LONDON, Sept 16 (Reuters) – The lack of clear rules and
targets for the integration of renewable power in the European
Union risks slower adoption at higher cost.
The 2009 EU Renewable Energy Directive is responsible for
driving rapid growth in the sector by setting each member state
a mandatory target for producing non-fossil-fuel energy. (Chart
LONDON, Sept 12 (Reuters) – Texas wind farms are benefiting
from transmission upgrades in the western half of the state, in
a lesson for Europe where a rapid rollout of variable renewables
has raced ahead of supporting infrastructure.
It is well known that in China wind turbines stood idle for
months without a grid connection a few years ago, something
Beijing sought to tackle by slowing wind farm development.
LONDON, Sept 11 (Reuters) – Australia’s proposal to ditch
cap and trade market in favour of a weakened scheme follows
reduced or abandoned carbon markets in Europe and the United
States and does not bode well for planned schemes around the
One advantage of cap and trade was always supposed to be the
fact that it is not a tax.
LONDON, Sept 10 (Reuters) – Some western U.S. states have
already made full use of their best locations for large-scale
wind and solar power generation, creating opportunities for
neighbouring states that still have suitable sites and for
small-scale solar generation.
Renewable resources are bountiful in theory – a few tens of
square kilometres of desert could supply enough solar power for
the world’s electricity needs – but that is before taking
practicalities into account.
LONDON, Sept 6 (Reuters) – The world’s oceans will become
dangerously acidic for corals and shellfish this century if
carbon dioxide (CO2) levels continue to rise at current rates,
adding to the urgency to reduce manmade CO2 emissions, according
to an emerging science.
Evidence for ocean acidity may also prove less controversial
than the science of global warming, as it seems likely there
will be less doubt surrounding the chemical and biological
LONDON, Sept 4 (Reuters) – A U.S. study has found that wind
farm developments do not lower house values, a concern often
flagged in objections to planning applications, but bigger less
easily measured concerns remain.
How, for instance, can you gauge the impact of placing a
group of steel turbines in what locals often describe as
familiar, treasured landscapes?
LONDON, Sept 3 (Reuters) – The latest financial results from
advanced biofuel producer KiOR illustrate how
over-ambitious U.S. targets inflated industry and investor
expectations, after the company’s share price halved on
The company’s sluggish start at its Mississippi facility is
awkward for the Environmental Protection Agency.
LONDON, Aug 22 (Reuters) – Natural gas could be the dominant
power source for the next two decades in the western United
States, even under the most aggressive climate scenarios, before
making way for solar, findings from the University of California
The Berkeley study examined the impact of cheap solar power,
as envisaged by the so-called “sunshot” initiative launched two
years ago by former U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu.
LONDON, Aug 21 (Reuters) – Utilities planning to invest in
wood-fired power plants beware: the European Commission’s draft
green standards for burning biomass would regulate carbon
emissions from burning wood for the first time.
At present, EU laws favouring green energy have led
countries to pay generous subsidies for burning biomass, but in
the future developers would have to meet the new standards to
get those incentives. (For draft copy, see Chart 1)
LONDON, Aug 14 (Reuters) – EU countries are likely to pare
back support for renewable energy further after Spain’s recent
Those most likely to take action are countries with more
expensive schemes, programmes nearing their environmental
targets or nations with higher political risk.