Renewables
Renewable energy in Africa spurred on by economic factors
20 March 2014
Encouraged by economic factors, renewable energy has seen considerable growth across the continent both at a large and much smaller scale
Frustrated investors push for a greener Big Oil
20 March 2014
The supermajors have fallen on hard times - costs have surged, output has fallen. Investors have grown frustrated by low returns and high oil prices have not proven to be the remedy they had hoped. What comes next?
Renewables drive transformation of power system
5 March 2014
The system should be transformed completely if it is going to work, says IEA
Germany needs shale gas to boost economy
3 March 2014
A new study calls for a rethink of energy policy, with the country's unconventional resource base taking centre stage
Iceland positioning itself as leading exporter of renewables
11 November 2013
The tiny North Atlantic nation is pinning its hopes on becoming the vanguard of Europe's clean energy push
Book The World We Made dreams of a better future
21 October 2013
UK environmentalist Jonathan Porritt maps out his vision for a world that has broken its reliance on fossil fuels – and that vision has its merits. Book review by Damon Evans
Mind the gaps says head of UN climate change panel
17 October 2013
Figueres spells out problems that hamper action on carbon emissions
Masdar poised to scale up green investments
17 October 2013
UAE adapting oil and gas expertise to spearhead renewables drive
Renewables sector must sell itself better to show potential
17 October 2013
Experts see bright future ahead – but industry players still need to do more
Renewables trade to tackle global energy poverty
17 October 2013
Improving international trade of clean energy will help to lift millions of people in developing countries out of poverty, industry leaders said
Developing world beefs up climate action
1 July 2013
Carbon emissions are continuing to climb, despite more than two decades of climate change talks and a severe economic slowdown, but there is evidence that political will to tackle the problem is strengthening
Obama eyes oil revenues for clean energy
25 March 2013
The US president plans to earmark $2 billion of oil and gas revenues to fund alternative energy research
Subsidies encouraging fossil-fuel consumption
26 February 2013
Getting rid of subsidies is tricky due to unrest and political concerns
UK's low-carbon policies are blocking investment
10 January 2013
The UK's lack of a clear strategy for developing low-carbon energy is deterring investment in the sector and threatens to derail its carbon emissions reduction policy
E.ON sees Europe’s gas future married to renewables
8 June 2012
The head of Germany's Germany’s E.ON Ruhrgas and E.ON Trading said the future is with renewables in Europe
Renewables’ rise alters gas energy equation
8 June 2012
The way in which gas is used is set to change fast, as the fuel develops into a natural partner for renewable energy, delegates at the World Gas Conference were told
Make or break for US renewables, says report
25 May 2012
The clean energy sector has been a rare bright spot for the ailing US economy since the financial crisis took hold
Renewables: Mideast Gulf states' actions yet to match words
14 December 2010
Mideast Gulf states have been bold in their rhetoric on plans to tackle global warming by developing renewable energy
China's green push
28 October 2010
The Chinese may not be about to slash carbon emissions, but the country is now a world leader in renewable-energy investment, writes Ian Lewis
Chinese grid creaks under the strain
28 October 2010
China's wind-energy programme has been a victim of its own success, as over-capacity, especially in remote areas, has put pressure on the country's under-developed electricity grid, writes Ian Lewis
United Kingdom: Grand wind-power plans far from assured
1 September 2010
DOZENS of wind farms are in the pipeline and manufacturers are queuing up to build turbines in the UK, attracted by positive noises from the new coalition government and existing incentives
Abu Dhabi makes big low-carbon claims
1 September 2010
Renewable energy can deliver 7% of Abu Dhabi's electricity by 2020, the emirate claims. If the plan works, it could bring a shift in power generation across the region. Miles Lang reports
The IEA's reality check on green energy
29 July 2010
A green-energy revolution is beginning, but the world must invest in low-carbon technologies on a much bigger scale to avoid climate change, says the IEA. Tom Nicholls reports
Viable algal biofuels not imminent
1 July 2010
THE CREATION of the world's first artificial cell by a team of scientists led by Craig Venter could aid efforts to make biofuels derived from algae a commercial proposition. But developers are playing down the chances of any rapid breakthroughs
China drives global green investment
1 July 2010
Finance is still flowing in to the renewable energy sector, particularly wind power and driven by China, but the overall investment picture remains fragile, writes Ian Lewis
Power grid investment: The distribution challenge
1 July 2010
JUNE'S £3.2bn rights issue from UK-based energy firm National Grid reflects the big investments needed to modernise power grids. The distribution network must be adapted to carry power supplied from intermittent renewable sources, such as wind and solar plants, often generated in remote locations