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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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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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