The Fessenheim nuclear power plant in France. Fessenheim 1 will be taken offline in the coming weeks. (PA) Nuclear

France plans more nuclear outages as winter sets in

France’s nuclear output is at its lowest level for 10 years and more reactors are set to be taken offline soon, leaving gas to plug the gap.

Sinopec’s geothermal energy plant, which has been online in the town of Xiong since 2009. (Interfax) Geothermal

China sees big role for geothermal in energy mix

As the holder of one-sixth of the world’s geothermal resources, China wants to increase its use of the clean and sustainable energy source.

Vietnam looks to wind for 7% of power by 2020

Vietnam plans to source up to 7% of its power from wind by 2020.

1 December 2016

China plans $174 bln of renewables investment by 2020

China will invest $174 billion in new wind and hydropower capacity between 2016 and 2020, according to Key Energy News.

1 December 2016

South Korea announces plans to double renewable output by 2025

South Korea’s energy ministry has announced a series of incentives designed to double the country’s renewable energy output by 2025.

30 November 2016

Trump will not affect Iran’s early-stage agreements – Zanganeh

Iranian Petroleum Minister Bijan Zanganeh has said the election of Donald Trump will not affect the early-stage agreements the country is signing with IOCs.

30 November 2016

Rosatom overseas orders could hit $300 bln by 2030 – CEO

Rosatom’s overseas orders could be worth more than $300 billion by 2030, according to Alexei Likhachev, the state nuclear company’s new chief executive.

30 November 2016

Eni and Tunisia sign renewable development agreement

Eni has signed an agreement with Tunisia to cooperate on the development of renewable energy projects.

30 November 2016

‘Big three’ wind turbine companies dominate US capacity

Three wind turbine manufacturers accounted for 76% of installed wind generating capacity in the United States as of the end of 2015.

29 November 2016

Canada clears Saskatchewan to carry on burning coal

Canada’s federal government has agreed to allow Saskatchewan to continue using coal-fired power plants beyond 2030.

29 November 2016

Nigeria and General Electric sign solar power deal

Nigeria’s Northern States Governors’ Forum and United States-based General Electric have signed a memorandum of understanding to build five solar power plants.

29 November 2016

Switzerland votes to reject nuclear phase-out timetable

Switzerland has rejected a proposal to introduce a strict timetable for phasing out nuclear power.

28 November 2016

Tanzania gets renewable energy funding from France

Tanzania has signed a credit agreement worth $11.84 million with the French Development Agency to develop renewable energy projects.

23 November 2016

Canada to close its coal-fired power plants by 2030

Canada plans to close all of its coal-fired power plants by 2030 to help meet its climate change targets as part of the Paris agreement.

22 November 2016

Eni will work with GE to develop renewables

Italy’s Eni has signed an agreement with General Electric (GE) to develop large-scale power generation projects from renewable energy.

22 November 2016

Russia’s nuclear ambitions overseas

Interfax Natural Gas Daily takes a closer look at Rosatom's global nuclear programme and the status of its international agreements.

22 November 2016

Westinghouse criticises EU after Paks 2 nuclear approval

Nuclear manufacturer Westinghouse has criticised the European Commission’s approval of the expansion of Hungary’s Paks 2 nuclear power plant.

21 November 2016

Japan’s Mihama 3 reactor licence extended by 20 years

Japan’s Nuclear Regulation Authority has approved the extension of the licence for the Mihama 3 nuclear reactor by an additional 20 years.

17 November 2016

France to close all coal-fired power by 2023 – Hollande

France’s President Francois Hollande announced at COP22 in Marrakesh this week that his country will shut down all of its coal-fired power plants no later than 2023.

17 November 2016

Gas and renewables set for strongest growth – IEA

The IEA predicts rapid growth in gas and renewables will be needed to meet the world’s growing energy demand and curb greenhouse gas emissions.

17 November 2016
Datang-Changchun coal-fired power station. Coal-to-gas switching in China has accelerated (China Datang Group)

Coal-gas switching buoys China import growth

China’s gas imports have picked up strongly from last year and are on course to hit new highs for the fourth quarter as winter sets in.

16 November 2016

Philippines approves grid impact studies for new power plants

The government of the Philippines has given the green light to 11 power projects to start grid impact studies.

15 November 2016

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