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Tajiks hope to save energy through metering

Every autumn, as river flows dwindle, hydro-power-dependent Tajikistan restricts power consumption. This year the rolling blackouts began November 1. The relevant government resolution restricted provincial residents to only nine hours of power daily. Only Dushanbe and the oblast capitals are exempt from the cutback, which will be lifted sometime in the spring. The Nurek power station is vulnerable to decli ...

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GE & Meralco partner to upgrade smart infrastructure

Electronics giant General Electric is teaming up with the Philippines’ largest utility to bring smart grid infrastructure to the Southeast Asian country. G.E. and the Manila Electric Company, or Meralco, are working on developing an advanced smart grid roadmap that will allow households across Meralco’s service area to better manage their energy consumption. “We are looking at the benefits of smart prepaid ...

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SunEdison launches solar water pumps in India

SunEdison, solar technology manufacturer and provider of solar technology and solar energy services, today launched the SunEdison Solar Water Pump, a high performance solar PV-based water pump specially designed for agriculture. The Solar Water Pump will address a significant market, and help increase crop yield by delivering reliable irrigation without dependence on expensive diesel fuel or intermittent el ...

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Japan’s solar dream in tatters as projects fail

The failure of solar developers to deliver on planned projects in Japan will cost the country's utilities close to US$3.5 billion annually in additional coal and gas imports to generate power. Japan's government banked on solar power to help meet the shortfall in electricity supply after the Fukushima disaster in 2011 shattered public confidence in nuclear energy. The country's reactors are shut while the g ...

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Japan lowers carbon dioxide emissions reduction target

Japan has slashed its carbon dioxide emissions reduction target.   Japan says it now tentatively aims to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by 3.8 percent from fiscal 2005 levels by 2020 instead of the 25 percent cut from 1990 levels as promised in 2009.   The announcement Friday from the world's fifth-largest emitter of carbon dioxide struck a blow to the United Nations' Nov. 11-22 climate talks ...

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Japan starts up offshore wind farm near Fukushima

ONAHAMA PORT, Japan (AP) — Japan switched on the first turbine at a wind farm 20 kilometers (12 miles) off the coast of Fukushima on Monday, feeding electricity to the grid tethered to the tsunami-crippled nuclear plant onshore. The wind farm near the Fukushima Dai-Ichi nuclear power plant is to eventually have a generation capacity of 1 gigawatt from 143 turbines, though its significance is not limited to ...

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China to Build More Renewables Than EU & U.S. Combined, says IEA

China is expected to build more renewable power plants through 2035 than the U.S., European Union and Japan combined, according to the International Energy Agency. The share of energy sources including hydropower, biomass, wind and solar in world electricity supply will rise above 30 percent in that period, “drawing ahead of natural gas in the next few years and all but reaching coal as the leading fuel for ...

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Godawari Solar Thermal Plant Generates Above Expectations

Godawari Power & Ispat Ltd.’s solar-thermal plant, Asia’s biggest, is generating more power than expected, allaying criticism that the technology was failing in India, a government official said. Godawari’s 50-megawatt project is at times generating 10 megawatts more than its stated capacity, said Tarun Kapoor, head of solar policy at the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy. “People were saying that so ...

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Energy turmoil to change map of global market

A vast upheaval in energy markets with the rise of shale oil and of demand in emerging economies is changing the fuel map of the globe, the IEA said on Tuesday. These huge changes, including the growth of renewable energies, will widen differences in energy costs between regions and could hit the competitive positions of industries in Europe and Japan. Their shares of global exports of goods made with heavy ...

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China Faces Gas Shortage after Cutting Coal

China is bracing for natural gas shortages this winter as the government tries to fight smog by reducing consumption of coal. On Oct. 21, the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC), China's central government administrative agency, said it would take steps to limit gas use as a result of shortages that have already appeared in cities including Urumqi and Beijing, Reuters reported. The NDRC plans ...

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