DONG Energy is selling off its oil and gas assets to focus on offshore wind energy. (DONG Energy) Alternative Fuels

Identity crisis: utilities and IOCs

Hefty writedowns and plummeting prices have left IOCs looking to become power developers and traditional utilities turning to renewables.

By The Wildcat 25 May 2017
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Putin and Orban discuss Rosatom role in Paks nuclear plant

Russian President Vladimir Putin spoke to Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban on Friday to discuss Rosatom’s role in two new units at Hungary’s Paks nuclear power plant.

26 May 2017
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Rosatom still ready to take part in South Africa nuclear tender

Russia’s Rosatom is still keen to participate in South Africa’s nuclear tender as and when it is announced, the company has said.

25 May 2017
Innogy’s Eschweiler wind farm. The company manages renewables services that were split off from RWE. (Innogy) Alternative Fuels

Analysts question Franco-German energy alliance

A possible alliance between French and German energy companies has left analysts scratching their heads.

24 May 2017
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ENOC opens UAE’s first solar-powered petrol station

Emirates National Oil Co. has opened the United Arab Emirates’ first solar-powered petrol station in Dubai.

23 May 2017
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Swiss referendum bans new nuclear plants

Nearly 60% of voters approved Switzerland’s ban on new nuclear plants in a referendum on Sunday.

22 May 2017
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IEA revises oil forecast in light of electric vehicle plans

Plans by China and India to rapidly expand the number of electric vehicles on their roads have forced the International Energy Agency to revise its oil demand forecast.

18 May 2017
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Japan making progress with hydrogen fuel cell vehicles

Japan is pushing ahead with its plans to expand the use of hydrogen fuel cells in the transport sector.

18 May 2017
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Oman solar plant could start up by August

The Miraah thermal solar power project in Oman could start up in August this year, Raoul Restucci, managing director of Petroleum Development Oman, has said.

17 May 2017
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Poland awaits first LNG cargo from US

The first LNG cargo sold from the US to Poland is expected to arrive next month, marking a symbolic shift for a country largely dependent on Russia.

17 May 2017
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Two plants reprieved in Moon’s South Korean coal shutdown

New South Korean President Moon Jae-in has ordered eight coal-fired power plants to be temporarily shut down to reduce pollution, two fewer than originally planned.

16 May 2017
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Coal will be king in India for next 30 years

Coal will dominate India’s power mix for the next 30 years but large growth in renewables and gas will eat into coal’s share by 2047.

16 May 2017
A rig in the Khazzan gas field. Phase 1 of the project will boost Oman’s gas output by 30%. (BP plc) Alternative Fuels

Oman plans to import LNG and coal at Duqm

The rapidly developing industrial zone at Oman’s Duqm port may prompt the country to start importing LNG and coal.

16 May 2017
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South Korea plans temporary coal plant shutdown

South Korea will temporarily shut down 10 coal-fired power plants in June to reduce pollution.

15 May 2017
Patnow coal plant, Poland. Warsaw hopes to help the country’s coal plants. (Zepak) Alternative Fuels

Warsaw vs Brussels in capacity market debate

Poland is pushing ahead with plans to support its coal power plants with a capacity market, but these will bring it into conflict with proposed EU law.

15 May 2017
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Taiwan turns to LNG as nuclear outages hit

Four of six nuclear reactors in Taiwan are offline, leaving the country more reliant on coal and LNG to meet electricity demand.

15 May 2017
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Australia developing membrane reactor tech for hydrogen

Australia’s Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation has developed a new type of membrane reactor technology that will help commercialise the use of hydrogen fuel cells.

12 May 2017
Solar installations in Berlin. Large-scale storage could support renewable capacity. (Berliner Energieagentur) Alternative Fuels

Germany takes lead in Euro battery charge

Germany is leading the way on installing large-scale battery projects as it works to store energy from its renewable capacity.

9 May 2017
A coal-fired power plant near Beijing in 2014. The city is set to replace coal power with gas. (PA) Alternative Fuels

Beijing set to hit coal-to-gas switching targets

Beijing’s arduous bid to clean up the city’s air is moving in the right direction thanks to an official campaign to switch from coal to gas.

9 May 2017
The Takahama nuclear power plant. Reactors 3 and 4 are scheduled to restart this month. (PA) Alternative Fuels

Growing gas demand will eclipse Takahama restart

The imminent restart of two reactors at the Takahama nuclear plant could be outweighed by other factors in Japan’s energy mix, experts say.

9 May 2017
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Brussels OKs French renewables support schemes

The European Commission has approved schemes to support electricity from renewable sources in France with a combined budget of around €1.2 billion per year.

5 May 2017

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