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Wind turbines near Tow Law, County Durham, UK. Photo: Jonathan Pearson / pearsongraphics via Flickr.com.

Wind turbines - going strong 20 years on

Chris Goodall

3rd January 2014

Anti-wind campaigners claim that wind turbine performance more than halves after 15 years. Chris Goodall analyses the figures and finds that even 20-year old wind turbines in the UK are still going strong ... more...
Mulan wind farm, 170km NE of Harbin City in Heilongiang, is one of the first wind farms to be built in China. Photo: Land Rover Our Planet via Flickr.com.

China roars ahead with renewables

John Mathews and Hao Tan

4th January 2014

Reports of China opening a huge new coal fired power station every week belie the reality - China is the new global powerhouse for renewable energy. As John Mathews and Hao Tan report, the world must follow its example. more...
A solar farm in open countryside near Lostwithiel, Cornwall. Photo: bobchin1941 via Flikr.

Communites decide - fracking or renewables?

Rebecca Cooke

24th December 2013

Over £1 billion could be paid out by frackers to appease local communities in the UK. Yet Rebecca Cooke finds that wind and solar offers local people a better return ... more...
Solar panels like these in Oxford could provide much of the UK's electricity. Photo: Adrian Arbib - www.arbib.org / r-eco.co.uk .

Sustainable energy for all

David Eliott

16th December 2013

Can we really produce all our electricity from renewable sources? Yes, says David Elliott - and at lower cost than by using fossil fuels and nuclear power. But powerful forces are opposed to change ... more...
Offshore wind on the rocks? Photo: Chris Lishman / Shutterstock.com.

Offshore wind is too expensive!

Jim Platts

7th December 2013

Prices paid in the UK to solar and wind generators will change to favour offshore wind at the expense of the others. Jim Platt warns that the policy is doomed to failure - offshore wind is just too expensive, and likely to remain so. more...
Golden eagles were among the birds killed by Duke's wind turbines.

Wind turbine bird deaths - company pays $1m fine

Eco-Watch

29th November 2013

A major US wind energy company is fined $1 million in the country's first-ever settlement over bird deaths caused by wind turbines, after 149 protected birds were killed. more...
Pylons. Photo: shutterstock.com / tonyz20.

Rubber-toothed energy regulator fails to convince

Alex Stevenson

26th November 2013

Ofgem chief Andrew Wright was grilled in the UK Parliament today by MPs whose constituents are furious with soaring energy bills and ballooning energy company profits. Andrew Stevenson was there ... more...
Fenced in by eucalyptus

Biomass: The Chain of Destruction

Almuth Ernsting

9th November 2013

Biomass electricity in the UK = clear-cutting of ancient swamp forests + bulldozing of traditional communities' lands + deprived UK communities bearing the brunt of toxic emissions. more...
Power in paradise: the Catalgazi coal-fired power plant on turkey's Black Sea coast.

Erdogan's Turkey embarks on massive 'dash for coal'

Oliver Tickell

5th November 2013

Ignoring its significant solar and wind power potential, Turkey is planning a massive 'dash for coal' with over 37,000 MW of new coal fired power stations. more...

RWE's green energy revolution

Oliver Tickell

3rd November 2010

German energy giant RWE will transform into a decentralized energy provider and enabler of renewable technologies. more...
Solar panels

Small investors pile billions into UK renewable energy

Rebecca O'Connor

4th November 2013

A revolution is under way in personal finance. Investment in clean energy projects is going retail, as people plough their savings and pension funds into renewable energy ventures offering much greater returns than bank deposits. more...

CO2 emissions hit record - but increasing more slowly

Oliver Tickell

1st November 2013

On current trends global CO2 emissions may begin to reduce within a few years, thanks to the growth in renewable energy. But rigorous policies in China, the US and the EU will be needed. more...

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Renewables - what about the minerals?

Tim Radford

31 October 2013

Renewable energy sounds like the obvious solution for a power-hungry planet in a greenhouse world. But where will all the minerals come from? more...

Big Six lobby MPs against green energy and efficiency

Alex Stevenson & Oliver Tickell

30th October 2013

Big Six energy bosses join David Cameron's campaign against energy efficiency and green energy. Just the way for them to keep on ripping us all off. more...

Renewables imperilled: Big Six turn grilling into lobbying

Alex Stevenson

30th October 2013

The Big Six energy bosses turned the tables on MPs and turned their interrogation into a lobbying effort against green energy and energy efficiency. more...

Nuclear power gets twice the price of solar!

Oliver Tickell

28th October 2013

The UK government's policy to pay for more for nuclear power than for power from solar PV is in direct contradiction of EU rules on state aid. more...
Offshore wind farm

Cameron's plan to cut green levies will cost us all

Jane Fae

28 October 2013

The truth is that 'green costs' are an investment that benefit all of us. Yet, to capitalise on that investment will take long-term vision, commitment, and a willingness to make and explain hard decisions. more...

Africa's biggest wind farm opens

Oliver Tickell

26th October 2013

20,000 square kilometres of Ethiopia are suitable for grid-based wind power generation, with a total capacity of 100 GW. more...

Give community wind power the same EMR terms as Hinkley C!

22nd October, 2013

David Toke

EDF etc have been offered terms for constructing Hinkley C which are way superior to the terms being currently offered to renewable energy ... more...

Oklahoma goes for Wind

Oliver Tickell

22nd October 2013

"Extraordinary pricing opportunities will lower utility costs by an estimated $53 million in the first year and even more thereafter." more...

The winds of change

Thembi Mutch

11th October 2013

From Shetland, Thembi Mutch reports on how the close knit community of the island are responding to the possibility of a huge wind farm (currently going through judicial review) changing their landscape forever..... more...

Solar power straight off the shelf

October 2nd, 2013

By David Thomas

Furniture giant IKEA are soon to stock solar panels in all their UK stores, evidence that renewable technology can really compete in the global marketplace says David Thomas....... more...

The IPCC has spoken. Now what?

Oliver Tickell

2nd October 2013

If we are to move beyond the political impasse generated by the IPCC report and prevent catastrophic climate change we must look to market mechanisms, specifically price competitive renewables, writes Oliver Tickell...... more...

The hidden conservation costs of renewable energy

March 27th, 2013

by Luke Dale-Harris

Ecologist writer Luke Dale-Harris questions the ability of Natura 2000 to work as an effective environmental regulator
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Frontline Online: Why China needs dissuading from a dash-for-gas energy solution

January 21st, 2013

by Lorna Howarth

The Ecologist's Lorna Howarth reports on news and action from the environmental frontline more...

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