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Energy 10-10-2017

Energy transition in France: What to expect from the new government?

The ‘Clean Energy for all Europeans’ package of legislation is the EU’s response to the Paris Agreement on climate change, setting out the bloc’s energy and climate policies for 2030.

Energy 14-09-2017

Report: Nuclear power on the decline

Nuclear power seems on its way out, as construction of only one new nuclear reactor was undertaken in 2017, according to the World Nuclear Industry Report 2017. EURACTIV France reports.

Pre-election Prague says solar power too expensive

Producers of solar electricity should pay higher taxes, according to the Czech government. The sector says it is being politicised before the elections. EURACTIV.cz reports.

Energy 12-07-2017

As Zimbabwe’s homes go solar, its businesses lag behind

With more than 100,000 solar power systems installed in homes in Zimbabwe, according to government figures, off-grid solar power is no longer a revelation for homeowners. But despite decades of power shortages, companies are only starting to catch on.

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Electricity 17-05-2017

Electricity markets reimagined: Flexible by design

In just over a decade, we will be able to build a new electricity system around renewable energy that is cleaner, produces almost no carbon emissions, costs less than a system built around natural gas, and is just as reliable, writes David Nelson.

Electricity 16-03-2017

German solar power association: Europe far from being energy pioneer

Solar energy will be critical to German and European efforts to decarbonise their economies. EURACTIV Germany reports on what contribution local schemes can make to European energy policy.

Development Policy 21-12-2016

Huge solar plant beams power, hope to rural Uganda

When power goes out in the rural town of Soroti in eastern Uganda, store manager Hussein Samsudin can only hope it won't go on so long it spoils his fresh goods.

Energy 22-11-2016

Czech support for renewable energy in uncertain situation

In the Czech Republic, renewable energy producers may lose their feed-in tariffs for 2017. EURACTIV.cz reports.

Energy 08-06-2016

German electricity transmission CEO: ‘80% renewables is no problem’

Germany’s pursuit of a low carbon economy, the Energiewende, is in full swing, but questions have emerged over its feasibility. EURACTIV’s partner Der Tagesspiegel spoke with Boris Schucht, who is head of one of Germany’s largest electricity providers.

Energy 09-05-2016

Energy interconnection brings big emissions cuts for Malta as the EU loses ground

CO2 emissions in the EU rose by 0.7% in 2015, but Malta's interconnection with Sicily helped the island cuts its carbon footprint by more than a quarter. EURACTIV France reports.

Energy 27-04-2016

EU curtailment rules could increase onshore wind costs by 17% by 2020

Economic curtailment is an issue not yet fully appreciated by most investors in renewable energy, but it has the potential to reduce the availability and increase the cost of investment, writes Brian O’Connell.

Turkish EU minister: Cyprus referendum in March will be successful

A referendum on the new Cyprus constitution by the end of March will be successful, and the reunification of the country will open new opportunities for Turkey’s EU integration, the Minister of European Affairs of Turkey, Volkan Bozk?r, told EURACTIV in an exclusive interview.

Climate change 02-12-2015

A changing climate for jobs

Switching to a clean economy will not cost us jobs, it will create them. Employment prospects are not an obstacle to going green, write Sharan Burrow and Paul Polman.

Climate change 06-07-2015

The UK’s National Trust to invest £30m in renewable energy sources

Europe’s largest conservation organisation to use solar, biomass and hydro power to supply half its energy needs for its estates, historic houses and palaces.

Energy 31-03-2015

Europe trailing behind in global renewables rebound

Renewable energy investment across the European Union almost ground to a standstill last year, with less than 1% growth, despite a strong global rebound in financing led by China and the United States, according to figures published on Tuesday (31 March).

Energy 13-10-2014

Report: In EU, renewable energy is the first recipient of state aid

The European Commission published a study on Monday (13 October) providing the first full dataset on energy costs and subsidies for the 28 member countries across the different power generation technologies, revealing that the largest share of public intervention in the energy sector has been in favour of solar and on-shore wind energy.

Trade & Society 20-05-2013

German minister calls EU move on China solar ‘grave mistake’

German Economy Minister Philipp Roesler said the European Commission made a "grave mistake" by agreeing to impose punitive import duties on solar panels from China and urged the Commission to work to prevent the eruption of a trade conflict.

Energy 11-04-2013

More than 1,000 firms demand end to EU-China solar trade war

The extent of the split within the European solar industry over proposals for Brussels to impose tariffs on imported solar panels from China was laid bare yesterday, when it emerged that over 1,000 companies from across the industry have written to the European Commission warning import duties could have a grave impact on the industry.

Trade & Society 28-02-2013

EU launches anti-dumping probe of Chinese solar glass

The European Commission launched an investigation today (28 February) into industry claims that Chinese solar glass producers are dumping their products in the European Union at below market value, opening a new front in the trade battle with China.

Energy 20-11-2012

Desertec chief denies crisis

Reports of turmoil in a futuristic plan to generate 15% of Europe’s energy from Saharan solar power have been stoutly denied by the chief executive of the Desertec initiative, Paul van Son. 

Trade & Society 06-11-2012

China accuses EU of breaching world trade rules over solar panels

An escalating row between solar panel makers stepped up a gear on Monday ( 5 November) when China complained to the World Trade Organisation that Italy and Greece had unfairly favoured domestic suppliers.

Trade & Society 22-10-2012

Europe must stand up to China over solar panels

If Europe does not face down Beijing over its export of below-cost solar panels, all our green technology and manufacturing will be lost, and the costs for greenhouse gas mitigation will go up, argues Milan Nitzschke.

Energy 19-10-2012

Solar PV industry eyes up to 25% power share in 2030

There are no technical barriers to the large-scale integration of solar power into the electricity grid in Europe over the long term, says a report by the European Photovoltaic Industry Association.

Climate change 17-10-2012

EU: No action on 2030 renewables target is ‘no real option’

The EU needs to advance its plans for renewable energy targets for 2030 soon, but only as part of a wider climate package, a member of energy commissioner Gunther Oettinger’s cabinet said yesterday (16 October).