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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 Energinet.dk. 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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  • 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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