Energy plan fails to set targets for renewables

Apr 9, 2014

Energy plan fails to set targets for renewables

The government of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s final version of a draft energy report reinforces the role of nuclear power in the country’s future, but falls short of setting specific goals for renewable energy use. The policy describes nuclear power as “an important base-load ...

Feb 27, 2014

GE bets big on wind power in Japan

General Electric Co. considers Japan ripe for new investment in wind power as the resource-poor country diversifies energy supply in light of the Fukushima disaster. The U.S. company has developed a 2.85-megawatt turbine for Japan that can withstand conditions unique to the country. It ...

U.S. opens biggest solar thermal plant

| Feb 14, 2014

U.S. opens biggest solar thermal plant

by Brian Skoloff

Hundreds of thousands of mirrors have transformed a windy stretch of the Mojave Desert into the largest solar power plant of its type in the world, a milestone for a growing industry that is testing the balance between wilderness conservation and the pursuit of ...

Clean energy urged to restrict warming

Jan 23, 2014

Clean energy urged to restrict warming

Leaders gathered in the Swiss ski resort of Davos are pushing for nations to shift to cleaner energy sources as the best way to contain global warming and re-energize the global economy. U.N. climate chief Christiana Figueres, reflecting the top billing that climate change ...

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 ...