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Europe’s offshore wind capacity doubles in one year but the UK falls behind Germany in the clean energy race, despite attracting more investment Germany has overtaken the UK in the rate at which it is installing wind turbines at sea, industry figures show.Globally, wind installations grew by 25% in 2014, reaching a landmark 62,000 MW of capacity, according to a separate report by Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF)
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2016-02-01 23:00:09
Wednesday, December 16th, 2015      Leave a Comment
LONDON (Reuters) - Britain needs to put a carbon emissions limit on power plants bidding for back-up capacity contracts as an auction last week laid bare the contradiction between support for dirty emergency power stations and ambitions to tackle climate change.

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2015-12-16 06:09:55
Sunday, November 22nd, 2015      Leave a Comment
The UK’s electricity grid is having to work harder than ever to ensure that there is enough power to go around this winter as old power stations close down or need repairing, with little spare generating capacity to make up any shortfalls. That places a bigger burden on renewables – wind power could make a good contribution in a windy winter, but nothing is generated when the wind drops, and solar power is limited in the dark days of winter
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2015-11-22 15:30:16
Wednesday, October 28th, 2015      Leave a Comment
Treasury unexpectedly axes incentive for building new renewable energy sources, on top of previously announced subsidy cutsThe government plans to cut tax reliefs for community energy schemes to build new renewable power capacity such as solar and wind in a move that will deal a further blow to the UK’s embattled renewables sector, green campaigners have warned
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2015-10-28 12:01:01
Thursday, October 15th, 2015      Leave a Comment
The grid says electricity margins will be ‘tight but manageable’ and has asked companiesto be ready to cut output at peak timesNational Grid has said it is more likely to draw on additional sources of power to keep the country’s electricity running after the chance of blackouts rose to its highest in a decade
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2015-10-15 06:26:10
Thursday, October 8th, 2015      Leave a Comment
BEIJING (Reuters) - China has raised its solar power installation target for 2015 by 30 percent from its previous goal, state media reported, potentially adding to overcapacity as insufficient grid capacity remains a hurdle for the new plants to deliver power.

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2015-10-08 06:58:35
Monday, September 21st, 2015      Leave a Comment
Nuclear power may be necessary to limit climate change, but this is the wrong nuclear optionThe case for decarbonising power supplies in order to limit climate change is now beyond challenge. The best way of doing it is as contentious as ever. Every option – carbon capture and storage to reduce coal-fired power stations’ emissions, expanding wind and solar power, developing other renewables such as tidal power, cutting consumption and bringing new nuclear capacity on stream – each has its own daunting problems, although some look a lot cheaper to fix than others
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2015-09-21 13:47:25
Thursday, September 10th, 2015      Leave a Comment
LONDON (Reuters) - Global nuclear power generation capacity could increase by more than 45 percent in the next 20 years but the pace of growth will still fall short of what is needed to curb climate change, an industry organization report showed on Thursday.
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2015-09-10 05:04:37
Thursday, August 20th, 2015      Leave a Comment
Before the end of 2015 at least 80 new wind turbines will rise up, increasing capacity by a third, reports De StandaardWind turbines are under construction everywhere. In the coming months they will be unmissable along Flemish roads, as an unprecedented building boom breaks out, a survey by De Standaard and green power companies reveals
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2015-08-20 10:03:46