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Friday, March 31, 2017
Hot Topic: President Trump signs Executive Order against climate change promoting coal
US President, Donald Trump, signed an extensive Executive Order at the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the main objectives of which are to revoke former US President Barack Obama’s climate change efforts and revive the coal industry. The ‘Promoting Energy Independence and Economic Growth’ Order ...

Friday, March 31, 2017
Hot Topic: UK-EU energy cooperation after Brexit: what lies ahead?
On 29 March 2017, the British Prime Minister Theresa May officially informed the EU Council of the UK’s intention to withdraw from the EU by invoking the infamous Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty. While this decision quickly became a hot topic, its impacts may ...

Friday, March 24, 2017
Hot Topic: – Solar on the road to outshine fossil fuels in the Middle East: A unique business opportunity for Europe and US RES industries
The Middle East, famous for its abundant oil and gas reserves, is seeing a flourishing development of renewable energy, particularly solar. A recent Report by the Middle East Solar Industry Association states that the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) Region has around 5,7 GW ...

Friday, March 17, 2017
Hot topic: Love me tender – the UK’s offshore transmission system enters a new phase
Much of the recent focus in the UK is concentrated on how the ongoing Brexit debates and complex external and internal relationships of the Kingdom will affect energy markets. Offshore wind development off the coast of the Albion seems unaffected by this and authorities are ...

Friday, March 10, 2017
Hot Topic: When the wild wind blows
WindEurope reports that European investments in wind energy in 2016 reached €27,5 billion – a 5% increase compared to 2015 – thereby indicating that the European wind energy market is mature and interest in the sector is growing constantly. However, not all types of wind ...

Friday, February 17, 2017
Hot Topic: Is the answer for Europe blowing in the wind?
The Dutch House of Representatives approved a motion asking the government to look at additional options to include more offshore wind farm zones to the existing Dutch Energy Agreement (Energieakkoord) 2013-2023 (see news of 12 December 2016: ‘Netherlands appoints new zones for offshore wind projects’). ...

Friday, February 10, 2017
Hot Topic: EC issues Staff Working Document on energy storage, reiterating the idea that regulated entities should not own storage assets
Shortly after issuing the ‘Second State of the Energy Union’ Report (see news of 01 February 2017: “EC presents its second Report on the State of the Energy Union”), the EC published a Staff Working Document (SWD) on ‘Energy storage – the role of electricity’. ...

Friday, February 3, 2017
Hot Topic: Could Tesla’s Gigafactory and energy storage facilities lead to a flourishing battery storage market?
In February 2017, Tesla Motors, Inc. officially changed its name to Tesla, Inc., where dropping the “Motors” demonstrated the gradual transformation from a solely electric vehicle (EV) production company to a RES and energy storage development and manufacturing corporation. The growing ambitions of Tesla’s CEO, ...