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22 July 2010

US Senate Energy Committee advances ten million solar roofs scheme

The US Senate’s Energy Committee has approved the ‘ten million solar roofs’ bill, which is designed to encourage the installation of home-based photovoltaic installations over the next ten years.

22 July 2010

Ontario’s Environmental Commissioner demands justification of state solar price cuts

The Environmental Commissioner of Ontario, Gord Miller, has said that the Ontario Power Authority (OPA) must fully disclose the financial assumptions it used to justify 27 per cent price cuts to Ontario's renewable energy feed-in tariff (microFIT) programme.

21 July 2010

UK’s 30 per cent emissions call gets widespread support from private sector

Major companies operating in the UK have come out in support of energy secretary Chris Huhne’s call to increase the emissions reduction target to 30 per cent before 2020, up from the current 20 per cent aim.

21 July 2010

Governments commit to global clean energy initiatives at Clean Energy Ministerial

The world’s first Clean Energy Ministerial, a meeting between 24 government heads, has resulted in commitments to a raft of initiatives supporting renewable energy markets.

19 July 2010

Australia’s new PM Julia Gillard pledges greatest ever renewable investment

Australia’s new Prime Minister Julia Gillard has pledged record spending in the renewable energy industry in a national address.

19 July 2010

UK’s abolition of regional spatial strategies may leave energy generation schemes in doubt

The UK coalition government’s elimination of its regional spatial strategies initiative will bring doubt to the future of renewable energy generation schemes, according independent planning and sustainability consultancy DPP.

16 July 2010

UK to cut cleantech support as climate committee releases annual report

The UK government is expected to announce that it will cut its financial support towards business cleantech programmes, according to reports.

12 July 2010

Utility representatives to negotiate proposed US air pollution legislation that may force companies to close

The Obama administration’s proposed tougher air pollution rules for 31 states from Massachusetts to Texas that is set to take effect in 2012 may lead energy companies to shut some power plants, according to industry representatives.

9 July 2010

Germany’s feed-in cuts back on field installations

Germany today began to end months of uncertainty surrounding the proposed changes in its feed-in tariff regime which has been responsible for the sustained growth of the German solar industry. Germany’s Bundesrat, the lower house of their bi-cameral system, agreed to amendments that have shifted the incentives away from the larger scale solar field instillations on cropland.

9 July 2010

Germany’s Bundesrat agrees to reduced solar cuts

Germany’s upper house parliament, the Bundesrat, has taken the middle ground on whether to cut solar subsidies, choosing to reduce the initially proposed cuts in a trial period that will last for three months, according to Reuters.

8 July 2010

Independent review clears Climategate scientists of dishonesty

The independent climate change email review has concluded that the University of East Anglia’s (UEA) Climate Research Unit (CRU) scientists did not behave dishonestly regarding the ‘Climategate’ incident nine months ago where stolen CRU emails were published that threatened the integrity of climate change research.

7 July 2010

European emissions directive to drive alternative low-carbon energy sources

Finalising two years of negotiations on a revised European industrial emissions cap directive, the European Parliament has voted to extend the time that energy companies have to upgrade power plants to comply with air pollution targets until 30 June 2020, in a decision that has garnered support from business organisations.

6 July 2010

UK draws attention to waste-to-energy industry development

The UK government has invited discussion on the future development of the waste-to-energy industry.

5 July 2010

US politicians seek clarity over energy efficiency scheme tied to Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae

US politicians have called for clarity and for the publication of guidelines regarding an energy efficiency financing mechanism tied to mortgage finance providers Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.

5 July 2010

US develops first renewable energy and energy efficiency export strategy

In response to President Barack Obama's National Export Initiative announced this March, US government agencies have begun developing the country’s first renewable energy and energy efficiency export strategy.

30 June 2010

Divides remain in US push for carbon price

US President Barack Obama has once again failed to convince Congress to put a price on carbon pollution in an upcoming energy bill, according to reports.

25 June 2010

Italy to cut solar power incentives

Italy will cut incentives for solar power producers by an average of ten per cent to match the falling price of photovoltaic installations, according to reports.

24 June 2010

Biofuels industry lobbies for sector to be given parity with other renewables in US tax policy

Advanced biofuels from cellulosic material and algae can reduce reliance on oil and should therefore be given parity with other renewable technologies in US tax policy, according to a group of bioenergy industry lobby groups.

23 June 2010

Anaerobic digestion – the UK’s new energy solution?p

The UK coalition government’s support of biomass projects using anaerobic digestion has attracted considerable attention and in some quarters mild surprise.

23 June 2010

US Agriculture Secretary is ‘confident’ about 2022 biofuel target

US Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said he is confident that we can meet the threshold of producing 36 billion gallons of biofuel annually by 2022.

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