Monthly Archives: May 2011

Wind farms: Britain is ‘running out of wind’

Despite the freak gales that battered parts of the country last week, climate experts are warning that many of Britain’s wind farms may soon run out of puff. Statistics suggest that the winds that sweep across the British Isles may … Continue reading

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Germany to Phase Out Nuclear Power by 2022

Roadmap for the Energy Revolution The German government has decided to shut down the country’s nuclear plants by 2022. The German government has agreed on a roadmap for phasing out nuclear power. All of the country’s 17 nuclear plants are … Continue reading

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Solar to beat coal, nuclear power within five years: GE

Solar power may be cheaper than electricity generated by fossil fuels and nuclear reactors within three to five years because of innovations, said Mark M. Little, the global research director for General Electric Co. “If we can get solar at … Continue reading

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Why must UK have to choose between nuclear and renewable energy?

The environment movement is needlessly polarised over nuclear power, with Jonathon Porritt only encouraging this tribalism. Can he explain why he thinks nuclear and renewables can’t co-exist? A windfarm and Hunterston power station in Largs, Scotland. Photograph: Jeff J Mitchell/Getty … Continue reading

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Arab Spring Boosts Dream of Desert Power

  DPA A solar plant near Las Vegas. The Arab Spring has raised questions about the future of the Desertec project. Desertec is a multi-billion-dollar energy initiative that hopes to meet Europe’s energy needs with solar power from the Sahara. … Continue reading

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Huge solar photovoltaic farm opens in France – big picture

A new photovoltaic park has opened in Les Mées, in the southern department of Alpes-de-Haute-Provence. Spread across 36 acres, the park, built by Belgian firm Enfinity, joins several other plants built on the vast Puimichel plateau. By the end of … Continue reading

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Wind forecast upgrade should mean big drop in fossil fuel use

UK’s electricity infrastructure controller now knows where the wind will blow next 87% of the time – potentially saving 1.5GW Wind power should provide a fifth of generating capacity within a decade if EU targets on renewables are met. Photograph: … Continue reading

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