Renewables

Europe adds 4.9 GW of new wind energy capacity, sees low German volumes

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Europe added 4.9 GW of new wind energy capacity in the first half of 2019, WindEurope said on 25 July, releasing new data, which also showed the combined installations of new onshore and offshore...

BP and Bunge plan major renewable energy expansion in Brazil

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BP announced on 22 July that the British energy giant has agreed to form a 50:50 joint venture with US-based agriculture, food and ingredients company Bunge that will create a leading bioenergy company in...

GE reveals parts of ‘the world’s most powerful offshore wind turbine’

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GE Renewable Energy, a subsidiary of General Electric based in Paris, revealed on 22 July the first manufactured components of the Haliade-X 12 MW offshore wind turbine at its production site in Saint-Nazaire, France. The...

Italy’s ENI and UN sign sustainable development deal

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Italian energy major ENI and the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) signed 17 July a Joint Declaration, setting up a new, pioneering public-private cooperation model aimed at helping reach the UN’s Sustainable Development...

Vattenfall to build offshore wind farms in Dutch North Sea

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The Netherlands Enterprise Agency announced on 10 July that Swedish energy company Vattenfall has won the tender for the second phase of the offshore wind farm Hollandse Kust Zuid (HKZ) 3 & 4 in the...

Wind and chemical industry team up to advance turbine blades recycling

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WindEurope said on 2 July it has teamed up with Cefic (the European Chemical Industry Council) and EUCIA (the European Composites Industry Association) to create a cross-sector platform to advance novel approaches to the...

BatteRIes Europe wants EV jumpstart, carbon cuts

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European Commission Vice President for Energy Union Maroš Šefčovič on 25 June hailed the kick-off meeting of BatteRIes Europe as an umbrella for all batteries research and innovation and an important pillar of the...

Cañete, Altmaier to finalise German integrated energy and climate plan

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European Climate Action and Energy Commissioner Miguel Arias Cañete and Germany’s Economic Affairs and Energy Minister Peter Altmaier on 24 June exchanged views on climate neutrality objectives and discussed growth opportunities arising from the...

EU to debate zero emissions by 2050

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The EU is debating a plan to slash net carbon emissions to zero by 2050, an objective to which the UK has already committed. The 30-year plan will be debated on Thursday in Brussels, with...

Time for commonsense regulation

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The need for much faster reduction in fossil fuel use is now almost universally accepted. This poses a challenge for electricity, almost two thirds of which is generated using carbon intensive fossil fuels. Despite the...

EU wants Member States to implement Paris agreement faster

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The Member States of the European Union needs to step up their efforts to meet the bloc’s climate objectives and implement the Paris Climate Agreement, according to report by the Commission published on 18...

EU and Japan to cooperate in clean energy transition and climate action

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At the G20 Energy and Environment Ministerial meeting, which took place in Karuizawa, the European Union and Japan agreed on 15 June to strengthen bilateral energy dialogue and cooperation on innovation for clean energy...

Aid for electricity production in Italy from renewables gets EU nod

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A scheme to support electricity production from renewable sources in Italy has been approved by the European Commission. Italy intends to introduce a new aid measure to support electricity production from renewable sources, such as...

Climate finance by major development banks hit record high

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Boosting projects that help developing countries cut emissions and address climate risks, climate financing by the world’s six largest multilateral development banks (MDBs) rose to a record high of $43.1 billion in 2018, up...

EC, EIB and BEV set up €100 million fund for clean energy investments

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At the Fourth Mission Innovation Ministerial meeting in Vancouver, Canada, the European Commission, the European Investment Bank and Breakthrough Energy Ventures established a new €100 million investment fund to support clean energy investments. Breakthrough Energy...

EU Commissioner urges prevention to reduce disasters amplified by climate change

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The European Union needs to step up prevention actions to reduce the impact of disasters that are amplified by climate change, Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management Commissioner Christos Stylianides said. Delivering a keynote speech at the...

EU Council adopts remaining files on electricity market and ACER

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The European Council on 22 May formally adopted four new pieces of EU legislation that redesign the EU electricity market to make it fit for the future. EU ministers adopted new laws on 22 May,...

Vella says EU must maintain the momentum of its environmental work

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The European Union need to keep up the momentum of fighting climate, Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Commissioner Karmenu Vella said. Following the EU Green Week 2019, which ended on 17 May, Vella picked up...

Vella calls for the implementation of EU environmental laws

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Full implementation of EU environmental legislation could save the EU economy around €55 billion every year, EU Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Commissioner Karmenu Vella said in Brussels, citing a recent Commission report. At the...

Northvolt’s battery gigafactory in Sweden gets EU support

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The European Investment Bank (EIB) said on 15 May that the Bank has given its in-principle agreement to support Northvolt’s gigafactory for lithium-ion battery cells in Skellefteå, Sweden, by a loan of €350 million. Upon...

Commission to support EU islands in their energy transition

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The Clean Energy for EU Islands Secretariat on behalf of the European Commission launched on 14 May in Stockholm a support mechanism for islands wishing to develop concrete clean energy transition projects. “Island communities historically...

EIB loan to finance power cable between Crete and mainland Greece

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ATHENS - The Greek island of Crete took a step closer towards energy independence and cutting CO2 emissions on 9 May, following a deal between Greece’s Independent Power Transmission Operator (IPTO or ADMIE) and...

EU clears acquisition of Dublin Waste-to-energy facility

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The European Commission approved the proposed acquisition of joint control over the Dublin Waste-to-energy facility of Ireland by DIF Infra 5 UK of the Netherlands, Green Investment Group Investments of the UK and Covanta...

EU, France and Germany discuss energy innovation cooperation

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European Commission Vice-President Maroš Šefčovič, German Federal Minister for Economic Affairs and Energy Peter Altmaier, and French Economic Affairs and Finance Minister Bruno Lemaire met in Paris on 2 May to discuss cooperation in...

Šefčovič calls for building a strategic battery value chain in Europe

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Hosting the third political meeting at Ministerial level under the European Battery Alliance, European Commission Vice-President for Energy Union Maroš Šefčovič said the participating countries agreed to accelerate work in providing accelerated support for...

Dutch plans for CO2 capture technology get EU aid

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Dutch plans to grant €706,000 of public support to the company De Meerlanden Holding for the installation of CO2 capture technology in its biomass digester located in Rijsenhout, in the province of Noord-Holland, were...

EU Parliament backs environment and climate action funding

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The European Parliament vote on funding for the environment and climate action will help protect the environment and mitigate climate change, supporting a clean energy transition with increased energy efficiency and a higher share...

Europe invests €27 billion in new wind farms in 2018

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Europe invested €27 billion in new wind farms in 2018, which will finance a record amount of future new wind energy capacity, an annual WindEurope showed on 18 April. “Wind energy got 60% of all...

Irish scheme for renewable heat generation gets EU nod

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An Irish scheme to support the generation of heat from biomass and anaerobic digestion was approved by the European Commission on 15 April. The scheme is open to a wide range of heat users, namely...

Greece, Cyprus, Jordan cement East Med Gas Forum relationship

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ATHENS – The leaders of Greece, Cyprus and Jordan will hold a trilateral summit in Amman on 14 April to expand cooperation in the East Mediterranean region, which has strategic significance in the areas...

EU Energy Union tackles security and transition

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The fourth report on the State of the Energy Union, adopted on 9 April, shows that since the start of the Commission of President Jean-Claude Juncker, the energy union has strengthened energy security, including...

EU fines GE €52 mln for providing incorrect info on LM Wind takeover

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US energy giant General Electric was fined €52 million by the European Commission on 8 April for providing incorrect information during the Commission's investigation under the EU Merger Regulation of GE's planned acquisition of...

Spain surpasses EU renewable targets for 2030

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BILBAO, Spain – Spain has the most ambitious national plan for renewables of any country in the EU surpassing the European Commission’s expectations, WindEurope CEO Giles Dickson told New Europe on 2 April in...

King Felipe highlights Spain’s role in EU energy transition

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BILBAO, Spain - Energy transition truly represents a “remarkable opportunity” and Spain has an important role in boosting the European Union’s renewable energy potential, King Felipe VI of Spain told a WindEurope conference in Bilbao on 2...

EU needs more electricity interconnectors, WindEurope CEO says

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The European Union needs more electricity interconnectors to boost its energy security and integrate renewables into the market, WindEurope CEO Giles Dickson told New Europe on 2 April in Bilbao. “The whole of Europe is...

MEPs adopt new rules making EU electricity market cleaner

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New rules making the EU's electricity market fit for the future and putting the consumer at the center of the energy transition were approved by the European Parliament on 26 March - an important...

Addressing Europe’s Clean Mobility Gap

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The vision of a utopian model of clean, shared, intelligent and autonomous vehicles may be far off, but the seeds are being planted now for radical albeit gradual transformation. With something so distributionally disruptive,...