Policy, investment and markets News for September 2009

Policy, investment and markets News Archive

Centrosolar partners DCM Solarfonds 3 to build multiple large-scale solar energy systems

Following the successful closing of the first solar fund launched by DCM in 2007, Centrosolar Group AG has once again become project partner for the DCM Solarfonds 3. The special feature of this solar fund is that investors are investing not in a single solar park, but in a number of solar facilities at various locations.

NASDAQ OMX Clean Edge Smart Grid Infrastructure Index launched

The NASDAQ OMX Group and Clean Edge have introduced the NASDAQ OMX Clean Edge Smart Grid Infrastructure IndexSM (NASDAQ:QGRD), a new benchmark for the smart grid and electric infrastructure sector.

US Departments Treasury, Energy surpass US$1bn milestone in Recovery Act awards for renewable energy projects.

At a White House meeting to discuss the American Recovery Act, US Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner and Energy Secretary Steven Chu hosted a group of renewable energy developers and manufacturers, announcing US$550 million in new awards to these companies bringing the total amount to more than US$1bn awarded to date to companies investing in domestic renewable energy.

Call for entries: Ashden Awards for Sustainable Energy Call for entries: Ashden Awards for Sustainable Energy

The organisers of the Ashden Awards for Sustainable Energy is seeking entries from "inspirational and innovative" local sustainable energy programmes from Asia, Africa and Latin America.

Preview: Ernst & Young Global Renewable Energy Awards 2009

Organisers of the prominent global renewable energy awards report that nominations are reflecting the structural changes to clean energy markets…

Masdar Institute aims to lead the way in alternative energy research

Masdar Institute of Science and technology has welcomed its first intake of 92 graduate students, representing 22 different nations.

Södra and Statkraft collaborate on renewable energy

Swedish forestry and timber product company Södra and Norwegian energy company Statkraft have signed a SEK 10 billion (~€1bn) agreement of intent on renewable energy.

China launches differentiated wind energy tariffs China launches differentiated wind energy tariffs

China has instituted a new system of differentiated wind energy tariffs based on four wind energy zones. The move is the first in Asia since South Korea implemented a feed-in tariff programme in 2005. China now joins a growing list of developing countries with feed-in tariffs, including South Africa and Mongolia.

Could a £3m wind turbine project in Oxford lead the way?

Oxford City Council – and former Renewable Energy Focus editor Paul Spencer - have revealed plans for a £3m wind turbine development on council land in the UK city, purportedly the first on council land anywhere in the UK.

Zayed Future Energy Prize open for renewable energy nominations

The US$2.2 million Zayed Future Energy Prize awarded every year for innovation, long-term vision and leadership in renewable energy and technologies is open for nominations until 16 October 2009.

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Prominent author given key UK climate change role

David MacKay, Professor in the Department of Physics at Cambridge University and author of the influential book ‘Sustainable Energy - without the hot air' has been appointed Chief Scientific Advisor to the UK's Department of Energy and Climate Change.

The US Treasury announces US$500m for clean and renewable energy projects

US Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner and Energy Secretary Steven Chu have announced US$502 million in the first round of awards from an American Recovery and Reinvestment Act programme providing cash assistance to clean and renewable energy production companies in place of earned tax credits.