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  • EU sets 2030 renewable energy target of 27%
    Oct 24, 2014 - Peter Bennett - pv-tech.org

    The European Council has reached an agreement over the 2030 climate and energy policy framework.

  • Turning Humble Seaweed to Biofuel
    Oct 22, 2014 - Nancy Bazilchuk - renewableenergyworld.com

    A Norwegian research group has been able to achieve bio-oil yields of 79 percent from a common kelp, much higher than other attempts. The secret is to heat the kelp very quickly and bring it to the right temperature within seconds.

  • Cheap African solar energy could power UK homes in 2018
    Oct 20, 2014 - Matt McGrath - bbc.com

    Investors are seeking funding from the UK government for an ambitious plan to import solar energy generated in North Africa.

  • Solar to beat wind to wholesale grid parity in Europe - report
    Oct 7, 2014 - Andy Colthorpe - pv-tech.org

    Solar PV will narrowly beat onshore wind to wholesale grid parity in Europe, according to a new report.

  • Renewable energy covers 42 pct of Spain's electricity needs in 2013
    Jul 3, 2014 - Xinhua News Agency - globalpost.com

    MADRID, July 3 (Xinhua) -- A study published by the Spanish Electricity Network (Red Electica Espanola) on Thursday showed renewables covered 42.2 percent of the demand for electricity in mainland Spain in 2013 with wind energy the main contributor.

  • UK Approves World's Largest Offshore Wind Farm
    Jun 25, 2014 - Katherine Tweed - spectrum.ieee.org

    The United Kingdom’s Department for Energy and Climate Change approved the East Anglia ONE offshore wind farm last week, paving the way for the construction of the world’s largest wind farm.

  • Press Release: FOSG proposal for EU specific interconnection objectives by 2030
    Jun 19, 2013 - elia.be

    "No transition without transmission" - Europe’s leading grid initiative calls for a clear commitment to a single electricity market to deliver real benefits to Europe's consumers.

  • Minimum CO2 price of $32 needed to curb warming, study shows
    Jun 16, 2014 - Yahoo.com

    Paris (AFP) - A global carbon price of at least $32 (24 euros) per tonne is needed by 2015 to apply an effective brake on global warming -- almost five times today's European market rate, a study said Monday.

  • US$53 trillion energy investment needed to head off climate change: IEA
    Jun 3, 2014 - Ben Willis - pv-tech.org

    Investment in renewable energy and energy efficiency will fall well below what is required to head off dangerous global warming without a breakthrough in the Paris climate change talks next year, the International Energy Agency has warned.

  • Germany Sets New Record, Generating 74 Percent Of Power Needs From Renewable Energy
    May 13, 2014 - Kiley Kroh - thinkprogress.org

    On Sunday, Germany’s impressive streak of renewable energy milestones continued, with renewable energy generation surging to a record portion — nearly 75 percent — of the country’s overall electricity demand by midday.

  • Germany’s storage subsidy yields 4,000 systems in first year
    May 13, 2014 - Andy Colthorpe - pv-tech.org

    In the year that has passed since Germany began offering subsidies for lithium-ion battery systems for residential use, around 4,000 solar-plus-batteries have been installed, the country’s Federal Solar Industry Association (BSW Solar) has announced.

  • Norway to pour billions more into climate fund
    May 10, 2014 - Xinhua - china.org.cn

    The Norwegian government will increase its contribution by 12.75 billion Norwegian kroner (about 2.16 billion U.S. dollars) in the next three years to a national fund aimed at efforts to mitigate climate change, Prime Minister Erna Solberg announced on Friday.

  • More Than 120 Large-Scale Solar PV Farms Approved for Construction in the UK
    Apr 29, 2014 - World of renewables

    Santa Clara, Calif., April 28, 2014—The United Kingdom is forecast to be the largest solar photovoltaic (PV) market in Europe in 2014, fuelled by the rapid growth in ground-mounted solar PV farms. More than 120 large-scale solar PV farms in the UK have recently received project-planning approval, and many of them are targeting completion within the next 12 months, according to the new NPD Solarbuzz UK Deal Tracker report.

  • British gov't unveils eight renewable energy projects
    Apr 23, 2014 - English.news.cn - xinhuanet.com

    LONDON, April 23 (Xinhua) -- Eight major renewable power projects were given approval by the British government on Wednesday, as part of the country's electricity reforms aimed at boosting green growth and jobs.

  • The UK’s rooftops to become power stations
    Apr 7,2014 - Photovoltaics Today

    Plans to turn the Government estate as well as factories, supermarkets and car parks into “solar hubs” have been outlined in a new strategy by Energy Minister Greg Barker today.

  • UK launches Europe’s first dedicated solar strategy
    Apr 4, 2014 - Peter Bennett - pv-tech.org

    The UK has become the first European government to publish a dedicated solar PV strategy.The Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) published the long-awaited Solar Strategy today, designed to enact a “further step change in deployment” for solar in the UK.

  • Norway's sovereign wealth fund renews commitment to renewable energy investment
    Apr 4, 2014 - Conor Ryan - pv-tech.org

    Just a few weeks after news broke that Norway’s oil-generated sovereign wealth fund, Government Pension Fund Global (GPFG), would focus 5% of its NOK5 trillion (US$800 billion) on the renewables sector, a new report was published to the Norwegian parliament on 4 April that expands on the new mandate.

  • Renewable electricity at record level in Scotland
    Mar 27, 2014 - English.news.cn - xinhuanet.com

    EDINBURGH, March 27 (Xinhua) -- Renewable electricity energy delivered a record-breaking 46 percent of Scotland's gross electricity consumption in 2013, new official figures showed on Thursday.

  • 'Two-thirds of German PV installers now offering storage'
    Mar 13, 2011 - Andy Colthorpe - pv-tech.org

    Over two-thirds of German PV installers are now offering their customers energy storage options, while their British and Italian counterparts are beginning to follow suit, according to a new report from EuPD Research.

  • This Is What the Utility Death Spiral Looks Like
    Mar 4, 2014 - Stephen Lacey - greentechmedia.com

    In Germany, utility revenues are spiraling down the rabbit hole. Will American power companies follow?

  • Panel of experts recommends ending Germany’s renewable energy support
    Feb 27, 2014 - Andy Colthorpe - pv-tech.org

    The Commission of Experts for Research and Innovation (EFI), a panel appointed to make top-level recommendations to the German government, has suggested that state support for renewable energy should be curtailed.

  • High voltage transmission line to link Albania, Macedonia
    2014-02-17 13:52:35 GMT2014-02-17 21:52:35(Beijing Time)

    TIRANA, Feb. 17 (Xinhua) -- An agreement on construction of an interconnection line between Albania and Macedonia is expected to be signed later this year as Albania is seeking to increase its electricity transmission capacities by building more high voltage transmission lines with the neighboring countries, according to ATA.

  • EU outlines 2030 climate goals
    Jan 22, 2014 - bbc.co.uk - Matt McGrath

    The European Commission has outlined its plans for climate and energy policy until 2030.
    The Commissioners want a binding target to reduce carbon emissions by 40% from 1990 levels.

  • Deutsche Bank hails second solar ‘gold rush’
    Jan 07, 2014 - Mark Osborne - pv-tech.org

    In a new detailed report by Deutsche Bank’s US-based solar industry analysts, the PV industry is said to be heading into its “second gold rush” with a base demand of 46GW in 2014, topped by an expected 56GW of demand in 2015.

  • Siemens Study By 2030, worldwide power sector could cut CO2 emissions by amount equivalent to EU's total annual emissions
    Nov 16, 2013 - Daegu - Siemens.com

    Global power demand is set to increase on average by nearly 3 percent per year over the current and next decade. Cumulatively, this moderate growth will cause overall power demand to rise by more than half of its current level between now and 2030.

  • EU fast tracks grid and storage projects
    Oct 15, 2010 - John Parnell - pv-tech.org

    The European Commission has announced a list of 140 electricity projects that will be fast tracked and have access to a funding pot of €5.85 billion (US$7.9 billion).

  • Thousands of German Cities and Villages Looking to Buy Back Their Power Grids
    Oct 11, 2013 - Matthias B. Krause - greentechmedia.com

    What do Boulder, Colorado and Hamburg, Germany have in common? Boulder, Colorado and Hamburg, Germany don't seem to have too much in common. One is a small, green-minded city at the foothills of the Rockies, the other one is the second biggest metropolis in Germany with almost 1.8 million people, defined by its busy harbor.

  • Reykjavik Geothermal Agrees to Build 1,000 Megawatts in Ethiopia
    Oct 4, 2013 - Justin Doom - renewableenergyworld.com

    NEW YORK CITY -- Reykjavik Geothermal, the Icelandic company that’s helped build power plants in more than 30 countries, agreed to develop as much as 1,000 megawatts of projects in Ethiopia over the next 10 years.

  • Securing the World’s Largest Wind Turbine
    Oct 1, 2013 - Jim Bell, Managing Director, FoundOcean - renewableenergyworld.com

    At 7 megawatts (MW), Samsung Heavy Industries' S7.0-171 is the world's largest offshore wind turbine. The 196-metre tall structure is being installed 20 metres offshore in Fife, Scotland, with a connecting walkway to enable visitors to get up close to the structure.

  • Scotland Greenlights Europe's Largest Tidal Energy Project
    Sep 19, 2013 - sustainablebusiness.com

    After approving a wave energy project earlier this year, the Scottish government has given the go-ahead for Europe's largest tidal energy project.

  • UK Government: Renewables to Deliver Over 30% of Electricity Supply by 2020
    Jun 27, 2013 - By James Herron and Cassie Werbe - wsj.com

    A raft of new financial guarantees unveiled Thursday will ensure the U.K. generates more than 30% of its electricity from renewable sources by 2020, the country's Department of Energy and Climate Change said in a briefing document.

  • Int'l energy forum stresses role of sustainable energy in development agenda
    May 29, 2013 - English.news.cn - xinhuanet.com

    The Vienna Energy Forum, an international energy event sponsored by the United Nations and Austria, opened here Tuesday with a focus on promoting the role of sustainable energy in the post-2015 development agenda.

  • Germany: 100% renewable energy and beyond
    Jul 8, 2013 - CleanTechnica - reneweconomy.com

    While many countries still discuss whether or not a 100% renewable energy system – or “just” a 100% renewable electricity supply – is even theoretically possible, Germans seem no longer bothered by such unscientific doubts.

  • Europe’s largest solar rooftop complete
    Aug 15, 2013 - Lucy Woods- pv-tech.org

    Eleven hectares of PV roof solar has been installed in Germany with the project becoming the largest self-consumption solar plant in Europe.

  • New developments in high-voltage DC electronics could herald an epic shift in energy delivery

    Apr 29, 2013 - Peter Fairley
- spectrum.ieee.org

    Stuttgart is one of the last places you’d expect to find in a power pinch. This south German city’s massive automotive plants run 24-7 without a hiccup, efficiency measures have held industrial power consumption flat, and solar panels flash from atop its major buildings.

  • Record-breaking Portugal generates 70 percent of power from renewables
    Apr 11, 2013 - igpn.org

    Almost three quarters of the electricity consumed in Portugal during the first quarter of the year came from renewable sources, according to new figures from the country’s grid operator REN.

  • Press Release: “Policymakers putting Europe’s leadership in low carbon grid at risk”, say industry leaders
    Mar 20, 2013 - elia.be

    Speaking at Supergrid 2013 on 19 March Friends of the Supergrid Chairman, Mr Marcello del Brenna, called on EU policy makers to deliver a single market in electricity this decade, and to put in place the regulatory framework to enable large scale interconnection between Member States. This will provide real benefit to consumers across the EU, and capture significant economic benefit for European industry.

  • Baixas-Santa Llogaia HVDC link: doubling the interconnection capacity between France and Spain
    Mar 6, 2013 - cigre.org

    The whole project has been financed through the European Energy Program for recovery subsidy (European commission)

  • Scotland's power to be 100 pct generated from renewables by 2020
    Mar 28, 2013 - Xinhua - china.org.cn

    The Scottish Government on Thursday said it aimed to meet the equivalent of 100 percent of gross annual electricity demand from renewables by 2020.

  • More effort needed to meet 2020 clean energy goal -EU Commission
    Mar 27, 2013 - reuters.com

    EU risks missing 20 pct clean energy target in 2020

  • EU-urged-to-adopt-Europe-wide-renewables-policy
    Mar 25, 2013 - Nilima Choudhury - pv-tech.org

    The European Union should introduce universal renewable energy support mechanisms for all member states to reduce tension between conflicting policies.

  • Iceland Looks to Export Power Bubbling From Below
    By ANDREW HIGGINS - Feb 20,2013 - nytimes.com

    KRAFLA, Iceland — Soon after work began here on a power plant to harness some of the vast reserves of energy stored at the earth’s crust, the ground moved and, along a six-mile-long fissure, began belching red-hot lava.

  • Global PV demand in 2013: The highs and lows of scenario forecasting
    Mar 18, 2013 - Finlay Colville - pv-tech.org

    European PV demand will be the key swing factor for final global PV demand during 2013. Sound familiar? Demand from established ‘Western’ PV territories (Europe and North America) may comprise as little as 49% of global demand, but as much as 57%. Whether we end up closer to the upper end of this range or the lower range will ultimately shape the outcome of the PV industry this year.

  • German Renewables Reach 25 Percent
    Mar 16, 2013 - Bill Sweet - spectrum.ieee.org

    The latest issue of the IEEE Power & Energy magazine (March-April) is devoted to photovoltaics, with substantial articles on the U.S. SunShot vision, integration of solar energy in one important U.S. grid, the solar picture in Germany, development of performance metrics on the basis of a 1 MW Tennessee plant, and the PV outlook in post-Fukushima Japan.

  • ABB breakthrough could enable European electrical supergrid
    Mar 1, 2013 - Stephen Harris - theengineer.co.uk

    European electricity grid operators have entered ‘serious negotiations’ with the developers of a technology that could enable the creation of a continental supergrid.

  • European Project Seeks To Aid Renewable Energy Integration
    Feb 13, 2013 - renewgrid.com

    A dozen electricity distribution and research institutions have launched a project that aims to improve the reliability, stability and quality of the European electric distribution grid as it integrates larger amounts of renewable energy.

  • Colourful 'solar glass' means entire buildings can generate clean power
    Feb 12, 2013 - Adam Vaughan - theguardian.com

    A solar power company capable of "printing" colourful glass that can generate electricity from the sun's energy announced a £2m funding boost on Tuesday.

  • Scotland aims to cut power carbon emissions by four fifths by 2030
    Feb 12, 2013 - renewableenergyfocus.com

    Scotland has set a new decarbonisation target to cut carbon emissions from power generation by over four fifths by 2030, in an effort to optimise Scotland’s huge potential for offshore wind beyond 2020.

  • EWEA predicts wind power for 9 million households in Eastern Europe by 2020
    Feb 5, 2013 - renewableenergyfocus.com

    Wind power in Central and Eastern Europe will become a significant source of electricity production by 2020 and Turkey’s wind power generation capacity will grow even faster, provided there is a stable legal framework in each country, according to a new report from the European Wind Energy Association (EWEA).

  • Europe's Biggest Energy Storage Project (Yet)
    Aug 05, 2013 - sustainablebusiness.com

    The largest European energy storage experiment so far – involving a 6-megawatt (MW) lithium-ion battery - is under way in the UK.

  • Siemens: Europe can save €45bn by optimising renewable energy generation
    21 May 2013 - Josie Le Blond - renewableenergyfocus.com

    In a six stage discussion tour to conclude with the World Energy Congress (WEC) in Daegu, South Korea in October 2013, Siemens will discuss the findings of an ongoing study with the Technical University of Munich to examine energy systems worldwide - with the aim of ascertaining their utilisation rate of resources, reliability of supply, sustainability and cost-efficiency.

  • What Future for the North Africa-to-Europe Power Super-Grid?
    Dec 30, 2012 - Dr. Daniel Novotny - The North Africa Post

    With the EU aiming to increasingly meet its energy needs from renewable sources – 30 per cent by 2020 and almost 100 per cent by 2050 – a great portion of this renewable power will have to come particularly from large-scale photovoltaic (PV) installations in sunny regions of the North Africa.

  • Solar Grid Parity Comes to Spain
    Dec 26, 2012 - Peter Kelly-Detwiler- forbes.com

    Bloomberg reported last week that a number of solar developers in Spain have applied for permits to connect to the country’s electric grid and sell solar power at market prices. Taken together the permit requests total 37,5 gigawatts (GW = 1,000 megawatts). Clearly, not all of these proposed facilities will get built.

  • ABB wins $170 million contract for world’s longest high voltage subsea AC cable
    Zurich, Switzerland, Dec 6, 2012 – ABB.com

    Zurich, Switzerland, Dec. 6, 2012 – ABB, the leading power and automation technology group, has won a contract worth $170 million from Subsea 7, to build a power link between a new oil and gas field being developed by Total E&P Norge AS in the North Sea and the Norwegian power grid.

  • Iceland--an Example of the High Penetration of Renewables in the Modern Era
    Nov 6,2012 -wind-works.org

    Iceland's famous for its breathtaking scenery, its geysers, its Blue Lagoon--and for sitting astride the Mid-Atlantic Ridge. Among energy wonks, Iceland is also well known for using its abundant renewable energy, and especially for tapping the volcanic roots of the island in developing its geothermal resources.
  • Germany installs record amount of PV in 1H'12
    Aug 3, 2012 - Emma Hughes- pv-tech.org

    The latest installation figures from the German Federal Network Agency show that the country’s mid-year subsidy change for rooftop installations has caused a surge in solar demand for the first half of 2012, with more than 4.3GW installed in a period of just six months. This figure compares to just 1.71GW installed in the same period last year.

  • Greece adds 97MW of PV capacity in June 2012
    Aug 1, 2012 - Julia Chan - pv-tech.org

    According to Hellenic Transmission System Operator SA (HTSO), Greece has installed an additional 97MW of grid-connected PV capacity in June 2012, bringing its total PV capacity to 724MW. HTSO also revealed that the country’s PV systems generated 161.5 GWh of electricity in the same month.

  • Envision Solar announces development initiatives in Middle East, Spain
    Jul 26, 2012 - Syanne Olson - pv-tech.org

    Shaded parking array designed and developer, Envision Solar International, has announced that through a new partnership with Aconfort, it will be developing new business initiatives through the United Arab Emirates, Qatar and Spain. Aconfort is a member of Al Habtoor Enterprises and is based in the UAE and Spain.

  • France offers €1 billion investment opportunity
    Jul 30, 2012 - Nilima Choudhury - pv-tech.org

    Perhaps not in the way Enerplan wished in a statement to France’s new president, Francois Hollande, but the country is pushing forwards with its plans for renewable energy generation. Delphine Batho, the new minister for ecology, sustainable development and energy, announced the results of two tenders for solar plants.

  • IEA warns Ireland to invest even more in renewables to meet 40% by 2020 target
    Jul 11, 2012 - renewableenergyfocus.com

    Ireland must invest even more in renewable technologies, expand grid integration and improve energy efficiency, the International Energy Agency says in a review of Irish energy policies, published today.

  • SunEdison sells 98MW of European PV projects
    Jul 9, 2012 - Anne Zimmermann- pv-tech.org

    SunEdison has sold a total of 98MW of European PV projects, the company has announced, closing three transactions last week. The projects include a 60MW PV plant in Karadzhalovo, Bulgaria, which was sold to a consortium of investors including the First Reserve Energy Infrastructure Fund, Saudi Arabian developer ACWA Power and Turkish private equity firm Crescent Capital. The plant was connected to the grid in March 2012 and had been funded by an IFC €155 million debt financing agreement. ACWA subsidiary NOMAC and SunEdison will operate and maintain the plant under a joint vernture agreement.

  • Conergy installs 1MW PV rooftop system in Greece
    Jul 4, 2012 - Anne Zimmermann- pv-tech.org

    Conergy has connected a 1MW PV plant in Greece to the grid, the company has announced. The company has been responsible for the design and construction of the plant and has also supplied 13,000 thin-film PV modules for the installation. N. Kornilakis MEPE, a Greek logistics company, had the system installed on its 68,000m² warehouse roof.

  • Russia offers $500m for electricity import project
    June 29, 2012 - paktribune.com

    Russia has offered an investment of $500 million in establishing a transmission system for the Central Asia South Asia 1,000-megawatt (CASA-1,000) power import project, which will bring electricity from Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan to Afghanistan and Pakistan.

  • MOU Signed with Iceland for Geothermal Advancement; Geo Could Meet 20% of UK Power Needs
    Jun 6, 2012 - Leslie Blodgett - renewableenergyworld.com

    Energy Minister Charles Hendry of the United Kingdom and Iceland's Finance Minister Oddny Haroardottir signed a memorandum of understanding in late May to explore options in bilateral energy affairs, including an electricity connection as well as information-sharing on deep geothermal development.

  • Germany Plans 3800-Kilometer, $25 Billion Transmission Network for Wind Power
    May 30, 2012 - Dave Levitan - spectrum.ieee.org

    Fresh off the record-setting solar weekend in Germany, the country's transmission operators say plans are in the works for a huge transmission line buildout to accommodate growing wind power resources.

  • Last Weekend, Half of Germany Was Running on Solar Power
    May 28, 2012 - treehugger.com

    That's right—half of all of Germany was powered by electricity generated by solar plants. That's incredible. It was also world record-breaking. Germany is pretty much singlehandedly proving that solar can be a major, reliable source of power—even in countries that aren't all that sunny.

  • Is Desertec The Answer To Europe And Africa's Energy Woes?
    Mar 22, 2012 - forbes.com

    Standing on the shores of the Mediterranean, anywhere from Tangiers to Istanbul, it’s not exactly difficult to imagine the region’s renewable potential.

  • Turkey sets renewable energy targets up to 2023
    Mar 8, 2012 - renewablesbiz.com

    Turkey aims to make more use of renewable energy resources by 2023, according to a research of Energy and Natural Resources Ministry.

  • New grid under-sea cable to connect England and Scotland
    Feb 23, 2012 - theenergycollective.com

    While politicians talk of Scottish independence from England, a world-beating €1.1 billion contract has today been announced to make the two countries even more interconnected.

  • German Village Produces 321% More Energy Than It Needs!
    Feb 2, 2012 - Timon Singh - inhabitat.com

    Ok, those Germans are just showing off now. Not only has the nation announced plans to shut down all of its nuclear power plants and started the construction of 2,800 miles of transmission lines for its new renewable energy initiative, but now the village of Wildpoldsried is producing 321% more energy than it needs! The small agricultural village in the state of Bavaria is generating an impressive $5.7 million in annual revenue from renewable energy.

  • Germany sets timeline for all nuclear plant shutdowns: puts pressure on PV to cut costs
    Jan 31, 2012 - Mark Osborne - pv-tech.org

    A dramatic u-turn by German Chancellor Angela Merkel has been officially proclaimed with the announcement that all nuclear plants in the country will be shut down permanently by 2021. Initially, eight of Germany’s oldest nuclear plants will shut down immediately and the remaining plants will be phased out over the next 10 years. However, three plants could remain operational until 2022 to allow for the possibility of delays occurring in the addition of new energy sources - mainly renewables - as a replacement.

  • Germany Passes More Aggressive Renewable Energy Law
    Nov 3, 2011 - Paul Gipe - renewableenergyworld.com

    Despite widespread rumors in North America that Germany was abandoning its system of Advanced Renewable Tariffs, the country's upper chamber of parliament, the Bundesrat, approved the latest revision of its pioneering Renewable Energy Sources Act on July 8.

  • Italy Passes 7,000 MW of Total Installed Solar PV
    Nov 3, 2011 - Paul Gipe - renewableenergyworld.com

    The interactive web page Atlasole created by Italy's Gestore dei Servizi Energetici (GSE) indicates that the country surpassed 7,000 MW of total installed solar photovoltaics (solar PV) from nearly one-quarter million systems sometime mid-year.

  • Germany keen to buy solar-generated electricity from Greece
    Oct 20, 2011 - google.com

    ATHENS — Greek Prime Minuster Georges Papandreou confirmed Sunday that Germany was keen to import solar-generated electricity from debt-ridden Greece.

  • Will Germany Become First Nation with a Hydrogen Economy?
    Sep 27, 2011 - scientificamerican.com

    Germany will become the first country completely accessible to fuel cell vehicles in 2015, when carmaker Daimler and the Linde technology group will build 20 new hydrogen filling stations. The result will quadruple the number of public stations available and make it possible for a fuel cell vehicle to reach any location in the country.

  • Europe's renewables investors need more certainty
    Sept. 23, 2011 - Power Engineering International - energycentral.com

    In order to incentivize the mass roll-out of renewable sources of power generation, many governments have offered generous subsidy schemes to utilities, developers and homeowners. Increasingly, however, many nations have pulled in their horns due to austerity measures and as European governments tighten their belts, renewable energy companies are feeling the impact. After much messing about, Italian legislators finally delivered on 5 May a revised subsidy programme that outlines a structure of additional cuts until 2016. Under the new solar decree, a transitional period with gradual cuts in incentives will start from June 1 and run to 2013, after which the incentives will automatically be linked to reaching a certain level of installed capacity.

  • Iberdrola and Areva to develop offshore wind projects in France
    Sept. 23, 2011 - oilandgasobserver.com

    The partners will compete for two of the country's five offshore zones offered in a first phase of bidding.

  • Large scale energy storage technologies to capitalise on renewables
    Sept. 20, 2011 - engineerlive.com

    All Western European countries have targets aimed at boosting the contribution of renewable energy. Such high use of renewable energy is possible through efficient energy storage methods, creating huge opportunities for market growth.


  • Algeria urges Europe to remove constraints for exporting solar power
    Sept. 20, 2011 - tmcnet.com

    ALGIERS, Jun 21, 2011 (Xinhua via COMTEX) -- CEO of the Algerian state run electricity and gas distributor Sonelgaz Group, Noureddine Bouterfa, has urged Europe to remove all constraints hindering exporting Algerian solar power to Europe.


  • IEA urges more use of geothermal energy
    Sept. 16, 2011 - upi.com

    VIENNA, Tapping into geothermal energy could allay some climate concerns though not without better regulatory mechanisms, the IEA said from Vienna.


  • Germany Decides to Abandon Nuclear Power by 2022
    Sept. 16, 2011 - abcnews.go.com/Business

    Europe's economic powerhouse, Germany, announced plans Monday to abandon nuclear energy over the next 11 years, outlining an ambitious strategy in the wake of Japan's Fukushima disaster to replace atomic power with renewable energy sources.


  • Power Import Options for a Nuclear-free Germany
    Sep 12, 2011 - Harry Valentine - energypulse.net

    Germany's influential environmental movement has responded to the fallout of Japan's recent nuclear problems. They successfully lobbied their federal government and Germany's Chancellor has announced the phase-out of nuclear power generating in that country. Germany will seek to use domestic and imported wind, hydroelectric, solar and other forms of renewable power. That choice opens new opportunity for Iceland and also Greenland that urgently seeks foreign investment to build their national economies.

  • Co2 Emissions Said Historic High
    Sept. 07, 2011 - upi.com

    PARIS, May 31 (UPI) -- Energy-related carbon-dioxide emissions in 2010 were the highest in history, the latest estimates from the International Energy Agency in Paris indicate.