The Blackstone Group will partner on a new push to develop utility scale wind and solar power projects in North America. Blackstone is teaming up with Matthew Roseblum, the founder and CEO at Solops, to create Onyx Renewable Partners. Shares of Blackstone Group LP rose 3 percent to $30.32 by midday, ahead of broader market gains.» Read More
TOKYO, May 21- A Japanese court ruled against allowing the restart of a nuclear power plant west of Tokyo on Wednesday, its operator said, a rare case in which anti-nuclear plaintiffs have successfully won a ruling to shut down reactors.
TOKYO, May 21- A Japanese court ruled against allowing the restart of a nuclear power plant west of Tokyo on Wednesday, NHK Television said, the first time that anti-nuclear plaintiffs have successfully sued to shut down a reactor in more than four decades of atomic power in the country.
WASHINGTON, May 20- President Barack Obama's landmark rules to cut power plant emissions will likely give a fresh push to regional U.S. carbon cap-and-trade systems by allowing for a holistic, state-wide view of new pollution targets, sources familiar with the process said.
CHICAGO, May 19- If you care about the environment, you can emulate Stanford University's move to remove coal-producing companies from its endowment portfolio by purging fossil fuel companies from your own investments, although it will take a customized strategy.
LAUNCESTON, Australia, May 19- Narendra Modi's crushing election win has given rise to hopes for an economic revival in India, but much will depend on whether he can replicate the electricity success of his home state.
RIO DE JANEIRO, May 16- Brazilian mining giant Vale said on Friday it plans to close its Integra coal mine in Australia because it is losing money, the latest in company efforts to row back from non-core overseas assets. The price of thermal coal fell 40 percent in the last three years as coal supply remained robust and demand fell in Europe and China.
May 16- Solar panel maker Canadian Solar Inc forecast much lower-than-expected quarterly revenue as it expects to recognize most of the revenue from its solar projects in Canada and the United States later in the year.
LONDON, May 14- U.S. electricity consumption has remained flat for the last six years, the first such prolonged pause in growth, as recession and improvements in efficiency have bitten deeply into demand.
*Coal tops the list for deaths in energy sector. *Coal is also a major polluter. Coal mining is responsible for more fatalities than the production of any other energy source due to poor working conditions in producing countries such as China, Turkey, South Africa, Indonesia and Colombia.
"In a landmark move towards an integrated European power market, the full coupling of the south-western Europe day-ahead markets was successfully launched today," grid operators and power exchanges said in a combined statement.
SHANGHAI, May 13- China's crude oil runs, oil demand and total base metals production unexpectedly fell in April from the preceding month, with slackening power generation also fanning concerns that the world's second-largest economy is not yet on a stable footing.
While adopting solar power in developed markets usually weighs on utility incumbents, Asia's players are likely to reap benefits, Bernstein said.
COPENHAGEN, May 9- Danish wind turbine maker Vestas made an unexpected return to profit in the first quarter, with a big rise in orders suggesting its turnaround drive is gaining traction.
May 8- General Electric, which wants to buy Alstom's energy businesses, is not in talks with Japanese conglomerate Toshiba Corp about the French company's power grid business, a GE France spokesman said on Thursday. The Nikkei business daily said Toshiba would offer to buy Alstom's power grid unit if GE purchased the French firm's energy businesses.
May 8- SunEdison Inc reported a larger-than-expected loss due to weak solar panel prices and higher costs associated with keeping rather than selling its solar power plants. SunEdison plans to create a public company that will own and operate the plants, but in the process is sacrificing near-term revenue for long-term profit.
May 7- SolarCity Corp, the largest residential solar panel installer in the United States, raised its full-year forecast for installations after reporting a smaller first-quarter loss. SolarCity's shares rose as much as 9 percent after the bell.
May 8- Toshiba Corp will offer to buy Alstom's power grid business for "several hundred billion yen" if General Electric Co completes its planned purchase of Alstom's energy business, the Nikkei newspaper reported. GE has offered to buy Alstom's energy business, which makes power generation systems along with power grids, for about $16.9 billion.
SAN FRANCISCO, May 7- Stanford University said on Tuesday it will no longer use any of its $18.7 billion endowment to invest in coal mining companies, a move aimed at combating climate change that could influence college administrations elsewhere.
LONDON, May 7- Britain is abandoning its market-based model for electricity and opting for much greater state control, as politicians intervene more aggressively in response to concern about rising bills, climate change and supply security.
SAN FRANCISCO, May 6- Stanford University on Tuesday said it will no longer use any of its $18.7 billion endowment to invest in coal mining companies, a move aimed at combating climate change that could influence college administrations elsewhere.