Ukraine Looks to Renewable Energy to Loosen Russia’s Grip
Ukraine is seeking U.S. investments in its solar, wind and biomass industries to curb the nation’s reliance on fuel imports from Russia – which siezed Ukraine’s Crimea region last month and has troops massed on the border. Olexander Motsyk, Ukrainian ambassador to the U.S., said that the time has come for U.S. investors to discover Ukraine’s renewable-energy potential. According to experts, biomass and biogas are the most promising forms of renewable energy for the nation. Biomass may help replace natural gas used in it’s 24,000 boiler plants, says officials from the Kiev-based Industry Research Center.
Nissan Offers Free Leaf Charges to Boost U.S. Battery Car Sales
Nissan Motor Co., after its best-ever U.S. sales of its battery-powered Leaf hatchbacks, is planning to offer two years of free public charging in its strongest U.S. markets to draw more sales for the vehicle. Starting July 1, Nissan will issue EZ-Charge cards to Leaf patrons in San Francisco, Sacramento, San Diego, Seattle, Portland, Oregon, Nashville, Phoenix, Dallas-Fort Worth, Houston and Washington. Another 15 U.S. cities will be added to the promotion in 2015, says Nissan.
Alberta Considers Emission Mandates to Win Support for Oil Sector
Alberta is still considering increasing its price on carbon when it revamps its climate-change policy to win support for its oil sector, the fastest-growing source of global warming in the country. The struggle by Alberta’s oil producers for access to new markets, as reflected in the approval delays of Keystone XL pipeline, is being made amid opposition to oil-sands bitumen due to its high carbon intensity. The Canadian province targeted in 2008 a reduction of greenhouse gas emissions by 50 million metric tons by 2020. Robin Campbell, Alberta’s environment Minister, says that he is comfortable that his province will reach the said goal.
India’s Gamesa Reaches 1,000 MW Mark
Wind power giant, Gamesa, announced last Tuesday that they have reached 1,000MW of commissioned capacity in India since it started manufacturing in the country four years ago. According to BTM Consult and Navigant Research, Gamesa was the top-ranked Original Equipments Manufacturer (OEM) in the country in 2013, reaching a market share of 19 percent. This was the first time Gamesa has outperformed local manufacturer Suzion. Broad product range that can be tailored to market specifics as well as experience as a wind farm developer were said to be the main factors of the company’s rise.