Some predict that China will start dismantling coal by 2030. Others aren’t so sure. Last year, renewable energy made up nearly 70 percent of new electric generation capacity additions in China. That figure would be more impressive if coal wasn’t the reigning supreme leader of China’s energy landscape. It currently accounts for about 65 percent… Keep reading →
Spain’s recent history with solar power has been nothing if not tumultuous. Generous subsidies created a booming market in 2008, but the economic crisis brought a quick end to that. And now the country is pulling the rug out from under thousands of solar producers, many of them small, whose financing depended on the promise… Keep reading →
Scotland will vote on a referendum to secede from the UK this September. A major component of that decision involves the future of the massive Grangemouth refining and petrochemical complex and oil reserves located in the Scottish portion of the North Sea. “Mr. Salmond, Scotland’s first minister, is banking on North Sea oil to underpin… Keep reading →
Activists across the world rally to support 30 Greenpeace protesters detained in Russia after sailing toward a Barents Sea oil drilling operation. The incident blew up into a geopolitical game of chicken between Moscow and several Western countries native to the jailed activists. [Agence France Presse] Energy Intelligence ranked the world’s top 100 greenest utilities… Keep reading →
Russia has charged Greenpeace activists with piracy for trying to climb onto a Gazprom drilling platform in the Arctic. The charges “carry a potential prison sentence of up to 15 years and a fine of 500,000 rubles (about $15,500)”. [Fuel Fix] China’s National Development and Reform Commission has said that both consumers and refiners will need… Keep reading →
It’s unsurprising that Russia wouldn’t want to allow Greenpeace into its territorial Arctic waters, where the country hopes to open up vast new oil and gas fields to exploitation. State-controlled oil giant Rosneft has partnered up with ExxonMobil to develop oil and gas resources on Russia’s Arctic shelf, and potentially export LNG from the Russian… Keep reading →
Does anyone use the term eco-terrorists any more? Since Greenpeace stopped tying themselves to power plant smokestacks on a regular basis and global economic leaders decided they’d rather deal with the financial crisis than with climate change, the mood among those who advocate for environmental rules has evolved to one of public education and consensus-seeking.
That doesn’t mean that natural gas magnates should rest easy though, or at least that’s what the people traditionally charged with evaluating the manifold security risks for energy companies operating in harsh environments are arguing. Keep reading →
Tough week for Apple on the green front. It ran into a buzz saw of ridicule for its decision to withdraw from the EPEAT product registry, and now Greenpeace is saying the company’s ballyhooed ultra-green North Carolina data center amounts to “mostly talk and not enough walk.”
Greenpeace on Thursday did boost Apple’s “How Green Is Your Cloud?” score, moving it to 22.6 percent from the 15.3 percent the company received in April. That puts Apple well ahead of Amazon (13.5 percent) but a long way behind Dell (56.3 percent), Google (39.4 percent) and Facebook (36.4 percent), among others. Keep reading →
An environmental activist and two business executives walk into a bar…and they start a solar power company. While this may not make your favorite jokes list, it serves as an interesting background story for an innovative residential solar startup.
“The solar power industry is at an inflection point,” and with low cost cells produced in China and elsewhere, companies like Sungevity are on the cusp of putting solar everywhere – “it’s becoming ubiquitous,” the company’s President and founder Danny Kennedy recently told Breaking Energy. Keep reading →