South Africa’s Koeberg nuclear power plant. The country’s nuclear ambitions have faced public opposition. (PA) Nuclear

South African LNG facing more delays

Political conflict and confusion over South Africa’s LNG import timeline are causing delays and dissuading potential investors, analysts say.

Brazil’s Itaipu dam. The country is heavily reliant on its hydropower capacity. (PA) Hydropower

Brazil’s power game is a risky business

Brazil has leaned heavily on its huge hydropower projects in recent months, but it will need large volumes of LNG if the rain stays away.

New York aiming to develop 2.4 GW of offshore wind power

The state of New York plans to develop up to 2.4 GW of offshore wind capacity by 2030, which could provide power for up to 1.25 million homes. s

16 January 2017

Taiwan agrees plan to phase out nuclear power by 2025

Taiwan’s legislature passed amendments to the Electricity Act on Wednesday that will pave the way to end nuclear power generation in the country by 2025.

12 January 2017

Enel receives request from France to reopen coal plant in Genoa

French authorities have asked Enel to make capacity available at its coal power plant in Genoa, Enel told Interfax Natural Gas Daily.

12 January 2017

Low gas prices force closures at US nuclear plants

Utilities in the United States are closing selected nuclear power plants because the facilities cannot compete against low gas prices and face pressure from anti-nuclear sentiment.

11 January 2017

Renewables make up more than half of US power additions

Renewables are projected to have accounted for more than half of power capacity additions in the United States for the third consecutive year in 2016.

11 January 2017

Japan’s Sendai 1 nuclear reactor now back online

Japan’s Sendai 1 nuclear reactor restarted commercial operations on Friday having completed a three-month routine inspection.

10 January 2017

Colorado coal output down 40%

The state of Colorado has reported a nearly 40% drop in coal production for 2016, bringing it to its lowest output level since the late 1970s.

9 January 2017

Indonesia plans for 9.5 GW of geothermal power

Indonesia has plans for geothermal energy to provide up to 9.5 GW of power in 2025 as the country seeks to boost the role of renewables in its generation mix.

9 January 2017

Niigata governor takes stand against Kashiwazaki-Kariwa restart

The governor of Japan’s Niigata prefecture, Ryuichi Yoneyama, reiterated his opposition to the restart of Tepco’s Kashiwazaki-Kariwa nuclear power plant on Thursday.

5 January 2017
A shale gas liquefaction plant in Sichuan. China’s gas use may peak before 2040. (Jereh Oilfield Services)

China’s gas demand may top out by mid-century

Growth in Chinese gas consumption is set to be limited by the rise of solar and wind power as China switches to a greener, low-carbon energy mix.

5 January 2017
Yanchang Gas’s Yanchuan LNG plant. Utilisation rates for China’s LNG plants have hit record lows. (Interfax)

CTG switching throws lifeline to China LNG

Chinese factories switching from coal to gas have emerged as a key driver of LNG demand in 2016, throwing LNG producers a lifeline during a particularly difficult year.

21 December 2016

Statoil wins US offshore wind lease

The United States Bureau of Ocean Energy Management has announced the winners of its sixth bidding round for wind energy in federal waters.

19 December 2016

Rains wash out Brazilian LNG demand

The end of a severe three-year drought in Brazil and a recovery in hydropower production have saved the country billions of dollars on gas imports in 2016.

19 December 2016

EIB lends €438 mln to Belgian wind project

The EIB will lend €438 million to support the 369.6 MW Norther wind power project off the Belgian coast, the European Commission says.

15 December 2016
Beijing is one of the world’s largest gas-consuming cities, but storage is an issue. (Beijing Gas Group)

China stresses role of gas in energy restructuring

Beijing expects a big role for gas as China switches from highly polluting fuels to clean and low-carbon energy sources.

14 December 2016

Eskom to request nuclear proposals this week

South African state-owned utility Eskom will invite bidders for the country’s nuclear build programme this week.

13 December 2016

Zambia and Russia sign nuclear power deal

Zambia has signed an agreement with Russia to develop nuclear energy, according to local media.

9 December 2016
Coal miners out in support for Donald Trump in West Virginia in May. (PA)

Does thermal coal have a future under Trump?

Donald Trump will seek to roll back regulation restricting the US coal industry, but his policies cannot change the fuel’s economics.

9 December 2016

India builds world's largest solar plant

India’s Adani Group has built the world’s largest solar power plant in the south of the country.

7 December 2016

Kenya-Ethiopia transmission line delayed by three months

The construction of the Kenya-Ethiopia power transmission line has been delayed by at least three months, an official from state-owned Kenya Electricity Transmission Co.

5 December 2016

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