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  • Dry weather affects Norway’s hydro electricity output

    15 June 2018

    Norway, Europe’s largest hydropower producer, faces higher energy costs this summer as much of the snow accumulating in its mountains evaporated or melted into the ground during a heat wave, its water resources and energy regulator said. The NVE directorate told Reuters power companies had been relying on a gradual spring melt to replenish dams, but projections showed this was unlikely to happen....

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  • Canadian company claims breakthrough in transforming CO2 into liquid fuel

    08 June 2018

    A Canadian company is making liquid fuel that is carbon neutral, low cost, and made by combining CO2 sucked from the air with hydrogen made by breaking down water through renewable energy. British Columbia-based Carbon Engineering is aiming to keep the costs below $100 for each tonne of CO2 removed from the atmosphere, against $600 and above up until now....

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  • Hundreds of US solar projects shelved after Trump imposes tariff on imported panels

    07 June 2018

    A report by Reuters claims that President Donald Trump’s tariff on imported solar panels has led US renewable energy companies to cancel or freeze investments of more than $2.5 billion in large installation projects, along with thousands of jobs. This compares with $1 billion in new spending plans announced by companies building or expanding US solar panel factories....

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  • Poland’s PGE shelves nuclear power plans in favour of offshore wind

    14 May 2018

    PGE, Poland’s largest power group, has decided to abandon its leading role in building the country’s first nuclear power plant and will instead focus investment on offshore wind energy. According to Reuters, state-owned refiner PKN Orlen could take over PGE’s stake in the nuclear project, while the latter concentrates on a $10bn offshore wind power development....

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  • Lockheed develops clean, efficient battery to boost use of renewable power

    24 April 2018

    Lockheed Martin Corp hopes to launch a new ‘flow’ battery made of inexpensive, nontoxic materials that can help utilities save money and use more renewable energy, company officials said on April 23. On a visit to the company’s Global Vision Center in Virginia, senior staff told reporters the company hopes to introduce it in a little more than a year....

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UK greenhouse gas emissions fall in 2017 for fifth year 29 March 2018

The UK's greenhouse gas emissions dropped by 3% last year as renewable power output rose and coal-fired power generation fell. In the fifth yearly decline in a row, output fell to 456m tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2e), down from 468m tonnes of CO2e in 2016, according to data released by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS)....

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UK wind sector recorded highest ever output in mid-March 21 March 2018

Power generation from Britain’s wind farms hit a record 14.2 gigawatts (GW) on March 17, National Grid said. This represented 34.2% of domestic electricity generation at 1430 GMT that day, the country’s power grid operator said....

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UK recycling company fined after explosion 02 March 2018

A Sussex-based recycling company has been fined following an explosion and fire at one of their sites. Portsmouth Crown Court heard how a massive explosion occurred at Ereco EMEA Corporation Ltd site on 3 October 2011 in Lingfield, Surrey, following the storage of print toner on site. Eight people were injured as a result of the explosion, five seriously. ...

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Texas biomass pellet producer to restart operations following fire 26 February 2018

German Pellets (GPTX) of Port Arthur, Texas, has said it plans to restart operations after repairs and required changes to its storage silos. The pellets in one of its five large silos caught fire and smouldered for two months in early 2017, causing health and air quality issues across the town....

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OECD urges developed countries to impose more effective climate change taxes 15 February 2018

Energy taxes in major advanced economies are not doing enough to reduce energy use, improve energy efficiency and drive a shift towards low-carbon sources, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) said on February 14. In its Taxing Energy Use 2018 report, the OECD concluded that only 0.3% of emissions are taxed at a level that is equitable to the cost to the environment....

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