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Sigmar Gabriel and Angela Merkel

German energy minister denies plan to shut down coal power plants


German Energy and Economic Affairs Minister Sigmar Gabriel responded to speculation regarding Germany’s coal industry to say that there are no plans to specifically target the sector for plant closures.

Tibetan HEP

$1.5bn ‘roof of the world’ power plant operational


The Zangmu Hydropower Station in Tibet, which is positioned over 3,300 meters above sea level, has commenced operations with five other generating units due for completion no later than next year.


Gas-fired power plant failure threatens UK capacity margin


Peterhead power plant’s unexpected failure to fire last week has placed Britain’s ability to avoid power blackouts under fresh scrutiny.

Yuriy Prodan

Ukrainian energy security exposed as Russia suspends coal supply


Just 12 days after Ukraine’s energy minister admitted his country would have to rely on Russian coal to make it through the winter, it now appears Moscow has cut off the supply without warning.

David King

Top nuclear advocate recommends renewables plus storage


A leading advocate of nuclear power as a means of reducing global emissions has recommended investment in storage so as to make renewables a more viable alternative.

China nuclear power

China’s biggest nuclear operator looks to raise $3.16bn


China General Nuclear Power Group is raising up to $3.16 billion in an initial public offering (IPO) in Hong Kong.

Boundary Dam

CCS may struggle without oil-recovery incentive - Sask chief


The head of the firm managing the world’s leading carbon capture and storage project says the technology might struggle in the absence of partnerships with the oil industry.

Frost & Sullivan

Coal to remain dominant despite decline says report


A study by consultancy Frost & Sullivan predicts coal is set to generate nearly 34 per cent of global electricity in 2030, with investment driven by China and India.

Obama and Jinping

Nuclear and renewables to benefit in $2trn Chinese anti-pollution drive


The practicalities behind the China-US agreement on emissions last week are coming into focus.

Turkey and US sign wind power deal


Turkey and the US have signed a memorandum of understanding which aims to increase their co-operation on wind power.

Westiminster, London

UK Power Reserve submits 1.8 GW of new build distributed generation


UK Power Reserve (UKPR), an independent developer and operator of flexible, smart and affordable power generation, has more than doubled its specialist workforce in four years and submitted the single largest distributed generation strategy of any independent provider for the upcoming UK Capacity Auction.

Maria Van Der Hoeven

IEA chief advocates reactivation of Japanese nuclear plants


The executive director of the International Energy Agency has warned that Japan’s CO2 emissions will grow significantly without returning to nuclear power.


German environment minister refutes Spiegel claim on fracking


A report by top German current affairs magazine, Der Spiegel, that the German government is set to soften its stance on fracking, has been strongly denied by the country’s environment minister.

GE wind turbine

Global wind power expansion for GE


General Electric is looking to build its global portfolio of wind power projects, and plans to have a presence in 35 countries next year.

Coal plant shutdowns good news for German gas


Shutting down Gernany's aging coal-fired power plants could increase profits for the nation’s ailing gas power sector, according to new analysis.

Update: E.ON in talks to sell Spanish assets


E.ON has reportedly begun talks aimed at selling its Spanish operations.

Johan Sandberg

Securing the future of offshore wind: steps to reducing the cost of energy


Offshore wind as a source of energy is still unknown in many parts of the world. In other parts it is still a distant dream and only a small amount of the global population understand the enormous potential this technology has, and how it can impact the world and our efforts to achieve a low carbon future.


China backs $1bn power plant in Mongolia


Chinese state owned enterprise SEPCOIII Electric Power Construction is backing a plan to build a 600 MW power plant in eastern Mongolia.

Matthias Hartung

RWE chief says more plants may close without regulatory change


The head of RWE Generation says more of its power plants may have to be closed unless positive regulatory measures are introduced.


EDF blames Areva for delay in next generation nuclear plant


Embattled Areva is being blamed for EDF’s decision to postpone its flagship Flamanville nuclear power plant for an additional year.

UK energy skills gap is ‘critical’ warns Siemens


Siemens has said that a widening skills gap in the UK energy market is becoming “strategically critical”.


‘Diffidence’ of investors to power sector set to continue


New analysis of the power market undertaken by top global insurance company Marsh shows that diffidence by the investment community towards funding the sector is set to continue.

Nuclear waste disposal in Germany

Leaked plan shows true extent of Germany’s nuclear waste disposal


A leaked German government document has revealed that the country’s nuclear power industry will have to dispose of almost twice as much waste as had previously been forecast.

Second utility-scale solar plant for Argentina


Argentina's second utility-scale solar power plant, and the first in the province of San Luis, is now generating electricity.

Areva emblem

Ex-Citroen chief set to take over at Areva


The French government is set to appoint former Peugeot Citroen CEO Philippe Varin to become chairman of struggling state-owned nuclear group Areva.

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