Daily Archives: March 18, 2011

David Blair

The government points out that its proposed reduction in feed-in tariffs for large solar arrays will not apply retrospectively. Only new entrants after August 1 this year will be affected by the plans.
But it can take 12–18 months to set up a big solar power scheme.  Read more

Kiran Stacey

The debate about what might happen to spot natural gas prices as a result of the Japanese nuclear crisis rumbles on. The latest view comes from IHS Cera, and differentiates between what might happen in 2011 and in 2012-14. Read more

Kiran Stacey

In the immediate aftermath of the Japanese quake and beginning of the nuclear crisis, I wrote that the responses of the China and India, which are both planning major investment into new nuclear plants, was much more pro-nuclear than that of Western governments.
But now both have changed position.  Read more

Kiran Stacey

Greg Barker, the UK energy minister, has completed his review of subsidies for solar power under the feed-in-tariff scheme, and, as expected, he has reduced the amount of money available for installations that provide over 50kW. Read more

FT Energy Source

You can follow live coverage of the Japanese nuclear crisis here.
- Security Council votes for no-fly zone – FT
- Oil jumps as UN backs bombing raids in Libya – The Telegraph
- BP’s contracts in Libya ‘still valid’ despite turmoil – The Telegraph
- Japan nuclear crisis appears to stabilise – FT
- Fukushima workers labour to avoid catastrophe – The Guardian
- Exposed to the elements: nuclear fuel in meltdown – The Telegraph
- Nuclear spring turns into a harsh winter – FT
- Japan’s crisis hurts uranium miners – The Times
- Future looks bleak for Tepco – FT
- Japan utilities shelve more nuclear power projects – Argus
- Nuclear liability to fall on Japan’s taxpayers – WSJ
- GE works to limit impact as investors fear financial losses – FT
- EDF orders safety checks on British nuclear plants – The Times
- Obama seeks safety review of US nuclear plants – Argus
- Entergy to review safety at New York nuclear plant – WSJ
- US affirms nuclear loan guarantees – NY Times Green blog
- Germany’s nuclear policy fault lines – FT
- Japan set to reignite demand for King Coal – FT
- Price of gas hits five-week high – The Times
- PetroChina plans to add gas assets as quake boosts demand – Bloomberg
- Oil industry sets up offshore safety body – FT
- Ofgem sets out new price review regime – WSJ
- European emissions trading: the cap does not fit – The Guardian Read more