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News Extra: EU successfully displacing fossil fuels through increased use of renewables 02 May 2017

This is the conclusion of a new report from the European Environment Agency which details how renewables' share of the European energy mix is approaching 17% and has led to a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions across the bloc of around 10% since 2005....

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UK carbon dioxide emissions fall 7.4% in 2016 31 March 2017

The UK Government published provisional 2016 greenhouse gas emissions figures on March 30 showing net emissions of carbon dioxide came to 374.1 million tonnes (Mt), 7.4% lower than the 2015 figure of 403.8 Mt. Carbon dioxide (CO2) is the main greenhouse gas, accounting for over 81% of total UK greenhouse gas emissions....

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Dutch and Danish grid operators to form offshore power hub in North Sea 10 March 2017

Dutch power grid operator TenneT said on March 8 it had found the first partner for its plan to create an offshore energy hub in the North Sea, Danish power transmission company TenneT's plan, first announced in June, involves the construction of one or more artificial islands surrounded by wind farms on the Dogger Bank in the North Sea....

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Elon Musk volunteers to sort out South Australia power blackouts 10 March 2017

Elon Musk, the billionaire founder of electric car giant Tesla, has thrown down a challenge to the South Australian and federal governments, saying he can solve the state’s energy problems within 100 days – or he’ll deliver the 100 megawatt hours (MWh) battery storage system for free. Repeated blackouts in South Australia since September last year have sparked a political row in the country....

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Siemens forecasts UK offshore wind power subsidies will drop below nuclear 10 March 2017

Subsidy costs for British offshore wind farms should fall below that of new nuclear plants, according to the head of Siemens' UK offshore wind operations. The UK government is under pressure to bring down users' electricity costs at the same time as subsidising low-carbon generation to help meet its carbon emission reduction targets and plug a looming supply gap....

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News Extra: US solar industry employment breaks quarter-million mark 01 March 2017

US solar industry employment in 2016 grew at the fastest pace in at least seven years, with growth in all sectors including manufacturing, sales and installations, as demand for clean power swelled. The Solar Foundation, a Washington-based non-profit organisation, said in its annual report that one out of every 50 new US jobs last year was in the solar industry, with total employment now at 260,000 across the sector....

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UK government review recommends Swansea Bay tidal lagoon project 12 January 2017

Plans for a £1.3bn tidal lagoon in Swansea Bay will be backed in a UK government-commissioned review. Former energy minister Charles Hendry will publish his independent report into the viability of the renewable energy technology later, recommending the UK builds the lagoon to capture energy from the sea. It will also recommend developing a network of larger lagoons around the UK coast....

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News Extra: New Russian research shows Siberian seabed methane gas emissions have significantly increased 01 December 2016

A report in the Siberian Times on the findings of a new expedition in the Laptev Sea north of Siberia  claims scientists have found evidence of a significant increase in the rate of underwater permafrost degradation and methane release....

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News Extra: Germany to cut carbon emissions up to 95% by 2050 01 December 2016

The German government has reached agreement on a climate change action plan which involves reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 80 to 95% by 2050, a spokesman said on November 11. The plan requires German industry to reduce its CO2 emissions by a fifth by 2030 and the energy sector to reduce emissions by almost a half....

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News Extra: World CO2 emissions stay flat for third year 01 December 2016

The slowdown in the Chinese economy since 2012 and declining consumption of coal in the US played a significant role in keeping down global emissions of carbon dioxide, according to a new report. The Global Carbon Project annual analysis shows that CO2 emissions in 2016 were up only 0.2%, the third consecutive year with negligible change despite a rise in economic growth....

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