Category Sustainable Policies

Germans Grow Wary of Switch to Renewables

By Spiegel Online: Germany’s switch to renewable energies is driving up electricity bills across the country, with a green technology surcharge set to rise by nearly 50 percent next year. With frustration over the high price tag, it promises to become a key issue in next year’s election campaign. Germany’s four leading electrical grid operators […]

Biofuels: EU weakens proposals to reduce indirect climate impact

By the Guardian: The European commission has watered down proposals to reduce the indirect climate impact of biofuels, but is sticking to a strict new limit on the amount of food crops that can be used to make fuel, draft legislation showed. The late changes mean that fuel suppliers will not, as originally planned, be held accountable for the […]

U.K. Green Bank May Limit Funds for Offshore Wind Plants

By Louise Downing, Bloomberg: Britain’s Green Investment Bank plans to channel funds for offshore wind projects into facilities that are already operating and probably won’t fund the more risky construction phase. Ian Nolan, head of origination at the government-backed institution, said the 3 billion pounds ($4.8 billion) set aside as the bank’s initial capital isn’t […]

Energy efficiency subsidy could cut UK demand 40 per cent

By Will Nichols, Business Green: Introducing a financial incentive for energy efficiency could help the UK deliver electricity demand reductions at far lower cost than building new low carbon generation capacity, green campaigners have said. A report to be published today says an electricity efficiency feed-in tariff (EE FiT) paying projects that can demonstrate measured electricity use […]

New push for green energy

By Ahmed Al Omari, Gulf Daily News: A GREEN power plant that relies solely on wind and solar energy is on the drawing board, it emerged yesterday. Minister of State for Electricity and Water Dr Abdulhussain Mirza, announced plans for the project yesterday at the opening of the 2012 Renewable Energy Forum. He said the […]

RECs Drive India’s Renewable Energy Sector

BY VARUN MITTAL, Solar Novus: Renewable Energy Certificates are a financial mechanism instituted in many areas around the globe as an attempt to address the mismatch between the availability of renewable energy sources in some areas and the requirement for renewable energy standards. In India, renewable energy certificate (REC) trading is playing a role in […]

U.S. Struggles to Rescue Green Program Hit by Fraud

By Matthew L. Wald, New York Times: A Maryland man is awaiting sentencing for what may seem an unusual crime: selling bogus renewable energy credits and using the $9.3 million in illicit proceeds to buy jewelry and a fleet of luxury cars. In a similar case in Texas, a man has been indicted for selling a whopping $42 million […]