-- France considers major wind energy programme France will have to install up to 6000 new wind turbines over the next decade if it is to have any chance of meeting its emissions commitments, according to a new report published by a government agency.
-- IFC Grants $3m for fuel cell project in South Africa The International Finance Corporation, the private sector arm of the World Bank Group, has awarded a $3m grant to IST Holdings (PTY) Ltd and Plug Power Inc., who will install 400 fuel cells in remote locations and cities of South Africa over the next three years.
-- UK considers promoting micro generation The UK could push the development of mini wind turbines, solar panels and other small-scale technologies after the government's Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) backed the findings of a new report.
-- Microgeneration stakes claim in UK energy mix Mini wind turbines, solar panels and other small scale technologies could provide a substantial portion of the UK's energy needs by 2050, according to a new report from the Energy Saving Trust, that is published today.
-- WADE appoints new chairman Jaakko Eskola, Vice President, Sales & Marketing for the Power Plants Business of Wärtsilä Corporation has been appointed Chairman of the Board of Directors of the World Alliance for Decentralized Energy (WADE) with effect from 1 January 2006.
-- REEEP opens South Asian Secretariat The Renewable Energy and Efficiency Partnership (REEEP) has opened its South Asia Regional Secretariat, a move that will help it provide energy to rural communities within the region.
-- Energy review must not sideline renewables The announcement yesterday that the UK government will conduct an energy review reporting next summer and "specifically" addressing the possibility of new nuclear plants being built, has prompted the renewables lobby to warn of the dangers of ignoring these technologies.