Solar power industry to FERC: Let us compete in backup market for midwest grid

Midwest grid operator MISO banned renewables from the backup market in 2010 Solar power industry says decision based on now-outdated data (Reuters) – A rule banning wind and solar energy producers from participating in power markets that provide critical support for the electricity grid for much of the Midwest is outdated and based on “stale” … Read more

France hit by new wave of strikes against Macron’s pension reform

Reform would raise the retirement age to 64 Schools, transport networks, refinery deliveries hit Macron: Reform vital to ensure viability of pension system SAINT-NAZAIRE, France, Jan 31 (Reuters) – Striking workers disrupted French refinery deliveries, public transport and schools on Tuesday in a second day of nationwide protests over President Emmanuel Macron’s plan to make … Read more

Turkey’s push into Iraq risks deeper conflict

SARARO, Iraq, Jan 31 (Reuters) – Looming over the deserted village of Sararo in northern Iraq, three Turkish military outposts break the skyline, part of an incursion that forced the residents to flee last year after days of shelling. The outposts are just some of the dozens of new military bases Turkey has established on … Read more

Peru bus plunges off cliff, killing at least 24

Jan 28 (Reuters) – At least 24 people died in northern Peru after a bus carrying 60 passengers plunged off a cliff early on Saturday, police told local media. Peru’s transportation supervisory agency (SUTRAN) confirmed the crash in a statement, without providing a number of fatalities or injuries. The tragedy, involving a bus for the … Read more

Heavy snow causes havoc in Japan as cold snap sweeps through Asia

TOKYO, Jan 25 (Reuters) – Heavy snow blanketed wide swathes of Japan on Wednesday, snarling traffic, forcing hundreds of flight cancellations, disrupting train travel and leaving at least one person dead. An unusually cold weather front and extreme low pressure systems saw snow falling and strong winds blowing across Japan from Tuesday after causing havoc … Read more

Pakistan suffers big power outage after second grid failure in three months

ISLAMABAD, Jan 23 (Reuters) – Pakistan’s national grid suffered a major breakdown on Monday, the power ministry said, leaving millions of people without electricity for the second time in three months and highlighting the infrastructural weakness of this heavily indebted nation. Energy Minister Khurrum Dastagir told Reuters the outage was caused by a large voltage … Read more

UK’s National Grid to pay people to use less power amid cold snap

LONDON, Jan 23 (Reuters) – Britain’s National Grid (NG.L) said it would pay customers to use less power on Monday evening and that it had asked for three coal-powered generators to be warmed up in case they are needed as the country faces a snap of cold weather. The group said that it would activate … Read more

Exclusive: Europeans dial down the heating, heed calls to save energy

BERLIN, Jan 18 (Reuters) – Europeans have dialed down their heating this winter, apparently heeding government calls to conserve energy amid the Ukraine crisis, with some delaying switching it on by almost a month and setting the temperature lower, data shows. The data, from hundreds of thousands of smart thermometers installed in households across the … Read more

China reports huge rise in COVID-related deaths after data criticism

Nearly 60,000 COVID-related hospital deaths reported China has been criticized for under-reporting COVID deaths Official says emergency hospitalizations have peaked Travel recovering ahead of Lunar New Year holiday BEIJING, Jan 14 (Reuters) – China said on Saturday nearly 60,000 people with COVID-19 had died in hospital since it abandoned its zero-COVID policy last month, a … Read more

Lithuania-Latvia gas pipeline blows up, but no sign of attack

VILNIUS, Jan 13 (Reuters) – A gas pipeline connecting Lithuania and Latvia was hit by an explosion on Friday but there was no immediate evidence of an attack, Lithuania gas transmission operator Amber Grid said. Video published by Lithuania’s public broadcaster LRT showed a fire raging at the blast site in the Panevezys county in … Read more