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Friday, April 29, 2016
Hot Topic: EU countries push for nuclear decommissioning
This week saw the EU and Member States reinforce their positions regarding the decommissioning of nuclear power plants. To commemorate 30 years since the Chernobyl nuclear disaster, the EU pledged to provide €20 million to the Nuclear Safety Account Fund, which will be used to decommission ...

Friday, April 22, 2016
Hot Topic: World celebrates Earth Day 2016 with the signing of historical agreement on climate change
The United Nations Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon, selected Earth Day, namely 22 April 2016, as the symbolic date on which to hold the signing ceremony of the COP21 Agreement. First proposed in April 1970 by US Senator Gaylord Nelson, Earth Day is celebrated annually to bring ...

Friday, April 22, 2016
Hot Topic: EU countries advance wind power developments
This week has been marked by impressive achievements in wind power among EU Member States. Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF) reported that, thanks to the Hornsea and East Anglia offshore wind projects (both located in the UK), Europe became one of the world leaders in ...

Friday, April 15, 2016
Hot Topic: US coal giant Peabody files for bankruptcy as European coal industry continues its decline
Peabody Energy, the world’s largest coal company, has filed for bankruptcy protection in the US. The news represents the latest and biggest blow to the global coal industry, which has been battling low coal prices and difficult trading conditions for a considerable period of time. ...

Friday, April 8, 2016
Hot Topic: Danish government confirms cautious approach to RES, focusing on cost-efficiency
Denmark has been very ambitious when it comes to devising plans for a greener future and setting its RES targets, but the recent political move by the Danish Minister for Energy may unsettle these ambitions. Denmark inked its new Energy Agreement only four years ago, ...

Friday, March 25, 2016
Hot Topic: Dutch Senate approves “Offshore Wind” Bill aimed at boosting RES development
On 22 March 2016, the Dutch Senate approved a Bill that amends the Dutch Electricity Act, giving the green light to extensive development of offshore wind energy in the Netherlands. This approval by the Dutch Senate completes the formal adoption of the Bill, which, in ...

Friday, March 11, 2016
Hot Topic: Solar off-grid solutions to make big impact on investment market, says Report
The World Bank Lighting Global Group and Bloomberg published a new Report called “Off-Grid Solar Market Trends Report 2016”. According to the Report, 1,2 billion people worldwide currently live without access to the power grid and spend $27 million each year to power lighting and ...

Friday, March 11, 2016
Hot Topic: Major opposition against prolonged opening of Belgian nuclear power plants
On 08 March 2016, the Belgian Parliamentary Commission approved the agreement between the Belgian State and Electrabel on the prolonged opening of the country’s oldest nuclear power plants, Doel 1 and 2. The agreement provides that, in exchange for the extended lifespan and for a ...