Tag - renewables



Despite being a global leader in more costly offshore wind production, the number of new turbines going up in the English countryside has been at a virtual standstill for nearly a decade.
Nov 22, 2023
Winds of change? The bid to revive England's onshore sector
The number of new turbines going up in the English countryside has been at a virtual standstill for nearly a decade.
A wind turbine and an electricity pylon in Finedon, Britain. Developers can no longer use financial modeling that assumes gas power plants are used constantly throughout their 20-year-plus lifetime, analysts said.
BUSINESS / Economy
Nov 21, 2023
Giant batteries drain economics of gas power plants
Batteries that ensure stable power supply are becoming cheap enough to make developers abandon scores of projects for gas-fired generation worldwide.
An offshore wind turbine, operated by Swancor Holding stands in the Taiwan Strait off the coast of Miaoli County, Taiwan, in 2018.
Nov 17, 2023
Japan firms exit Taiwan offshore wind projects amid industry woes
Shikoku Electric Power decided to pull out of the Yunlin Offshore Wind Project in the Taiwan Strait due to delays threatening its profitability.
Smoke and steam billow from a coal-fired power plant in Suralaya, Banten province, Indonesia.
Nov 13, 2023
Can Indonesia deliver a green power plan for the people?
Communities impacted by a major climate deal are at risk of losing out because they have had limited involvement in planning the transition so far.
Wind turbines along the crest of a hill at the Martin de la Jara wind farm, operated by Iberdrola SA, in the Martin de la Jara district of Sevilla, Spain, in April 2023
ENVIRONMENT / Sustainability
Nov 13, 2023
U.S. and EU lead push for COP28 to back tripling of renewables
More than 60 countries are said to be backing the targets to be included in the outcome of the U.N.’s forthcoming COP28 talks in Dubai.
A newly built floating solar plant that can generate 192 megawatts of peak electricity, on Thursday at Cirata Reservoir, Indonesia.
Nov 10, 2023
U.S. and EU lead push for COP28 to endorse tripling of renewables
Nearly 60 countries, including Japan, are backing the targets to be included in the outcome of the U.N.’s upcoming COP28 talks in Dubai.
Zero carbon energy accounts for 28% of Japan's grid, falling short of countries like Germany, whose share of clean energy generation reached 58% last year.
Nov 6, 2023
How Japan became the land the energy transition forgot
Its symbol may be the rising sun, but a wholesale adoption of renewables by Japan is light years away, mired in bureaucratic and technical hurdles.
A solar farm at the University of California in Merced
Nov 5, 2023
U.S. solar panel manufacturing boom threatened by cheap imports
Global solar panel prices have collapsed due to a wave of new Asian production capacity in recent months.
The midway in Springfield, Massachusetts, lit up at night. Framingham, Massachusetts mayor Charlie Sisitsky said its geothermal pilot project could more than halve emissions and cut energy consumption for some properties by up to 70%.
Nov 2, 2023
U.S. cities expand geothermal energy to whole neighborhoods
The U.S. federal government is to back 11 pilot geothermal projects.
A man herds yaks during in the Tibet Autonomous Region. Beijing has begun to  exploit vast deposits of Lithium on the Tibetan plateau — around 85% of the country's total reserves.
Nov 2, 2023
China lithium boom harming fragile Tibetan plateau: report
The world's biggest EV market largely relied on other countries for the lithium needed in batteries — but that is changing.
Utilities are increasingly controlling power output from renewable energy sources as the share of renewables expands.
Oct 30, 2023
Renewable energy cuts from output controls surge sixfold in Japan
With renewables such as solar power in wider use, output controls aimed at balancing power supply and demand have been used more frequently.
EF Polymer CEO Narayan Lal Gurjar (right) and COO Kunihiro Shimoji at the company in Onna, Okinawa Prefecture, in August
JAPAN / Society / Regional Voices: Okinawa
Oct 30, 2023
Organic polymer brings water to drought-hit farmlands
The India-born, Okinawa-nurtured product seeks to replace petroleum-derived polymers to promote sustainability.
Vietnamese environment activist Hoang Thi Minh Hong holds a banner during a protest in Ho Chi Minh in 2017.
Oct 25, 2023
Vietnam's detentions of climate activists slow clean energy shift
The country's communist government tolerates no opposition to its one-party rule and regularly jails critics.
Turbines at Orsted's offshore wind farm near Nysted, Denmark, in September
BUSINESS / Economy
Oct 25, 2023
Japan and Denmark to tie up on floating offshore wind technology
The nascent floating offshore wind industry is poised for explosive growth in the coming decade as countries strive to cut carbon emissions.
An employee installs solar panels in a satellite dish at the Leuk Teleport and Data Center in Leuk, Switzerland
ENVIRONMENT / Sustainability
Oct 20, 2023
The world has already crossed a ‘tipping point’ on solar power
As wind power costs rise, solar power is vital for meeting emissions reduction goals.
Peak of fossil fuel consumption may be approaching, but the post-peak period may not lead to a rapid decline, which could impact global efforts to combat climate change.
Oct 8, 2023
With fossil fuels, ‘peak demand’ isn’t what it sounds like
Peak fossil-fuel consumption will be a cause for celebration. But we should remain skeptical it’s as near as the IEA has said, especially for gas.
The race to develop ever bigger and more efficient wind turbines may have been too hasty, some executives and analysts said.
Sep 29, 2023
Wind power industry drifts off course
The race to reduce reliance on fossil fuels is putting pressure on manufacturers and supply chains
The higher interest rates that many countries are now experiencing are raising the costs of renewable electricity, the prices of which are dependent on the upfront expenditures needed to build new facilities.
Sep 28, 2023
What happens when renewable energy isn’t so cheap?
Renewable prices are determined by the upfront cost of building facilities whereas fossil-fuel energy prices are a mix, including fuel costs.
Shell CEO Wael Sawan attends the China Development Forum 2023 in Beijing on March 25. At an investor day in June, Sawan outlined plans to slow investment in renewables and low-carbon business as part of a strategy to boost returns.
BUSINESS / Companies
Sep 28, 2023
Shell CEO faces pressure from within over renewables commitment
Employees have issued a rare open letter to Wael Sawan after he outlined plans to slow investment in renewables in a strategy to boost returns.
Masatoshi Akimoto asks questions at a Lower House budget committee session in February 2022.
JAPAN / Politics
Sep 27, 2023
Ex-LDP member's indictment puts spotlight on green energy goals
A Lower House member and the former president of a major offshore wind-power company were each charged with bribery by Tokyo prosecutors.


Historically, kabuki was considered the entertainment of the merchant and peasant classes, a far cry from how it is regarded today.
For Japan's oldest kabuki theater, the show must go on