collapse

    • Date: 05/12/10

    Across the world, unsustainable subsidies for wind and solar are being cut back. The Ontario government paints itself in extreme green. It has outlawed coal — the only jurisdiction on the continent to have done so. It boasts the world’s biggest solar plant. It boasts the western world’s biggest subsidies to the renewables industry. And […]

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  • Vestas: The European Picture For Wind Energy Is Bleak

    • Date: 03/12/10

    The boss of the world’s biggest wind turbine manufacturer, Vestas, has warned that the wind energy sector in Europe remains fairly stagnant, in remarks that deal a blow to governments’ hopes of constructing new industries around renewable technologies. Answering Energy Source readers’ questions, Ditlev Engel warned of a “lack of momentum in Europe”. He said: […]

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  • Green Restrictions On Power Stations ‘Could Make Bills Unaffordable’

    • Date: 02/12/10

    New environmental restrictions on coal stations and ultimately gas stations will raise energy prices, possibly to “unaffordable” levels, according to MPs. The energy select committee, chaired by Tim Yeo, is broadly in favour of the Government’s plans to introduce an Emissions Performance Standard (EPS), which would set a specific limit on carbon dioxide released from […]

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  • Germany Announces Rollback On Green Subsidies

    • Date: 02/12/10

    Germany will not guarantee that existing rules for feed-in tariffs for solar power will be continued after 2012, environment minister Norbert Roettgen said on Wednesday. Germany’s renewable energy law (EEG) is due to come under review next year. The centre-right government added an unscheduled reduction in feed-in tariffs for photovoltaic energy in the middle of […]

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