German power plants may limit use of coal

Nov 25, 2014

German power plants may limit use of coal

Germany aims to limit coal use in electricity production to meet the country’s target in cutting Earth-warming carbon emissions, according to a document seen Monday. Economy and Energy Minister Sigmar Gabriel will propose that electricity producers reduce emissions of carbon dioxide by 4.4 million ...

Germany faces suits worth billions over nuclear phaseout

Nov 5, 2014

Germany faces suits worth billions over nuclear phaseout

Germany’s phaseout of nuclear energy has triggered over 20 lawsuits by big power companies that have demanded billions of euros in damages, said a government paper released Tuesday. After the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster, Berlin moved to immediately shutter the country’s eight oldest reactors ...

Nov 3, 2014

METI to overhaul rules on feed-in tariff program

The Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry intends to eliminate companies from the feed-in tariff system that have promised to sell electricity but have no plans to generate renewable energy themselves, sources say. At an experts’ meeting to be held Wednesday, METI will suggest ...

More electric-car drivers trading gas for free solar power

Nov 1, 2014

More electric-car drivers trading gas for free solar power

Owners of electric vehicles have already gone gas-free. Now a growing number are powering their cars with sunlight. Solar panels installed on the roof of a home or garage can easily generate enough electricity to power an electric or plug-in gas-electric hybrid vehicle. The ...

EU leaders seal landmark 2030 climate deal

Oct 24, 2014

EU leaders seal landmark 2030 climate deal

European Union leaders agreed Friday on what they hailed as the world’s most ambitious climate change targets for 2030, paving the way for a new U.N.-backed global treaty next year. The 28 leaders overcame deep divisions at a summit in Brussels to reach a ...