Articles from Asia

Japan utility, Kyushu, to suspend grid access for new renewable energy producers

Kyushu Electric Power Co. (9508) will suspend responding to applications from renewable-energy producers applying to access its grid while it reviews how much more clean energy it’s capable of handling. The utility, which supplies power to the southern island of Kyushu, said the restriction begins tomorrow, according to a statement posted on its website. The decision doesn’t affect agreements already in place.
24 Sep 2014

Clean-energy defaults seen amid record China debt loads

Authorities are trying to cut manufacturing scope in green-energy industries after overproduction caused equipment prices to tumble. Shang Fulin, chairman of the China Banking Regulatory Commission, said in March it will seek to limit lending that worsens overcapacity. The wind-turbine and solar-power industries face “relatively large pressure” from excessive production ability.
5 Sep 2014

Wind power plunges to nil in Kovai

Coimbatore:Wind power production plunged to near nil on Tuesday in Coimbatore region as the industrial hub stares at yet another power crisis. The 5,300 windmills in Udumalpet produced just 2 mega watt of power on Tuesday, according to officials of Tangedco, the state power distribution agency.
20 Aug 2014

Wind turbine requires rezoning

After six years, a federally funded wind turbine tower is months away from being built. The plan is to build one 233-foot-tall windmill tower in Yona, which will require a zoning variance to allow for the structure's height.
26 Jun 2014

Sinovel wind bonds suspended from trade after yearly loss widens

Sinovel Wind Group Co. (601558)’s bonds were suspended from trading today after the wind-turbine maker said losses widened almost sixfold. The company reported a loss of 3.45 billion yuan ($551 million) in 2013 versus 582.7 million yuan the previous year, according to a statement to the Shanghai stock exchange yesterday.
30 Apr 2014

Towards affordable renewable energy

The problem is that the cost-plus tariff system rewards the most corrupt and inefficient proponents. The average is computed on the phony cost claims of such parties and becomes the order of the day. In Wind Power, this factor has come to pervade more so than in other cases. As a result, there is a huge difference between Wind Tariff in Pakistan and almost anywhere. ...The problem is that local professionals are themselves involved in the scam. Who would hire them, if they do not collaborate in the scam? ...What happens is that only the vested interest remains in the tariff award process. Third-party comments (interventions minus stamp paper) remain as a free advice to which nobody is obliged to respond.
27 Apr 2014

China wind turbine makers face consolidation as glut lingers

“Even as the current wind power market rebounds slowly, industry competition is still very intense” so that manufacturing companies don’t have sufficient profitability, Ma Jinru, a Goldwind spokeswoman, said by email. ... “Companies with less competitive technology and quality will die and their market share will be carved up by several rivals.”
17 Apr 2014

Auditors red flag Suzlon's ability to generate adequate cash

Loss-making Suzlon Energy's auditors have raised red flagged issues like the wind turbine maker's ability to generate adequate cash flow to support operations. Suzlon, grappling with tough business conditions, posted a consolidated net loss of Rs 1,075.25 crore in the three months ended December 2013.
16 Feb 2014

Wind farms threaten birds: Study

“European conservationists generally consider the habitat loss associated with windmill development to be a greater threat to bird populations than collision fatalities.There is evidence that construction of windmills renders habitat unsuitable for birds as it has been found that grassland bird densities were higher on grasslands without wind turbines, than on areas with wind turbines."
9 Feb 2014

China securities regulator probes Sinovel Wind Group

Sinovel's shares on Monday fell 9.9% to 3.54 yuan (about 59 U.S. cents) on the Shanghai Stock Exchange. The company's shares have fallen 41% since it disclosed accounting irregularities in March. Sinovel said in March that it overstated its revenue by 10% and profits by 20% in 2011—its first year as a public company. Sinovel attributed the error to revenue it wasn't supposed to recognize for uncompleted projects.
13 Jan 2014

Why China’s renewables industry is headed for collapse

China’s green crash is a textbook example of what happens when central planners substitute their economic decrees for the complex supply and demand decisions of a market. Compounding the missteps of China’s green planners was a belief that the West’s love affair with green power was here to stay, despite its higher cost and unreliability. Believing that it could meet the world’s surging demand for solar and wind power, the Chinese state – from the supreme planning agency, the National Development and Reform Commission down to city governments and state-owned banks – gave Chinese manufacturers near-monopoly powers and all-but-free money.
12 Dec 2013

Japan sets new emissions target in setback to UN treaty talks

Japan set a new target for greenhouse gas emissions that critics say will set back United Nations talks for a treaty limiting fossil fuel emissions. The new target effectively reverses course from the goal set four years ago by allowing a 3.1 per cent increase in emissions from 1990 levels rather than seeking a 25 per cent cut.
15 Nov 2013

CLP Power pushes back construction of Sai Kung wind farm for study

"The decision has to be taken quite carefully as it is a big investment. We need to make sure the costs are fully understood," he said at the World Energy Congress in South Korea last week. Lancaster said more solid wind data would be required to confirm the project's economic feasibility, and that a couple more years of study were needed.
20 Oct 2013

Typhoon Usagi's message for Hong Kong's wind farms

Cctv-china_thumb Ng says the wind farms are unsightly and kill birds, and are an unreliable source of energy. He makes the point that the Shanwei wind farm operates at an average of 17 per cent to 18 per cent efficiency: "The government is silly to support this project - building this white elephant just for the sake of appearing to do something green, when in fact it is damaging the environment, and costing the community a lot of money in terms of higher fuel bills and higher costs to business. The only beneficiaries are the power companies."
1 Oct 2013

Analysis: High costs keep Japan focus on nuclear

Japan's commitment to restarting many of its 50 idled reactors appears stronger than ever, a year after a previous government said it would begin to phase out nuclear power completely. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who took office in December, says nuclear power remains essential, even with a surge in generation capacity from solar, wind and other renewable sources, and that the world's No. 3 economy cannot afford the mounting costs from importing gas and oil.
15 Sep 2013

Renewable energy push blunted as ad-hoc rules stymie private upstarts

"We have built the minimum necessary facilities, including power transmission lines according to demand, and there are times when connecting (renewable energy sources) is difficult due to capacity issues," an official with Hokkaido Electric said. ...in the absence of grid access rules, utilities often do not reveal how limited their delivery lines actually are or the details of the construction costs for letting providers use their grids.
15 Sep 2013

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