E.On solar generation in Pellworm, Germany. The cost of solar PV has been falling. (E.On) Solar

Renewables subsidies may dwindle from 2020

Europe’s need to subsidise renewables may gradually start to dwindle from 2020 partly due to lower costs for mature technologies, an EU-funded study has found.

A hydrogen-fuelled Toyota Mirai. Tokyo plans to rapidly expand the number of vehicles using fuel cells. (Toyota) Electric

Hydrogen takes step forward, but faces barriers

Japan plans to ship liquid hydrogen from Australia, but may not provide it with the energy security and lower carbon emissions it is hoping for.

Xingtai to speed up switch from coal to gas

China Gas Holdings signed an agreement on Tuesday with the government of the prefecture of Xingtai in Hebei province to accelerate coal-to-gas switching.

22 February 2017

Solar power project auction yields record low tariffs

A competitive auction for a 750 MW solar power project in India has yielded the lowest-ever tariff for the industry.

20 February 2017

Japanese utilities agree to redirect LNG cargoes

Japan’s regional electric utilities have won provisions to divert LNG cargoes in some of their long-term sales contracts if and when they restart their nuclear power plants.

17 February 2017

French power output falls as gas share grows

Despite an increase in power generation from gas last year, France's total power production dipped by 2.8%.

17 February 2017

Coal India considering big shift to other fuels

Coal India is contemplating a major diversification as it plans to produce oil and gas from its coal reserves.

15 February 2017

Taiwan targets 20% renewables by 2025

Taiwan’s President Tsai Ing-wen has announced plans for renewables to provide up to 20% of the country’s power by 2025.

15 February 2017

Hinkley Point C now well under way – EDF

The construction of Hinkley Point C nuclear power station in the UK has now been "fully launched" and "is making good progress", French energy provider EDF has said.

15 February 2017

Toshiba will continue to develop Cumbria nuclear plant

Toshiba has stated its intention to continue to be involved in the UK’s Moorside nuclear power plant project in Cumbria, but not in its construction.

15 February 2017

Beijing to cut coal consumption by 30% this year

The city of Beijing plans to cut its coal consumption by 30% year on year in 2017, to less than 7 mt, as part of efforts to improve air quality.

14 February 2017

China amiing to develop floating nuclear power station

China will develop a floating nuclear power station in the next five years to provide reliable power supply for offshore gas production projects

14 February 2017

Brussels OKs German infrastructure plan for electric vehicles

The European Commission has ruled that a German scheme to roll out a network of infrastructure for charging electric vehicles across the country is in line with EU state aid rules.

14 February 2017

Southeast Asian coal demand could break 2014 record this year

Coal demand in Southeast Asia this year could surpass its 2014 peak, Noble Group, Asia’s largest commodity trading house, has said.

13 February 2017

Brussels clears French solar and hydropower schemes

The European Commission has given the go-ahead for three French schemes aimed at supporting solar and hydropower energy producers, it said on Friday.

13 February 2017

Zuma reiterates South Africa’s renewables commitment

Jacob Zuma, South Africa’s president, has reiterated the government’s plans to invest in renewable energy.

10 February 2017

Explosion at EDF’s Flamanville nuclear plant

An explosion hit EDF’s Flamanville nuclear plant in France on Thursday morning.

9 February 2017

Brussels launches €1 bln tender for transport infrastructure

The European Commission has launched a €1 billion tender to boost investment in infrastructure in a move to pave the way for cleaner transport

8 February 2017

Taipower to convert coal power plants to gas

Taiwan’s state power company, Taipower, is working on a project to transform coal-fired power plants into gas-fired plants.

6 February 2017

Nigerian government to distribute solar lighting systems

Nigeria’s government is planning to distribute 200 solar lighting systems as part of an initiative to increase access to electricity in rural areas.

2 February 2017
Solar installations in Berlin, Germany. The price of solar panels has fallen sharply since 2009. (Berliner Energieagentur)

Europe sees sharp decline in renewables investment

European investment in the renewables sector has more than halved since 2011, according to the European Commission’s second State of the Energy Union report.

2 February 2017

Rosatom to start building Hungary’s Paks 2 nuclear plant

Russia’s state nuclear company, Rosatom, expects to start building the Paks 2 nuclear power plant in Hungary in 2018 as planned.

1 February 2017

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