Trump puts all EPA grants, contracts on immediate hold.

Trump puts all EPA grants, contracts on immediate hold.

Orders issued by President Donald Trump on Monday have frozen all Environmental Protection Agency grants and contracts, reflecting his campaign promise to minimize the authority’s influence. The suspension — effectively immediately — puts on hold the billions awarded annually by the EPA for research and development, land restoration and enhancement, environmental monitoring and more. Sources […]

Aramco launches Saudi Arabia’s first wind turbine.

Aramco launches Saudi Arabia’s first wind turbine.

State-run Saudi Aramco has commissioned the Kingdom’s first wind energy turbine, developed in partnership with GE aiming to support the renewable goals of Saudi Vision 2030. The project will power Saudi Aramco’s facility in Turaif in northwestern Saudi Arabia, providing electricity directly to the bulk plant. The commissioning event of the wind energy station was […]

Going Green: China to invest $360 bln in renewable energy by 2020.

Going Green: China to invest $360 bln in renewable energy by 2020.

China will invest 2.5 trillion yuan ($361 billion) into renewable power generation by 2020, the country’s energy agency said on Thursday, as the world’s largest energy market continues to shift away from dirty coal power towards cleaner fuels. The investment will create over 13 million jobs in the sector, the National Energy Administration (NEA) said in […]

Dutch government proposes 33 percent increase in renewables spending for 2017.

Dutch government proposes 33 percent increase in renewables spending for 2017.

The Dutch government on Wednesday proposed a 33 percent increase in its budget for renewable energy projects in 2017, as it attempts to catch up after lagging on its 2020 emission reduction targets. In a letter to parliament, Economic Affairs Minister Henk Kamp said the government plans to spend 12 billion euros on subsidies for […]

NEPAD to boost Africa’s renewable energy project initiative.

NEPAD to boost Africa’s renewable energy project initiative.

NEPAD, being the implementing arm of the African Union (AU), is embarking on an exercise that hastens the expansion and execution of Africa’s Renewable Energy Projects. This is NEPAD Agency’s input in the execution of the Africa Renewable Energy Initiative that was approved by the AU Summit in June 2016 and also to the SE4ALL […]

Chile to auction 8,000ha of govt land for wind farms.

Chile to auction 8,000ha of govt land for wind farms.

The Chilean government will auction 8,000 ha (19,770 acres) for new renewable energy plants in the first half of 2016, mainly for wind farms, state officials said on Thursday. The auction is expected to secure new capacity of 400 MW in the area of Taltal city, Antofagasta region, the energy ministry’s renewables director, Christian Santana, […]

Vestas fears slowdown in US.

Vestas fears slowdown in US.

The world’s biggest wind turbine maker Vestas Wind Systems that it expected a slowdown in its key US market next year, overshadowing robust third quarter results and an upgrade to its 2016 sales forecast. The Danish company and its peers are benefiting from a new focus on renewables, encouraged by the Paris Agreement on climate […]

Siemens and Enel under fire in Western Sahara projects.

Siemens and Enel under fire in Western Sahara projects.

German manufacturer Siemens Wind Power and Italian developer Enel Green Power are under fire for their involvement in wind energy projects in the disputed territory of Western Sahara, effectively occupied by Morocco. The Western Sahara territory’s international status is currently undetermined, according to the European Court of Justice in December 2015. The territory is administered […]

UK’s Ofgem plans to launch $2.5bn offshore wind farm transmission link tender.

UK’s Ofgem plans to launch $2.5bn offshore wind farm transmission link tender.

The UK government regulator for gas and electricity markets, Ofgem is planning to launch its fifth tender round (TR5) for the development of offshore transmission projects worth over £2bn ($2.5bn). Scheduled on 10 October, the tender round seeks bids for the five transmission links to offshore wind farms with a total generation capacity of 2.3GW. […]

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