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Govt opens doors to new oil and gas exploration

Monday - The Government is calling for energy companies to explore the potential of more than 400,000 square kilometres of land and sea, maintaining that oil and gas have a role to play in a low-carbon world.

Third thermal station finds competition too much

Power-less ... Southdown to be dismantled.

Monday - A third thermal power station is closing because it can’t compete economically against renewables.

New tandem solar cells pave way for better solar

Monday - Maximizing the efficiency of converting sunlight to electricity was the primary goal for much of the history of solar power industry. Because solar cells were so expensive to make, they were used only in special applications, such as on spacecraft, where performance was more important than cost.

Wynyard scheme adopts green rating

Monday - A new housing development in Auckland’s Wynyard Quarter will be the first to use the new 7 Homestar environmental rating.

Old King Coal is sick ... but not yet dying

23 Mar 15 - A global investigation into every coal-fired power plant proposed in the past five years shows that only one in three of them has actually been built.

Why is low-carbon energy innovation so slow? You can thank Economics 101

23 Mar 15 - The world needs a lot of energy. Global energy demand is expected to increase by 37 per cent percent over the next 25 years, according to the International Energy Agency’s World Energy Outlook 2014.

Powerful wind blows through US energy sector

23 Mar 15 - By KIERAN COOKE.- The wind turbines are turning across America, and a major report by the US Department of Energy says the wind energy sector now supplies 4.5 per cent of the nation’s electricity.


Why is pumping CO2 underground stuck in second gear?

16 Mar 15 - There are many uncertainties with respect to global climate change, but there is one thing about which I have no doubts: we will not solve climate change by running out of fossil fuels.

Whatever happened to the great European fracking boom?

16 Mar 15 - The European shale gas boom has not materialised in the way that some were predicting.

Biobattery breakthrough boosts waste-to-energy revolution

9 Mar 15 - Competition to make biofuels out of waste products that would otherwise have to be dumped is creating a fast-growing, worldwide industry.

Four ways to boost Australia’s economy and help the climate

9 Mar 15 - Australia likely has several decades of coal left in it.

How artificial lagoons can be used to harvest energy from the tides

9 Mar 15 - The search for alternative energy sources in the age of climate change has overlooked tidal energy: a vast and unexploited worldwide resource.

Civic energy could provide half our electricity by 2050

9 Mar 15 - What would our energy system look like if the move to a low-carbon society wasn’t left to governments and big energy companies but was instead led by civil society?

Prices fail to reflect real costs of fossil fuels

9 Mar 15 - Forget the price of petrol at the pumps. The true cost of any fossil fuel is much greater if social costs are factored in, according to new research.

Waikato mine delayed, not on hold, says Fonterra

2 Mar 15 - Fonterra subsidiary Glencoal has denied suggestions that it has put its plans for an opencast mine in the Waikato on hold indefinitely following public opposition.

Sydney aims to save $600m on energy bills

2 Mar 15 - Sydney is aiming to become one of the world’s most energy-efficient cities, slashing greenhouse gas pollution and saving $600 million on energy bills by 2030.

Bad news, says BP, we're looking at a 25% rise in CO2

2 Mar 15 - The British-based oil and gas giant BP says it expects global emissions of carbon dioxide to rise by a quarter in the next 20 years.

Tiny capsules can have big impact on carbon capture

2 Mar 15 - By ROGER AINES.- Using the same baking soda found in most grocery stores, researchers in the United States have created a significant advance in carbon dioxide capture.

Can wave energy rise to the challenge in Australia?

Power point ... a float called an actuator is lowered into the water off Perth.
Photo Credit: AAP photo

23 Feb 15 - A pioneering wave farm off Perth now generating electricity is an exciting and welcome development.


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