Renewables

EU companies propose solar PV manufacturing project for hydrogen production

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At the Hydrogen for Climate Conference in Brussels on 10 October, EU companies Hydrogenics from Belgium, Meyer Burger from Germany, Ecosolifer from Hungary, and European Energy from Denmark presented their joint proposal for the...

EU Member States, corporates to help meet climate targets

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AMSTERDAM – The governments of the EU Member States need to be more specific about the detailed policy instruments they’re going to be pursuing to meet their climate targets, Wind Europe CEO Giles Dickson...

Juncker Plan to support energy-efficient housing in Sweden

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The European Investment Bank announced on 30 September that it is providing €300 million of financing under the Juncker Plan's European Fund for Strategic Investments to the Swedish residential company Heimstaden Bostad, to develop...

Italy’s ENI, GE win renewable contract in Northern Kazakhstan

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Italian energy major ENI, through its local subsidiary ArmWind LLP, a Joint Venture between ENI and General Electric, was awarded a 48 MW wind project as a result of the online reverse auction for...

Enel Green Power to build wind farm beyond the Arctic Circle

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Italy’s Enel Green Power said on 19 September that the company broke ground at the Kolskaya wind project, located in the Russian region of Murmansk. With 201 MW of installed capacity, the facility is...

EIB presents two renewable energy projects in Kenya

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The European Investment Bank and FMO, the Dutch entrepreneurial development bank, have announced on 24 September the joint financing of the construction of two new solar photovoltaic plants in Kenya. They will each provide $53...

EIB President announces new climate action investment at UN summit

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During the 74th session of the UN General Assembly, the president of the European Investment Bank, Werner Hoyer, has announced on 25 September more than $1.1 trillion of climate action and environmental sustainable investment...

MEDREG backs South Mediterranean energy regulatory reforms

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The future of energy cooperation in the Mediterranean was highlighted during a conference on MEDREG’s support to energy regulatory reforms in the Southern Mediterranean on 19 September 2019 in Brussels. The president of the Association...

Offshore wind wins 5.5 GW of 6 GW of new renewable capacity awarded in...

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Offshore wind won 5.5 GW of the 6 GW of new renewable energy capacity awarded in the UK in the world’s largest ever wind energy auction, WindEurope said on 20 September. According to WindEurope, the...

New EU Commission President wants Green Deal to become Europe’s hallmark

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Preparing for the Climate Action Summit by the United Nations Secretary-General in New York on 23 September, the European Commission on 11 September adopted a Communication reaffirming the EU's commitment to accelerated climate ambition. European...

New Commission needs to secure a zero-carbon target for 2050

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If the new European Commission is serious about decarbonising Europe's economy, it needs to take decisive action to secure a zero-carbon target for 2050, WindEurope said on 5 September. “Europe needs to start getting much...

Siemens Gamesa to install new wind turbines in India

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Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy said the company has secured its first order in India with Alfanar for the supply of 206 units of the SG 2.2-122 wind turbines for two wind farms, totalling 453...

Acquisition of Stavro Vind wind park by NAEV, Siemens and KEPCO gets EU nod

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The European Commission said the EC has approved the acquisition of Stavro Vind of Sweden by NAEV SOLVENTUS, controlled by NAEV Infrastructure Funds of Germany, Siemens, and Korea Midland Power Co. (KoMiPo), a subsidiary...

EIB finances 21 new wind farms in Spain

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The European Investment Bank (EIB) is providing €385 million in financing to wind energy company Alfanar to support its plans to construct 21 new wind farms in six autonomous regions in Spain. According to the...

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...