Renewables
New wind blows in US power
1 January 2003
The US has a reputation as a hydrocarbons guzzler, but wind-power projects are coming to the fore as the country looks to increase electricity supply from renewable sources, Anne Feltus reports
Lessons for Kyoto process
1 December 2002
While the Kyoto process inches forward and the EU’s Emissions Trading Scheme awaits approval in detail by its member states, the UK Emissions Trading Scheme has been operating since April. Liz Bossley investigates the trading action in the UK two-thirds of the way through the first compliance period
Cleaning up their act
1 August 2002
In the search for reserves, oil companies are increasingly moving into highly sensitive areas – from environmental, political, economic and social perspectives. They are being told they must rectify the mistakes of the past, often in countries where, previously, there was an emphasis on production, with little attention paid to, or often local requirement for, observation of international standards of behaviour, writes Derek Bamber
The green challenge
1 August 2002
If the 20th century was the carbon age, there is an argument the 21st century will be the renewables era. For advocates of “green” energy sources, the millennium has started with unprecedented optimism and, in wind power, industrial growth on a scale never before witnessed, writes Dan Rigden
Majors accept green fate
1 August 2002
Oil companies take renewable energy and alternative fuels seriously. The involvement of the biggest players varies enormously, but all are, at the very least, keeping a “watching brief” on the subject and most are committed to significant research into hydrogen technology and fuel cells, writes Dan Rigden
Greenhouse apathy
1 June 2002
UK launches emissions trading scheme
1 February 2002
On 25 February 2002, the UK Department of Food Environment and Rural Affairs (Defra) will be auctioning rights to share in a £215m fund to incentivise a cut in greenhouse gas emissions. Liz Bossley investigates
EU suffers from wind problems
1 October 2000
The EU’s proposal for a renewables directive is due for discussion during the next month. Whether the proposal qualifies as a directive, because of national price-support mechanisms, or that it may be in contravention of the Treaty of Rome, are issues for debate.
Looking for answers
1 June 2000
The heat is on
1 April 2000
The race is on to find new technologies to increase natural gas output and cut production costs to ensure the fuel remains competitive.