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Why efficiency is the key to cheaper energy

Friday - Improving energy efficiency is a cheaper way of meeting New Zealand’s 100 per cent renewable electricity target than building new power stations, a Government agency says.

Refinery wants to cut costs with solar farm

Marsden Point refinery

10 Jul 19 - Installing a solar farm at the Marsden Point oil refinery will cut the operation’s greenhouse gases by 18,000 tonnes a year.

China's solar plants pay the price for dirty air

9 Jul 19 - Air pollution is affecting the performance of China’s solar-energy farms, scientists say.

LNG industry could be as bad as coal, experts warn

9 Jul 19 - THE booming liquefied natural gas industry will play at least as big a role as new coal investments in bringing on a climate crisis if all planned projects go ahead, energy analysts say.

Heat waves threaten nuclear power production

5 Jul 19 - The nuclear power sector is often portrayed as resistant to unpredictable weather associated with climate change. But heat waves are punching holes in that narrative.

Today's power plants already lock in 1.5deg

3 Jul 19 - To stay within the Paris climate goals, coal and other fossil fuel-fired power plants would have to shut down early or be retrofitted for carbon capture.

Solar future shines ever more brightly

2 Jul 19 - The world’s solar future continues to brighten, further and faster than seemed possible only a few years ago.


G20 countries triple coal-power subsidies

26 Jun 19 - G20 countries have almost tripled the subsidies they give to coal-fired power plants in recent years. G20...

Oil companies make carbon promise to the Pope

19 Jun 19 - Some of the major oil producers have pledged to support “economically meaningful” carbon pricing regimes after a personal appeal from Pope Francis.

Hydrogen could be big by 2050, say experts

19 Jun 19 - Engineers say there is no technical reason why hydrogen cannot replace natural gas to make electricity, heat homes and for cooking.

Hopes falter with coal still king across Asia

18 Jun 19 - A depressing picture of global power generation has coal still firmly on top. And in a vicious cycle, the very heatwaves and winter freezes that high carbon emissions cause seem to be increasing them.

Troubled gas supply means jump in coal emissions

14 Jun 19 - The repeated shut-down of the country’s largest gas field for maintenance has led to a surge in greenhouse gas emissions from coal-burning.

More rain brings big problems for dam builders

11 Jun 19 - For the builders of hydro-electric schemes – usually multi-billion dollar projects involving vast amounts of complex engineering work – changing rainfall is a serious problem.

It's going to take a long time, says former BP chief

10 Jun 19 - Former BP chief John Browne talks about squaring his business dealings with his personal convictions – and what he would say to Greta Thunberg.

Global natural gas boom about to slow

10 Jun 19 - The world’s appetite for natural gas grew at the fastest pace since 2010 last year, but that blockbuster growth is shifting into lower gear, according to the International Energy Agency.

Todd ups investment in renewable energy

28 May 19 - New Zealand’s largest private energy company is increasing its investment in renewables.

METHANE MOVES: Give poos a chance

Brian Cox

15 May 19 - Technologies like turning human waste into electricity could meet a large chunk of the Government's 2030 methane reduction target.

Gulf states shape as green energy superpowers

3 May 19 - The economic and political energy systems suggest that oil-rich countries of the Arabian Gulf will continue to dominate energy trade even in the post-fossil era.

Dutch building string of solar islands

26 Apr 19 - Dutch engineers are building what will be the world’s largest archipelago of islands made up of sun-tracking solar panels.


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New plant makes food packaging from recycled plastic

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Wood industry centre wins more funding

10 Jul 19 - A project to foster the wood industry on East Cape has won another injection of...

YHA and Sunshine in line for energy excellence award

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