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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 ...

Friday, December 16, 2016
Hot Topic: Bill Gates to spearhead a $1 billion clean energy venture fund
In 2015, Bill Gates, the founder of technology giant Microsoft, unveiled the “Breakthrough Energy Coalition”, a group comprised of 28 global billionaire business leaders and institutional investors committed to invest in new forms of energy. In December 2016, he took this a step further by ...

Thursday, December 1, 2016
Hot topic: The EC’s Energy Winter Package: Is storage being neglected?
The EC’s highly anticipated Energy Winter Package was released yesterday. We will have plenty of opportunities to comment on it in the next days and weeks. While many comments, both positive and negative, could be made on the numerous elements covered in the Winter Package, ...

Tuesday, November 8, 2016
Hot Topic: What Trump’s surprising victory could mean for energy
Donald Trump’s election on 08 November 2016 as the 45th President of the US sent shockwaves that impacted markets and surprised policy makers around the world. Uncertainty about what a Trump presidency might mean for a broad range of policy fields initially sent global markets ...

Friday, November 4, 2016
Hot Topic: Auf Wiedersehen to the Austro-German energy market price zone, legal action expected
In its non-binding opinion of 23 September 2015, ACER recommended the split of the German-Austrian energy price zone. On 28 September 2016, the German power grid regulator Bundesnetzagentur (BNetzA) announced its intention to make this a reality, calling upon grid operators to prepare for “functioning capacity management ...

Tuesday, October 4, 2016
Hot Topic: Paris Agreement can no longer be Trumped
Global markets can now be confident that the Paris Climate Agreement will enter into force on 04 November 2016, unadulterated by any uncertainties in the political road ahead. The Agreement may have an important impact on the future shape of energy policy and on the ...