Renewable energies

The changing fortunes of Romania’s ‘wind power academy’

Energy 29-09-2020

A professional reconversion scheme for coal workers that was once billed as Romania’s most ambitious green jobs programme to date has fallen into disarray one year after its launch following the recent change of government.

Energy 28-09-2020

EU’s offshore renewable energy strategy taking shape

The European Commission is preparing a strategy to harness the various forms of energy that the oceans and seas can provide, including from wind, waves and tides. 
Energy 25-09-2020

Meeting the 2030 emissions targets: Mission possible?

Meeting the European Commission’s proposed climate target for 2030 will require a step change in emission reduction – nearly trebling the existing effort – and a considerable ramp up in renewable energy production, write Mike Parr and Gabriel Benchetrit.
Energy 24-09-2020

World solar technology summit: A blueprint for the energy intensive sector?

The world solar technology summit, which took place in India earlier this month, could in many ways be a model for the decarbonisation of the energy-intensive sector, which includes industries such as steel, cement, chemicals, non-ferrous metals and glass, writes Gauri Khandekar.
Energy 21-09-2020

Europe’s new climate plan heralds energy ‘transformation’

Meeting the EU’s proposed new climate targets for 2030 will require a “transformation” of the bloc’s energy system, with a renewed focus on renewables and further efforts to cut fossil fuels in buildings, transport and industry, the European Commission has said.
Electricity 18-09-2020

A carbon neutral Nordic region would need 75% more electricity, study shows

Nordic countries would have to generate another 290 terawatt hours (TWh) of electricity, an increase of 75% from current levels, to meet the additional demand for power if they become carbon neutral, a study published on Thursday showed.
Energy 14-09-2020

Google aims to run on carbon-free energy by 2030

Google aims to power its data centers and offices 24-7 using solely carbon-free electricity by 2030, its chief executive said, building on its previous goal of matching its energy use with 100% renewable energy.

LEAK: EU’s 2030 climate plan makes case for 55% emissions cut

The European Commission will argue this week in favour of a 55% cut in greenhouse gas emissions by 2030 and push for higher shares of renewable energy as part of an ambitious plan to achieve net-zero emissions by mid century, EURACTIV has learned.
Energy 03-09-2020

Germany’s updated renewable energy act lacks ambition, critics say

The official draft for an amendment to Germany's Renewable Energy Sources Act (EEG) has been made public. It contains incentives for more wind energy in southern Germany and measures for ageing turbines, but critics say there is still a lot of room for improvement. EURACTIV Germany reports.

Gas and nuclear industries fight to the end for ‘green’ EU investment label

The gas and nuclear industries have ramped up lobbying to secure last-ditch changes to European rules defining which investments are sustainable, fearing that exclusion from a new “green” list could deprive them of billions of dollars of funding.
Energy 30-07-2020

Wind industry ‘remained resilient’ during COVID-19 crisis

Despite major disruptions to production and assembly in the first semester, installation of new wind farms over the first half of 2020 was comparable to previous years, industry figures show.
Energy 23-07-2020

Renewables overtake fossil fuels in EU power generation

Renewable sources have overtaken coal, oil and gas in EU electricity generation for the first time, new analysis shows. EURACTIV's media partner, Climate Home News, reports.
Energy 21-07-2020

The Dutch have decided: Burning biomass is not sustainable

The Netherlands should phase out the use of biomass for generating electricity as soon as possible, the advisory board of the Dutch government said in a report presented earlier this month.
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Energy 15-07-2020

A successful energy transition requires a legal certainty that leaves no-one behind

Maintaining base electricity production and the security of supply will be indispensable for enabling more renewables in the grid as Europe’s electricity demand continues to grow. This requires the pace of transition to be gradual to avoid stranding assets, which are operating today under existing legislation and market conditions.
Biomass 14-07-2020

‘Not all biomass is carbon neutral’, industry says

Leading industry figures acknowledge that not all biomass brings benefits to the climate, insisting that only low-value wood and forest residues should make the cut under EU law.
Energy 09-07-2020

EU unveils blueprint for a more efficient energy system

The European Commission on Wednesday (8 July) unveiled its “energy system integration strategy” which aims to link different energy carriers, infrastructure and consumption sectors together in order to boost renewables and reduce carbon emissions.
Energy 08-07-2020

EU Commission charts path towards 100% renewable hydrogen

The European Commission unveiled plans on Wednesday (8 July) to promote hydrogen based entirely on renewable electricity like wind and solar, but said low-carbon hydrogen derived from fossil fuels will also be supported in order to scale up production in the short term.
Energy 07-07-2020

North Sea countries vow closer cooperation on offshore wind

Ministers of the North Seas countries have called for an EU framework to tackle barriers to the deployment of multinational “hybrid” offshore wind energy projects.
Energy 06-07-2020

LEAK: ‘Efficiency first’ is top priority of draft EU energy strategy

Efficiency must be at the core of Europe’s energy policy, the European Commission says in a draft policy document outlining its vision of a more agile, low-carbon energy system powered chiefly by renewable electricity.
Climate change 03-07-2020

Berlin refuses to disclose details of €4bn coal phase-out deal with energy firms

German energy companies LEAG and RWE are set to receive over €4 billion for closing their lignite-fired power plants. But nobody knows how the compensation was calculated and the German economy ministry refuses to provide details, citing procedural matters. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Energy 01-07-2020

The energy transition, electricity prices and hydrogen

Hydrogen from electrolysers is a 3-in-one energy carrier delivering three solutions to three important emergency energy transition problems, write Mike Parr and Simon Minett.
Climate change 29-06-2020

Towards a truly green vision for Europe’s energy system

The EU can reach climate neutrality as early as 2040, according to a group of environmental NGOs which have mapped out a scenario to move the bloc towards a 100% renewable energy system by then.
Energy 22-06-2020

Dutch do Danish deal to hit clean power target

The Netherlands agreed on Friday (19 June) to pay Denmark €100 million as part of an arrangement that will allow the Dutch government to declare at least 8 TWh of Danish surplus renewable power on its books, in an effort to meet its EU target.
Energy 18-06-2020

IEA: States should invest $3 trillion in sustainable energy

The International Energy Agency (IEA) has presented its COVID-19 economic programme to facilitate the transition to an environmentally friendly energy economy. In doing so, it has distanced itself unusually clearly from the fossil market and is focusing entirely on renewables. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Energy 16-06-2020

EU set to slightly surpass 2030 renewable energy goal

The European Union looks set to slightly beat its goal to get a third of its energy from renewable sources by 2030, but public support will be needed to offset a drop in clean power investment due to COVID-19, the bloc's top energy official said.
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