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Indian solar energy project wins world award
The prestigious Energy Globe award for promoting sustainability energy has been won by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) for helping 100,000 people in 18,000 Indian villages finance the purchase domestic solar systems. ... more

First EU commercial concentrating solar power tower opens in Spain
Europe's first commercial concentrating solar power plant began producing electricity in March near the sunny southern Spanish city of Seville. ENS reports: ... more

New wind and sun power projects
Giant wind turbines and big solar power plants are appearing in the most unlikely places as the renewable energy revolution gets under way. Here we report on the first wind turbine to be built in the UK, outside territorial waters, and the first solar plant of its kind to be built in the Gulf states. ... more

US renewables ready to take off
Renewable resources currently provide just over 6 per cent of total U.S. energy, but that figure could increase rapidly in the years ahead, according to a report released today ... more

G8 energy security plan relies on oil, nuclear and renewables
"The need to protect the environment and to tackle climate change" is front and center in the Global Energy Security statement jointly issued today by the world's eight largest industrial nations, the G8, meeting here for their annual summit. ... more

UK Energy Review 'a missed opportunity'
Environment groups have been heavily critical to the UK government�s long-awaited energy policy review, which said that new nuclear power stations could make a "significant contribution" to meeting Britain's future energy needs. They describe the review as "a damp squib" and "a missed opportunity". ... more

Global wind power expands
by Joseph Florence

Global wind electricity-generating capacity increased by 24 per cent in 2005 to 59,100 megawatts. This represents a twelvefold increase from a decade ago, when world wind-generating capacity stood at less than 5,000 megawatts. ... more

Bright future for biofuels, says report
Biofuels can significantly reduce global dependence on oil, according to a new Worldwatch Institute report. This says that athough oil still accounts for more than 96 per cent of transport fuel use, biofuel production has doubled since 2001 and is poised for even stronger growth as the industry responds to higher fuel prices and supportive government policies. ... more

China, India and Brazil could double gas emissions
Without significant gains from energy efficiency efforts,China, India and Brazil within a single human generation (by 2030) will more than double their energy use and greenhouse gas emissions, resulting in major impacts on global energy markets and climate, a World Bank study warns. ... more

All new Spanish buildings must go solar
New building regulations introduced by the Spanish government will give the country some of the most advanced solar legislation in the world. ... more

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