Solar panels on a rooftop in Berlin, Germany. (Berliner Energieagentur) Alternative Fuels

Utilities must face new world of smart cities

As urban populations expand and technology steps in to make cities sustainable, the way we produce, distribute and consume energy will change radically.

By Silvia Favasuli 24 March 2017
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Kyushu nearing restarts at Genkai nuclear reactors

Japan’s Kyushu Electric Power could clear all the hurdles necessary to restart its second nuclear power plant this month

8 March 2017
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Wind power surpasses coal in Oklahoma

Wind generation in the state of Oklahoma exceeded coal generation for the first time in 2016, but gas remained the major power source, the EIA says.

7 March 2017
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EC OKs investment in construction of Hungarian nuclear reactors

The European Commission has approved financial support for the construction of two new reactors at Hungary’s Paks nuclear power plant.

6 March 2017
Solar panels in India. The cost of the technology is falling rapidly. (PA) Alternative Fuels

Falling solar costs leave gas in the balance in India

Gas could play a role as a balancing fuel in India as the cost of solar continues to fall, but technological progress could make it unnecessary.

1 March 2017
A ship engine fuelled by LNG. Analysts say the maritime sector is a major growth area for the fuel. (Rolls-Royce) Alternative Fuels

Renewables growth threatening fossil fuel demand

Analysts are becoming more bullish on the prospects for renewable energy, which could start to overtake fossil fuels sooner rather than later.

28 February 2017
Tesla’s Model S on show in China. Dubai has ordered 200 EVs from the company. (Tesla) Alternative Fuels

Tesla taxis show shape of Dubai’s EV ambitions

Dubai is looking to take the lead in electric vehicle use in the UAE, with 200 battery-powered taxis on order from Tesla and plans for a recharging network.

27 February 2017
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Xingtai to speed up switch from coal to gas

China Gas Holdings signed an agreement on Tuesday with the government of the prefecture of Xingtai in Hebei province to accelerate coal-to-gas switching.

22 February 2017
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Solar power project auction yields record low tariffs

A competitive auction for a 750 MW solar power project in India has yielded the lowest-ever tariff for the industry.

20 February 2017
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Japanese utilities agree to redirect LNG cargoes

Japan’s regional electric utilities have won provisions to divert LNG cargoes in some of their long-term sales contracts if and when they restart their nuclear power plants.

17 February 2017
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French power output falls as gas share grows

Despite an increase in power generation from gas last year, France's total power production dipped by 2.8%.

17 February 2017
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Taiwan targets 20% renewables by 2025

Taiwan’s President Tsai Ing-wen has announced plans for renewables to provide up to 20% of the country’s power by 2025.

15 February 2017
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Coal India considering big shift to other fuels

Coal India is contemplating a major diversification as it plans to produce oil and gas from its coal reserves.

15 February 2017
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Hinkley Point C now well under way – EDF

The construction of Hinkley Point C nuclear power station in the UK has now been "fully launched" and "is making good progress", French energy provider EDF has said.

15 February 2017
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Toshiba will continue to develop Cumbria nuclear plant

Toshiba has stated its intention to continue to be involved in the UK’s Moorside nuclear power plant project in Cumbria, but not in its construction.

15 February 2017
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Beijing to cut coal consumption by 30% this year

The city of Beijing plans to cut its coal consumption by 30% year on year in 2017, to less than 7 mt, as part of efforts to improve air quality.

14 February 2017
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China amiing to develop floating nuclear power station

China will develop a floating nuclear power station in the next five years to provide reliable power supply for offshore gas production projects

14 February 2017
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Brussels OKs German infrastructure plan for electric vehicles

The European Commission has ruled that a German scheme to roll out a network of infrastructure for charging electric vehicles across the country is in line with EU state aid rules.

14 February 2017
E.On solar generation in Pellworm, Germany. The cost of solar PV has been falling. (E.On) Alternative Fuels

Renewables subsidies may dwindle from 2020

Europe’s need to subsidise renewables may gradually start to dwindle from 2020 partly due to lower costs for mature technologies, an EU-funded study has found.

14 February 2017
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Southeast Asian coal demand could break 2014 record this year

Coal demand in Southeast Asia this year could surpass its 2014 peak, Noble Group, Asia’s largest commodity trading house, has said.

13 February 2017
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Brussels clears French solar and hydropower schemes

The European Commission has given the go-ahead for three French schemes aimed at supporting solar and hydropower energy producers, it said on Friday.

13 February 2017

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