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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.

MENA needs $316bn in five years to meet power demand


Energy investment of $316bn will be needed in the Middle East and North Africa in the next five years to meet the region’s growing demand for power, according to a new study.

Latin America must install 14 GW of new capacity a year, says report


Over the next 20 years Latin American countries will need to add 14 GW annually to the current capacity if they want to respond to the rising power demand.

RWE to stick with strategy despite ‘forces pushing against coal’


A spokesperson for RWE says the company will continue to use lignite coal, despite the growing consensus against coal-fired power generation.

Siemens to lead major grid connection project


Siemens has been chosen to lead a consortium responsible for constructing and installing an offshore wind connection in the North Sea, off the German coast.

Alstom wins $312m power contract in Iraq


Power equipment manufacturer Alstom has been awarded a contract to provide gas turbine power equipment in the Anbar province of Iraq.

Spain’s Acciona awarded two wind projects in Mexico


Acciona Energy of Spain has been awarded the contracts for the engineering, construction and start-up of two wind farms in Mexico, with a total installed capacity of 252 MW.

UN advocates tripling of renewables and nuclear energy


A report from the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has warned that the world needs to drastically change its energy policy in order to avoid dangerous levels of global warming.

E.ON keen to preserve Russian business interests


E.ON is determined that external events such as sanctions will not impact on its valuable business relationships with Russia.

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