Renewable Energy

According to figures released last week by the US Energy Information Administration (EIA), the country’s energy-related carbon emissions hit a 20-year low during the first quarter of the year.
In a move to get back on its feet following economic losses that were partly a result of its environmental disasters last year, the Japanese government is putting “green growth” at the core of its recently approved long-term economic revival plan.
The government of India has set possible renewable purchase targets for all states for the next five years following the completion of a study on the subject by the Forum of Regulators, a statutory body of electricity regulators.
A small village in Japan has become the first in the country to provide for its power needs entirely through renewable energy, after a number of factors convinced villagers to build a large solar installation.
Two major state-owned Indonesian companies, oil and gas firm PT Pertamina and electronics group PT LEN Industry, are joining forces to build an integrated PV manufacturing plant and further establish the country’s solar power industry.
Renewable energy growth
July 06, 2012
The growth of renewable power generation is expected to accelerate over the next five years, according to a new report from the International Energy Agency (IEA) that acknowledges the coming-of-age of the renewable energy sector. The report says that despite economic uncertainties in many countries, global power generation from hydropower, solar, wind and other renewable sources is projected to increase by more than 40 percent to almost 6,400 terawatt hours (TWh) - or roughly one-and-a-half times current electricity production in the United States.
China and the United States are strengthening ties in reducing carbon emissions through new agreements involving energy efficiency cooperation, despite recent trade disputes over renewable energy products.
China's Ministry of Commerce (MOFCOM) said Thursday that the US provided unfair government support and subsidies to its renewable energy companies, violating World Trade Organization (WTO) rules and creating barriers to trade.
G20 clean energy investment by technology, 2004-11
April 12, 2012
Global clean energy finance and investment grew to USD263 billion in 2011, a 6.5 percent increase over the previous year, according to new research released by The Pew Charitable Trusts. Investment in G-20 countries accounted for more than 95 percent of the global total with the United States reclaiming the top spot from China, which had led the global clean energy race since 2009. Within the Asia-Pacific the relatively flat investment in China was mitigated by sharp gains in India, Japan, and Indonesia, which were among the fastest growing destinations for clean energy private investments last year.
Taiwan opened its first solar and wind power promotion office in Taipei City last week, underscoring a commitment by the ROC government to promoting green energy island-wide.