I am not an activist. But I do feel part of a revolution. An Energy Revolution, to be precise. A revolution from fossil to renewable energy sources, from centralised to decentralised energy production, from big utilities to smaller cooperatives and even home-grown energy. As an independent energy consultant with a personal mission to contribute to a better, greener, sustainable world, I feel privileged to not only witness this revolution, but to be part of it.
Euro zone financial and economic woes have created dramatic energy overcapacity in countries like Italy and Spain, the Chief Executive of Italy’s No.1 power utility Enel (ENEI.MI) said in an interview with the Financial Times.
“(The crisis) definitely has an impact,” CEO Fulvio Conti was quoted as saying in an interview published on Monday.
Everyone wants clean air and water. But people also want to drive their cars whenever they wish and light up a room by flipping a switch. It’s a never-ending balancing act for government as it tries to protect health and the environment while promoting economic growth and jobs
Stung by concerns that using Google is bad for the planet, the Internet search giant has revealed exactly how much electricity the company uses and how much greenhouse gases it produces in an effort to show its business model is environmentally friendly.
Renewable energy developers will take Bulgaria’s energy regulator to court and alert Brussels over what they called “illegal” new fees on wind and solar installations that will deal a heavy blow to the sector, they said on Wednesday.
Last week, while the Republicans were celebrating the Romney-Ryan ticket in Tampa, Florida, we posted a count-the-words analysis of their energy plan. The plan’s overall aim is to achieve energy independence for North America. The numbers told us the path to independence for the Romney team is strong on oil and gas, but not much on renewables; and climate was totally absent.
Efforts by Japan’s government to craft an energy mix that will respond to growing anti-nuclear sentiment among voters after the Fukushima crisis without alienating powerful pro-atomic energy interests look in danger of satisfying neither side.
The government is expected to announce as early as Monday an energy portfolio plan to replace a 2010 programme that had called for boosting nuclear power’s share of electricity supply to more than half from nearly 30 percent before the crisis.
The US on Friday cheered what it said was a decision by Italy’s Edison International to withdraw from Iran’s energy sector and scrap a multi-million dollar contract to explore Iran’s Dayyer natural gas field. Edison signed a $107 million contract with Iran’s national oil company NIOC in 2008 to help develop the 3,281 square-mile (8,500 [...]
The UK government received a record number of applications for its latest licensing round for oil and gas drilling in the North Sea, the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) announced Wednesday. A total of 224 applications were submitted for the 27th Licensing Round, which covered 418 blocks of the UK Continental Shelf.
Alaska auctioned off 44 Cook Inlet tracts for oil and natural gas development Wednesday in a sale that lacked major new bidders but saw established companies adding to their acreage.
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