EU relaxes renewables target, reaps criticism

Jan 23, 2014

EU relaxes renewables target, reaps criticism

The European Union on Wednesday shied away from more ambitious renewable energy goals as the bloc’s sluggish economy appeared to dent its zeal in the global fight against climate change. To the dismay of Germany, environmentalists and others, the European Commission stepped back from ...

Germany plans swift subsidy cuts for renewables

Jan 20, 2014

Germany plans swift subsidy cuts for renewables

Germany’s new energy minister has outlined cuts in subsidies to producers of renewable energy as the country wrestles with soaring costs from its nuclear power exit, according to a document obtained Sunday. Opposition lawmakers and the solar energy sector have already criticized the reforms, ...

Indigenous woman inspired Chile in trying to stop dam

Dec 29, 2013

Indigenous woman inspired Chile in trying to stop dam

In the end, indigenous leader Nicolasa Quintreman was buried apart from the plot of land where she had lived nearly her entire life. Her decadelong battle against the construction of a 155-meter-tall dam on the Bio Bio River in south-central Chile was lost years ...

Nov 25, 2013

Japan urged to boost renewables development

The head of the World Bank urged Japan in a recent interview to develop more renewable energy sources while calling on emerging economies to get ready for a possible cutback in the U.S. central bank’s stimulus program. “Japan . . . now needs to ...

French tilt against more wind farms

Nov 18, 2013

French tilt against more wind farms

Plans to dot France with wind farms are facing fierce opposition from critics worried they will blight a landscape that has helped make the country the world’s top tourist destination. France relies heavily on nuclear power but is working to shift to renewable energy ...

Nov 17, 2013

Solar panel users must now pay fee in Arizona

Arizona has permitted its largest utility to charge a monthly fee to customers who install photovoltaic panels on their roofs, a move that may threaten the surging residential solar market. The Arizona Corporation Commission, which regulates utilities in the state, agreed in a 3-to-2 ...

U.S. green energy plan killing prairies

Nov 17, 2013

U.S. green energy plan killing prairies

Robert Malsam nearly went broke in the 1980s when corn was cheap. So now that prices are high and he can finally make a profit, he is not about to apologize for ripping up prairie land to plant corn. Across the Dakotas and Nebraska, ...

Real-life hobbit village planned for Swedish isle

Oct 13, 2013

Real-life hobbit village planned for Swedish isle

A real hobbit village will soon nestle in the lush forests of a Swedish island, a whimsical project billed as the first of its kind — but behind the fantasy gimmick lies a genuine interest for sustainable development. The hobbits, small characters with hairy ...