Renewables

Renewable energy sources share in Kazakhstan grows annually

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NUR-SULTAN, Kazakhstan - According to Kazakhstan’s Energy Ministry, the share of renewable energy in Kazakhstan is growing annually. In 2016, active construction of renewable energy facilities began. Six renewable energy facilities were commissioned in 2017,...

Acquisition of certain Senvion assets by Siemens Gamesa gets EU nod

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The acquisition of sole control over certain assets belonging to Senvion of Germany by Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy of Spain complies with EU Merger Regulation, the European Commission has said. The Senvion assets comprise a...

EU legislation on urban waste water fit for purpose but overhaul needed

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An evaluation of the Urban Waste Water Treatment Directive concludes that it is overall fit for purpose although there is room to enhance its positive effects and to step up its implementation in a...

EU clears acquisition of CC&I to boost energy transmission in Spain, Chile and Brazil

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The acquisition of Celeo Concesiones e Inversiones (CC&I) of Spain by Pasterze Investments Holding (PIH) of the Netherlands and Elecnor of Spain complies with EU Merger Regulation, the Commission said on 16 December, noting...

Czech Republic to develop greener railway transport with EU help

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The Czech Republic’s plans to purchase 36 electric units for high-speed railway passenger transport in South Moravia got a boost on 16 December after the European Commission approved an investment of over €223 million...

Large solar power plant launched in southern Kazakhstan

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NUR-SULTAN, Kazakhstan - A new solar power plant with capacity of 50 megawatts has been launched in the Kyzylorda region, which is one of the most expensive green economy projects in southern Kazakhstan, the...

Still reliant on coal, Poland eyes renewables, pledges to meet EU emissions goals

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Poland is looking to gradually phase out coal, increase electromobility and renewables, including hydrogen, Jaroslaw Dybowski, executive director of Energy Department at Poland’s PKN Orlen, a major Polish oil refiner and petrol retailer, told...

Solar market increases over 100% in 2019

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In 2019, 16.7 GW of solar installations were added in the European Union, representing a 104% increase over the 8.2 GW added in 2018, according to SolarPower Europe’s first EU Market Outlook for Solar...

EIB to finance new solar energy farms in Spain

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At COP25 in Madrid, the European Investment Bank (EIB) has signed a financing agreement worth €26 million with IM2 Energía Solar to support the construction of 15 new solar energy farms in Spain. According to...

Energy Regulators discuss challenges of gas and renewables in Med region

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On 10 December, in Rome, at the initiative of the President of the Italian Energy regulator ARERA, Stefano Besseghini, MEDREG welcomed 12 Presidents of Mediterranean Energy Regulatory Authorities to exchange approaches and good practices...

Pan-European battery consortium emerges with 7 EU Member States

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An important Project of Common European interest (IPCEI) jointly notified by Belgium, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Poland and Sweden to support research and innovation in the common European priority area of batteries has been...

In harsh desert conditions, Qatar seeks a sustainable energy, water environment

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DOHA, Qatar – The desert in Qatar extends on the right of the massive natural gas plant towards Mesaieed along massive sand dunes, reaching the sea border with Saudi Arabia. “Here we have high temperatures,...

Shell offsets CO2 emissions from lubricant for wind turbines

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COPENHAGEN, Denmark - While the wind industry is striving to eliminate hydrocarbons an energy source, thus cutting CO2 emissions, wind turbines still use hydrocarbons as a lubricant. With that in mind, Royal Dutch Shell...

Blades of Glory: Denmark to repower Middelgrunden offshore windfarm

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COPENHAGEN, Denmark – The blades of the 20 turbines of the Middelgrunden offshore windfarm, off the coast of Copenhagen, rotated slowly as the boat ‘Langø’ circled around the long line of massive shafts with...

China helps Kazakhstan build solar and wind power plants

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NUR-SULTAN, Kazakhstan - China has help implement two renewable energy projects in the Almaty region, southern Kazakhstan - the construction of a 5 MW wind farm and a 1 MW solar power station (SES),...

Italian company wins solar power plant bid in Kazakhstan

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NUR-SULTAN, Kazakhstan - An auction to select an investor for the construction of a solar power plant with an installed capacity of 50 MW near the village of Shaulder, Turkestan region in southern Kazakhstan...

EU goals for 450 GW of offshore wind are achievable, says WindEurope

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The European Commission’s big goals for offshore wind – between 230 and 450 GW by 2050 – are achievable provided the right investments in electricity grids and governments take the right approach to maritime...

EU sees important role for clean hydrogen in Europe’s energy transition

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Clean hydrogen can play a pivotal role for in EU energy transition, European Commission First Vice-President Frans Timmermans has said. “I see a pivotal role for hydrogen, for clean hydrogen. I see it because clean...

Six EU islands turn decarbonisation into a reality

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As the United Nations climate talks are rapidly approaching, six EU islands are setting an example for turning decarbonisation into a reality, drawing on the resources of their citizens. Selected by the Clean Energy for...

Six super-fast Tesla charging stations set up in Nur-Sultan

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NUR-SULTAN, Kazakhstan - Six Superfast charging stations for Tesla electric vehicles have been set up in the capital of Kazakhstan - Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan Energy Ministry has said. Four of the six charging stations will be...

IEA warns clean energy insufficient to meet growing demand

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There is a gap between the ever-higher amounts of greenhouse gas emissions being produced and the insufficiency of stated policies to curb those emissions in line with international climate targets, the International Energy Agency...

Unstoppable Nord Stream-2

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The Nord Stream-2 pipeline, which late last month obtained a permit to construct its planned pipeline system in the Danish Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) southeast of Bornholm, is now ready to complete the final...

Kazakhstan to hold the first auction for the construction of a solar power station

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NUR-SULTAN, Kazakhstan - The Ministry of Energy of Kazakhstan plans to hold the first auction on 27 November for the construction of a solar power plant with a capacity of 50 MW, Kazakhstan’s Energy...

IEA highlights offshore wind role in Europe’s 2050 climate neutrality

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Offshore wind currently provides just 0.3% of global power generation, but its potential is vast, IEA Executive Director Fatih Birol said, stressing that much work remains to be done by governments and industry for...

EU countries stall EIB plans to phase out funding for fossil fuels

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The European Investment Bank (EIB) on 15 October postponed taking a decision to next month on whether to phase out lending to fossil fuels, following objections from the European Commission and some EU Member...

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...