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Market regulator urgently requested aluminium smelter reduce electricity use as demand surged alongside temperaturesGas-fired power plants failed during this month’s New South Wales heatwave, forcing authorities to urgently cut demand from the Tomago aluminium smelter to prevent outages.The record-breaking heat put enormous strain on NSW’s electricity supply on Friday, 10 February, when demand peaked at 4
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2017-02-22 18:33:12
Thursday, February 2nd, 2017      Leave a Comment
Solar power and clean cars are ‘gamechangers’ consistently underestimated by big energy, says Imperial College and Carbon Tracker reportFalling costs of electric vehicles and solar panels could halt worldwide growth in demand for oil and coal by 2020, a new report has suggested. A scenario that takes into account the latest cost reduction projections for the green technologies, and countries’ pledges to cut emissions, finds that solar power and electric vehicles are “gamechangers” that could leave fossil fuels stranded
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2017-02-02 00:01:22
Monday, January 30th, 2017      Leave a Comment
TOKYO/DETROIT (Reuters) - Honda Motor Co Ltd and General Motors Co (GM) will jointly produce pollution-free hydrogen fuel cell power systems in the United States from around 2020, the companies said Monday, despite President Donald Trump's promises to dismantle U.S. environmental regulations intended to spur green car demand
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2017-01-30 12:18:14
Monday, January 9th, 2017      Leave a Comment
Will the legacy of biofuel’s failure in Kenya prevent croton oil from transforming the industry? Tall, spindly and grey, croton trees grow everywhere in Kenya. Although they tend to be used for little more than firewood or shade, their nuts turn out to be an excellent source of biofuel. This overlooked plant could be the answer to Africa’s growing demand for cheap, low-carbon energy
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2017-01-09 23:00:24
Monday, December 26th, 2016      Leave a Comment
As demand for sustainable energy increases, Australia’s independent renewable energy agency has to choose to fund some projects over others – to varying degrees of success As any punter will know, backing winners isn’t easy. There’s a little bit of science, a little bit of art and a whole lot of luck
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2016-12-26 23:17:32
Monday, December 19th, 2016      Leave a Comment
A few Australian businesses are exploiting the searing heat of summer to create purpose-designed solar cooling systems whose benefits extend far beyond electricity savings
As Australia settles in for another long hot summer, the demand for air-conditioning is set to surge. In fact, with the World Meteorological Organisation stating that 2016 is likely to be the hottest year on record, it’s no surprise an estimated 1
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2016-12-19 16:48:56
Thursday, December 8th, 2016      Leave a Comment
PARIS (Reuters) - German spot electricity price for next-day delivery rose on Thursday, lifted by a fall in renewable wind power production and increased export demand.
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2016-12-08 03:25:13
Wednesday, November 30th, 2016      Leave a Comment
LONDON (Reuters) - Royal Dutch Shell, the world's second-biggest publicly listed oil company, is studying acquisitions in the green energy sector, its CEO told Reuters, as it bows to shareholder demands for a strategy beyond fossil fuels.
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2016-11-30 07:56:48
Tuesday, November 29th, 2016      Leave a Comment
Many state schools struggling to help disadvantaged pupils (Report, 22 November) are facing a further demand on their shrinking budgets. Prudent schools that have invested in solar panels to reduce their electricity bills now face a retrospective six- to eight-fold hike in their tax rates, if the government gets its way
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2016-11-29 13:47:55
Tuesday, November 29th, 2016      Leave a Comment
Urgent climate action must be taken and communities are willing to participate in their own electricity production – if the incentives are rightThe challenge of climate change is global and it demands action on an international scale, such as the Paris Agreement. But a large part of the solution will be local, involving all of us in the way energy is produced and consumed
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2016-11-29 06:49:18
Monday, November 28th, 2016      Leave a Comment
NEW YORK (Reuters) - The U.S. biofuels program, designed to boost demand for renewables in gasoline and diesel, is unlikely to meet its targets for cutting greenhouse gas emissions, the government said in two reports on Monday.
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2016-11-28 17:07:07
Thursday, November 3rd, 2016      Leave a Comment
PARIS (Reuters) - The global renewable solar industry is facing a new crisis due to over-capacity and low demand, Patrick Pouyanne, Chief Executive of French oil and gas giant Total said on Thursday.
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2016-11-03 12:30:56
Monday, October 10th, 2016      Leave a Comment
New technology and stricter policies will transform energy industry as ‘phenomenal’ growth in solar and wind power continuesGlobal demand for energy per capita will peak in 2030 thanks to new technology and stricter government policies, the World Energy Council has predicted.In a report on a range of scenarios for global energy use, the group of academics, energy companies and public sector bodies outlined a “fundamentally new world for the energy industry” calling it the “grand transition”
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2016-10-10 02:38:04
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Tuesday, September 27th, 2016      Leave a Comment
PARIS (Reuters) - European spot electricity prices for day-ahead delivery tumbled on Tuesday on the back of a sharp jump in wind power supply in Germany and a fall in demand in France, while forward power prices retreated from previous-day highs as crude oil fell.
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2016-09-27 06:57:23
Friday, September 9th, 2016      Leave a Comment
STOCKHOLM (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Sub-Saharan Africa is seeing a surge of interest in irrigation among small-scale farmers as climate change brings more erratic weather and as rising populations in countries from Nigeria to Kenya mean demand for a reliable harvest is growing, agriculture and water experts say
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2016-09-09 11:58:06