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UK National Grid chief says access to EU energy market vital


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


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


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

CEZ pledges to be a zero-emissions company by 2050


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


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’


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


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


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.

E.ON to offload remaining Italian assets this year


E.ON is to sell its remaining assets in Italy by the end of 2015.

US diplomat named new deputy chief of IEA


The International Energy Agency has appointed US diplomat Paul Simons as its new Deputy Executive Director.

Vattenfall to shut down nuclear reactors ahead of schedule


Swedish utility Vattenfall has announced plans to potentially shut down two of its nuclear reactors early, citing declining profitability and increased operating costs.

Suckut named new managing director at SIPOS Aktorik


Dr Thomas Suckut has been appointed managing director of German actuator manufacturer SIPOS Aktorik.  

CIRCOR buys German valve firm Schroedahl


US-headquartered CIRCOR International has bought fellow valves manufacturer Schroedahl.

About turn for Australia’s AGL with pledge to shut down coal power plants


Australia’s second largest energy firm has declared that it will shut down all its coal-fired power plants by 2050.

Alstom to use local lignite for ultra-efficient Thai coal plant


Alstom has been appointed by the Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand (Egat) to build it the first ultra-supercritical lignite-fired power plant in Asia.

UK wind power industry reacts angrily to Conservative plans


The British wind power industry is up in arms after the ruling Conservative party announced that will end any new public subsidies for wind farms.

Abengoa chief decries impact of ‘dysfunctional’ EU policy on renewables


The head of Abengoa says failure to provide a clear vision of Europe’s energy future is turning clean energy into a zombie industry.

Hinkley delays lead to calls for switch in focus to small nuclear reactors


The delay in progressing with Britain’s nuclear power plant programme is leading to calls for a move towards developing small modular reactors instead.

Eskom vows labour row will not stall Medupi unit


The first of six 800 MW units at Medupi coal-fired power plant has been successfully synchronised to South Africa’s national power grid.

Dutch and Turkish blackouts prompt EU stress tests


Brussels plans stress tests for the European Union’s power sector in 2016, prompted by energy blackouts in the Netherlands and Turkey in recent weeks.