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Indian developer might junk giant Australian coal project

Monday - India’s Adani Group is likely to withdraw from the $16 billion Australian coal mining project, touted as the world's largest, due to concerns over softening international coal prices, relentless attacks by environmentalists and delay in regulatory clearances.

Renewable energy redoubles its global reach

Solar panels on sale at a shop in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso.

Monday - A significant threshold has been crossed by renewable energy as analysts report that the sectorʼs size last year reached double the level it was at just 10 years earlier.

Solar fuels: how planes and cars could be powered by the sun

Monday - Most people are aware of solar photovoltaics that generate electricity and solar panels that produce hot water. But there is another thrust of solar research: turning sunlight into liquid fuels.

How Rwanda’s clinics have gone off-grid and on to renewable energy

Rwanda faces energy isues and renewable energy in rural parts of the country is vital for healthcare.

Monday - Rwanda is located in the poorest region in the world, sub-Saharan Africa. Despite this, it is making advances with off-grid renewable energy solutions for rural areas that could be a model for similar economies.

EcoStore pioneer is still setting the pace after 20 years

Malcolm Rands ... new normal.

15 Jun 15 - When he started, people thought EcoStore founder Malcolm Rands was mad for tying his business up in tight ethical standards.

European power is slipping away from King Coal

Indications are that the new coal-burning Moorburg plant in Hamburg will struggle to recover its €3 billion cost.

15 Jun 15 - Coal, the muscle that for two centuries powered Europe’s economic dominance of the world, is steadily losing its grip as cleaner fuels take its place and energy efficiency cuts electricity consumption, according to new analysis.

Could one million smart pool pumps store renewable energy better than giant batteries?

Lots of wind blowing – often at night when there’s little demand for power.

15 Jun 15 - As more wind and solar energy comes online, the people who run the power grid have a problem: how do they compensate for the variable nature of the sun and wind?

China sets the pace in solar installations

15 Jun 15 - China will remain the world’s largest market for annual solar photovoltaic installations, a new report says.

Climate targets not a cost, says bioenergy bloc

8 Jun 15 - The Government should see its climate change targets as an opportunity for New Zealand business and the economy, not a cost, the BioEnergy Association says.

Africa’s advocates say fossil fuel subsidies must go

Schoolchildren studying by the light of a solar lamp in Tanzania.

8 Jun 15 - Developed countries should rapidly end subsidies for fossil fuels, says a group established to argue for equitable and sustainable development for Africa.

Networking good way to make wind power reliable

2 Jun 15 - Researchers say they’ve figured out how to make wind power reliable.

Shell can’t afford to wait until 2050 to adapt its business to climate change

You Shell not pass.
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2 Jun 15 - Shell’s recent AGM was tumultuous. Shareholders voted overwhelmingly for the company to report on whether its activities were compatible with promised government action on climate change.

Take care with electric vehicles, says academic

2 Jun 15 - Converting New Zealand’s car fleet to electricity needs careful management, a Canterbury University researcher says.

New energy policy needed as nuclear giants take a hit

A public protest in France against building new nuclear power stations.

2 Jun 15 - The European nuclear industry, led by France, seems to be in terminal decline as a result of the cancellation of a new Finnish reactor, technical faults in stations already under construction, and...

Brazil leads South American renewable energy charge

25 May 15 - Brazil will spearhead renewable energy development in South America to 2017, as the continent changes its energy profile.

Tesla's battery power could give Nevada a $100b jolt

Tesla's Powerwall.

18 May 15 - The new Tesla Motors factory being built outside Sparks, Nevada, was already on tap to produce 500,000 electric car batteries and become the largest battery factory in the world when chief executive...

Oceans generate rising tide of renewables ideas

La Rance tidal barrage in France.

18 May 15 - A race is on worldwide to harness the tides and waves for electrical power, with more than 100 different devices being tested by companies hoping to make a commercial breakthrough.

Why falling oil prices should not undermine investment in green energy

18 May 15 - When the price of crude oil dropped from US$110 a barrel in mid-2014 to below US$50 by January 2015, there were fears that it would destroy the “green revolution”.

Islands switch to solar power

Penrhyn now powered up.

18 May 15 - Foreign Minister Murray McCully and Cook Islands Prime Minister Henry Puna have officially opened solar arrays on the islands of Penrhyn and Manihiki this week, and marked the completion of the Cook...

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Canon opens grants programme

8 Jun 15 - Canon New Zealand is calling for not-for-profit organisations and schools...

Japan and Mongolia switch on to planting plan

8 Jun 15 - Panasonic’s international tree-planting project has hit Japan and China.

Artificial grass goes green

8 Jun 15 - Artificial grass just went green with Eco Lawn providing new eco-friendly...

Bank's Auckland office wins green accolade

18 May 15 - Innovative design and exemplary waste minimisation has helped BNZ to achieve a...

Fibreboard coffins out, pine caskets in

11 May 15 - Davis Funerals now uses caskets that are better for the environment.

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