Energy

India Coal Shortage
March 07, 2014
Yes, you read it right although the headline is ironic. However, talk from across India’s energy sector it that there’s not much future to be had with coal. The country’s coal ministry recently admitted that domestic production has fallen short of target for the sixth year in a row and, as a result, expensive imports will have to fulfil a greater share of market demand. Several power producers are already seeking higher tariffs to cover their losses as coal costs rose unexpectedly in September 2011 due to a change in the law in Indonesia, India's largest source for coal imports.
March 06, 2014
China aims to cut energy intensity by more than 3.9 percent this year to strengthen energy conservation and emissions reduction, according to a government work report.
Malaysia's solar biomass choice
March 06, 2014
The Sustainable Energy Development Authority Malaysia (SEDA) is revising the feed-in tariff (FiT) degression rates and bonus rates it will apply to new renewable energy projects in order to rebalance developer interest toward the biomass and biogas at the expanse of the solar sector. “For biomass and biogas, the principle is to improve the feed-in-tariff rates to make it more attractive to the RE developers, as the take-up rate has been rather sluggish in the past two years,” SEDA chief executive Badriyah Abdul Malek told The Star.
March 06, 2014
Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI) has announced yet another plan to boost India’s rapidly growing solar power capacity with the establishment of a 1-GW PV park in the southern state of Andhra Pradesh.
China wind power vs nuclear power prower production - 1995-2013
March 05, 2014
In China, wind power is leaving nuclear behind. Electricity output from China’s wind farms exceeded that from its nuclear plants for the first time in 2012, by a narrow margin. Then in 2013, wind pulled away—outdoing nuclear by 22 percent. The 135 terawatt-hours of Chinese wind-generated electricity in 2013 would be nearly enough to power New York State. Once China’s Renewable Energy Law established the development framework for renewables in 2005, the stage was set for wind’s exponential growth.
March 05, 2014
Despite its on-going political clamor about how the “war” against pollution is a national priority, the Chinese government doesn’t seem to be putting its money where its mouth is.
March 03, 2014
China’s Ministry of Environmental Protection (MEP) has given initial approval of the environmental impact assessment (EIA) for two more AP1000 nuclear reactors to be built at Haiyang Nuclear Power Plant near Yantai on the coast of Shandong Province.
February 28, 2014
The Philippines is about to make good on its deal with the Asian Development Bank (ADB) to transform 100,000 of its noisy, fume-spewing public tricycles into environmentally friendly e-trikes.
February 28, 2014
The Asian Development Bank’s (ADB) headquarters in Manila is now meeting all of its energy needs from renewable sources, following a geothermal power supply agreement with electricity distributor AdventEnergy, a unit of the Aboitiz Power Group which operates two geothermal plants with a combined 467-MW of capacity.
Wind and solar - the variable elements of renewable energy
February 27, 2014
A landmark study released by the International Energy Agency claims to shows that concerns over national power systems remaining reliable and cost-effective while supporting high shares of variable renewable energy (VRE) are overblown. The IEA acknowledges, however, that making the transition to energy system with a VRE component of 30 percent or more is easier for some countries than others, depending on the flexibility of their power industries.
Indira Paryavaran Bhawan
February 27, 2014
India’s Prime Minister, Manmohan Singh, has officially inaugurated the country’s first net zero carbon building. The Indira Paryavaran Bhawan in New Delhi’s central government district is the head office of the Ministry of Environment & Forests and has been designed to accommodate about 1,000 officials. According to an official statement the new building has a solar-passive design and has been constructed from energy-efficient building material. It is expected to be a trend-setter in the country and inspire people towards adoption of green technology, it said.
February 26, 2014
Aquaculture farms in the south Philippine island of Mindoro will grow tons of seafood in a nutrient-rich, controlled temperature using water from a geothermal power plant being built by renewable energy producer, Emerging Power Inc (EPI).
February 26, 2014
The Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan has entered into an agreement with Japan’s Nissan Motor to supply electric cars for its taxis and government fleet, hoping to reduce reliance on imported oil.
February 26, 2014
Despite world record installations of grid connected solar of 39-GW for the year, led by China with 12-GW and Japan and the US with 4-GW each, India is unlikely to hit even its relatively modest goal of 1.1-GW for the current fiscal year ending March 31, according to an analysis by Bridge-to-India.
February 25, 2014
Japan today unveiled a draft energy policy which calls nuclear power an “important” energy source for the country, but waters down the strong pro-nuke language in an earlier version of the bill.
February 24, 2014
The Kandi Technologies Group, a Chinese electric carmaker that operates an electric car sharing program in the eastern Chinese city of Hangzhou, says the service is already profitable and it has plans to expand it to other cities.
February 24, 2014
Companies responsible for about 3-GW of Japanese solar power projects that have gained approval to receive the feed-in tariff (FiT) but have not yet been built have been handed a temporary reprieve. The Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) has now ruled that developers of the projects will be given until either March or August to get paperwork pertaining to land rights or equipment accreditation in order.
February 21, 2014
There has been some debate about whether wind turbines have a more limited shelf-life than other energy technologies, with some opponents wind power claiming that ageing turbine technology may need replacing en masse after as little as ten years, which would obviously make wind power an unattractive investment.
A green future for China ... if only
February 20, 2014
By embracing conservation measures and renewable energy, China can transition to an 80 percent renewable electric power system by mid-century at far less cost than continuing to rely on coal, according to a new report from World Wildlife Fund (WWF) released yesterday. But to make this happen, the world’s largest greenhouse gas emitter would need to phase out the use of coal completely by 2040, engineer high carbon prices through emissions trading schemes and impose rigorous standards of energy efficiency.
February 20, 2014
India’s environment ministry, which has been under the management of the Veerappa Moily – the Minister of Petroleum and Natural Gas – since late December, has issued USD40 billion worth of industrial project approvals in the last eight weeks. This has set alarm bells ringing among green campaigners in India who see the spate of approvals as cynical pre-election business bonanza.