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BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The European Commission on Tuesday reimposed anti-dumping duties on three Chinese exporters of solar modules and cells citing breaches to terms of an agreement they had reached with Brussels not to sell below a minimum price.
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2016-08-23 01:59:58
1 week ago      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
Sunday, August 14th, 2016      Leave a Comment
Body says, with government reviewing £18.5bn project, benefits of renewables such as offshore wind should be looked atThe crown estate has waded into the battle over Hinkley Point, pointing out that offshore windfarms are already being built at cheaper prices than the proposed atomic reactors for Somerset
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2016-08-14 08:38:46
Wednesday, August 10th, 2016      Leave a Comment
Analysis finds fossil fuel generators may have withheld electricity at ‘strategic’ times and got an additional $30.3m windfallHuge spikes in wholesale electricity prices in South Australia have been a result of energy companies “gaming” the system and exploiting their unusual market power to charge “monopoly rents”, according to an in-depth report by the Melbourne Energy Institute
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2016-08-10 23:33:42
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
Thursday, August 4th, 2016      Leave a Comment
NEW YORK/SAO PAULO (Reuters) - U.S. ethanol plants and traders are rushing to sell biofuel to Brazil as tightening supplies and logistics in the South American market give the world's top producer a rare opportunity to ship south during the peak sugar cane harvest, sources said. U.S. ethanol plants are pumping out a record 1 million barrels per day taking advantage of cheap and plentiful corn feedstock, pushing domestic prices to three-month lows
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2016-08-04 10:54:20
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
Thursday, July 28th, 2016      Leave a Comment
This project will suck up billions that ought to be invested in reducing demand and developing renewablesThe French energy giant EDF today finally decided to go ahead with Hinkley C . It may be a disaster for the largely state-owned company. If the British government now gives the nod to the first round of subsidies, it will surely be a disaster for British energy policy
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2016-07-28 13:54:40
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
Monday, July 18th, 2016      Leave a Comment
Nick Xenophon says there are ‘legitimate questions’ about the renewable energy mix after South Australian price shocksSurging electricity prices in South Australia have sparked calls for a national inquiry into renewable energy and whether the electricity market is coping with the influx of wind and solar
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2016-07-18 22:46:20
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
Thursday, June 23rd, 2016      Leave a Comment
SunCrowd says its pioneering program, launched in Newcastle on Thursday, has attracted keen interestAustralia’s first bulk-buy program for solar battery storage has launched, with more than 1,000 people in Newcastle expressing interest and more than 500 attending a sign-up event on Thursday night to buy home battery systems
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2016-06-23 15:48:25
Sunday, June 5th, 2016      Leave a Comment
Greens launch clean energy policy with spending to put solar in schools, a ‘fast-track’ to renewable energy and a right to solar for rentersThe Greens want to regulate the electricity system to ensure a “fair price” is paid for solar-generated electricity and ensure a “legal right” to connect to the grid by forcing energy companies to prove they cannot connect a consumer
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2016-06-05 15:02:20
Thursday, May 26th, 2016      Leave a Comment
Danish firm that is major investor in UK offshore windfarms expects to sell up to 17% of shares in year’s biggest float so far Danish-based Dong Energy, a major investor in British offshore windfarms, is heading for the world’s biggest stock market flotation so far this year with a price tag for the entire business of 106
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2016-05-26 11:42:23