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German phaseout of nuclear power plants triggers lawsuits

After the Fukushima nuclear disaster in 2011, Germany made the decision to shut down the country's oldest nuclear plants and phaseout remaining plants by 2022. At the same time, renewable energy sources, like wind, solar and biomass would be encouraged.

Vermont's largest city gets 100% of energy from renewable sources

Burlington - Burlington, Vermont's largest city, has announced it now generates 100 percent of its electricity from renewable sources.

Sponge developed by scientists can turn light into steam energy

Cambridge - Mechanical engineering department head Gang Chen worked with a team to produce a spongy structure which can convert sunlight into steam. Readers who understand how useful steam energy is can understand why this is important.

Stockholm’s electric ferry is set to make waves around the world Special

Stockholm - In a capital city built across 14 islands, ferries provide a crucial service. In August, this year, one of Stockholm’s ferries - in the space of just ten minutes - will create the world’s first zero-emission waves in maritime public transport.

China smashes world record for solar installation in 2013

Beijing - China installed a record 12 gigawatts of solar panels in 2013, making the nation home to more photovoltaic panels than anywhere else on earth.

Renewable energy bicycles power Times Square ball drop Special

It's true, not just some snow job--stationary bikes have helped power 32,000 LED lights on New York City's six-ton New Year’s Eve Ball this year.

Japan plans to turn the Moon into a giant power plant

The Moon will soon be more than just a pretty sight in the night sky if Japan-based Shimizu Corp has its way. The company plans to use Earth's moon as a hub for solar energy production.

Energy Bits Challenge — Cans: Spanish winning entry (video)

A Spanish entry in the Energy Bits Video Challenge on the subject of recycling has won one of three awards, for the category Audience Award. A cleverly-made short film about our throwaway society made by pupils at a school in Spain.

Renewables now provide Scotland with 40% of its power

Renewable energy sources now provide Scotland with 40 percent of its electricity. Despite the fact much of Scotland is closer to the Arctic Circle than London, wind, solar and tidal energies are utilized to best effect and have slashed carbon emissions.

Super catalyst could make a hydrogen fuel cell

Bionic leaves might one day be developed to produce energy-dense fuels from sunlight, water and atmosphere-warming carbon dioxide, with no byproducts other than oxygen. The development of a new catalyst could represent a step towards this goal.

Controversy over Vermont Yankee Nuclear Plant

Energy-related events in Vermont continue to be a disarray of citizen activism, political maneuvering, conversions to the electric power system, and an overall effort on nuclear power.

Two conferences on renewable energy

Cambridge - Next month there are two important conferences on renewable energies in the UK. You're too late to register, but you can catch up with them on the Web.

Pres. Obama announces executive orders to curb greenhouse gases

Washington - President Obama outlined sweeping measures on Tuesday designed to cut greenhouse gas emissions from U.S. power plants and help local communities better prepare for devastating storms, fires, and drought.

Artificial forest converts sunlight into energy, research claims

Berkeley scientists are developing an artificial forest to convert solar energy into chemical fuels. In a process that mimics photosynthesis, it soaks up light to generate oxygen and hydrogen, two gases that can be used to power fuel cells.

Floating wind turbines — the next generation of wind-farms

Brest - French companies Nass & Wind and naval defence contractor DCNS recently presented details of their next generation floating wind turbine development programme at the Thetis Marine Renewable Energy show held in Brest on April 10 and 11.

Op-Ed: Green energy — Portugal’s 70% from renewables shows how it’s done

Portugal’s national electricity grid concessionaire, Redes Energéticas Nacionais (REN) recently announced that renewable energy made up 70% of total consumption for the first quarter of 2013.

UK approves first new nuclear power station in 18 years

The UK’s Energy and Climate Change Minister yesterday gave the go-ahead for construction of the UK’s first nuclear power station for almost 20 years as planning consent was granted for a new multi-billion pound nuclear plant at Hinkley Point, Somerset

'Lights out' in France as big switch-off becomes law

France yesterday introduced energy conservation laws making it obligatory for shops and commercial premises to switch off internal, window and exterior lighting at night.

UK may explore tidal power

A new report recommends that the UK should be considering utilizing tidal power as a source of electricity. Wave power is recommended over wind power as a renewable energy alternative.

UK on course to hit 2020 green energy targets

London - A report from the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) confirms that the UK is on track to meet its 2020 renewable energy targets, thanks principally to new solar and offshore wind projects.

Op-Ed: The wind revolution — Why Congress should extend tax credit Special

The production tax credit for wind energy is set to end in December of this year and whether it should be renewed has been a recent topic of debate. This begs the question; is wind energy a viable and important part of our energy policy?

Energy poverty across the globe

A massive power outage in India, which left millions of people without electricity last week, may have re-opened the debate on energy poverty across the globe.

Google one step closer to wind power

The Google-backed Atlantic Wind Connection passed an initial approval stage this week and will now undergo an environmental review.

University of Southern California Develops Printable Solar Cells

Los Angeles - The path for cheap solar energy has been paved, but we can't walk it just yet. Scientists at the University of Southern California (USC) have developed a liquid solar cell which they say can essentially be printed onto surfaces of any shape.

US and UK Collaborate on Floating Wind Turbines

UK-US government investment is set to be a driving force in new floating wind turbine technology. UK energy secretary Edward Davey announced that a collaborative investment effort will be made to build a number of experimental floating wind turbines.

Record 109% Growth in US Solar Panel Installations

2011 was a record smashing year for the US solar industry, with 109% growth in the number of photovoltaic solar installations.

Review: Should you invest in uranium?

An American financial analyst is recommending his subscribers to invest in uranium. His arguments are persuasive - if you think money is everything.

Op-Ed: Earth Hour 2012, Saturday 31st March — One Hour for the Planet

On Saturday 31st March, between 20h30 and 21h30 local time, wherever you are in the world, the lights will go out – or at least Earth Hour 2012 will be encouraging you to switch off...

Energy needs to be strong until 2030, BP forecasts, exits solar

Washington - BP states global energy demand will reach a 39 percent increase by 2030, or 1.6 percent annual increase, and greenhouse gas emissions will likely increase by about 28 percent during the same period, even as the company plans to exit the solar industry.

Author Chris Turner on 'The German Leap' Special

Toronto - Canadian author Chris Turner is embarking on a four stop tour of Southern Ontario and Quebec to talk about "The German Leap" - a critical step towards a renewable energy economy where Germany leads the pack.
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Portugal is researching wave-power as part of its renewable energy mix - a Pelamis wave energy conve...
Portugal is researching wave-power as part of its renewable energy mix - a Pelamis wave energy converter during the final tests at the port of Peniche
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Artist's impression of a Winflo offshore wind-farm with floating wind-turbines.
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A wind farm in Scotland
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Geothermal steam is one of many ways scientists propose to power the earth. However one team at MIT has found a new way to turn sunlight into steam.
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