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Some wrongly implicated windfarms when the entire state lost power after one of the worst storms in 50 years knocked out high-voltage power pylonsOn Wednesday, something very unusual happened: the entire state of South Australia lost power. Known as a “system black,” it’s something the Australian Energy Market Operator (Aemo) had only prepared for in theory – never having the unfortunate opportunity to put “black start” procedures into place
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2016-09-28 22:47:04
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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, August 19th, 2016      Leave a Comment
HOUSTON (Reuters) - Exxon Mobil Corp is running television advertisements at the Rio Olympics to showcase its work on clean energy, a high-profile blitz as the company faces pressure over global warming in an intense year of climate politics.
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2016-08-19 15:41:22
Wednesday, August 17th, 2016      Leave a Comment
Analysis of temporary jump in prices in South Australia showed generation capacity far exceeded demand, pointing to market manipulation
Fossil fuel electricity generators in South Australia withheld their supply to push up prices and reap bigger profits, according to an analysis of the causes behind the extremely high prices there in early July
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2016-08-17 15:30:13
Thursday, August 11th, 2016      Leave a Comment
High winds on Sunday boosted renewable energy output to provide 106% of Scotland’s electricity needs for a dayHigh winds on Sunday were strong enough to power the equivalent of all of Scotland’s electricity needs for the day, according to environmentalists. The Met Office issued a yellow “be aware” weather warning covering much of the country as wind speeds reached 115mph on the top of the Cairngorms and gusts of more than 60mph hit towns in the north
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2016-08-11 06:37:58
Thursday, August 11th, 2016      Leave a Comment
High winds on Sunday boosted renewable energy output to provide all Scotland’s energy needs for the dayHigh winds on Sunday were strong enough to power the equivalent of all of Scotland’s electricity needs for the day, according to environmentalists. The Met Office issued a yellow “be aware” weather warning covering much of the country as wind speeds reached 115mph on the top of the Cairngorms and gusts of more than 60mph hit towns in the north
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2016-08-11 03:48:10
Tuesday, August 9th, 2016      Leave a Comment
LISBON (Reuters) - Portugal is set to begin phasing out support for utilities generating renewable power, a top government official said, as Lisbon tackles high electricity prices that are hampering efforts to bolster its struggling economy.
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2016-08-09 07:46:14
Sunday, July 31st, 2016      Leave a Comment
New minister Josh Frydenberg backs transition to renewables, despite campaign blaming them for price spikes
Last week Australia watched as a concerted campaign waged in sections of the media went bust.
For two straight weeks a barrage of articles were published seeking to primarily blame unusually high electricity prices in South Australia on the state’s reliance on wind
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2016-07-31 22:32:37
Sunday, July 31st, 2016      Leave a Comment
It looks like a set from a sci-fi epic, but this solar plant in the scorching Nevada desert has a far more practical purpose…High in the stark Nevada desert, a couple of hundred miles north-west of Las Vegas, is the shimmering circular mirage of Crescent Dunes. Ten thousand silvery glass panes, each measuring 115 square metres, surround a tall central tower, which stands like a twinkling needle in the featureless landscape around it
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2016-07-31 01:00:27
Thursday, July 21st, 2016      Leave a Comment
With hydrogen tipped to become an important clean energy fuel, a new process may be the solution to powering electric vehicles and heating buildings An Australian company is using “cheap as dirt” iron ore to convert methane in natural gas into hydrogen. Importantly, their process generates near-zero emissions, as the carbon content of the gas is captured in the form of high-quality graphite
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2016-07-21 18:25:55
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Wednesday, July 20th, 2016      Leave a Comment
The high prices in South Australia should serve as a warning to all. This is what happens when climate change policy is not aligned with energy sector policy
Recent news reports highlighting that the price of generating electricity in South Australia has increased three to four times its historic levels have left politicians, commentators and renewables advocates in an agitated state
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2016-07-20 20:43:18
Thursday, July 7th, 2016      Leave a Comment
Critics point to volatility of scheme but energy department says price ‘will not affect bill payers’The total lifetime cost of the planned Hinkley Point C nuclear power plant could be as high as £37bn, according to an assessment published by the UK government. The figure was described as shocking by critics of the scheme, who said it showed just how volatile and uncertain the project had become, given that the same energy department’s estimate 12 months earlier had been £14bn
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2016-07-07 14:57:28
Wednesday, July 6th, 2016      Leave a Comment
As the demand for tobacco declines in the US, farmers in Virginia are experimenting with turning the crop into viable biofuel
Most of the tobacco growing across 80-acres at Briar View Farms in Callands, Virginia is chosen for its flavour and high nicotine content. The leaves are hand-harvested, flue-cured or dark-fired and sold as smoking or chewing tobacco at premium prices
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2016-07-06 00:00:05
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Tuesday, June 28th, 2016      Leave a Comment
After a rocky start, the American solar market is taking off. What will it take to make it go truly mainstream?Solar energy in the US has had a rocky existence. Ever since Ronald Reagan symbolically removed Jimmy Carter’s solar panels from the White House roof in 1986, federal policy has been unpredictable, such that manufacturers and consumers could never depend on reliable incentives to produce and install solar energy systems
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2016-06-28 11:29:31
Monday, May 23rd, 2016      Leave a Comment
LIMA (Reuters) - Peruvian President Ollanta Humala has declared a 60-day emergency in a remote part of the Amazon to curb high levels of mercury poisoning from rampant illegal gold mining, the country's environment minister said on Monday.
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2016-05-23 12:57:41