Germany's cabinet has approved a proposed law to increase popular participation and facilitate laying high-voltage cables underground that could defuse a dispute within the government about so-called "transmission highways" planned to link the country's windy north with its power-hungry south.
25 March 2015 01:28 GMT
Concrete gravity base (CGB) structures have the potential to be the most cost-effective foundations for ultra-large-capacity offshore wind turbines in water depths of 30-60 metres, according to new calculations by analyst MEC Intelligence.
23 March 2015 01:17 GMT
Wind turbine manufacturer Nordex expects both its sales and order intake to grow strongly this year amid ongoing strong business in its German home market – as well as an increase in activities in emerging markets such as South America.
23 March 2015 12:41 GMT
Germany’s energy minister Sigmar Gabriel has sparked a fierce controversy by suggesting the introduction of a “climate levy” on older fossil-fired power plants – a move that that could reduce CO2 emissions in Europe’s largest economy and give a boost to the EU’s malfunctioning emissions trading system (ETS).
20 March 2015 05:06 GMT
Italian energy giant Enel is no longer in the business of building large conventional power plants, and will place an even heavier emphasis going forward on renewables, emerging markets, and the digital transformation ripping across global energy markets, says chief executive Francesco Starace.
20 March 2015 02:57 GMT
The main obstacle to the expansion of wind power in sparsely populated Finland is its noise emissions, Anja Liukko – an advisor at the country's economic ministry – told a puzzled audience at a recent offshore wind conference in Helsinki.
20 March 2015 01:23 GMT
EU leaders last night committed Europe to pursuing an Energy Union in a communiqué that pledged to engage “the next generation of renewables” – but were slammed by green campaigners for making too many concessions to polluting and unsafe sources.
20 March 2015 10:39 GMT
As European leaders prepare to discuss plans for Energy Union at an EU summit, the bloc’s climate action and energy commissioner warned that Brussels will take legal action against member states that fail to make progress towards their 2020 renewables targets.
18 March 2015 01:28 GMT
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