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Barroso and Hedegaard

Mixed reaction to EU climate change agreement

24/10/2014

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

ICIS POWER INDEX

ICIS outlines winter challenges to UK wholesale market

24/10/2014

Market information provider, ICIS, is reporting a consistent influence on the UK wholesale energy market from factors such as the ongoing Ukraine conflict and legislation such as the Large Combustion Plant Directive.

Oettinger, Barroso and Hedegaard

Last ditch compromises help deliver world’s most ambitious climate target

24/10/2014

European Commission President Jose Barroso told a press conference last night that other nations must “step up to the plate,” as the European Union reached a deal among its 28 member states to deliver the most-ambitious carbon emissions goals of any major economy.

France Spain

EU energy interconnector goal set to be shelved

23/10/2014

An ongoing disagreement between Spain, Portugal and France has meant the European Union will be unable to go ahead with plans to increase electricity interconnectivity.

India to set uniform coal price and allow foreign companies to mine

23/10/2014

In a move to address its ongoing fuel shortages and persistent power blackouts, India’s government has announced that it will set a common price for domestic and imported coal.

Amber Rudd and Ed Davey

War of words at UK department of energy

23/10/2014

The UK’s energy secretary, Ed Davey, has berated the Conservative Party for their pledge to end wind subsidies.

US tells Japan overseas coal projects must include CCS

23/10/2014

Japan’s government has reportedly been challenged by US officials over its backing of overseas coal-fired power plant development.

Masdar to build GCC’s first large scale wind farm

22/10/2014

Abu Dhabi renewable energy company Masdar today signed a deal to build a $125m large-scale wind farm in Oman – the first such project in the Gulf Co-operation Council.

Gunter Oettinger

Key talking points come to fore ahead of EU energy summit

22/10/2014

The spectre of Russian gas, quota transfers and the fears of energy intensive industry are the major issues ahead of the EU 2030 energy summit in Brussels on Thursday and Friday.

Al Mirfa

Ansaldo Energia scores Abu Dhabi power plant projects

22/10/2014

Abu Dhabi’s Mirfa combined cycle power plant is to benefit from works to be carried out by Ansaldo Energia.

China wind sector to post record growth

22/10/2014

China’s wind sector is set to post record growth this year despite persistent challenges, new analysis has found.

Kelvin Ross

Power Engineering International Newscast

22/10/2014

Kelvin Ross presents this week's newscast - a round-up of the latest headlines being discussed in power industry circles.

Yoichi Miyazawa

New minister says ‘safe’ nuclear reactors will be re-started in Japan

21/10/2014

Japan’s new Trade minister, Yoichi Miyazawa, says he will continue with the policy of re-starting nuclear reactors that are deemed safe by the atomic regulator.

Vestas V100

Vestas plans new inroads in Chinese wind market

21/10/2014

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

Oursel

Areva chief Oursel steps down

21/10/2014

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

EnAppSys Capacity Margin

Return of high winds set to boost UK capacity margin

20/10/2014

The fire that saw half of the Didcot B power plant taken off the grid this week will not threaten the UK’s energy security as high winds have contributed to a healthier capacity margin.

Swansea tidal power project

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

20/10/2014

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.

Czech flag

Czechs consider new reactor in existing nuclear power plant

20/10/2014

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.

IEA

IEA predicts significant African gas-fired power growth

20/10/2014

The International Energy Agency (IEA) said in its first Africa Energy Outlook this week that it expects the continent's electricity generation to quadruple by 2040 with gas-to-power growing its share to 25 per cent, from 17 per cent now.

Didcot damage

Davey: Didcot blaze doesn’t threaten UK energy supplies

20/10/2014

The UK’s energy secretary, Ed Davey, has received assurances that the country’s energy security has not been threatened by the partial shutting down of one of its biggest gas-fired power plants.

Fessenheim

French greens say Fessenheim closure ‘a presidential promise’

17/10/2014

France’s Green Party says it has received assurances from President Francois Hollande that the country’s oldest nuclear power plant will indeed close in 2017.

Vattenfall sells Dutch power assets

17/10/2014

Swedish utility Vattenfall’s subsidiary Nuon Energy has agreed to sell its thermal power assets in the Netherlands to Dutch energy firm Eneco.

Honduras to invest over $1.6bn in solar projects

17/10/2014

Honduras' National Electric Energy Company (ENEE) approved 23 solar photovoltaic (PV) projects over the past summer, with a total installed capacity of 609.2 MW.

Chile to encourage joint energy investments by companies and communities

17/10/2014

Chile's energy ministry is to send a draft law to Congress designed to encourage association between the nation's utilities and the communities that own the land on which energy projects are being carried out.

Last stretch of transmission line finished in Costa Rica

17/10/2014

The Costa Rican Institute of Electricity (ICE) has finished the pending works for the transmission line of the Central American Electrical Interconnection System (SIEPAC).

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