Alternative Fuels

Crude oil

Middle East oil exporters will lose $500 bln this year – IMF

Middle East oil-exporting countries lost $390 billion in revenue last year and up to $500 billion in revenue losses are expected this year, local news reported.

25 April 2016
Coal

Taiwan’s LNG import prices slip below $7/MMBtu

Taiwan is experiencing strong demand growth for LNG as the country reduces reliance on coal and oil.

25 April 2016
Electric

NGVs losing to EVs in European policy proposals

A number of proposals to ban all non-electric vehicles are circulating in European capitals, which would mean the end of NGVs.

22 April 2016
Crude oil

Venezuela says OPEC needs a plan for increased oil prices

Venezuela has suggested OPEC should develop a roadmap for the planned increase of oil prices to $60-70 per barrel, the country’s petroleum and mining minister has said.

20 April 2016
Nuclear

Japanese nuclear reactors unharmed by quakes

Two major earthquakes have struck Japan in a matter of days, but the country’s nuclear power plants remain unaffected.

18 April 2016
Solar

Japan plans its largest-ever solar farm project

Japanese engineering company JGC has received an order to build its fifth solar farm, which will be located in the north of the country and have a capacity of 48 MW.

15 April 2016
Solar

Solar power generation on the rise in Italy

The amount of electricity generated by renewables in Italy gradually increased between 2010 and 2015, but new data shows it fell between 2014 and 2015.

15 April 2016
Hydropower

Renewable power leaps up by 8% in 2015

Global renewable power generation capacity amounted to 1.99 TW in 2015, an increase of 8.3% on 2014, according to data from IRENA.

13 April 2016
Wind

Enel starts building wind farm in Kansas

Italian gas and power distributor Enel has started construction of the Cimarron Bend wind farm in Kansas via its subsidiary Enel Green Power North America.

12 April 2016
Hydropower

Venezuela hits the panic button

Venezuela could face a power shortfall of up to 8 GW because of low water levels at the Guri dam, experts say.

11 April 2016
Nuclear

South African energy minister denies stalled nuclear reports

South Africa’s Department of Energy has denied reports that the country’s nuclear procurement process has been stalled indefinitely.

7 April 2016
Nuclear

Brussels adopts joint framework on hybrid threats

The European Commission and the EU’s High Representative for Foreign Affairs Federica Mogherini adopted a joint framework on Wednesday to counter "hybrid threats".

7 April 2016
Hydropower

Blind faith not enough for Venezuela

The latest El Niño has been particularly harsh, but it is a fig leaf for years of poor energy policy in Venezuela.

7 April 2016
Nuclear

Europe needs up to €500 bln for nuclear power – EC

Up to €500 billion may be needed to secure investment in Europe’s nuclear power sector between 2015 and 2050, according to a report released by the EU this week.

6 April 2016
Coal

Combined-cycle gas capacity beats coal steam in US power mix

The average capacity of combined-cycle gas power plants in the United States has exceeded that of coal steam plants for the first time on record.

5 April 2016
Hydropower

Gas cannot rescue desperate Venezuela

Venezuela faces the prospect of rolling blackouts this week caused by El Niño-related drought – and gas-to-power cannot fill the breach, experts tell Natural Gas Daily.

5 April 2016
Electric

Tesla launches new electric car for mainstream market

Tesla launched its Model 3 electric car in California on Thursday at a price that could revolutionise the market.

1 April 2016
Coal

European gas prices near fuel-switching levels

European gas prices continue to fall towards fuel-switching levels, potentially boosting gas demand in power generation, analysts say.

31 March 2016
Nuclear

Japan’s LNG demand shows no signs of recovery

Japan’s LNG demand has continued to decline in 2016, but the slow pace of nuclear restarts suggests this is driven by energy efficiency and renewables.

31 March 2016
Solar

Renewable energy races ahead in the United States

Wind, gas and solar power were the largest contributors to new electricity generation in the United States last year, the Energy Information Administration has said.

24 March 2016

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