Opinion & analysis
Comment: Why is Hinkley a bad deal for the UK consumer?
The world of energy is changing. The world's largest private bank, UBS, has recently advised its clients that large centralised power stations (like Hinkley) are not the future -- solar power, electric cars and cheaper storage batteries are. Meanwhile, tech leaders Google have invested $3.2bn in Nest, a smart home energy company.
Is Bill Gates behind the times on renewable energy?
Bill Gates has done a wonderful job of highlighting the critical role of energy in the fight against poverty. Energy impacts every sector, from agriculture and education to economic development. In the health sector alone, over 1 billion people go to health clinics without electricity, which means that staff are forced to "treat emergency patients in the dark, and health centers lack the power they need to store vaccines or sterilize medical supplies."
The case for long-duration energy storage
Hugues Chanoine of European consultancy Clean Horizon examines the strong potential for long duration energy storage and compares various technologies.
Retain RET to keep green energy on Team Australia
When Tony Abbott claimed victory for the Coalition in the 2013 election before a euphoric crowd of supporters, he was quick to proclaim that Australia was once again open for business.
A clean energy miracle: My challenge to Bill Gates
Yann Brandt of SolarWakeup.com praises Bill Gates' commitment to clean energy R&D, he dares the philanthropist and investor to fund new technology projects in an effort to create a real enery miracle.
Federal policy decisions misaligned with US interests
Anti-dumping tariffs were designed to stop state subsidized foreign businesses from stealing U.S. jobs. The U.S. is now imposing anti-dumping tariffs on China solar manufacturers, which instead of protecting U.S. jobs, threaten hundreds of thousands of domestic jobs in coming years. Even worse, this illogical ruling will have further negative ripple effects, which include higher electricity costs, increased carbon output and worsened China trade relations.
Crisis as opportunity: a win-win situation for system operators and investors despite subsidy reductions in Spain and Italy
Manuel Gonzalez of Berlin-based online PV installation market place Milk the Sun, looks at opportunities for investors and operators of PV plants in Spain and Italy beset by FIT cuts.