Energy, mine activists win U.S. environmental prizesReuters | 11 Apr 2011
An ex-stuntman fighting for improvements at petrochemical plants and a renewable power developer who saw Chernobyl as a "wake-up call" are among the winners of a prominent U.S. prize for environmental activism.
Minister wants Germany to drop nuclear extensionReuters | 10 Apr 2011
The German government should scrap its plans to extend nuclear energy by an average of 12 years as a result of the disaster in Japan, Environment Minister Norbert Roettgen said in an interview published on Sunday.
Senate rejects measure to stop EPA on climateReuters | 06 Apr 2011
The U.S. Senate rejected a measure on Wednesday to kill the Environmental Protection Agency's regulation of greenhouse gas emissions, handing President Barack Obama a victory in his effort to quicken the move to clean energy.
Japan has no immediate plan to review 2020 climateReuters | 01 Apr 2011
Japan has no immediate plan to review its emission reduction pledge for 2020, the environment minister said on Friday, in the first official comment about the target after a nuclear crisis has boosted the country's need for power from fossil fuels.
Scottish Power won't refund our feed-in tariff lossesGuardian Unlimited | 01 Apr 2011
To start saving money from solar panels, you must fill in a formLate last year we had electricity-generating solar panels put on our roof. We applied to our supplier, Scottish Power, for the feed-in tariff, but it told us it will only pay us for units generated from when we filled in the form, rather than when the panels were installed. We have lost around £80 as a result. Can they do this?
Former State Dept envoy backs Keystone pipelineReuters | 31 Mar 2011
The energy security benefits of a proposed pipeline that would transport Canadian crude to the U.S. Gulf Coast outweigh the environmental concerns about the project, a former official at the agency that will decide the fate of the pipeline said on Thursday.
UK households to save £23 a year by 2020Guardian Unlimited | 30 Mar 2011
Cost-saving potential set out in government plan for national roll-out of energy-saving technology. Smart meters, which monitor energy use in real-time, will save households £7.3bn over the next two decades, the government said on Wednesday as it set out its strategy for the roll-out of the energy-saving technology. The roll-out - the most comprehensive yet planned in any country – will require 53m smart meters to be installed in 30m homes and businesses, starting in 2014 and finishing in 2019.
Obama and energy | Michael TomaskyGuardian Unlimited | 30 Mar 2011
I filled the gas tank this morning, after letting it get uncharacteristically low, and was a tad surprised to look up and see that it came to $48. That's a helluva lot in the good old US of A. It was $3.99 per gallon and is usually somewhere in the vicinity of $2.79 or so. Before we go any further,...
U.S. drops to 3rd in clean-energy investment: PewReuters | 29 Mar 2011
The United States fell one spot to third place in clean-energy investment last year as the lack of a national energy policy hurt purchases in wind and solar power and other technologies, a report said on Tuesday.
Letters: Standard batteries key to electric carsGuardian Unlimited | 27 Mar 2011
Many of us would welcome electric cars which closely match the practicality of those propelled by petrol engines (A new Leaf, 26 March). But the greatest impediment is the lack of international standards on the battery system. The limited milage currently available, coupled with the lengthy...
Earth HourGuardian Unlimited | 26 Mar 2011
At 8:30pm on Saturday 26th March 2011, landmarks across the world switch off their lights for one hour in a bid to highlight global climate change.
U.S. nuclear agency plans safety review of reactorsReuters | 23 Mar 2011
The top U.S. nuclear regulator on Wednesday approved the launch of a safety review of U.S. nuclear reactors sought by President Barack Obama in response to the ongoing crisis at Japan's Fukushima plant.
Light winds, sleet forecast near Japan nuclear plantReuters | 21 Mar 2011
Rain or sleet are forecast for the area around Japan's crippled nuclear reactor, over which a light wind is expected to blow from the north and out into the ocean, the weather agency said on Tuesday.
New York nuclear plant's future shaky as fears growReuters | 17 Mar 2011
New worries about a New York nuclear plant's vulnerability to earthquakes could hand the state's governor an opportunity to try to close the plant, but New York City's huge power needs could stall any such moves.
Scottish tidal power station gets approvalGuardian Unlimited | 17 Mar 2011
Underwater power station to generate enough energy for 10,000 Hebridean homes, and some distilleries. The world's first major tidal power station is to be installed in a deep, but sheltered, channel between two Scottish islands, providing electricity for up to 10,000 homes.The array of 10 underwater turbines will be placed between the inner Hebridean islands of Islay and Jura, both well known for their malt whisky.
Letters: Nuclear risks and the renewable alternativesGuardian Unlimited | 16 Mar 2011
The assessment in your editorial (15 March) that "the balance of the rational argument could conceivably be more in favour of nuclear [power] in a month's time" is not just premature but ignores a number of important factors. Most worryingly, terrorists will have seen the devastation, disruption...
Algeria eyes huge domestic shale gas reservesReuters | 09 Mar 2011
Oil and gas producer Algeria is sitting on huge undeveloped reserves of shale gas that the country now intends to develop with the help of international partners, the OPEC member's energy minister said on Wednesday.
EU urges efficiency spend to curb fuel costsReuters | 08 Mar 2011
Europe must invest heavily in efficiency to limit spiraling energy costs and beat its own target for cutting greenhouse gas emissions, the European Commission said on Tuesday.
UK energy use fell by 5% in eight yearsGuardian Unlimited | 06 Mar 2011
France's consumption rose by 7% - and in Europe only Denmark and Ireland used less energy per unit of GDP than UK. The UK is one of the top performers in Europe on energy efficiency, according to a European Commission report. Energy use fell by more than 5% from 2000 to 2008 in the UK – the only major European economy to see a drop. Germany's consumption held level, while France's rose 7%. Overall, energy use in the 27 EU countries increased by more than 4%.