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Jamaica grants license to Hong Kong-based energy company for major gas-fired project

KINGSTON, Jamaica - A Hong Kong-based company has been granted a license for what would be a major new power project in Jamaica, the Caribbean island's energy minister announced Tuesday. Phillip Paulwell said Energy World International is to supply 381 megawatts of natural gas-fired generating capacity for Jamaica's power grid. He called the project a "game changer" for the tropical country, which is almost entirely dependent on imported petroleum and diesel fuel.

Bright prospects? China's rooftop solar goal looks too ambitious

By Charlie Zhu and Swetha Gopinath (Reuters) - Beijing's goal of tripling solar power from small-scale operations such as rooftop panels looks overly ambitious, risking disappointment for investors who have bid up shares in Chinese solar panel makers in the past year. China has a target of installing 14.5 gigawatts (GW) of solar generating capacity this year - close to Finland's entire power capacity.

U.S. to pursue trade dispute over Chinese, Taiwanese solar imports

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Imported solar energy products from China and Taiwan could harm the local solar industry, U.S. trade officials found on Friday, potentially opening the door to widening the duties on the products. The U.S. International Trade Commission's decision means the Commerce Department will continue with its investigation into whether the products are being sold in the United States below their fair value, or if their manufacturers receive inappropriate levels of subsidies, and suggest duties.

U.S. decision watched in row over solar imports from China, Taiwan

By Nichola Groom and Krista Hughes LOS ANGELES/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - American trade officials on Friday will take a first step on potentially extending import duties on Chinese solar energy products to also cover panels made with parts from Taiwan, in a case that could have a major impact on the fast-growing U.S. solar market.

U.S. decision watched in row over solar imports from China, Taiwan

By Nichola Groom and Krista Hughes LOS ANGELES/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - American trade officials on Friday will take a first step on potentially extending import duties on Chinese solar energy products to also cover panels made with parts from Taiwan, in a case that could have a major impact on the fast-growing U.S. solar market.

First wind farm in Mexico's Jalisco state begins operating

Mexico City, Feb 11 (EFE).- Officials have inaugurated the first wind farm in the western Mexican state of Jalisco, a facility built with funds invested by the Dragon company and Grupo Salinas, the Energy Secretariat said. The new wind farm is at an altitude of 2,500 meters (about 8,200 feet) above sea level, making it the highest facility of its kind in Latin America, Energy Secretary Pedro Joaquin Coldwell said.

First wind farm in Mexico's Jalisco state begins operating

Mexico City, Feb 11 (EFE).- Officials have inaugurated the first wind farm in the western Mexican state of Jalisco, a facility built with funds invested by the Dragon company and Grupo Salinas, the Energy Secretariat said. The new wind farm is at an altitude of 2,500 meters (about 8,200 feet) above sea level, making it the highest facility of its kind in Latin America, Energy Secretary Pedro Joaquin Coldwell said.

India warns U.S. about dumping investigation in solar trade spat

By Krista Hughes and Frank Jack Daniel WASHINGTON/NEW DELHI (Reuters) - The United States on Monday said it would take India to the World Trade Organization to gain a bigger foothold for U.S. manufacturers in its fast-growing solar products market, adding another irritant to an already strained relationship. The Obama administration said it was filing its second case at the WTO over the domestic content requirements in India's massive solar program, which aims to ease chronic energy shortages in Asia's third-largest economy.

NDP say exporting surplus electricity cost Ontario $1 billion in 2013

TORONTO - Poor planning by Ontario's Liberal government forced electricity ratepayers in the province to subsidize the sale of excess power to neighbouring jurisdictions at a cost of $1 billion in 2013, the New Democrats charged Monday. The government signed contracts for so much unneeded electricity that Ontario had to export the surplus, at a loss, to Manitoba, Quebec, New York, Michigan or Minnesota, adding $220 a year to the average household electricity bill, said NDP energy critic Peter Tabuns.

Xinhua Insight: End to China's solar edge in EU as tariff kicks in

NANCHANG, Dec. 5 (Xinhua) -- As the EU begins to impose punitive tariffs on Friday on a number of Chinese solar exports, the world's largest solar market, which once fueled China's wild solar expansion, is now behind the industry's slim-down.
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