Renewables

European wind investment down almost 20% in 2017

European wind investment down almost 20% in 2017

European spending on new wind capacity hit a three year low as the industry begins to slash costs to become more efficient as governments reduce subsidies for the sector. Investment into both onshore and offshore wind projects fell to €22.3 billion across the European Union, a fall of 19% from […]

Obama official slams battery plants

Obama official slams battery plants

Professor Steven Chu, a former Obama-era energy secretary, has said that battery plants are too expensive to be used for long term energy needs, due to their lack of storage capacity. The Nobel laureate said that Elon Musk’s lithium-ion battery in South Australia had cost 40 times the amount it […]

The US solar industry lost 10,000 jobs in 2017

The US solar industry lost 10,000 jobs in 2017

According to a new report by the Solar Foundation, the US solar industry has lost nearly 10,000, jobs in the past year, due to the slowdown in panel installations, which accounts for the largest share of jobs in the industry. During his State of the Union address, President Donald Trump […]

Renewables unable to meet UK winter energy demand

Renewables unable to meet UK winter energy demand

Recent British weather has proved that a future powered entirely by renewables is still a long way off for the UK as it does not provide enough reliable power during the winter months, when demand is at its peak. A recent Policy Exchange report found that wind was significantly variable […]

Macron’s fight against climate change leaves grid exposed

Macron’s fight against climate change leaves grid exposed

French President Emmanuel Macron has announced that he will close all coal and nuclear power plants, but in doing so could leave thousands of people without power. In a speech at the World Economic Forum in Davos last week, Macron said the fight against climate change would be one of […]

Centrica boss says shift to ‘clean energy’ is too expensive

Centrica boss says shift to ‘clean energy’ is too expensive

The Chief Executive of Centrica, Iain Conn, has said that politicians have failed to make any changes to the energy market due to the tensions and the high costs associated with such a transition. Speaking at ‘A New Era for Energy Politics’ in Davos, Conn described that the global transition […]

Trump imposes levies on solar imports

Trump imposes levies on solar imports

US President Donald Trump has imposed severe tariffs on imported solar panels in the first of several proposed trade restrictions. During the first year of implementation, a 30% tariff will be imposed which will decline to 15% by the fourth year, but the tariff will allow 2.5 gigawatts of unassembled […]

UK green investments halve

UK green investments halve

Investment into green energy plummeted for the second year in a row as a result of the confusion within government over its energy policies. According to Bloomberg New Energy Finance, investment into wind, solar and other renewables declined by 56% to £7.5 billion in the UK. Alan Whitehead, shadow energy […]