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Wind power overtakes nuclear for first time in UK across a quarter

Britain’s windfarms provided more electricity than its eight nuclear power stations in the first three months of 2018, marking the first time wind has overtaken nuclear across a quarter. The renewable energy industry hailed the milestone as a sign the UK was well on its way to an electricity system powered by cheap, domestic green … Continue reading Wind power overtakes nuclear for first time in UK across a quarter

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Would extra payments to coal and nuclear really solve any problem with the grid?

Does the latest push for extra payments to coal and nuclear electric generators really reflect a problem with the grid, or is it a “solution” to the “problem” of cheap electricity? Two weeks ago the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) was given a tight, 60-day timeline to act “before the winter heating season begins so … Continue reading Would extra payments to coal and nuclear really solve any problem with the grid?

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Wind power and nuclear can coexist

Over the last week, groups funded by competing energy sources have attempted to revive the myth that pro-renewable energy policies have a significant economic impact on other energy sources, particularly nuclear power plants. As background, we thoroughly refuted that claim more than two years ago. At the time, Federal Energy Regulatory Commissioner John Norris, who … Continue reading Wind power and nuclear can coexist

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Wind energy exceeds nuclear power

The wind energy exceeded nuclear in power generation worldwide and enough capacity to cover global consumption, indicated a report of the Global Wind Energy Council. According to the data of that entity and the World Nuclear Association at the closing of 2015, there were installed 432,42 gigawatts, after adding 63 over the last year (17 … Continue reading Wind energy exceeds nuclear power

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Wind power capacity tops nuclear energy

The capacity of wind power generation worldwide reached 432.42 gigawatts at the end of 2015, up 17 percent from a year earlier and surpassing nuclear energy for the first time, according to data released by global industry bodies. The generation capacity of wind farms newly built in 2015 was a record 63.01 gigawatts, corresponding to … Continue reading Wind power capacity tops nuclear energy

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2015 will see nuclear power dream fade as wind energy and solar power soar

Governments are still spending billions on nuclear research, writes Paul Brown – but 2015 looks like being an unhappy year for the industry as it continues to shrink while renewables grow, amid massive delays and cost over-runs. With nuclear power falling ever further behind renewables as a global energy source, and as the price of … Continue reading 2015 will see nuclear power dream fade as wind energy and solar power soar

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Wind power is more cheaper than gas

It’s no surprise that if environmental costs are considered, renewables—particularly wind power—are a far better bargain than coal power. But it might surprise many that according to a new such analysis, nuclear power lags far behind wind energy and even hydroelectric power in its economic impact, at least in the European Union. Energy costs are … Continue reading Wind power is more cheaper than gas

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Onshore wind energy cheaper than coal, nuclear and gas

Producing onshore wind energy is cheaper than coal, nuclear and gas, the European Wind Energy Association (EWEA) has claimed.   Based on EWEA’s analysis of the data in the report, onshore wind has an approximate cost of EUR 105 per megawatt hour (MWh) which is cheaper than gas (up to EUR 164), nuclear (EUR 133) … Continue reading Onshore wind energy cheaper than coal, nuclear and gas

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The chances of a nuclear revival seem slim

Advocates of nuclear energy have long been predicting its renaissance, yet this mode of producing electricity has been stalled for years. Renewable energy, by contrast, continues to expand rapidly, even if it still has a long way to go to catch up with fossil fuel power plants, writes Worldwatch Institute Senior Researcher Michael Renner in … Continue reading The chances of a nuclear revival seem slim

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Wind energy, solar power capacity catching up with nuclear power

Advocates of nuclear energy have long been predicting its renaissance, yet this mode of producing electricity has been stalled for years. Renewable energy, by contrast, continues to expand rapidly, even if it still has a long way to go to catch up with fossil fuel power plants, writes Worldwatch Institute Senior Researcher Michael Renner in … Continue reading Wind energy, solar power capacity catching up with nuclear power

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BP Statistical Review shows strength of global energy system amid disruptions and shifting world economy

The BP Statistical Review of World Energy 2014 – launched today at the World Petroleum Congress meeting in Moscow – reveals how the world of energy echoed broader global themes in 2013. Emerging differences in global economic performance, geopolitical uncertainty and ongoing debates about the proper roles of government and markets are all reflected in … Continue reading BP Statistical Review shows strength of global energy system amid disruptions and shifting world economy

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Wind power, solar energy, cheaper option than nuclear

Solar power and wind energy should lead the global push for a cleaner energy future, says a recent study that found both renewable energy technologies are able to deliver cheaper low-carbon electricity than even the most modern nuclear reactors. The study by consultant Prognos AG – commissioned by Agora Energiewende, which is a think-tank owned … Continue reading Wind power, solar energy, cheaper option than nuclear

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Rising energy demand a threat to water supplies

Rising demand for energy, from biofuels to shale gas, nuclear power, coal and oil, is a threat to freshwater supplies that are already under strain from climate change, the United Nations said in a report on Friday. It urged energy companies to do more to limit the use of water in everything from cooling coal-fired … Continue reading Rising energy demand a threat to water supplies

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EU Commission: fossil fuel and nuclear subsidies distort market

Subsidies for nuclear and fossil fuels distort competition between different energy sources and increase the overall cost to society of electricity generation, the European Commission states today in a series of non-binding documents on state intervention in energy markets. “EU taxpayers gave over EUR26 billion to fossil fuels in 2011, the documents show. It is … Continue reading EU Commission: fossil fuel and nuclear subsidies distort market

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Nuclear? It

Although China has both official support and the technological capacity for nuclear energy development, emerging public resistance to nuclear projects is an increasing challenge. China still relies heavily on coal—accounting for 68.5 percent of electricity generation in 2012—because of its lower cost and greater accessibility. Despite nuclear’s relative safety under normal operations, public concern arises from doubts about … Continue reading Nuclear? It

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Japan halts last nuclear reactor at Ohi

Japan is shutting down its last functioning nuclear reactor, with no timetable for a restart. Reactor 4 at Ohi in western Japan will stop generating electricity in the early hours of Monday. Analysts say Japan will be without nuclear power until December at the earliest, the longest shut-down since the 1960s. The Japanese public turned … Continue reading Japan halts last nuclear reactor at Ohi

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Brazil cools on nuclear energy plans; favors wind power

Brazil will probably scale down its plans for new nuclear plants due to safety concerns following the 2011 radiation leak in Japan and pick up some of the slack with a revolution in wind energy, the head of the government’s energy planning agency said. Mauricio Tolmasquim, chief of the Energy Research Company, told Reuters it … Continue reading Brazil cools on nuclear energy plans; favors wind power

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