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President Barack Obama wth Vice President Joe Biden speaks with CEO of Namaste Solar Electric, Inc., Blake Jones, while looking at solar panels at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science in Denver, Col., Feb. 17, 2009. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

China will overtake Germany as the world’s solar leader this year based on cumulative installed capacity, and the United States is likely to move up a spot to No. 4. But China and the U.S. are big countries, and when you take population into consideration, the solar leadership picture changes – a lot. Here are the… Keep reading →

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Just when it looked like Sino-American relations were finally starting to improve, new satellite images last week showed troubling developments. China has been building artificial islands on reefs in the Spratly islands in the South China Sea at an alarming pace. Not that this would be alarming news per se, but the reefs have been,… Keep reading →

Smoke billows from a coal fired power plant in Beijing, China, last November. Photo by Kevin Frayer/Getty Images

What’s going on with coal in China? Already the world’s largest consumer of the stuff, China has been expected to continue on an upward trajectory in coal use. But last year the trend line turned down – and it appears to be continuing in that direction. The figures suggest the decline in China’s coal use… Keep reading →

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - OCTOBER 31:  A sign is posted at a Shell gas station on October 31, 2013 in San Francisco, California.  Royal Dutch Shell reported a 32% decline in third quarter profits with earnings of $4.5 billion compared to $6.5 billion one year ago.  (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Just a month after oil major Royal Dutch Shell announced that it would acquire BG Group, the UK’s third largest energy company, for $70 billion in cash and stock, making it the biggest energy deal in a decade, Shell’s CEO Ben Van Beurden was off to China to convince regulators there that the deal did… Keep reading →

Wind Power Plant In Xinjiang

Ten years ago, one could find almost all the Nike shoes labeled as “made-in-China”, but today the word “China” is replaced by “Vietnam”. China is going through immense transitions. Its competitive advantage of cheap labor is gone. Its investment is slowing down to the extent that the export sector hit a record low in the… Keep reading →

Fuel Shortage Eases A Bit In South China

Speculation is in the air, but it’s not on Wall Street or at some commodity trader’s desk at the Chicago Mercantile Exchange. It comes from China. Earlier this week, both foreign and domestic media reported that two of China’s national oil companies (NOCs), Sinopec and PetroChina, (the country’s two largest oil exploration companies) could merge.… Keep reading →

Russia's Gas Monopoly Gazprom Headquarters

The gusher of liquefied natural gas ready to set sail on the world market in the next five years creates challenges for traditional gas suppliers, Russia’s Gazprom among them. State-owned Gazprom is Europe’s biggest natural gas supplier, and it has turned east to China in recent years for new growth and a rival market to… Keep reading →

22 Dead In Qingdao Oil Pipeline Blast

China is in the throes of an environmental meltdown. Its major cities are shrouded in smog and pollution – who can forget images of Beijing leading up to the 2008 Olympics as authorities tried frantically to clear smog-filled skies before the world came calling? Meanwhile, a large portion of the country’s groundwater is contaminated. Not… Keep reading →

'A World Without Petrol' Art Exhibition Launches In Sydney

They just sit there most of the day and night, storehouses of electricity, doing nothing. So in an era of increasing renewable energy penetration, why not use electric vehicles and their batteries to help make way for more variable renewable energy? It’s an idea that’s been kicked around a lot, and now the Chinese are getting… Keep reading →

SunPower C7 Trackier

Apple’s renewable energy enthusiasm is spreading to China – that was big news last week. But the story’s more interesting player might be SunPower, with its efforts to expand deployment of concentrator photovoltaics (CPV). The two 20-megawatt plants that Apple and SunPower have partnered on in China will use CPV, long thought to be a… Keep reading →

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