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19 July 2013

China raises tariff on US, Korean polysilicon as trade war heats up

China has upped the ante in the global solar trade war by increasing the import duties on US and Korean-made polysilicon used to manufacture solar panels.

17 July 2013

UK greenhouse gas emissions up in Q1

The UK Department of Energy and Climate Change has today released statistics showing that greenhouse gas emissions are up 1.6 per cent for the first quarter of 2013.

17 July 2013

DECC reveals UK electricity market reform blueprintp

The UK Department of Energy and Climate Change has unveiled its draft plans for its much-hyped Electricity Market Reform, offering further detail in five areas.

17 July 2013

Thailand to increase renewables by 25% within ten yearsp

Thailand will up its usage of renewable energy by 25 per cent over the next ten years, equating to an additional 4,267MW coming on to the grid.

17 July 2013

German solar dominance over as China, Japan take centre stage: EPIAp

The days of German dominance of the solar market are over, with China and Japan now leading the market, Reinhold Buttgereit, Secretary General of the European Photovoltaic Industry Association has told NewNet.

16 July 2013

Australian PM Rudd aims to ditch carbon tax, move to emissions trading

Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd intends to accelerate the country’s move to emissions trading, scrapping predecessor Julia Gillard’s clean energy policy that has left Australia with the world’s highest carbon price.

15 July 2013

China boosts solar industry with increased 2015 target

China has increased its 2015 target for solar electricity capacity in an effort to boost its struggling solar companies, which are currently suffering from industry overcapacity, slow global demand, and European import tariffs.

15 July 2013

Renewables hit hard in Spanish energy reform

Renewable energy will be hit hard under Spanish energy reforms that aim to tackle the country’s €26bn deficit.

12 July 2013

UK’s Renewable Heat Initiative sets tariff levels

The UK Renewable Heat Initiative (RHI) has had its tariff levels set, providing householders with renewable heating technology with financial incentives.

11 July 2013

EU votes in favour of controversial biofuels capp

The Environment, Public Health and Food Safety has today met in Brussels at the European Parliament and opted to impose a cap on crop-based biofuels because of concerns over possible emissions from indirect emissions, or ‘indirect land use change’, as well as effects on food supply.

11 July 2013

Investors demand inquiry into aborted government review on climate change, resource depletionp

A number of investment institutions have called for an inquiry after the Treasury refused to back a DECC-sponsored review into resource depletion, climate change and UK growth prospects.

11 July 2013

US House votes to slash support for renewables

The US House has voted to slash support for renewable energy in a stance that sits in stark contrast to the Democratic-led Senate.

11 July 2013

Australia unveils 3 year renewables investment plan for hybrid power plants

The Australian Renewable Energy Agency has revealed its three-year investment plan, saying a major focus will be to explore opportunities in hybrid power plants.

11 July 2013

UK’s DECC proposes £1.9bn in energy savings for large firms

The UK Department of Energy and Climate Change has published proposals for new energy saving assessments for larger firms in the UK, enabling companies to save money on energy bills and producing a £1.9bn benefit to the UK economy.

10 July 2013

European Parliament to vote on capping crop-based biofuelsp

The Environment, Public Health and Food Safety (ENVI) Committee is due to vote in European Parliament tomorrow to decide whether to impose a cap on crop-based biofuels because of concerns over possible emissions from ‘indirect land use change’ (ILUC).

10 July 2013

Germany to stop solar subsidies by 2018

Germany is to halt the subsidising of solar energy by 2018 at the latest, its environment minister says. The reveal comes after last year’s scaling-back of state support for the struggling industry.

10 July 2013

Implement energy efficiency council tax, suggests UK MP Tim Yeop

UK Conservative MP Tim Yeo, who recently agreed to stand aside as chair of the UK’s Energy and Climate Change Select Committee, has spoken exclusively to NewNet about a number of initiatives he’d like to see put in place to reduce the country’s carbon emissions including implementing energy efficiency council tax.

9 July 2013

Pakistani government plans 2.5GW wind energy by 2016

Pakistan’s government is keen to commence wind farm projects in the country in order to meet some of the national energy requirements with renewable energy technologies.

4 July 2013

Ontario Power Authority issues 951 small FIT awards

The Ontario Power Authority has issued 951 small feed-in tariff renewable energy contracts representing 146.5MW.

4 July 2013

Solar Trade Association welcomes UK community energy FIT

The Solar Trade Association has welcomed changes to the Feed-in Tariff system which will now provide greater support to some of the larger community energy projects.

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