The European Commission has done well in securing some – though not nearly enough – money to support renewables and CCS from the European economic recovery plan and from auctioning permits under the EU’s emissions trading scheme. By comparison, EU countries paid out €3 billion in national coal subsidies in 2008 alone. All OECD countries together give $400 billion every year in subsidies to fossil fuels, compared with $45 billion to nuclear and $27 billion to renewables, according to the International Energy Agency.read more »
Article list for July, 2010
The European Commission has proposed that subsidies to hard coal should be phased out by 2014. This is good, but must be agreed by EU national governments, some of whom will almost certainly try to extend the deadline.read more »
40% of heat in Denmark is delivered through district heating networks and 82% of this heat comes from Combined Heat and Power plants. How has Denmark done so well?read more »
Lessons from California on what to do – and what not to do.read more »
The UK government says that it will allow local government to sell renewable electricity. This is an excellent way to get local government to be more in favour of renewables.read more »
Tiny Vermont is the second smallest state in the US by population and the fifth smallest by area. Its economic reconstruction efforts are understated. So too are its efforts to provide its homes and businesses with sustainable heat and power.read more »
Question: Why is it hottest in the late summer when the days are getting shorter, rather than around the summer solstice when the days are the longest?
Edward Stalnakerread more »
How are you going to persuade people like me to accept new nuclear power plants when no-one seems to have a strategy for dealing with the radioactive waste from the old installations?
Caroline Westgateread more »
This document sets out some of the important climate change statistics concerning energy use in Switzerland.read more »