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Todd Corporation sees big future for natural gas

14 Aug 19 - The country’s largest private energy company says gas should continue to play a large part in New Zealand’s energy mix - and that climate action shouldn’t come at the expense of economy or living standards.

Storage key to renewable energy success

8 Aug 19 - The cost of storing energy needs to fall 90 per cent to make renewables globally competitive, researchers say.

Portugal solar energy auction sets record

6 Aug 19 - Portugal’s huge auction of solar energy broke a world record, with one of the 24 licences on offer selling for 14.76 euros ($NZ25.30) per megawatt hour.

How Big Oil can sue for loss of profits

29 Jul 19 - Campaigners are urging reform of an obscure system that allows coal, oil and gas companies to sue governments if climate policies hit their profits.

Meridian predicts renewables will rule

26 Jul 19 - Rising carbon prices and competition will drive New Zealand towards an electricity system based almost entirely on renewables, the country’s largest generator is predicting.

How science can double the solar dividend

23 Jul 19 - Researchers have found three new ways to double the solar dividend, making the sun work harder and deliver more to the renewable economy.

Why efficiency is the key to cheaper energy

19 Jul 19 - 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.


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