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Angela Merkel

Germany mulls cutting coal-fired power capacity


In an attempt to recover lost ground on its greenhouse gas emissions targets, the German government is considering reducing some of its coal-fired power capacity.

Brazilian solar

$1bn boost in the offing for solar power in Brazil


Brazil’s Electric Energy Trading Board, CCEE, is hosting an auction on renewable energy today, with solar power set for significant investment.

Kiisa power plant

Temporary power plant bolsters Estonian energy security


A new 250 MW emergency reserve power plant was inaugurated in the Estonian capital of Tallinn on Friday.

Alexander Novak and Yuri Prodan shake hands

Ukraine and Russia sign gas power agreement


The European Union has helped broker an agreement between Russia and Ukraine, which means the continent will not be deprived of Russian gas this winter.


Vattenfall plans sale of German coal-fired plant fleet


Swedish state-owned utility is planning to sell its German coal-fired power plant assets.

Jean Francois Corbett

DNV GL modelling shows potential to reduce wind power costs


DNV GL were recent winners of an E.ON-organised competition to test accuracy in wind power computer modelling.

EU flag

European utilities dominate renewable energy world rankings


Six of the top ten greenest utilities in the world are European, according to new rankings compiled by Energy Intelligence.


GE and Siemens targeted by hackers


The US Department of Homeland Security announced midweek that computer hackers had s targeted control systems made by General Electric Co. and Siemens AG for water and energy companies since at least 2011.


French nuclear power safety under scrutiny following drone incidents


France’s biggest power utility, EDF, is investigating potential threats to its nuclear power fleet, following a spate of incidents involving drones in recent months.


E.ON turns to Spanish power asset sale in bid to reduce debt


In its latest bid to reduce a $37bn debt, E.ON is asking for bids for its Spanish power business, with plenty of interested parties in the wings.

Danish Climate and Energy minister Rasmus Helveg Petersen

Denmark plans independence from coal by 2025


Danish Climate and Energy minister Rasmus Helveg Petersen says his department is considering the prospect of completely removing coal from its energy mix within a decade.


Tougher taxes spell the end for older Swedish nuclear fleet


Higher taxes being imposed by Sweden’s new left-wing government, coupled with higher maintenance costs, are likely to lead to the shutdown of several of the country’s older nuclear reactors.

 Energy Minister Emmanuel Armah-Kofi Buah

Ghana plans to add 770 MW to grid by end of 2015


The Ghanaian government plans to confront its serious blackout issue by adding 770 MW to the national grid by the end of next year.


Further delays hit E.ON’s $3bn power assets sale


Germany’s biggest utility’s attempts to reduce its debt, through the sale of its Italian assets is being frustrated by more delays.

Power Engineering International Newscast


This week's Power Engineering International Newscast features stories from Europe, China, India, North Africa and North America.

National Grid engineers view pylon

National Grid confident of preventing blackouts


A spate of unexpected power plant closures will not lead to power blackouts in Britain this winter, according to the country’s grid operator.


Swiss firm claims power storage breakthrough


A Swiss company is to invest in a $1bn plant in the US after claiming a major step forward in developing power storage technology.

Europe from space

Cold winter threat to Europe’s power supplies


Europe is under grave threat of blackouts this winter, particularly if the season proves to be particularly cold, according to a study by Cap Gemini.

Oil spill at Philippine power plant


A Philippine power plant has spilled 4000 litres of heavy fuel oil into the sea after a leak, local news reports state.  

Gamesa wind turbine

Gamesa to invest $127m in Indian wind power market


Gamesa’s Executive Chairman, Ignacio Martin has told Indian journalists that the company wishes to invest €100m in India over the next five years, making it one of the leading export markets for the wind power company.

China UK

Ongoing Chinese investment set to bolster UK energy infrastructure


A report by London-based Centre for Economics and Business Research and the law firm Pinsent Masons suggests that China will invest over £105bn in UK infrastructure over the next ten years, with much of that investment dedicated to energy.


ABB wins $55m order to strengthen Dubai grid


ABB is to build a substation to connect Mohammed Bin Rashid solar power park and strengthen the Dubai grid by 100 MW.


UK treasury responds to EU Commission criticisms on nuclear plan


The UK treasury has responded to critical European Commission remarks related to the costing of the Hinkley Point C nuclear power project.

Olkiluoto reactor

Finnish nuclear dispute rages on as consortium claim increases to $4.4bn


Finnish utility Teollisuuden Voima (TVO) is continuing to maintain its stance that the parties behind the Olkiluoto 3 nuclear power plant are responsible for the projects delays, despite the Areva-Siemens partnership upping its compensation claim to $4.4bn.

Barroso and Hedegaard

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.

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