Energy

March 19, 2014
Asia Pacific cities are facing a host of problems including rapid urbanization, stressed city finances, inadequate infrastructure, rising energy costs, congested transportation, climate change, and competition for global investment and skilled labor, all of which place unprecedented demands on city dwellers and officials.
March 19, 2014
Japan will offer to pay individuals and businesses up to two-thirds of the cost of lithium-ion battery storage systems for renewable energy, PV-Tech reports.
Map of planned dams in Arunachal Pradesh
March 18, 2014
The northeastern India states of Assam and Arunachal Pradesh, east of Bangladesh and bordering China to the north, is an area described by politicians as India’s “future powerhouse” and is a key focus point of the country’s dam building program. The ambition of planners in New Delhi is not in doubt. So far plans for more than 160 dams – both big and small – have been announced in the northeast, the majority of them to be built in the remote, mountainous state of Arunachal Pradesh and harnessing the waters of the mighty Brahmaputra river and its tributaries.
March 14, 2014
Japan's nuclear regulator said Thursday it will prioritize restarting two reactors at Kyushu Electric Power Co's Sendai plant pending a final round of checks to ensure they meet new safety standards.
US natural gas production 1990-2040
March 13, 2014
Ukraine and the Crimea are a long way from Asia and, quite understandably, most people and countries across the region are rather less concerned than Europeans and Americans over Russia’s actions. We live an interconnected world, however, and although the eventual outcome of the Ukrainian crisis remains uncertain, there’s one sure bet that should have the attention of energy and climate policy makers across Asia.
March 12, 2014
The World Green Building Council (WGBC) has launched the inaugural Asia Pacific Regional Network Leadership Awards in Green Building.
Dam Damage
March 11, 2014
It is the world’s most prevalent form of renewable energy, dwarfing all other categories put together and accounting for 16 percent of global electricity generation in 2008, yet critics have been saying for years that big hydropower projects come at a steep cost to the environment. Now they have a robust economic cost-benefit analysis of the global hydropower industry to add more muscle to their anti-dam campaigns.
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.