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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

Some renewable energy providers giving up entering electricity market

Laying large-scale photovoltaic panels for power generation requires wide areas of flat, vacant land, ruling out urban areas. Land suited for wind farms, meanwhile, is often in the less populated Tohoku and Hokkaido regions in the north. While these areas have power delivery lines, their capacity is often limited due to low regional demand for electricity.
10 Sep 2013

Theft takes the wind out of power producers in Rajasthan

What was considered as petty thefts earlier have now taken the shape of an organized operation. About 15% of the turbines put up by developers like Suzlon Energy, Inox Wind, Gammesa, and Enercon (India) are under complete breakdown due to theft, a source in the industry body Indian Wind Power Association (IWPA) said.
15 Aug 2013

Five killed at Chinese wind farm construction site

Five workers died and another five were injured when a wall collapsed at the approach to a wind farm currently under construction in south China's Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region. ...Five died despite medical efforts, and the other injured were receiving treatment at two different hospitals.
3 Aug 2013

Vestas takes legal action in India over Nørremark deal

Vestas has filed lawsuits against the two Indian companies embroiled in the Danish company's row with former CFO Henrik Nørremark. Vestas has filed the lawsuits in New Delhi's high court against RRB Energy and ECO RRB for the return of money handed over by Norremark, in deals that were not sanctioned by the Danish company's board.
26 Jul 2013

Windfarm battle shifts from Europe, China

European and Chinese wind turbine makers are poised to do battle away from their domestic markets as the focus in the 60 billion euro ($85.6 billion) industry shifts to North America, Brazil and India. Hit by overcapacity and plunging prices in Europe and China's saturated markets, manufacturers of wind turbines are under pressure to find new areas of growth to boost single-digit profit margins.
23 Jul 2013

Windmill leaf comes off again; GCDA red-faced

Hardly three weeks after it was installed with much fanfare, one of the leaves of the windmill at the Marine Drive came off a second time in heavy rain and wind on Thursday afternoon leaving the Greater Cochin Development Authority (GCDA) with egg on its face. ...the company had undertaken the project on a trial basis and would replace it with solar power if the windmill was found unsuccessful.
19 Jul 2013

Wind forecast order jeopardizes industry, Tata Power says

A directive took effect this week ordering wind farms with a capacity of 10 megawatts or more to forecast their generation in 15-minute blocks for the following day. Missing estimates by more than 30 percent will incur penalties. ...The infrastructure can't cope with intermittent wind- and sun-power generation, which has doubled in capacity in five years to almost 20 gigawatts.
16 Jul 2013

Windmill at Marine Drive reinstalled

The reinstalled windmill has only three fan leaves, compared to the original five, and the shaft thickness has been increased from two to five inches, said sources. "As we have high winds at Marine Drive, especially in the morning, we have reduced the number of wings in the windmill.
14 Jul 2013

Maharashtra has lost huge chunk of forest to wind power projects

Maharashtra lost the second largest chunk of forest land to wind power projects, reveals a report released by the Delhi-based Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) on Wednesday. ..."We recommend strict green norms for wind power projects." Bhushan said linear fragmentation -- the building of roads and transmission lines -- has the biggest impact on forests, wildlife and water bodies.
5 Jul 2013

These problems are blowing in the wind

With 80 per cent of the country's electricity coming from fossil fuels and nuclear energy, renewable sources of energy such as wind-power are becoming essential. However, it seems that this apparently ‘clean' energy has a few dirty secrets as far as the environment is concerned.
4 Jul 2013

Sinovel Wind to Shut Four Overseas Subsidiaries

Sinovel Wind Group Co. has confirmed that it is closing four international subsidiaries, marking the latest setback for the company, which is one of China's largest wind-turbine manufacturers. In a filing to the Shanghai Stock Exchange on Monday, Sinovel said it would shut its units in the U.S., Belgium, Italy and Canada. It is unclear how large these units are.
2 Jul 2013

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