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Only three countries set to reach EU energy savings directive


Just three EU countries are on track to hit mandatory energy savings targets, according to a new report on implementation of the Energy Efficiency Directive.

UK unveils eight renewable projects under new market regime


The UK government today unveiled eight renewable energy projects which it is backing under its new Electricity Market Reform structure.

Hitachi exit means consortium sole bidder for $1.16bn coal plant


A Chinese consortium, which includes China Gezhouba Group and Guandong Electric Power Design, is the sole bidder to build the 450 MW Tuzla coal-fired power unit in Bosnia.

82 MW solar power plant operational in Japan


Tokyo-based Marubeni has announced its 82 MW solar power plant at Oita is operational. It is Japan’s largest solar plant to date, superseding the 70 MW Kagushima Nanatsujima PV plant.

Geothermal power installations reach 17-year high


The drive by developing nations towards using cleaner sources of energy has seen geothermal power generation installations grow substantially worldwide. 2013 saw installations reach the highest recorded level since 1997, according to the US based Geothermal Energy Association.

Taiwan PM resolute in sticking to nuclear power plan


The Prime Minister of Taiwan, Jiang Yi-huah, says his country will forge ahead with plans to build a nuclear power plant, despite a vigorous opposition.

EDF in joint venture for new generation coal-fired plant


EDF has joined forces with China Datang Corporation to operate an ultra-supercritical coal-fired power plant at Fuzhou in south eastern China.

China reinforces clean energy message


Already the world’s biggest investor in renewable power generation, China has emphasised that focus with a renewed statement of plans to boost construction of wind and solar power plants.

Power plant closure applications rise in Germany


BNetzA, the German grid regulator, has revealed that German power plant operators have filed applications to shut a combined capacity of 7740 MW of power generation units.

English CCS scheme granted €300m from Brussels


The European Union has granted €300m ($415m) towards the development of a carbon capture and storage (CCS) project in North Yorkshire, UK.

Power Engineering International Newscast


This week’s Newscast stories lead with the RWE AGM – primarily the speech made by chief executive Peter Terium in Essen, Germany.

Areva retained for UK nuclear waste project


Areva announced this week that it has been retained as part of a consortium set to take charge of a major nuclear waste project in the UK.

Namibia offers $285m solar tender


Namibia Power Corp. has invited competition for tender to develop a 250 MW solar-thermal plant as part of plans to curb an electricity-supply shortage.

TransAlta selected for $510m gas-fired power plant


Canadian power company TransAlta Corp has announced it has been selected as the preferred bidder to build a A$550m ($510m) natural-gas fired generating plant in South Hedland, Western Australia.

Germany may have to pay back $3bn to nuclear utilities


Another court ruling has found against the German government for decisions made, which had a detrimental effect on the country’s nuclear industry.

Alstom to make significant contribution to Chinese nuclear


Alstom is confident that it will be heavily influential in the development of Chinese nuclear power capacity.

GE chief Immelt mulling early departure


The chief executive of General Electric Jeff Immelt is reported to be stepping down, well short of his 20 year tenure. Mr Immelt had been expected to remain at the helm until 2021.

Sanctions won’t have impact on Finnish nuclear – Rosatom


Russian state-owned Rosatom says it believes international sanctions are unlikely to have an effect on the company’s work at Pyhajoki nuclear power plant.

Personnel drive for UK’s latest CCGT plant


A recruitment drive has been launched to find suitable personnel for the Carrington combined cycle gas turbine (CCGT) power plant in Manchester, England.

RWE chief outlines strategy of survival


The CEO of RWE, Mr Peter Terium provided a blunt analysis of the difficulties his company is facing in 2014 at its AGM at the Grugahalle in Essen, Germany on Wednesday morning.

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