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Sunday, December 3, 2017
Green is the new black – oil majors bet on RES
Hydrocarbon giants have recently been showing a growing appetite for RES, especially through investments in EVs and offshore wind. The oil and gas industry also appears to be healing financially and, while some announced a major refocusing of their businesses, others are aiming for a ...

Tuesday, July 11, 2017
Hot Topic: New York and Virginia reaffirm their offshore wind support with promising developments
The State of New York announced that, in order to meet its target of 2,4 GW of offshore wind energy by 2030, it will construct three to six projects of 400 to 800 MW capacity each. However, according to the New York State Research and ...

Monday, July 3, 2017
Hot Topic: Germany bans negative offshore bids
The German Bundestag outlawed negative bids for the 1,6 GW offshore wind tender to be held in 2018. The lower house of Parliament amended the Wind Energy at Sea Act (WindSeeG) in an attempt to prevent spiraling into negative prices. This development follows the April 2017 ...

Saturday, July 1, 2017
Hot Topic: Estonia takes over the Presidency of the Council
On 01 July 2017, Estonia took over the rotating Presidency of the Council of the EU, starting off the Trio with Bulgaria and Austria. The main focus of the Trio will be jobs, growth, and security. Although energy is not part of Estonia’s main priorities, climate ...

Tuesday, June 20, 2017
Hot Topic: China surpasses US as world leader in RES generation, could it also become the new leader in climate change efforts?
After President Trump’s withdrawal from the Paris Agreement, the EU and China announced their plans to increase their collaboration on measures combating climate change (see Hot Topic of 02 June 2017: ‘US President Trump withdraws from Paris Agreement: An opportunity for the rest of the ...

Friday, June 9, 2017
Hot Topic: Northern European States reassert their offshore wind leadership, create new collaborations and a specialised offshore wind hub
The Northern European States and the companies involved in the development of offshore wind projects in the North Sea area represent some of the world leaders when it comes to technology, commissioned capacity, and long-term project ambitions. The energy ministers of Belgium, Denmark, and Germany joined ...

Friday, June 2, 2017
Hot Topic: US President Trump withdraws from Paris Agreement: An opportunity for the rest of the world?
American President Donald Trump officially announced the US withdrawal from the Paris Climate Agreement, claiming that the Climate Agreement represents a “bad deal” for the country that is ultimately slowing the US economy. His statement comes amid numerous calls from US mayors, senators, and CEOs, ...

Tuesday, May 16, 2017
Hot Topic: EFSI 2.0 extension approved by EP Committees and backed by EIB
The scheduled term of the European Fund for Strategic Investment (EFSI) was 2018. However, in light of its success, the EC proposed in September 2016 to extend the fund’s life until 2020 and to strengthen its mechanisms. In December 2016, the Council adopted a decision ...