The UK Government has announced a drop of nearly 7 per cent in the share of electricity generated from renewable sources. Despite a year-on-year increase of nearly a third of onshore wind power generation, the total amount supplied in the first quarter of 2010 as part of all sources fell by 6.6 per cent.
The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) has published the findings of a two year study into the use of natural gas in the USA. The study proposes greater use of natural gas in the generation of electricity, claiming that this could reduce the country’s CO2 emissions levels by over 10 per cent.
Pakistan Electric Power Company (PEPCO) has rejected a report from Transparency International Pakistan (TIP) regarding expected losses to the company in the purchase of energy saver bulbs.
Major UK wind energy producers will receive Government-backed incentives to shut down production at wind farms during strong wind gusts at periods of low power demand.
The Power Holding Company of Nigeria (PHCN) reached a capacity of 3800 MW in June 2010, and is trying to achieve a capacity of 6000 MW by the end of 2010.
The Swedish parliament has voted by the narrow margin of 174-172 to overturn a 30-year-old ban on the construction of new nuclear reactors and to allow the replacement of the country’s existing fleet of 10 reactors.
The International Energy Agency (IEA) has published a report that claims that almost one quarter of global electricity could be generated from nuclear power by 2050.
The Indonesian Government has approved electricity tariff increases of up to 18 per cent from July 1. Commercial, industrial and wealthy domestic consumers will be charged a higher rate, whereas less wealthy households (around 75 per cent of all domestic consumers) will be exempt.
Experts have said that a proposal to pay for green energy incentives and supports for peat-fired power plants could add €40 a year to Irish consumers’ electricity bills and significantly increase industries’ costs.
Pakistan’s Water and Power Minister Raja Pervaiz Ashraf has instructed the Pakistan Electric Power Company (PEPCO) and Chief Executive Officers of all distribution companies across the country to expedite recovery of over Rs 150 billion ($1.7 billion) arrears from defaulters “without any discrimination.”