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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
Coal

No price recovery in sight for gas generation

The conditions for conventional electricity generation in Europe are becoming increasingly critical as a result of a slump in the hard coal and gas markets.

18 March 2016
Coal

Alxa plans to connect its energy resources

China’s Alxa prefecture plans to build ‘energy channels’ to use the plentiful coal, gas, solar and wind resources in the border region.

16 March 2016
Solar

US utility-scale solar capacity on the rise

Utility-scale solar capacity in the United States grew by 4.2 GW in 2015, and power utilities have plans for more than 19.8 GW of additional projects.

14 March 2016
Nuclear

Hinkley C or not – that is the $26 bln question

EDF’s Chris Bakken has publicly defended the economic viability of the UK’s Hinkley Point C nuclear plant, but doubters claim it must never be built.

11 March 2016
Wind

Dutch wind power generation up by 20%

Wind turbines in the Netherlands generated 20% more power in 2015 than they did in 2014, according to Statistics Netherlands.

11 March 2016
Coal

Gas to beat coal in US power generation in 2016

Gas is expected to generate more electricity in the United States than coal in 2016, the US Energy Information Administration (EIA) has said.

9 March 2016
Nuclear

Japanese court issues injunction against Takahama nuclear plant

The Otsu District Court in Japan has issued an injunction against the Kansai Electric Power-operated Takahama nuclear power plant, forcing it to take its reactors offline.

9 March 2016
Nuclear

EDF CFO resigns over Hinkley Point C dispute

French utility EDF has confirmed the resignation of CFO Thomas Piquemal over a dispute concerning the UK’s Hinkley Point C nuclear plant.

7 March 2016
Hydropower

Brazil bailed out by El Niño rains

Brazil spent 50% less per month on LNG imports in the first two months of 2016 compared with the previous three years as rains replenished critical reservoirs.

7 March 2016
Crude oil

Russian oil output hits record high

Revised CDU TEK figures show Russia produced a record 46.14 mt of oil in January 2016.

2 March 2016
Nuclear

Taiwan’s nuclear phase-out is opportunity for gas

Taiwan’s newly elected Democratic Progressive Party intends to phase out nuclear and replace it with renewables, but this could create room for LNG growth in the interim.

1 March 2016
Wind

ScottishPower Renewables takes FID on largest offshore wind farm

The UK’s ScottishPower Renewables has made an FID on the construction of the largest offshore wind farm in the world.

29 February 2016
Solar

Not-exactly-first-mover advantage

While the UAE was slow to join the renewable energy industry, the challenges the country faced in doing so are carving it an important niche.

26 February 2016
Nuclear

Gazprom plans Belarus infrastructure investment

Gazprom plans to invest up to $2.5 billion in the gas transport system of Belarus by 2020 and spend another $1.1 billion on expanding underground gas storage facilities.

25 February 2016
Nuclear

South Korea starts 2016 with LNG import drop

South Korea’s LNG imports fell by 18% year on year in January, according to data published by the country’s Customs Service.

25 February 2016
Coal

Electricity supply security still key – IEA

Ensuring security of supply in the European electricity sector may struggle under the closure of power plants and increased use of variable renewable energy sources.

25 February 2016
Coal

Shaanxi Heimao after cash for coke-to-LNG project

Shanghai-listed Shaanxi Heimao Coking plans to raise RMB 2.5 billion for building a coke-to-LNG and methanol demonstration project.

23 February 2016
Solar

Japan supporting Egyptian solar project

The Japanese government has offered a ¥10 billion loan to support the construction of a solar power project in Egypt that will use a large storage battery system.

22 February 2016

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