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France looks to solar power ‘prosumers’

Today 11:00am - France plans to more than double its solar power capacity in the next 10 years and make it easier for citizens to become energy independent.

Worldwide demand for petrol likely to reach peak by 2030

Wednesday - World petrol demand will peak within 13 years thanks to the impact of electric cars and more efficient engines, energy experts have predicted.

The tide has turned globally, analyst tells politicians

Michael Wilkins

Tuesday - The global shift from fossil fuels to renewable energy will continue regardless of political action from politicians such as Donald Trump and Tony Abbott, a senior ratings analyst says.

Coal misinformation is distorting the facts

Tuesday - A recent story in the global media on 621 plants being built globally was played up in various media – but the figure is way off the mark.

Is your Auckland rooftop suitable for solar?

13 Oct 17 - Got a roof in Auckland? A new computer tool will help you to figure out how many solar panels will fit on it and the economics of installing the system.

Fossil fuels win billions in public money after Paris pact

13 Oct 17 - Billions of dollars of public money was sunk in new fossil fuel projects by the world’s major development banks in the year after the Paris climate change deal was agreed, according to campaigners.

UK and Canada lay down coal power challenge

13 Oct 17 - The UK and Canada challenge other nations to join them in committing to end coal power generation, saying “we are doing our part”.


BLOWN AWAY: It could be one wind farm to rule them all

12 Oct 17 - The entire world could be powered by one deep-sea wind farm stretching across the North Atlantic.

SHINING EXAMPLE: Solar power fastest-growing energy source

6 Oct 17 - Solar power was the fastest-growing source of new energy worldwide last year, outstripping the growth in all other forms of power generation for the first time.

Europe gives diesel $11bn a year in tax breaks

29 Sep 17 - Diesel fuel, a major cause of toxic air pollution in cities, was handed $NZ34 billion in tax breaks in the EU between 2014 and 2016, new research has found.

Getting energy from water evaporation is not just hot air

27 Sep 17 - Harvesting power from naturally evaporating water could become a new form of renewable energy, according to an American study.

More countries eye turning waste into energy

25 Sep 17 - Countries with large quantities of waste from forestry, manure or straw from farms are now looking for economic ways to turn them into forms of renewable energy.

Cash shortfall stops electricity reaching world’s poor

20 Sep 17 - Finance for electrification of developing countries is flowing at less than half the rate needed to achieve the global goal of universal access by 2030.

Silicon fires up renewable energy revolution

13 Sep 17 - Large blocks of silicon storing wind and solar power as heat are the latest innovation in the battle to replace all fossil fuels with renewable energy.

FUEL FACT: We're burning more oil than ever

8 Sep 17 - New Zealand is burning more oil than ever, despite pledges to cut greenhouse gas emissions.

Biofuel breakthroughs bring negative emissions closer

1 Sep 17 - If we are to have any real chance of avoiding catastrophic climate change, it is not enough to reduce our emissions; we must put the process into reverse.

Wind, solar and water could be powerhouses by 2050

29 Aug 17 - More than 70 per cent of the countries in the world could run entirely on energy created by wind, water and solar by 2050, according to scientists.

Phase-out of fossil fuels can be painless

28 Aug 17 - A pollution-free world driven by renewable energy is possible, say scientists with a plan for a fossil fuel phase-out for 139 countries.

Carbon capture has failed ... but here's what we could do

28 Aug 17 - For years, optimists have talked up carbon capture and storage as an essential part of taking emissions out of electricity generation.


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