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  • Renewables Obligation review: the winners and losers

    Posted By : Daniel Kiernan on October 21st, 2011

    Location : renewables

    Renewables Obligation review: the winners and losers

    The marine and wind energy industry will be celebrating today’s announcement, but other sectors are not so fortunate.

    First the good news: after years of campaigning for stability, clarity and certainty for green investors, the government’s proposed changes to the Renewables Obligation scheme promise to deliver just that.

    It is rare for the renewables industry and green NGOs to be united in their praise of government environmental policy, but the reaction to the launch today of the consultation has been largely, if not universally, posit…

  • Renewable power to attract more investment -Sarasin

    Posted By : Daniel Kiernan on October 19th, 2011

    Location : renewables

    Renewable power to attract more investment -Sarasin

    Oil and gas firms, big industrial players and pension funds will increase investment in renewable energy thanks to falling costs and a shorter payback time than for nuclear, Swiss private bank Sarasin said on Monday.

    “The sector will become the target of progressive oil and gas companies and utilities and of blue chip firms in conventional industries,” the bank’s sustainability research analyst, Matthias Fawer, said at a press briefing in Frankfurt.

    “Insurers such as Allianz and Munich Re (MUVGn.DE) are also looking to new invest…

  • Solar Energy as an Alternative Investment

    Posted By : Daniel Kiernan on October 18th, 2011

    Location : renewables

    Solar Energy as an Alternative Investment

    We know from experience that many investors are interested in green, environmentally friendly investments. It’s an area that many people are genuinely concerned about and the idea that they can do some good at the same time as earning decent returns is a very appealing one.
    What is Solar Energy?
    I’m sure most people are familiar with the concept of harvesting energy from the sun to meet our every growing demand. The benefits of generating energy this way are clear – it’s abundant, free and clean. By one estimate the energy from the su…

  • Octopus Investments to continue supporting UK solar industry

    Posted By : Daniel Kiernan on September 20th, 2011

    Location : renewables

    Octopus Investments to continue supporting UK solar industry

    Octopus Investments has reaffirmed its commitment to the UK solar industry by launching two new solar-focused venture capital trusts (VCT), reports Solar Power Portal.

    Unlike Octopus’s previous investments, the new funds are being aimed at companies developing medium-sized (<50kW) installations, which are eligible for the government’s higher feet-in tariff (FiT) rates.

    The fund management company’s previous two VCT’s have enabled hundreds of small-scale investors to gain access to the revenue streams facilitated by the govern…

  • Renewables: What to watch for in nations and markets

    Posted By : Daniel Kiernan on September 13th, 2011

    Location : renewables

    Renewables: What to watch for in nations and markets

    In the field of renewables, the past quarter was characterised by a number of interesting events, ranging from lowered solar subsidies in the EU to the discussion about the future of nuclear power in many countries. The most extreme outcome of this discussion is probably the German government’s decision to completely phase out the use of nuclear power over the next 11 years, thus offering even stronger momentum to renewable energy, particularly offshore wind, to partly replace those assets.

    By Susan Hansen

    Renewable energy asset investm…

  • Renewables Investment Breaks Records

    Posted By : Daniel Kiernan on September 1st, 2011

    Location : renewables

    Renewables Investment Breaks Records

    Global investment in renewable power and fuels set a new record in 2010, according to a new analysis commissioned by UNEP’s Division of Technology, Industry and Economics (DTIE) from Bloomberg New Energy Finance. Investment hit $211 billion last year, up 32 percent from a revised $160 billion in 2009, and nearly five and a half times the figure achieved as recently as 2004.

    The document, Global Trends in Renewable Investment 2010, an Analysis of Trends and Issues in the Financing of Renewable Energy, reports that the record itself was n…

  • Guinness Fund Bets on Chinese Wind After Clean-Power Shares Drop

    Posted By : Daniel Kiernan on August 17th, 2011

    Location : renewables

    Guinness Fund Bets on Chinese Wind After Clean-Power Shares Drop

    Guinness Asset Management Ltd., whose alternative-energy fund fell 27 percent in the past year, expects a decline in wind-turbine prices in China to bolster returns after shares in the industry plunged.

    The fund, which manages $40 million, has channeled 28 percent of its investments into Chinese renewables including wind developer China Longyuan Power Group Corp., said co-manager Edward Guinness. Renewables stocks are attractive, he said, even as the Bloomberg Wind Energy Index lost 17 percent this year.

    “The stocks are incredibly che…

  • Sun rises on tequila plant harvesting for biofuel

    Posted By : Daniel Kiernan on August 5th, 2011

    Location : renewables

    Sun rises on tequila plant harvesting for biofuel

    The agave plant, from which tequila is derived, may be the answer to Australia’s thirst for fuel.

    IT FUELS MEXICO’S ECONOMY and fills the world’s shot glasses, but the succulent agave plant – from which tequila is distilled – could also help quench Australia’s thirst for a low-emission biofuel.

    A new study, published last week in the journal Energy and Environmental Science, shows that the agave plant (Agave tequilana) produces five times the amount of energy that’s put into growing it. This makes the ethanol derived from agave – which pr…

  • UK Green Investment Bank: Lessons to be learnt from our neighbours

    Posted By : Daniel Kiernan on August 4th, 2011

    Location : renewables

    UK Green Investment Bank: Lessons to be learnt from our neighbours

    In 2010 the UK proudly announced that it would be the first country in the world to create a bank dedicated to investing in greening the economy.

    How France and Germany operate their green banks, by Ursula Hartenberger and James Rowlands

    Although it was originally announced by the previous Labour Government, the Conservative – Liberal Democrat coalition has pushed ahead with proposals as part of its green agenda. When it comes to green credentials, the UK has a strong tradition in wanting to be top of the class, even if only on paper. B…

  • Live discussion: Feed-in tariffs and large scale investment in renewables

    Posted By : Daniel Kiernan on August 2nd, 2011

    Location : renewables

    Live discussion: Feed-in tariffs and large scale investment in renewables

    • Join The Guardian for an interactive online discussion to explore the renewable energy agenda beyond changes to feed-in tariffs
    • Thursday 4 August from 2-4pm (BST)

    For organisations looking to reduce their impact, decisions around energy are far from clear cut. Despite calls for a stable regulatory environment, government policy often sends mixed messages. In particular, changes to feed-in tariffs, which take effect from 1 August, have resulted in a lack of clarity.

    The changes mean that larger installations will no longer qualif…

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