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Limitations of battery storage demonstrated in French project

06/07/2015

The Nice Grid, a major pilot project designed to improve the integration of renewables on to the grid, has provided some telling data so far on the limitations of the technology.

Flexibility brings new maintenance challenges for thermal power plants

01/07/2015

Today's thermal power stations must increasingly offset the power fluctuations in the grid caused by solar and wind power stations.

$335m Afghan power plant beset by problems

30/06/2015

An oil-fired power plant just outside Kabul in Afghanistan, which was designed to bolster the country’s fragile power infrastructure, has been hit by serious cost over runs and is still not yet completed, eight years after construction begun in 2007.

MAN Diesel buys India’s MaxWatt Turbines

29/06/2015

Germany’s MAN Diesel & Turbo has bought MaxWatt Turbines, an Indian company specialising in the engineering, production and service of steam turbines for power generation and mechanical drives.

To shale or not to shale

23/06/2015

The speakers at Tuesday’s Westminster Energy, Environment & Transport Forum keynote seminar, ‘Shale gas in the UK: regulation, addressing challenges, and energy security’, presented a spectrum of views from pro- to anti-, with plenty of stops in between.

E.ON confirms Killingholme gas-fired power plant closure

19/06/2015

E.ON has confirmed the official closure of 900 MW Killingholme gas-fired power plant, citing market conditions.

German wind power adds to pressure to stop new nuclear

18/06/2015

BWE is urging the German government to take legal steps against the subsidisation of new nuclear power capacity in the EU.

UK wind sector up in arms as government opts to end subsidies early

18/06/2015

The UK government has opted to exclude wind energy from a subsidy scheme a year earlier than expected.

Research institute warns of EU climate change failure without CCS

16/06/2015

A leading research institute attached to London’s Imperial College is about to produce a report which recommends the spending of €35bn by 2030 in carbon capture and storage if Europe is to meet the aims of its climate change strategy.

Brazil’s AES plans power generation expansion

16/06/2015

AES Brasil is seeking to increase its overall power generation capacity, with the plan including the development of a 550 MW gas-fired power plant.

Tried and trusted reference plants the way forward for nuclear

10/06/2015

The nuclear power industry ought to stick to proven plant designs to negotiate its development in the short term and needs to seriously address its public perception. Those were some of the key consensual points at a forum on the status and future of the industry at POWER-GEN Europe in Amsterdam on Wednesday.

IEA chief defends role of large scale utilities

09/06/2015

The Executive Director of the International Energy Agency yesterday defended the future role of large-scale utilities in Europe’s fast-changing energy sector.

UK National Grid chief says access to EU energy market vital

22/05/2015

Chief Executive Steve Holliday says that National Grid is to perform analysis on the value it exchanges with other EU countries ahead of a British referendum in 2017 on whether to remain in the European Union.

Glencore chief says solar ‘not the answer’ for industrialising countries

22/05/2015

The chairman of Glencore has told a gathering of power executives in Paris that renewable power is not currently capable of replacing coal in industrialising countries.

1600 jobs to go at Magnox nuclear power stations

21/05/2015

UK nuclear power group Magnox has announced that it is to shed 1600 jobs.

CEZ pledges to be a zero-emissions company by 2050

21/05/2015

The head of one of Europe’s largest power companies has revealed that the business is aiming to halt all carbon emissions within 35 years.

RES Offshore signs partnership agreement with Statkraft

21/05/2015

RES has signed a five-year framework agreement with Statkraft to provide engineering and project management support to its portfolio of projects.

EDF to make offer on Areva ‘within days’

19/05/2015

Jean-Bernard Lévy, chief executive of EDF, says a formal bid will be made for Areva this week.

UK green bank takes stake in E.ON wind farm

19/05/2015

The UK Green Investment Bank (GIB) has bought a £236m stake in a joint venture with E.ON to build and own the Rampion offshore wind farm.

RWE profits better than expected

13/05/2015

A rise in gas sales as a result of a cold winter has helped Germany’s second largest utility record a higher profit than had been forecasted for Q1.