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Yingli Solar: partnership with US charity should provide inspiration for UK renewables sector

Global solar energy giant Yingli Solar recently awarded US non-profit solar installer GRID Alternatives the biggest donation it has ever received, in a deal that makes the Chinese solar company GRID's official supplier. The partnership will provide solar energy for low-income families, and sets forth a blueprint that could help shape the UK's own energy and social ambitions.

Published By Datamonitor
31 Mar 2011
CommentWire
CommentWire

World Bank: limit on coal funding is a step in the right direction

By restricting funding for coal power stations to all but the poorest countries, the World Bank is taking a step in the right direction towards a greener world. While this move has faced criticism, reducing extreme poverty has to take preference over low carbon energy. Ultimately, the World Bank has to find a way to help poorer countries use funding to develop cleaner alternatives.

Published By Datamonitor
13 Apr 2011
Expert View
Expert View

Winning acceptance for dynamic pricing: what utilities must do to succeed

The benefits created by smart metering are considerable, particularly dynamic pricing. Yet the most important element of smart metering - the customer - is little understood and is at risk of being overlooked. Utilities must soon introduce smart metering and the notion of variable pricing to their domestic clients.

Published By Datamonitor
08 Mar 2011
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CommentWire

Wind power: turbines and tribulations

Published By Datamonitor
29 Nov 2000
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CommentWire

Wind power: rising costs are unlikely to derail new build plans

The global wind energy industry is facing challenges including rising raw materials costs, supply chain problems and skills shortages, due mainly to booming demand. With renewable valuations at an all time high, Datamonitor predicts strong growth will continue on the back of record sustainable energy investments driven by technology maturity, policy incentives and heightened investor appetite.

Published By Datamonitor
31 Mar 2008
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Will the early introduction of a UK carbon floor price really create a level playing field?

The prospect of a potential energy supply gap has revived the carbon floor price debate. While the British government has proposed a minimum price under which carbon cannot fall - which would make fossil fuel generation more costly - it is not yet clear whether the floor price is a real commitment to cleaner technology, a much-needed subsidy for nuclear power, or both.

Published By Datamonitor
24 Nov 2010
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Will subsidy reductions kill the solar photovoltaics industry?

Despite the economic downturn, continuing raw material supply limitations and high prices, the solar photovoltaics industry enjoyed very strong growth in 2007. Although subsidy changes in key markets could curtail this upward trend, it is more likely that manufacturing efficiencies, among other factors, will more than offset the proposed subsidy reductions without a major impact on profit margins.

Published By Datamonitor
20 May 2008
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Will Obama "change" the fortunes of the US automotive industry?

Following General Motors' admission that its cash reserves are becoming dangerously low, the calls for a bailout of the US automotive industry have become louder. President-elect Obama will be expected to respond to these calls even before he assumes office, as the chances diminish that General Motors and other members of the Detroit-three will emerge from the downturn without assistance.

Published By Datamonitor
18 Nov 2008
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Will Europe follow the US's lead on Chinese solar panel imports?

The US Department of Commerce has found the Chinese government to have been "unfairly" subsidizing its solar panel manufacturing industry, and is imposing punitive tariffs on imports of this technology from the country. It is yet to be seen whether Europe will follow suit.

Published By Datamonitor
22 May 2012
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What will the economic recovery do to smart metering return on investment?

Criticisms of the quality of smart meters in the US and Europe during the first quarter of 2010 could not have come at a worse time. Demand for smart meters will rocket in the next two years, while China, a key manufacturing center, is suffering from labor shortages and the threat of a revaluation of the renminbi, which could lead to soaring future production costs and further threats to quality.

Published By Datamonitor
30 Mar 2010

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