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1 June 2012

Smart building to smart grid: A business primed and ready to take offp

There is an almost perfect case for interfacing smart buildings with the smart grid because all the stakeholders win, whilst taking minimum technical and commercial risk and decades of latent potential business is stacked up waiting to be converted, writes sector specialist Memoori.

31 May 2012

IEA releases bioenergy roadmapp

The International Energy Agency has revealed a roadmap that encourages doubling the use of bioenergy between now and 2050.

29 May 2012

Encouraging uptake will ensure Green Deal hits home in Londonp

Recent figures have revealed a 19 per cent increase in fuel poverty in London, with carbon emissions dropping just seven per cent since 1990, but the Green Deal and Energy Company Obligation offer a means to address both issues.

28 May 2012

UK to reach waste overcapacity by 2015p

In 2011, local authorities in Great Britain collected 28.3 million tonnes of waste, with the island having just a 14.8 million tonne treatment capacity either in operation or under construction, according to the latest research from Eunomia.

25 May 2012

Extractive industries create wealth of opportunity for water technology innovatorsp

As the market for water technologies moves from municipalities to the industrial sector, issues surrounding water resources have reached the boardroom level, according to the author of a new report.

24 May 2012

Project finance opportunities ‘immense’ in offshore wind: S&Pp

The investment opportunities in the offshore wind sector are ‘immense’ even though utility balance sheets and state lending organisations are not providing enough funding for European targets to be met, according to ratings agency Standard & Poor’s.

16 May 2012

Solar industry experiencing growing – not death – pains, says McKinseyp

Has the solar-power industry lapsed into a classic cycle of boom and bust after a decade of unprecedented growth? It might appear so, according to management consultancy firm McKinsey & Co.

16 May 2012

Latest PV figures show Europe retains dominancep

Photovoltaic panels with a capacity of 29GW were connected to grids around the world last year, according to the latest report from EuroObserv’ER.

11 May 2012

Cleantech investment higher than a year agop

Private equity, venture capital and development capital investments in the cleantech sector fell again this month, both in value and volume, but value was noticeably higher compared with the same period in 2011, according to data compiled by Zephyr and Bureau van Dijk exclusively for NewNet.

9 May 2012

US coal use at lowest level in 10 yearsp

The use of coal in the US dropped to its lowest level in more than a decade in 2011, including falling below 40 per cent of power generation in the last two months of the year, which is the smallest proportion since 1978.

8 May 2012

Negawatts drive the smart building interface businessp

Every possibility of conserving energy needs to be taken now as the roll-out of the smart grid aims to keep emissions down, writes sector specialist Memoori.

4 May 2012

US sees record number of Q1 wind installationsp

The US saw just under 1.7GW of new wind plants commissioned in the first three months of 2012, the highest quarterly total ever, according to new figures from the American Wind Energy Association.

3 May 2012

China’s five-year plan places greater emphasis on solar sector despite FIT cutp

china_us_170SQ China’s new five-year plan includes an even greater government control and support for the solar sector, according to an analysis commissioned by the Coalition for American Solar Manufacturing.

2 May 2012

Concentrated solar power market on pause, says reportp

The market for concentrated solar power has paused but has not been stopped completely, according to new research which highlights the fact the sector has been largely characterised by volatility.

1 May 2012

Middle Eastern district cooling market heats upp

The Middle East’s long summers with temperatures that regularly sit between 33°C and 35°C has created a fertile market for the energy efficiency district cooling sector, writes market research company Frost & Sullivan.

30 April 2012

Biofuels production needs to double to keep below critical temperature risep

Government institutions are not doing enough to further the development of clean energy alternatives, according to the International Energy Agency, which said the production of biofuels needs to double.

27 April 2012

UK must spend £23bn in early investment for smart grid upgradep

The UK should spend £23bn in early investments to upgrade its current distribution network, leading to significant savings in the future, according to new research.

26 April 2012

Wind to employ 790,000 in EU by 2030p

In 2010 the wind energy sector, both directly and indirectly, contributed €32.43m the European Union’s GDP.

19 April 2012

Tough road ahead remains for CCSp

Earlier this month, the UK re-launched a £1bn fund for CCS demonstration projects and unveiled a roadmap for the commercialisation of the technology, potentially signalling a decisive policy moment.

12 April 2012

Policy pathway unveiled for CCS commercialisationp

The International Energy Agency has laid down suggestions for policies that will catalyse the commercialisation of carbon capture and storage technology.

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