WindEurope demands 100% renewables vision from EU

WindEurope demands 100% renewables vision from EU

WindEurope has called on the European Union to chart a path to a 100% renewables future in its forthcoming Climate Law. The trade body said even the most ambitious decarbonisation scenarios set out in an earlier communication of the legislation are not based on the headline target.

Europe’s Energy Giants Line Up to Endorse Green Deal

Europe’s Energy Giants Line Up to Endorse Green Deal

The European Union’s newly proposed Green Deal raises “significant questions” for the oil and gas industry, analysts said, but the plan was broadly welcomed by companies across the energy sector.

‘Clarity’ needed from new UK Gov on Brexit ‘risk’ to Scottish renewables sector

‘Clarity’ needed from new UK Gov on Brexit ‘risk’ to Scottish renewables sector

It is understood Boris Johnson’s new Conservative majority government will look to fast-track the UK’s exit from the European Union – leaving many in Scotland’s renewable energy sector asking questions about future funding and jobs.Aberdeen MSP Kevin Stewart last night called on the new UK Government to “step up to the plate” and support the industry.

Scottish firms win £12m CCUS funding from European pot

Scottish firms win £12m CCUS funding from European pot

Scottish companies working in the Carbon Capture Usage and Storage (CCUS) sector have scooped more than £12 million from a European Union funding pot.Scientists from the Scottish CCS (SCCS) partnership announced they had won a combined European funding total of £12.4m for five three-year projects.

How wind and rooftop solar could meet most of EU electricity needs

How wind and rooftop solar could meet most of EU electricity needs

The first report claims Europe has the capacity to produce more than 100-times the amount of energy it currently produces through onshore wind farms, while the second claims that rooftop solar across the European Union could provide 24.4 per cent of the region’s current electricity consumption.

Solar Wars Part X: The force is strong with investors

Solar Wars Part X: The force is strong with investors

Previous Solar Wars articles explained how arbitral tribunals considering intra-EU claims under the Energy Charter Treaty (ECT) have consistently rejected the application of judgment of the Court of Justice of the European Union in Slovak Republic v Achmea (Case C-284/16), which held that an arbitration clause in bilateral investment treaty (BIT) between two EU states contravened EU law.

Germany sees largest emissions drop since 2009 recession

Germany sees largest emissions drop since 2009 recession

Climate change had become “clearly palpable” during last year’s heat waves and drought, but the data showed that climate action does make a difference, Schulze said, pointing to policies like the expansion of renewable energy, the closure of some coal power plants, and the reform of the European Union Emissions Trading System (EU ETS ).

Finland to ban coal-fired power by 2029

Finland to ban coal-fired power by 2029

Photo by koushik das on Unsplash The Finnish Parliament approved a motion last week to bring forward its ban on coal for energy use to May 1, 2029, bringing the country in line with the majority of the European Union in walking away from coal-fired power.

Five EU countries call for 100% renewable energy by 2050

Five EU countries call for 100% renewable energy by 2050

The European Union’s 28 energy ministers had their first public debate on the European Commission’s 2050 climate plan on Monday (4 March) but five member states derided the lack of a 100% renewable energy scenario among the EU executive’s proposed options.

Renewables super grid proposed to solve Europe’s energy dilemma

Renewables super grid proposed to solve Europe’s energy dilemma

Focusing their attention on the European Union, LUT researchers recently published an article in the journal Renewable Energy entitled Flexible electricity generation, grid exchange and storage for the transition to a 100% renewable energy system in Europe which reveals the results of two scenarios: the first depicts a scenario made up of 20 European regions acting as independent energy “islands”; the second scenario depicts those same 20 regions connected through a pan-European super grid.

RWE Poised to Take Over Assets of E.ON and Innogy Renewables

RWE Poised to Take Over Assets of E.ON and Innogy Renewables

Essen-based RWE, the biggest electricity provider in Germany, is expecting European Union bureaucrats will grant it unconditional antitrust approval to take back Innogy’s renewables businesses and exchange the rest of the company for assets held by E.ON, Reuters reported Thursday.

Fewer small hydropower plants being built in Europe today than in previous decades – Energy Community chief

Fewer small hydropower plants being built in Europe today than in previous decades – Energy Community chief

Fewer small hydropower plants being built in Europe today than in previous decades – Energy Community chief Photo: Screenshot/Serbian Parliament The intensity of the construction of small hydropower plants (SHPPs) in the European Union is much lower today than it used to be in previous decades, Energy Community Secretariat Director Janez Kopač said, noting that he would not definitely reject or support such projects.

Solar Wars Part VIII: Save us Hungary, you're our only hope

Solar Wars Part VIII: Save us Hungary, you're our only hope

Previous Solar Wars articles have noted that tribunals hearing Energy Charter Treaty (ECT) claims by an investor from one EU Member State against another EU state had consistently held that the decision of the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) in Slovak Republic v Achmea did not apply to ECT claims.

Siemens Gamesa Looks to Cut Offshore Wind Foundation Costs by 30%

Siemens Gamesa Looks to Cut Offshore Wind Foundation Costs by 30%

The turbine maker said it was working with Aalborg University of Copenhagen, Denmark, on a five-year offshore wind cost reduction project called i4Offshore, which is being funded by the European Union to the tune of €20 million (USD $23 million).

Major Corporations Urge EU To Simplify Investing & Sourcing Renewable Energy

Major Corporations Urge EU To Simplify Investing & Sourcing Renewable Energy

More specifically, the group is calling on European policymakers to remove the regulatory and administrative barriers currently in place preventing corporate sourcing of renewable energy — a move required by the Renewable Energy Directive, recently-enacted by the European Commission, so that the early successes of corporate renewable energy procurement, concentrated primarily in the Nordics, the Netherlands, and the UK, can be replicated more broadly across the entire European Union.

New EU energy targets put bloc on course to overshoot climate goals

New EU energy targets put bloc on course to overshoot climate goals

STRASBOURG (Reuters) - New energy saving and renewables targets adopted by the European Union on Tuesday put the bloc on course to overshoot its climate goals, the EU executive said, as it cut its projections of energy usage to account for Brexit.

European EV battery to be supercharged by EU billions

European EV battery to be supercharged by EU billions

As Europeans embrace the shift to electric vehicles, with sales of plug-in vehicles reaching 1 million after soaring by 40 per cent in the first half of 2018, according to figures from EV Volumes, the European Union is looking to ignite its own EV battery industry. battery storage, electric vehicle, europe, EV

UNECE calls on Albania to tackle dumpsites, look beyond hydropower

UNECE calls on Albania to tackle dumpsites, look beyond hydropower

UNECE said the third Environmental Performance Review provides the Albanian government with recommendations “to inspire future work to achieve the globally-agreed Sustainable Development Goals and implement the country’s climate change commitments, within the process of accession to the European Union.”