Monthly Archives: September 2011

Wind power quest faces stability, regulatory hurdles

Like steady breeze and ideal sites, utilities’ commitment also eludes MINAMIAWAJI, Hyogo Pref. — Southern Awaji Island is technically in Hyogo Prefecture. But its location — within sight of Shikoku just across the Inland Sea — bright sunshine, and strong … Continue reading

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Solar Venture Misses Loan Deadline

  First SolarA rendering of the solar farm envisioned by First Solar in San Luis Obispo County in California. The manufacturer First Solar says it will not be able to meet a Sept. 30 deadline to receive a federal loan … Continue reading

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Despite headwinds, solar energy making progress, advocates say

Bright future: Rows of solar panels cover the roof of Solar Frontier’s plant in Kunitomi, Miyazaki Prefecture. ERIC JOHNSTON PHOTOS POWERING THE FUTURE Finishing touches: Workers process solar panels on the assembly line in Solar Frontier’s Miyazaki Prefecture plant. KUNITOMI, … Continue reading

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Delay to green subsidies puts renewable energy investment in doubt

Government puts back Renewables Obligation Certificate reforms, leaving investors unable to commit to green projects Ongoing delays to subsidy reform is hindering the UK’s ability to meet its renewable energy targets. Photograph: Alamy Investment in the UK’s renewable energy infrastructure … Continue reading

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Europe’s Way of Encouraging Solar Power Arrives in the U.S.

Solar cells adorn the roofs of many homes and warehouses across Germany, while the bright white blades of wind turbines are a frequent sight against the sky in Spain. Kelly LaDuke for The New York Times John and Susan Stanton, … Continue reading

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Scottish and Southern Energy abandons nuclear plans for wind

Scottish and Southern Energy (SSE) has confirmed it will withdraw from plans to develop nuclear power, deciding that wind farms provide a better investment. Green groups welcomed SSE’s decision to abandon nuclear in favour of wind Photo: Alamy The utility … Continue reading

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What are bioenergy and biofuels – and are they a good idea?

Biodiesel can be used as a diesel substitute and is made from recycled cooking oil. Photograph: Matt Cardy/Getty Images Bioenergy describes any energy source based on biological matter – everything from an dung cooking fire or a biomass power station … Continue reading

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