Global investment in renewables fell by 14% during 2013, but the percentage of electricity generated by renewable sources still grew, a report shows. It said investment fell for the second year in a row because of cheaper technology, but also as a result of uncertainty surrounding energy policy. However, falling costs meant renewables accounted for 8.5% of the global electricity mix, up from 7.8% in 2012. @bbc


A Soyuz rocket has launched from French Guiana with the first satellite in the European Union’s new multi-billion-euro Earth-observation programme. The Sentinel-1a spacecraft has been put in orbit on a mission to map the planet’s surface using radar.It will be followed by a fleet of other satellites – also called Sentinels – over the next five years.@bbc

The Government has outlined elaborate plans to kick out producers of expensive diesel-generated power. The move is part of efforts to lower the costs of production and living, which have rendered Kenya an expensive investment destination. Technocrats in the energy sub-sector are working out the modalities of producing an additional 5,000MW of clean, renewable and cheaper power to the national grid by 2017. This will require halting the purchase of high-cost electricity from independent power producers (IPPs) during the dry season. @standardmedia

Was TransCentury outmanoeuvred by Egyptian investment brokers in RVR deal? @standardmedia

The introduction by Jambojet of twice daily flights to Kisumu has raised expectations of investors in western Kenya. Jambojet, a subsidiary of Kenya Airways, started flights on April 1, and will create more opportunities for investment in transport, trade and tourism. The advance sale price of a one-way ticket to Kisumu from Nairobi is Sh2,850.@nationmedia

Support for the venerable Windows XP operating system ends this Tuesday. it means that there will be no more official security updates and bug fixes for the operating system from Microsoft. Some governments have negotiated extended support contracts for the OS in a bid to keep users protected. Security firms said anyone else using the 13-year-old software would be at increased risk of infection and compromise by cyber-thieves.@bbc


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