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Client Earth criticises development banks’ lending policies

A top environmental law agency has applauded European Commissioner for Climate Policy Connie Hedegaard for her stance on development banks' lending practices to fossil fuel power generators.

Bulgaria denies providing illegal aid to coal power generators

An accusation by environmental law firm Client Earth that the Bulgarian government has been flouting the law on state aid has been firmly denied.

Is gas power about to supersede coal in Germany?

Germany has long been lauded for its Energiewende policy, but its achievement in facilitating renewables has been somewhat tainted by a continuing reliance on coal-fired power. With the German General Election coming up on the 24th September, there are some soundings that the relationship with coal is about to change, but not everyone is convinced.

Biomass UK defends green credentials as scepticism persists

Biomass UK has launched a renewed defence of the technology as environmental agencies continue to question its credentials in the clean energy space.

Vattenfall German coal sale may face additional scrutiny

The Swedish government may have approved state-owned Vattenfall's sale of its German coal-fired power generation and mining assets on Monday but the deal could still face a challenge.

German plans for coal power reserve may hit snag

Germany's economy ministry is confident that its decision to pay companies to shift power capacity to a coal-fired power reserve will not be derailed by a legal challenge.

Austria and Poland in the firing line as EU to punish energy law breaches

A plan by the Austrian government to enable energy-intensive businesses to avoid enduring the costs of subsidising renewable power has come to the attention of the European Court of Justice.

Iberdrola chief backs EU Commission efficiency target

There has been a mixed response to last week's European Commission announcement on renewable and emissions targets, with Iberdrola's chief among those firmly behind it and environmental groups expressing discontent.

Climate change summit brings Polish energy strategy to the fore

The United Nations Conference on Climate Change will take place in Warsaw next week but in the background a battle is raging between renewable and coal interests in the host country.

DECC stands by energy efficiency record

The UK Department for Energy and Climate Change has responded to a report that it was trying to get around the EU Energy Efficiency Directive, by reaffirming its record in the area.