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 ...

Oct 12, 2014

METI tackles revolt over feed-in tariff system

The industry ministry will discuss problems with the feed-in tariff system this week after utilities stopped buying electricity generated by operators of renewable energy sources as required under the subsidy scheme. A Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry working group headed by professor Kazuhiko ...

Obama courts peril in carbon rule

Jun 1, 2014

Obama courts peril in carbon rule

A new pollution rule the Obama administration plans to announce Monday will be a cornerstone of the president’s environmental legacy and arguably the most significant U.S. environmental regulation in decades. But it is not one the White House wanted. As with other issues, the ...

Jun 1, 2014

China, India may hinder U.S. steps on warming

by Mark Drajem

U.S. President Barack Obama is set to take his boldest step to halt the rise of the oceans and stop the warming of the planet. But it won’t be enough unless the rest of the world follows. Trimming carbon emissions from U.S. power plants ...

May 27, 2014

Growing number of Germans opting for 'homemade' electricity

Klaus Meier lists three reasons for generating his own electricity in his family hotel in Germany’s southern city of Freiburg: “cost savings, energy efficiency, climate protection.” Like a growing number of German small businesses, homeowners, schools, hospitals and industrial plants, Meier has opted for ...

Space-based power stations on the horizon

May 27, 2014

Space-based power stations on the horizon

by Mizuho Aoki

Space-based solar power could eventually prove to be an alternative source of electricity for Japan, as the country struggles to find the best energy mix to lessen its dependence on thermal and nuclear power. The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) has been conducting studies ...

Obama unveils steps on renewable energy

May 10, 2014

Obama unveils steps on renewable energy

President Barack Obama on Friday announced steps to increase the use of solar panels, boost energy efficiency in federal buildings and train more people to work in the field of renewable energy. “It’s the right thing to do for the planet,” Obama said, standing ...

Coal crunch gives impetus to India's solar switch

Mar 2, 2014

Coal crunch gives impetus to India's solar switch

For six years in a row, India’s monopoly coal producer has missed its production targets, leading to chronic electricity shortages and sending power producers scrambling to secure pricier imports. But what looks like a looming crisis could turn out to be an almost accidental ...