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.
LONDON, May 22 (Reuters) – Overcapacity in the global solar
industry is unlikely to disappear soon, suggest data and
strategies outlined in the recent financial reports of top
That surplus has contributed to sharp falls in the average
selling prices of solar panels, or modules, with knock-on
impacts for manufacturing profit margins.
LONDON, May 21 (Reuters) – Grid operators in the western
United States are joining forces to design a new computer-run
system to balance power across a wider combined area, improve
handling of increasing amounts of fluctuating renewable power
and save money at the same time.
They could achieve even greater benefits by going a step
further, following the lead of their counterparts in Europe, by
linking wholesale markets.
LONDON, May 17 (Reuters) – European policymakers face a
difficult decision on building carbon capture and storage (CCS)
- saving money in the long run requires spending more upfront.
CCS captures carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from a fossil
fuel power plant and then pipes it to an underground storage
site such as a depleted gas or oil reservoir.
LONDON, May 16 (Reuters) – Solar panels were cheaper than
wind turbines for the first time last year in certain markets,
per unit of capacity, and are rapidly closing a remaining gap in
the full cost of power generation.
Until now, wind power has been the leading low-carbon
alternative to oil, coal and gas, outside large niche markets
such as Germany, which has seen a huge ramp-up in installed