Renewable energy

Solar can bring a bright energy future – even in the UK

Despite its reputation as a cloudy country, with just its roof space Britain would far outstrip the UK's annual power consumption of 36 GW.

Australian-standard green bond launched

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'Kangaroo' bond follows green bonds this year issued in greenback and euro dollars.

RWE's net profit to stabilise at lower level: CEO

German utility turning to smart-thermostats and other products for the post-generation era.

US details $4bn green bank return

Obama administration unveils post-Solyndra loan aid for renewables; plans year-end start.

Toyota's return to the green car spotlight

Seventeen years after the Prius, Toyota is about to muscle back into the green car race. But its fuel-cell alternative comes with pros and cons.

Industrialisation, with green characteristics

Recycling resources, growing renewables and eco-finance are at the heart of China's existential - but still early - pursuit of clean industrialisation.

Signs of a rebound: Renewables' strong first quarter

An increasing share of small-scale solar in overall investment and the expansion of clean energy capital flows to more emerging economies has delivered a 10 per cent first quarter lift for global renewables.

China's genuine green energy revolution

China is leading the world in the installation of renewable energy and is also the largest consumer of coal. But it's the former system that's built to last.

EIB plans $3bn clean energy spend

European Investment Bank to redirect nearly carbon price windfall to clean energy projects.

Germany's renewed path, JA's trade jump

The week in clean energy saw Germany opt for a third way for renewables development, JA Solar eye a trade-barrier loophole, and EU carbon advance again.

How 'clusters' could drive the next off-grid wave

For many Australians, winter electricity demand is similar to summer demand, making stand-alone power more problematic. But 'infrastructure clusters' will make it increasingly viable.

Factbox: The abridged IPCC

Among the main findings from Sunday's report are: a prediction of at least 3.7 degrees warming; a need for 50 per cent renewables by 2050; and efficiency investment potential of $357 billion a year.

The end of Germany's grassroots transition

Germany’s latest Energiewende reforms are a step towards giving renewables back to corporations.

Carnegie pockets gold royalty

Wave energy developer receives $1m boost from former mining operations.

'Won't cost the world to save the planet'

The IPCC's 'mitigation' report says a radical shift from fossil fuels to low-carbon energy such as wind, solar and nuclear would shave only 0.06% a year off global growth.

Lessons and options from an IPCC inquisition

The world's peak climate body has delivered the final part of its seven-year global warming update, calling on additional effort which, sadly, may largely have to fall to the individual.

IPCC report points to 'renewables solution'

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Climate Council says Australia has to embrace 'renewables race'.

Swift action needed on climate: IPCC

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New global report urges Australia to boost renewable energy investment.

The isolated Scots harnessing the spirit of biomass

Whiskey distillers in Scotland's highlands are turning away from heavy fuels to adopt unwanted byproducts for biomass plants to power their ancient processes, and lift their green credentials.

Poland approves renewable energy bill

Renewable installations to win fixed price for 15 years; subsidy to be capped.