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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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  • President-elect Trump maps out new direction for US energy sector

    09 November 2016

    Having won the 2016 US presidential election in a monumental upset, Donald Trump’s statements anticipate a 180-degree turn in many US policy areas. At an October address in Gettysburg, Trump said he would make a contract with the American people that would erase traces of Barack Obama's presidency and set America on a protectionist, nativist, track....

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Iowa renewable energy plant blast injures one 10 October 2016

At least one person has been reported injured in a tanker fire at an ethanol plant south of Council Bluffs, Iowa, on October 7. Police said there were two explosions at the Southwest Iowa Renewable Energy plant on Interstate 29 and that a tanker driver was critically injured in the incident....

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HSE publishes UK offshore safety stats for 2015 14 June 2016

The UK Health & Safety Executive (HSE) has published its Offshore Statistics & Regulatory Activity Report for 2015. The report provides details of offshore injuries, dangerous occurrences and ill health reported to HSE under the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations (RIDDOR), and HSE’s regulatory activity offshore during 2015....

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Denmark cancels planned offshore wind farms because of expense 16 May 2016

On May 13, the Danish government said it would scrap plans to build five offshore wind farms with a total combined capacity of 350-megawatts as their output would be too expensive for consumers. Subsidies for wind power producers rose 63% in 2015 and 2016, according to the leading Danish newspaper Jyllands Posten....

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Statoil to develop floating windfarm off north-east Scotland 16 May 2016

Norwegian energy group Statoil has been awarded a seabed lease to develop the world's largest floating wind farm over the Buchan Deep, around 25km off the Scottish port of Peterhead. The planned Hywind project comprises five 6MW turbines, each on a floating steel tube containing ballast which is tethered to the sea bed....

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OSHA fines biodiesel manufacturer $70,000 over hydrogen explosion that injured four 07 March 2016

The US Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) fined Renewable Energy Group (REG) $70,000 over a hydrogen gas explosion and fire that injured four workers at its Geismar biodiesel plant in Louisiana last September....

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