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Mixed reaction to EU climate change agreement


There has been a mixed reaction to the last night’s European Union agreement on climate change targets.

Vestas plans new inroads in Chinese wind market


Danish wind turbine manufacturer Vestas is strategizing to increase its market penetration in China, where it currently lags behind domestic producers.

Areva chief Oursel steps down


The chief executive of Areva has stepped down ahead of a management reorganisation at the nuclear group.

Tidal lagoon could generate 8 per cent of UK’s electricity


One of Britain’s largest insurers has announced its intention to invest over £1bn ($1.6bn) in the construction of a tidal lagoon power plant in Swansea Bay, Wales.

Czechs consider new reactor in existing nuclear power plant


The junior partner in the current Czech coalition government says adding a new reactor at the Dukovany nuclear power plant is “a logical step” in the country’s energy strategy.

Siemens to cut further jobs at power unit


Siemens is cutting around 1200 jobs in its German energy operations according to local radio reports in Bavaria, southern Germany.

EU gas power sector look to summit for change of fortune


The beleaguered European gas-fired power sector is hoping legislation to be announced later this month and beyond will help arrest a serious decline in fortunes that has threatened the very survival of the industry.

EDF chief attacks Energiewende


The chairman of France’s biggest utility has blasted Germany’s energy policy, referring to it as a disaster.

Alstom awarded wind farm contracts in Brazil


Votalia Energia do Brasil has handed Alstom a $17.8m contract to provide electrical balance of plant systems at two wind farms in north-east Brazil totalling 201MW.

Unrest continues to impact on Ukrainian power plants


The Ukraine’s coal-fired power plants are being severely disrupted as a result of the conflict in the east of the country.

EWEA chooses Siemens chief as new chairman


The European Wind Energy Association has elected Dr. Markus Tacke, chief executive officer of Siemens Wind Power, as its new chairman.

Siemens chief: Economies to rely on fossil fuels for next 20 years


The chief executive of Siemens infrastructure group says that the world’s economies will continue to be powered by fossil fuels over at least the next two decades.

24 MW solar park underway in Honduras


Construction work is underway on Honduras's largest solar power plant.  

Scottish tidal energy firm signs $82m PPA


Scottish tidal energy firm MeyGen has signed a 10-year, £50m ($82m) power purchase agreement with independent energy company SmartestEnergy, the firms announced yesterday.

Is public acceptance a business risk for the nuclear industry?


Having spent a day at the World Nuclear Association’s (WNA) annual Symposium in London, this reporter came away with the view that the nuclear sector’s key focus at present centres on two issues: security of fuel supply and public acceptance of nuclear power.

Dubai shortlists companies in clean coal plant tender


Dubai’s state-owned utility has shortlisted eight companies in a tender for the construction of a 1200 MW clean coal-fired power plant, UAE officials have announced.

RWE Innogy opts to sell North Sea wind portfolio for $1.6bn


Northland Power is to buy 85 per cent of offshore wind power projects from top German utility, RWE, at an estimated cost of $1.6bn.

German construction giant blames Energiewende for gloomy outlook


Bilfinger, one of Germany’s largest construction groups, has delivered a third profit warning since June, and has apportioned some of the blame for its problems on the performance of its power division, which has been impacted by Energiewende.

An interesting experiment on LinkedIn


From time to time it’s interesting to post news of a success story from one industry into a group which caters for a rival industry. You can learn a lot from the cynicism involved.

Norway's energy firms hacked


In a major cyberattack on the energy sector, 50 Norwegian companies have been hacked and another 250 have been warned that they are at risk and should check their computer systems.