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MEPs have voted to make carbon capture and storage (CCS) technology compulsory on all coal fired power plants built from 2015.

Renewable energy infrastructure:An attractive option

Amid the turbulence of the credit crunch, investors are increasingly concerned with finding a safe asset class for investment – property values are falling, so are national stock markets and bonds look risky.

Fact or fission? Energy security and the case for nuclear power

The term ‘energy security’ is often used, at least in Europe, as a euphemism for ‘not being over reliant on Russian natural gas’.

Latin America: Sharing a vision

A fter a faltering start in the 1990s, co-operation is emerging as a key driver in the power markets of Latin America.

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National Grid, the company responsible for managing the UK’s power network, has outlined plans for a £10bn ($17.9bn) overhaul of the country’s transmission & distribution networks, which will help to support the 35 GW of renewable energy that is expected to come online by 2020.

A difficult birth, but Europe has a new energy major

It may have taken over 820 days, but on 22 July Europe’s newest utility GDF Suez was finally born, after what can justifiably be described as one of the most painful births in corporate merger and acquisition history.

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The Italian government has said it will begin building new nuclear power stations, reversing a 20-year ban in an initiative likely to spark strong resistance and take a long time to come to fruition.

Coming in from the cold: Chile takes a belated step towards renewables

With the approval of the target of ten per cent of all electricity produced to come from renewable sources by 2025 by the Senate, Chile appears to be finally turning its back on its dependence on foreign gas, particularly from its neighbour, Argentina.

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UK energy watchdog Ofgem has launched a formal investigation into RWE npower and the methods the UK’s fourth-biggest gas and electricity group uses to sign up customers.

Italy needs to face up to the future

Italy is increasingly reliant on ever-more expensive natural gas imports for its power production, but there are alternatives.