How Effective Are Anti-Oil Protests?

By Daniel Graeber: A Russian court granted bail Monday to two of the 30 people arrested when activists with Greenpeace tried to climb the Arctic-class ice-resistant Prirazlomnaya oil rig deployed in the Pechora Sea earlier this year. The remaining detainees, charged initially with piracy, could face up to seven years in prison for hooliganism. Greenpeace […]

EC Investigation Calls into Question Sustainability of German Subsidies

While the shale boom in the US has lowered electricity bills for consumers, Europeans are struggling to keep up with rising energy costs, in large part due to ambitious emissions targets set by the EU. In Germany, known for both its aggressive push towards renewables and the storied competitiveness of its exporters, companies may soon […]

Clock Ticking to Cut CO2 Emissions

The race is on in North America to shield the regional economy from the instability in the Middle East and North Africa casting a shadow over international oil supplies. Russian energy companies, for their part, are scrambling to realign themselves with energy-hungry Asian economies. Coal, meanwhile, remains king because it’s cheaper and more abundant when […]

Cost of Renewable Energy Has Fallen 50% Since 2008

We all know that renewable energy sources are becoming more cost-competitive with fossil fuels as time progresses. The economic and environmental benefits that clean energy offers provides a constant incentive to drive technological innovation and utility-scale deployment around the world. The recently released Levelized Cost of Energy Analysis 7.0 from the financial advisor and asset management firm […]

Clean Energy Damaging Europe’s Competitiveness

For years Europe has been at the forefront of the renewable energy revolution, promoting and establishing global rules in this sector. There are signs however that this trend might change. The economic crisis has forced many European countries to reassess their clean energy policies, heavily reliant on substantial, and often irrational subsidies, that have started […]

UK to Set up Sovereign Wealth Fund to Finance Low-Carbon Projects

A new report, written by Professor David Mackay, chief scientific advisor to the Department of Energy and Climate Change, and Dr Timothy Stone, Senior advisor to the Secretary of State, has intricately accessed how the greenhouse gas emissions that would be released from developing shale gas in the UK, would affect the country’s emission targets. Ed Davey, the […]

Which Chinese PV Manufacturers Will Survive the Post-Subsidy Apocalypse?

A huge complex built outside Xinyu city in southeast China, was designed to hold 170 solar power companies, but now only five remain. The Chinese government poured billions into making the country the world’s leading manufacturer of photovoltaic (PV) solar panels, yet all that is really left are empty offices, locked doors and vacant buildings. Through the […]