LONDON, June 19 (Reuters) – U.S. state-level targets show
the remaining potential for renewable power in some states such
as Illinois, within an overall picture of waning mandates.
The United States has no federal targets to install or
generate renewable power, where demand is instead driven by
states in the form of renewable portfolio standards (RPS).
LONDON, June 18 (Reuters) – Germany utility E.ON
has made a high-risk bet on fuel cells for distributed power,
after entirely missing out on a solar boom in Europe’s largest
Solar has undermined peak wholesale power prices and in turn
the economics of gas-fired power plants, compounding the problem
for conventional utilities missing out on the subsidy-backed
LONDON, June 13 (Reuters) – The European Union, United
States and China are most likely to resolve a multi-billion
dollar trade dispute over solar power equipment by agreeing on a
floor price for Chinese products.
The EU’s executive Commission and the United States
Department of Commerce have said that China is selling solar
panels and components at far below fair market values and
pushing European and U.S. companies into insolvency. Chinese
sales to both regions exceeded $30 billion in 2011.
LONDON, June 12 (Reuters) – The majority of British offshore
winds farms are winning planning permission and proceeding to
construction, suggesting that a large portion of those with
outstanding applications will be built.
Britain is the world leader in a technology that is expected
to account for a rapidly rising share of global wind turbine
LONDON, June 11 (Reuters) – A new deal to curb carbon
emissions could copy features from the Montreal Protocol, which
the United States and China favoured over its Kyoto counterpart
in an agreement on greenhouse gases at the weekend.
The 1987 Montreal agreement bans chemicals that destroy the
Earth’s protective ozone layer, such as chlorofluorocarbons
(CFCs) formerly used as refrigerants and propellants in aerosol
sprays, while the 1997 Kyoto Protocol is meant to curb
LONDON, June 6 (Reuters) – Developers still have some
numbers to crunch, but Britain’s wind power industry may just
about be able to breathe a sigh of relief after the government
published changes to industry planning and regulation on
The new rules may also yet prove better news still for
companies in the emerging shale gas industry.
LONDON, June 5 (Reuters) – European solar power capacity has
already reached some 80 percent of national projections for the
end of the decade, underlining how growth has caught
That over-achievement is adding impetus to national plans to
scale back renewable energy subsidies, making the future solar
outlook in Europe unsure.
LONDON, June 4 (Reuters) – The European Union’s three
biggest member states are developing solar power, biomass and
other renewable energy technologies in place of plans for
offshore wind, according to data on actual versus projected
Offshore wind is at an early stage of commercialisation and
is more expensive than most renewable energy, which may be
contributing to a switch to alternatives to meet targets under
the EU renewable energy directive.
LONDON, May 31 (Reuters) – British policymakers are finding
out just how far a climate act passed in 2008 has tied their
hands on broad-brush energy policy for the next four decades.
The country’s Climate Change Act has left the government
rather little room for manoeuvre on big energy choices, and
especially the role for fossil fuels including coal and gas.
LONDON, May 29 (Reuters) – China’s threatened solar duties
on European Union products would harm its own industry, and
appears more likely to be rhetoric in a dispute where both sides
will gain from compromise.
The European Commission, the EU’s executive, has accused
Chinese firms of selling solar panels at below cost in Europe -
a practice known as “dumping” – and plans to impose duties.