Alternative Energy

  • Japan Utilities Burn Record Gas In May As All Nuclear Units Shut

    Tokyo (Reuters) -- Japan's 10 utilities consumed 22 per cent more natural gas equivalent for power generation in May from a year ago, setting a monthly record as all of the country's nuclear power plants are shut on safety concerns, industry data showed on Wednesday.

    June 13, 2012, 12 PM MDT

  • Mustus Signs PPA With Shell Energy North America

    Mustus Energy Ltd. announces that Shell Energy North America (Canada) Inc. will purchase all power and environmental attributes produced by its facility that will be built in La Crete, Alberta.

    June 5, 2012, 12 PM MDT

  • Bruce Power Unit 2 Authorized To Begin Producing Power

    Bruce Power has received authorization from the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission to power up the Unit 2 reactor, effectively ending the construction and commissioning phases of the project, said TransCanada Corporation.

    March 20, 2012, 12 PM MDT

  • EPA Rules For Coal Power Plants Could Spark Gas Power Demand

    Potential coal plant retirements in the United States in response to new Energy Protection Agency (EPA) rules and market conditions could result in a growth in demand for natural gas fired power generation, a natural gas conference heard Monday.

    February 28, 2012, 12 PM MST

  • Bruce Power Ends Plans For Alberta Nuclear Reactor

    (Reuters) -- Bruce Power, operator of Canada's biggest nuclear power plant, is walking away from a proposal to build reactors in Alberta after four years of trying to gain traction in a region where the burgeoning oilsands industry promises major new electricity demand.

    December 15, 2011, 12 PM MST

  • Coal Replacement Holds Biggest Growth Promise For Natural Gas

    Total industrial demand for natural gas has grown about 23 per cent since 2002, with much of that from oilsands producers, while coal replacement holds the most opportunity, a natural gas conference heard last week.

    November 1, 2011, 12 PM MDT

  • IAEA Still Sees "Significant" Nuclear Energy Growth

    Vienna (Reuters) - The United Nations atomic agency still expects significant growth in the global use of nuclear power over the next two decades, despite a slowdown in the wake of Japan's Fukushima accident, its head said on Monday.

    September 12, 2011, 12 PM MDT

  • Canada Moves Ahead With New Coal-Fired Power Rules

    Calgary (Reuters) -- Canada moved ahead on Friday with new regulations for cutting carbon emissions from coal-fired power plants as environmental groups decried one project that they said won approval in time to avoid them.

    August 22, 2011, 12 PM MDT

  • Celanese Faces U.S. Road Block On Ethanol

    Houston (Reuters) - Celanese Corp. is spending more than $700 million to turn coal and natural gas into ethanol, but so far the chemical maker cannot sell any of the fuel in the United States.

    June 24, 2011, 12 PM MDT

  • Cheap Natural Gas Looms Over New U.S. Nuclear Projects

    Washington (Reuters) - Japan's ruined Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant may slow the expansion of the U.S. nuclear industry, but cheap and abundant supplies of natural gas are a far bigger roadblock to financing new reactors, a Wall Street panel said Tuesday.

    June 22, 2011, 12 PM MDT

  • Oil And Gas Executive Donates $1.5 Million To Alternative Fuel Research

    The University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT) will accelerate its alternative fuel research efforts thanks to a $1.5-million donation from chairman and Jeffrey Boyce, chief executive officer of Sure Energy Inc.

    June 20, 2011, 12 PM MDT

  • Gas Is Killing Green Energy In Price War

    London (Reuters) - A widening shale gas revolution is killing the economics of renewable energy, even as falling costs allow wind and solar to overtake fossil fuels in niche areas, say energy executives and analysts.

    June 17, 2011, 12 PM MDT

  • Italians Say No To Nuclear Energy In Referendum

    Rome (Reuters) - Italians looked set to ban nuclear energy for decades on Monday in a referendum that was strongly influenced by the Fukushima disaster but was also a resounding political vote against Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi.

    June 14, 2011, 12 PM MDT

  • Merkel Maps Nuclear Exit With Eye On Green Vote

    Berlin (Reuters) - Angela Merkel's bid to outflank the opposition by closing all nuclear plants by 2022 smacks of opportunism to many Germans but could ease an alliance with the anti-nuclear Greens that may be her best bet to stay in power.

    June 14, 2011, 12 PM MDT

  • AEP To Retire 6,000 MW Of U.S. Coal Generation

    Houston (Reuters) - American Electric Power, one of the country's largest coal-burning utilities, said Thursday it plans to retire nearly one-quarter of its coal fleet and retrofit other units at a cost of as much as $8 billion to comply with proposed environmental regulations.

    June 10, 2011, 12 PM MDT

  • Suncor Defends Renewables Investments

    Suncor Energy Inc. was called to task by a shareholder at the company's annual meeting yesterday for its use of food to produce energy and its investments in wind power.

    May 4, 2011, 12 PM MDT

  • Enbridge Proposes To Transfer Renewable Assets To Fund

    Enbridge Income Fund Holdings Inc. and Enbridge Income Fund have received a proposal from Enbridge Inc. pursuant to which Enbridge would transfer three renewable energy assets to the fund.

    May 4, 2011, 12 PM MDT

  • Total SA To Pay Up To $1.37 Billion For SunPower Stake

    Los Angeles (Reuters) - French energy company Total SA offered to pay up to $1.37 billion for a majority stake in U.S. solar company SunPower Corp., a bid by the oil and gas giant to become a major player in solar power.

    April 29, 2011, 12 PM MDT

  • Syngas Plant Moving Ahead

    A $1.5 billion project designed to use in situ coal gasification (ISCG) to convert non-mineable coal into clean, low-carbon synthesis gas (syngas) needs further funding but expects to file for regulatory approval sometime this year.

    April 7, 2011, 12 PM MDT

  • Fears Hit EU Nuclear Plans, Boost Gas Prospects

    Brussels/Vienna (Reuters) - Japan's nuclear crisis will speed the elimination of nuclear power from some European countries and render many planned projects too risky, ultimately increasing Europe's dependence on gas.

    April 4, 2011, 12 PM MDT

  • U.S. Execs Eye Energy Mix Shift After Nuclear Crisis

    (Reuters) - Leading energy companies expect the nuclear disaster in Japan to underpin a shift toward the increased use of natural gas worldwide, executives said at a U.S. industry conference on Monday.

    March 29, 2011, 12 PM MDT

  • U.S. Geothermal, Enbridge May Partner Again

    Los Angeles (Reuters) - U.S. Geothermal Inc. is in talks with Canada's Enbridge Inc. about a second equity investment in one of the company's geothermal power plants, Chief Executive Dan Kunz said in an interview.

    January 25, 2011, 12 PM MST

  • U.S. Coal Routes Too Clogged To Fill Australia Gap

    Houston/London (Reuters) - Cheap, abundant U.S. thermal coal for power generation could be filling the gap left by Australia's flood-hit exports but ports and railways in the States cannot cope with more exports.

    January 14, 2011, 12 PM MST

  • Australia Floods Cut Five Per Cent Of World Coking Coal Supply

    Sydney/Perth (Reuters) - Australia's devastating floods could remove five per cent or more of steelmaking coal from world markets and lift prices by a third or more, analysts estimated on Wednesday, as damage and disruption to coal infrastructure continue to spread with the floodwaters.

    January 13, 2011, 12 PM MST

  • EPA Regulations May Shut 50,000 MW Of U.S. Coal Plants

    (Reuters) - U.S. Environmental Protection Agency regulations may result in over 50,000 megawatts of coal power plant retirements and up to $180 billion in compliance costs for remaining plants, consulting firm The Brattle Group said in a report.

    December 13, 2010, 12 PM MST

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