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Toshiba wins combined cycle plant deal in Mexico


Toshiba has won an order to supply two sets of steam turbines and generators for the Norte III combined cycle power plant in Chihuahua, Mexico.

IFC provides $97m to boost renewables in Turkey


The International Finance Corporation is providing a $97m package to increase lending to energy efficiency and renewable power projects in Turkey.

ALSTOM Sheringham Shoal

Statkraft selects Alstom for Sheringham offshore wind contracts


Alstom has received a three-year service contract from Statkraft for the substations of the 317MW Sheringham Shoal offshore wind farm, located off the coast of England.

Paul Verrill

Rise in coal power recorded in UK


A summary of the UK electricity market indicates Britain’s 1Q15 fuel mix was powered by a rise in coal-fired generation.


Protests against levy on German coal plants


Thousands of coal-fired power plant workers and miners marched in Berlin at the weekend in protest against a proposed government levy to be imposed on the facilities.

Japan’s $21m microgrid investment boosts renewable sector


Japan could become one of the Asia-Pacific region’s top markets in smart grid development but it has significant hurdles to overcome, according to a new report.


Wartsila plants to withstand extreme conditions in Oman


Wärtsilä has received orders to supply two Smart Power Generation power plants for the Rural Areas Electricity Company in Oman.

Ernest Moniz

US CCS milestone ‘miniscule’ in terms of need


A leading advocate of carbon capture and storage says that a milestone reached in the US this week is nowhere near sufficient to what is needed for the technology to be deemed a success.

Frank Burke and Schwungrad, Beacon Power and UL officials with Ged Nash Irish Minister of Ste

Irish flywheel storage project could prove crucial tech for EU green ambitions


The first grid-connected hybrid flywheel project in Europe could potentially be rolled out across the rest of the European Community once it initially gets off the ground in Ireland.

Sigmar Gabriel

German coal levy decision delayed until review concluded


On Friday afternoon, German Minister Sigmar Gabriel stated that a decision on the proposed coal levy would be postponed until a review is conducted into the potential for job losses.

Projects of the Year 2015

One week left to enter Pei EMEA Projects of the Year


Power Engineering International has launched the EMEA Projects of the Year, which will seek to highlight the best in power plant construction across Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

Ernest Moniz

US reaches CCS milestone


The US Energy Secretary has heralded the viability of carbon capture and storage (CCS) after the US reached a new milestone in deployment of the technology this week.

Vattenfall sign

Proposed coal levy impacting on Vattenfall lignite power plant sale


The German government’s plans to introduce a levy on the most polluting power generators is having an impact on Swedish utility Vattenfall’s attempts to sell its brown coal assets in Germany.


Statkraft takes 98 per cent share in Chilean hydro firm


Statkraft subsidiary, Statkraft Chile Inversiones Electricas Ltda, has announced the acquisition of a 98.18% stake in Chilean hydropower firm Empresa Electrica Pilmaiquen SA.


GDF Suez wins power purchase agreements for UK biomass plants


GDF SUEZ Energy UK has been awarded two new power purchase agreements (PPAs) for biomass power plants in England.


RWE’s survival at stake if government power plant policy pursued- Terium


The head of Germany’s second largest utility says its very existence is under threat if the German government opts to pursue its policy of forcing ageing coal-fired power plants to pay more for emissions.

Steve Mandell

Denham exec– coal can play role in powering Africa as better alternative to diesel


The vice-president of global energy and resources at private equity giant, Denham Capital says coal-fired power makes sense in certain regions of Africa and should not be discarded as a solution to meeting growing demand for power on the continent.

Anne Houtman

Fitch Asia chief – industrialisation will cancel out decarbonisation push


The Asia-Pacific chief of Corporate Ratings Group Fitch has told an energy summit in London that decarbonisation efforts may not suffice in the face of Asian industrialisation and political intervention in the power sector has only served to mislead consumers.

Slovak Economy Minister Pavol Pavlis

Enel on collision course with Slovakia


Italian energy giant Enel’s plans to offload its share in Slovak electricity producer Slovenske Elektrarne AS, or SEAS look to be in trouble as it struggles to find agreement with the Slovakian government.


Geopolitical uncertainty impacts on APR results


APR Energy said it may have a larger than expected net loss in 2015, after having a vital contract in Libya terminated.

Paks NPP

Brussels approves revised plans for Hungarian nuclear power plant


The Hungarian government says the last major hurdle to the country’s new nuclear reactors has been removed.

Megalopolis gas-fired power

811 MW Greek gas-fired power plant enters service


The giant Megalopolis gas-fired power plant has commenced operation ahead of schedule in Greece.

Alstom to focus on domestic business in Indonesia


Alstom could invest between $10m and $20m in its Indonesian operations, a senior company official has said.

Vietnam coal power project bags $209m loan


A loan of $209m has been secured for the construction of a Vietnamese coal-fired power plant, state-owned utility Vietnam Electricity has announced.

Suckut named new managing director at SIPOS Aktorik


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

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