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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, ...

Friday, January 27, 2017
Hot Topic: President Trump halts Environment Protection Agency (EPA) funding programmes
The newly inaugurated President of the US, Donald Trump, did not waste time to sign a number of Executive Orders. In his very first week at the White House, President Trump enacted a freeze on all grants, contracts, and funding programs for the Environment Protection ...

Friday, January 20, 2017
Hot Topic: President Obama transfers $500 million to the UN Green Climate Fund – a last gesture to protect the Paris Agreement
On the international scene, US President Barak Obama is considered to be one of the main proponents of the swift entry into force of the Paris Agreement signed in 2015. Demonstrating once again his support to securing the future of the Agreement, he transferred $500 ...

Wednesday, January 11, 2017
Hot Topic: UAE to lead thriving Middle East solar market
The Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region is the main global fossil fuel exporter. However, rapid demographic growth, urbanisation and economic developments are raising the need for additional sources of stable energy, which can satisfy demand in the long-term and are not exposed to ...