Energy

October 25, 2013
China’s smoggiest regions, including the capital Beijing, will focus on reduction of coal consumption and impose controls on vehicles as the country steps up its efforts to tackle pollution.
October 25, 2013
Hospitals, hotels, shopping malls, and many other businesses in Southeast Asian countries are expected to adopt cost-effective, energy-saving solutions once positive results are demonstrated through pioneering energy efficiency projects funded by the Asian Development Bank (ADB).
October 23, 2013
India has voiced firm opposition to EU plans to impose a scaled-back carbon charge on flights over European airspace while a senior US lawmaker said the EU proposal runs afoul of a law intended to shield US airlines from such charges.
October 23, 2013
China will lead global gas demand and its increased usage of natural gas will save the nation around CNY5 trillion (USD820 billion) in its environmental costs by 2025, according to US firm General Electric Corp (GE).
October 22, 2013
Tokyo Gas and Panasonic Corporation are joining forces to offer what they claim is the world’s first home fuel cell for condominiums.
Transparency
October 21, 2013
One of Hong Kong's energy chiefs has said the city’s energy future will rely on an "open and transparent" public consultation that will tell people the implications of their choices in favoring a particular energy mix. Richard Lancaster, chief executive officer of the city's largest power firm CLP Holdings, who addressed the World Energy Congress in Daegu, South Korea, last week, said all relevant information, from energy security and environmental performance to costs, would be made available
October 16, 2013
Sales of e-scooters in China are expected to reach 9.4 million this year, compared to the 2.6 million that will be sold to the rest of the world and, according to a new report from Navigant Research, China’s Jiangsu Xinri E-Vehicle Company is the best positioned company in the e-scooter market in terms of strategy and execution.
October 16, 2013
As Japan continues to struggle with a shutdown of nuclear reactors and energy imports drive a record trade deficit, the country is looking to fire up 14 new gas and coal-fired power plants by the end of 2014, in a bid to move away from costly oil.
October 16, 2013
Although conventional biofuels derived from food-based crops account for only about 5 percent of global liquid fuels consumption in the transportation sector today, advanced biofuels – which avoid many of the social and environmental externalities that have undermined first-generation ethanol and biodiesel – offer long-term scalability and potential market growth across all global regions. 
ADB Asia Pac Energy eport
October 16, 2013
Cross-border power exchanges can play a central role in helping Asia and the Pacific meet its booming demand for power, which is set to sharply outpace the rest of the world over the next two decades, says a comprehensive new report from the Asian Development Bank (ADB). “Our projections show the region will consume more than half the world’s energy supply by 2035, with electricity consumption more than doubling as economic growth and rising affluence drive demand,” said S. Chander, Special Senior Advisor, Infrastructure and Public-Private Partnerships at ADB.
October 15, 2013
Global investment in clean energy was USD45.9 billion in the third quarter of this year down 14 percent from the second quarter and 20 percent below the figure for Q3'12, according to a new report from Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF).
October 11, 2013
India and Germany are planning to invest USD6.9 billion into building the green energy corridors – a series of wind and solar farms in Rajasthan and Tamil Nadu which aim to add 30-GW of capacity to the national grid by 2020.
October 11, 2013
A new Australian-Indian research partnership could provide a solution to a number of energy concerns and ultimately reduce the reliance of both countries on imported fuels, according to a latest research statement from CSIRO, Australia's national science body, on Thursday.
OECD Climate and carbon: Aligning prices and policies paper
October 10, 2013
Credible and consistent carbon pricing must be the cornerstone of government action to tackle climate change, according to a new report from the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). Coming less than two weeks after the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change issued its latest scientific assessment, which said human influence on the climate system is very clear, the OECD’s strong stand on carbon pricing should serve as a useful counterbalance to politicians who want to back-pedal on climate change policies.
October 09, 2013
The government of India may force the country’s power utilities to buy a fixed amount of hydro power to reduce the amount of coal they burn, improve the country’s energy security and, most of all, prop up its struggling hydro industry.
October 09, 2013
China-based polysilicon and wafer producer GCL-Poly Energy Holdings Ltd has revealed that it is investigating its chairmen and CEO, Zhu Gongshan, and his son, GCL company director Zhu Yufeng, to determine whether they have broken non-competition agreements by holding interests in co-generation projects in China.
October 09, 2013
India’s Tata Power on Tuesday signed a share purchase agreement (SPA) for acquisition of 39.2-MW wind farm in Gujarat bring the company’s total generation capacity to 8.56-GW and its wind power portfolio to 437-MW.
October 09, 2013
SB Energy Corp, the renewable energy arm of Japan’s SoftBank Group, along with its partner Mitsui & Co held a groundbreaking ceremony yesterday for massive 111-MW SoftBank Tomatoh Abira Solar Park in Hokkaido.
China national day smog
October 08, 2013
Heavy smog has been covering most parts of north China since Saturday, the fourth day of the country’s National Day holiday, affecting at least seven cities and provinces including Beijing, Hebei, Henan, Shanxi, Shandong, Shaanxi and Tianjin. The North China region – with its cluster of chemical, steel, power and cement plants – is struggling with air pollution problems and was subject to the country’s worst-ever smog episodes earlier back in January.
October 07, 2013
Further evidence that, if not carefully monitored, shale gas exploration presents a potential public health hazard has been highlighted in a new study. Scientists in the US have, for the first time, found dangerous levels of radioactivity and salinity at a shale gas waste disposal site that could contaminate drinking water.