Taiwan to explore oil and gas in South China Sea

Taiwan plans to start exploring for oil and gas in the South China Sea starting next year. Reports claim the Government announced a budget of Tw$17 million (£363,000) has been set aside to kick off exploration in the sea around Taiping Island although details are yet to be confirmed. Taiwan currently imports around 98% of […]

Emergency services should train for electric car crashes

Emergency services workers should be trained to cope with accidents involving hybrid and electric vehicles (EVs), believes an international car body. SAE International which is based in the United States has published a technical standard with recommendations for emergency personnel, such as bigger car labels or learning how to disable the circuits. Hybrid cars and […]

Government should scrap renewables target and carbon price plans

The UK Government should ditch its 20% renewables target, scrap its carbon price plans and exempt energy intensive industries (EIIs) from the policies as the nation’s mineral products manufacturing sector is “under threat”. A new article published by Westminster think-tank Civitas, the Institute for the Study of Civil Society, claims the UK has the highest […]

Make a ‘green’ New Year resolution

Have you made a New Year resolution yet? Why not make it a ‘green’ one? A business electricity provider is urging people to become more environmentally friendly this New Year. Green Energy UK suggests switching the drive to the nearby supermarket for a walk or a bike ride and boiling just the right amount needed […]

Chapelcross nuclear plant defuels third reactor

A nuclear power plant in Scotland has reached a milestone with the complete defuelling of the third of its four reactors. Located near the town of Annan in Dumfries and Galloway in southwest Scotland, the Chapelcross nuclear plant stopped producing power in 2004. It was granted permission from the Nuclear Installations Inspectorate (NII) four years […]

Blog: Stepping into the energy world…

It’s been over a year since I stepped into the world of energy and here I am still writing about it. Am I surprised, maybe but grateful too. It started off chaotically and I was unsure if I would be able to catch up with what had been going on. The Energy Bill, the EMR, […]

Russia and UAE sign ‘peaceful’ nuclear agreement

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Russia signed an agreement for cooperation in the use of nuclear energy for peaceful purposes. The ‘Intergovernmental Agreement’ was signed by the head of the Russian nuclear corporation ROSATOM and UAE’s Deputy Energy Minister. Sergey Kirienko, Director General of ROSATOM said: “This is an integrated agreement which provides for […]

UK to meet 2020 renewables target

The UK is on track to meet its first interim target of generating 15% of its energy from renewable sources by 2020. DECC has just published the UK Renewable Energy Roadmap Update, which suggested the Government is confident that 30% of the UK’s electricity will come from renewables by the end of the decade, with wind […]

Editorial – Energy your unappreciated Xmas present…

So it’s time to carve up, unwrap, flop out and in some cases, pass out! Xmas Day is here and so is the end of all that build up and in some cases months of planning. The family arguments, the trekking across the country and the desperate rush for presents. If you are actually reading […]

China to account for 30% global wind power

China could account for 30% of global installed wind power capacity by 2030. Statistics from the International Energy Agency (IEA) showed China’s wind power installed capacity could reach 279GW by 2030, two points below the EU. It also predicted China’s wind sources could generate 330TWh of clean power by 2015. In a roadmap developed with […]