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  • Senate confirms controversial appointee to head US environmental regulator

    01 March 2019

    On February 28 the US Senate confirmed President Donald Trump’s candidate to lead the US Environmental Protection Agency, the nation’s top environmental regulator. Andrew Wheeler, a former coal lobbyist, has been the EPA’s Acting Administrator since July 2018 when former Administrator Scott Pruitt resigned after widespread criticism over ethical issues....

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  • News Extra: Global energy giants unveil plans for major integrated carbon capture project in UK

    01 February 2019

    Six major oil and gas companies announced plans on November 28 to study the development of the first full-scale commercial carbon capture usage and storage (CCUS) facility at a site in Teeside, UK. To advance the project, BP, Royal Dutch Shell, Eni, Equinor, Occidental Petroleum and Total have formed a strategic partnership within the Oil and Gas Climate Initiative (OGCI), a global consortium of hydrocarbon producers....

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  • Drax starts Europe’s first carbon capture and storage bioenergy pilot project

    26 November 2018

    UK energy utility Drax has started a pilot project to capture and store carbon dioxide emissions at its biomass plant, the first of its kind in Europe, the company said on November 26. Drax said the CO2 will initially be stored on site but that eventually it will seek to find a use for the gas, such as in the drinks industry which earlier this year was hit with a CO2 shortage....

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  • UK Government energy stats show renewables provided almost 30% of electricity generation in 2017

    20 August 2018

    The figures published in late July in the Digest of UK Energy Statistics confirm that 29.3% of the UK’s electricity was generated from renewables in 2017 – up from 24.5% in 2016. Half of this came from wind, which provided 14.8% of the UK’s power (8.6% from onshore wind and 6.2% from offshore) – up from 11% in 2016....

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  • French marine renewables specialist pulls out of tidal energy

    31 July 2018

    French renewable energy company Naval Energies has decided to stop investing in tidal turbines and concentrate its efforts on floating offshore wind and thermal energy conversion. The company had been an important developer of tidal technology with ongoing projects in France, Japan and Canada that could now be threatened....

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Government infrastructure committee says UK should scale back nuclear plans in favour of renewables 10 July 2018

Government advisers have told UK ministers to back only a single new nuclear power station after Hinkley Point C, currently under construction, because renewable energy sources are likely to prove a better investment over the next few years. The National Infrastructure Commission (NIC) said the government should scale back existing nuclear new build plans that envisage as many as six new plants being built....

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US government says support for nuclear and coal plants a matter of national security 29 June 2018

US Energy Secretary Rick Perry said on June 25 that bailing out struggling coal and nuclear power plants was as important to national security as keeping the military strong, and that the cost should not be an issue. Perry said the security of the electricity grid was as important as having the right number of ships, aircraft and military personnel....

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US company achieves major milestone for low-cost carbon capture 26 June 2018

NET Power LLC has successfully achieved first fire of its supercritical carbon dioxide (CO2) demonstration power plant and test facility located in La Porte, Texas. Firing of the 50MWth Toshiba Energy Systems & Solutions Corporation commercial-scale combustor on May 30 involved the integrated operation of the full NET Power process.  ...

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Coal generation to fall more than 70% by 2050 - Report 25 June 2018

About half the world’s power will be generated by wind and solar resources by 2050 while generation from coal will drop more than 70% from today’s levels, according to the New Energy Outlook 2018 report from Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF)....

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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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