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Asian Solar, European Offshore Wind Drives 2014 Renewable Growth

April 7, 2015 by Katherine Tweed

2014 Renewables Growth Sources

Investment in renewable energy grew 17 percent in 2014 to $270 billion, just 3 percent below the all-time record of nearly $279 billion in 2011, according to a new report from the United Nations Environment Program and Bloomberg New Energy Finance.[read more]

Europe Loses Billions in Badly Sited Renewable Power Plants

February 10, 2015 by Joseph Nyangon
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European countries could have saved approximately $100 billion if each country had invested in the most efficient capacity given their renewable energy resources, that is, by installing wind turbines in windier countries and solar power plants in sunnier places.[read more]

Europe Shouldn't Feign Weakness When it Comes to International Climate Finance

December 23, 2014 by Sieren Ernst

The COP 20 in Lima is over, having delivered to the world, like so many COPs before it, yet another awkward acronym. The latest for the pile is ‘INDCs’, that’s “Intended Nationally Determined Contributions.” Presumably different from Nationally Determined Contributions of the unintended variety.[read more]

Energy Quote of the Day: 'We Are Now Going to Focus Our Energy Sources in Other Directions'

December 7, 2014 by Jared Anderson

Energy Sources and Choices

Gazprom will no longer move forward with the South Stream pipeline project due to European opposition. Russian President Putin made the announcement after meeting with Turkish President Erdogan, saying the countries would cooperate on the possibility of creating a gas trading hub on the Turkish-Greek border.[read more]

Polish Town Rejects Coal, Seeks Energy Independence

September 6, 2014 by Clare Taylor

Poland and Energy Sources

Poland is one of Europe's fastest-growing economies and heavily dependent on coal, which generates around 90 % of the country's electricity. One rural town, the Commune of Kisielice, decided to forge a path to sustainable energy - and has been recognised across Europe for their pioneering work.[read more]

Energy Quote of the Day: "Whatever Difficulties Arise this Winter, Gazprom is Helping you Prepare"

August 12, 2014 by Jared Anderson

Gazprom Energy Projects

Relations between Moscow and the West have deteriorated to the lowest levels since the Cold War over Russia’s aggression in Ukraine. Strict economic sanctions have been initiated by western governments and intergovernmental organizations against strategic sectors of Russia’s economy.[read more]

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10 Energy Technology Initiatives to Green European Cities Any City can Take Inspiration From

August 8, 2014 by Green IT Amsterdam Region

Greening European Cities

European cities made a great effort by identifying energy projects which could help other cities to improve their energy footprint, increase their share of renewable energy supply or improve the efficiency of their energy distribution and management systems.[read more]

Europe Mothballs 20GW of Gas Plants in 2013, With More to Come

April 1, 2014 by Katherine Tweed
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European Gas Plant Closures

Ten of Europe’s largest utilities planned to mothball or close more than 20 gigawatts of combined-cycle gas turbine power plants. Nearly half of the capacity, 8.8 gigawatts, was built or acquired in the past decade, according to a recent study from Oxford University.[read more]

American LNG Won’t Solve Russia's Energy Bullying

April 1, 2014 by Tomi Maxted
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Europe’s sanctions on Russia in the wake of the Ukraine crisis are weak, and for good reason: Europe gets one-third of its natural gas from Russia. Europe doesn’t have many options to replace Russia’s gas, and Russia’s made it clear that they’re not afraid to turn off the taps.[read more]

Leadership for Energy Efficiency

November 25, 2013 by Sadhbh Ní Hógáin

Efficiency Leadership

In conversation, Rod Janssen, long-term consultant to the European Council for an Energy Efficient Economy (eceee) talks about the Recast EPBD, low energy buildings, and the important need for true strong leadership on energy efficiency.[read more]

European Solar PV Demand Set To Rebound In 2014

November 12, 2013 by Joshua Hill

European Solar PV Rebound

A new report has revealed expectations that the European solar photovoltaic market is set to rebound into 2014 after an 18 month downturn. According to the report, quarterly European PV demand is set to stabilise at 2.5 GW during the first half of 2014, to be followed by moderate growth.[read more]

European Fuel Regulations and Canadian Hypocrisy: My Trip to Europe with Jim Hansen

September 23, 2013 by Mark Jaccard
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Prime Minister Harper promised in 2006 to reduce Canadian emissions 20% by 2020 (in 2009 he changed it slightly to 17%). Only two policy approaches can achieve this: emissions pricing or regulations (or a combination). But he rejected emissions pricing.[read more]

Short-Term Pain, Long-Term Gain For EMEA Wind Energy Market

August 24, 2013 by Joshua Hill
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Africa Wind Energy

MAKE Consulting are predicting short-term pain but long-term gain for the Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) grid-connected wind market, according to the inaugural EMEA Wind Power Outlook Report that was published earlier this month.[read more]

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Electricity Utilities Must Evolve or Die: Are They Up to the Task?

August 19, 2013 by Jesse Jenkins
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Electricity Market Development

It’s a tough time to be an electricity utility in Europe. A confluence of factors, including the rising use of renewables, falling wholesale prices, and the growth of distributed generation and energy efficiency are eroding traditional utility market shares and putting profits in free fall.[read more]

US Shale Myths and European Market Reality

August 16, 2013 by Igor Alexeev
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Shale Myths

Rock-bottom gas prices on the American market make it extremely difficult to drill more shale wells and maintain current levels of production. Energy experts name a lot of reasons why the US business model of shale gas development cannot be exported to continental Europe.[read more]