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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]

Europe to Invest €3.8 Billion in the Biobased Economy

July 15, 2013 by Doris de Guzman

The European Commission proposed a €3.8 billion Public Private Partnership (PPP) on Biobased Industries, in order to accelerate the commercialization of biobased products in Europe.[read more]

Alliance Launches 100% Renewable Energy Goal

July 10, 2013 by Antonio Pasolini

Renewable Energy Goals

The Global Alliance for 100% Renewable Energy recently called on European leaders to make firmer commitments in order to make the transition to renewable energy.[read more]

Global Wind Energy Blows Away Old Expectations

June 22, 2013 by Kristopher Settle
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Wind Energy Growth

Peter Sennekamp, media officer for the European Wind Energy Association announced this week that wind energy will surpass the threshold of 300 gigawatts at some point before the end of the calendar year.[read more]

Garbage as Energy Commodity? Industry Booms in Europe

May 10, 2013 by Kristopher Settle

garbage or energy?

Norway, along with many other northern European countries, has built a network of co-generation plants that produce heat and electricity from recycled waste.[read more]

Encouraging CCS in Europe

August 3, 2012 by David Hone
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With an allowance surplus building up in the EU ETS and a resulting low carbon price, the urgent need for commercial deployment of CCS has diminished. Furthermore, with natural gas availability growing and renewable energy becoming a sizable factor in the EU electricity mix, it may be well into the 2020s before large scale deployment of CCS is necessary.[read more]

The plight of CCS in the EU

June 15, 2012 by David Hone

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Over the last five years the EU has put great effort into promoting CCS. The Commission has led this, creating a legislative framework for the technology to exist in the field. With such an effort and so much political capital spent, one would expect to see a burgeoning CCS industry, or at least the beginnings of it, appearing across the EU. Unfortunately this is not the case.[read more]

European Energy Companies Form Alternative Energy Alliance

February 29, 2012 by Antonio Pasolini

  European energy companies have come together to call for 2030 targets in emissions reductions, alternative energy and energy efficiency.    Formed by Acciona (Spain), DONG Energy (Denmark), EDP (Portugal), Eneco (the Netherlands), EWE (Germany), Public Power Corporation (Greece), Sorgenia (Italy) and SSE (UK), the...[read more]