Monthly Archives: January 2012

Environment Minister Retreats on Solar Subsidies

Solar panels are being installed across Germany, with the cost of heavy subsidies being passed on to energy consumers. German Environment Minister Norbert Röttgen has said he wants to cut subsidies on installing solar panels sooner than planned as the … Continue reading

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On the Horizon, Planes Powered by Plant Fuel

LufthansaAn Airbus A321 engine is powered with a mixture that is 50 percent biofuel. The use of jet fuel from renewable sources is now well demonstrated, but it costs more than double what fuel made from petroleum does, according to … Continue reading

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Energy Tax Breaks Proposed, Despite Waning Support for Subsidies

Ken James/Bloomberg News Clean-energy companies say they need continued support to stay competitive. Assisted by technological innovation and years of subsidies, the cost of wind and solar power has fallen sharply — so much so that the two industries say … Continue reading

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The solar industry needs to know the UK government can be trusted

If policy can be changed retrospectively, why should business believe that the UK is a safe place to invest? Construction workers fixing solar panels. Photograph: Michaela Rehle/REUTERS This week, the government lost its appeal against a judge’s ruling that its … Continue reading

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United Arab Emirates Promotes Alternative Energy

Masdar, a renewable energy company based in Abu Dhabi, plans to spend millions of dirhams in clean energy projects in Scotland after signing an agreement with the Scottish government. Research will be coordinated through the Energy Technology Partnership, an alliance … Continue reading

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Obstacles to Danish Wind Power

During howling winter weather two years ago, the thousands of windmills dotting Denmark and its coastline generated so much power that Danes had to pay other countries to take the surplus. The incident was the first of its kind, and … Continue reading

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Scottish renewable energy set to get £7.6bn to connect to grid

Energy regulator Ofgem signalled it was likely to approve up to £7.6bn of infrastructure investment to connect new Scottish wind farms and other renewable power generators to the UK grid. The proposed spending would ‘replace ageing infrastructure’ and also ‘greatly … Continue reading

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