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Green groups urge U.S. to drop solar trade case against India

Environmental groups urged the United States on Wednesday to drop a challenge to India's massive solar program and said the World Trade Organization case would only hurt the growth of renewable energy resources. The United States is taking action at the WTO over the domestic content requirements in India's program, which aims to ease chronic energy shortages in Asia's third-largest economy. U.S. Trade Repre ...

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Thailand pursues energy independence by solar

Thailand, known for its plentiful sunshine, has spent years developing its solar energy industry. Aside from the obvious environmental benefits, the motivation for using solar energy helps preserve the nation's economy and reducing energy imports from its South East Asia neighbours. The sector has become so successful that countries across Asia are now looking to replicate it. ...

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Central Asian Hydroelectric Water Wars Heat Up

Kyrgyzstan’s Toktogul hydroelectric power plant low water levels may cause water shortages this spring and summer for downstream Uzbek cotton farmers. Uzbekistan annually uses 53 billion cubic meters of water for irrigation and during the growing season the country needs an additional three billion cubic meters, which are provided by the Toktogul HPP. Kyrgyz authorities earlier said that this year the Tokto ...

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Could a Floating Nuclear Power Plant Prevent Another Fukushima?

A group of MIT scientists want to revive the nuclear industry in the post-Fukushima era by moving it offshore. Literally. In a paper to be presented at a conference this week, the MIT researchers argue that the way to make nuclear power plants impervious to earthquakes and tsunamis is to build them in shipyards and then tow the structures five to nine miles out to sea to the deep ocean. These Offshore Small ...

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Alstom India gains on Euro contract from BHEL

Alstom India, leader in power generation, power transmission and rail infrastructure, gained on Monday after it secured a contract from Bharat Heavy Electricals (BHEL) worth close to Euro 30 million to supply components and services for the 2x660 MW Banharpalli Super Thermal Power Project (STPP) located in Jharsaguda, Orissa. Under the scope of the contract, Alstom will co-operate with BHEL in designing the ...

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EVN spends $2.3bn bringing light to 9 million in 15 yrs

Nine million Vietnamese have been brought out of darkness with power from the national grid over the course of 15 years from 1998, the Vietnam Electricity (EVN) said last week in a summary report on a program that sought to electrify rural and distant areas across the country. From 1998 to 2013, EVN, the country’s power monopoly, invested some VND50 trillion (US$2.36 billion) to bring electricity to rural h ...

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Rejig of discoms to cause havoc in Andhra Pradesh

The rearrangement of power distributing companies with two districts (Anantapur and Kurnool) being reshuffled as envisaged in the AP Reorganisation Act will cause a huge entanglement of loans, purchases and projects. Anantapur and Kurnool districts will come under the Southern Discom according to the Reorganisation Bill. The two districts are currently under the Northern Discom. The Act said that APGenco pl ...

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NEC launches energy management and control system

 NEC launches energy management and control system that manages energy consumption across multiple sectors to reduce energy costs The first NEC smart energy solution developed in Singapore for the Asia Pacific and global market Singapore, 23 April 2014 – NEC Asia Pacific, a leading solutions provider, announced today the launch of NEC’s energy management and  control (EMC) system, a smart energy solution th ...

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Enough uranium, but nuclear power is still shrinking

There is enough uranium available on the planet to keep the world’s nuclear industry going for as long as it is needed. But it will grow steadily more expensive to extract, because the quality of the ore is getting poorer, according to new research. Years of work in compiling information from around the world has led Gavin M. Mudd from Monash University in Clayton, Australia to believe that it is economic a ...

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