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UK energy sector unites behind calls to grant ofgem ‘net zero mandate'
EU Reaches Agreement on Green Recovery Plan
After four days of talks, EU leaders have agreed on a recovery package and the 2021-2027 budget that will help the EU to rebuild after the COVID-19 pandemic.
Ethiopia: A New Impetus for Quenching National Energy Thirst
A long-term prosperity and sustainable development aspiration in a given nation can be made a reality via various means.
Denmark Seeks Input on Draft Conditions for 2020 Renewables Tender
The Danish Energy Agency is seeking opinions on the draft tender conditions for its technology-neutral renewables auction scheduled for this year.
Several Agreements Signed at US-India Strategic Energy Partnership Ministerial Meeting
They also discussed the possibility of India storing oil in the US Strategic Petroleum Reserve to increase their nation's strategic oil stockpile.
G20 Governments Firmly Behind Fossil Fuels with $151 Billion in COVID-19 Recovery Policies
A total commitment of at least $151 billion from G20 governments in support of fossil fuels has been made available in their energy recovery policies.
Biden Pledges $2T in Clean Energy and Infrastructure Spending
“We’re not just going to tinker around the edges,” says the Democratic candidate, promising “historic investments” in solar, wind, batteries and transmission.
Japanese Policy Still Focussed on Long-Term Energy Security
No formal change to existing policy has been announced.
Offshore Wind Power
German Federal Council Calls for 30 GW of Offshore Wind by 2035, Rapid EEG Reform
German Federal Council (Bundesrat) has called for the country's offshore wind ambitions to be raised, with a target for 2035 to be set at 30 GW.
Germany Passes 2038 Coal Exit Law with Compensation
Germany has passed legislation to end coal-fired power generation by 2038 at the latest and agreed on a shutdown schedule for individual lignite power plants.
Srpska Adopts New Law on Electricity in Line with EU's Third Energy Package
The National Assembly of the Republic of Srpska has adopted a new law on electricity.
Electric Vehicle Charging
Austria Boosts EV and Charge Point Subsidies
The Austrian government is increasing purchase premiums and subsidies for charging infrastructure for zero-emission and plug-in hybrid vehicles from 1 July.
India: Amendments to the Electricity Act Should Have Consent of States
Amending the Central Electricity Act 2003 is an attempt by the government to change the course of policy direction and its implementation in the power sector.
Irish Green Leader Appointed Energy Minister
Green Party leader Eamon Ryan has been appointed Energy Minister in the newly-formed Irish coalition government.
Algerian Government to Establish National Energy Council
Algeria will soon take a new step forward in the energy industry.
Equatorial Guinea Adopts New Petroleum Regulation
Equatorial Guinea’s Ministry of Mines and Hydrocarbons has announced the adoption of the new Regulation of Petroleum Operations Regulation.
Suriname Awaits New President, New Oil Policy
Suriname's president Desi Bouterse has conceded defeat in the emerging oil producer's 25 May parliamentary elections, two days after the country's electoral council declared the official results.
UK's Environmental Groups Urge Policymakers to End Biomass Subsidies
Environmental advocacy groups in the UK have launched a campaign to end government biomass subsidies.
Greece Introduces Subsidies for Electric Vehicles of EUR 100 Million
The Greek government has secured EUR 100 million for subsidies for the purchase of electric vehicles.
Wind Power Project
Vietnam Extends Feed-in Tariffs for Wind Projects to 2023
An auction system is being mulled over to replace FiTs after 2023.
Nuclear Power Plant
US Development Bank Proposes End to Nuclear Finance Ban
The US International Development Finance Corporation has proposed policy changes that would remove a prohibition on it providing support for nuclear power projects.
As Energy Prices Tumble, Developing Countries Trim Subsidies
The coronavirus pandemic has sent economies into recession and reduced government revenue, so some countries are taking a politically perilous path: removing restraints on electricity and petroleum prices.
Energy Storage Technology
India: Industry Needs to Clarify Energy Storage Policy in New Electricity Law
A clear policy framework regarding energy storage is needed in the new electricity law for the adoption of storage technologies in suitable areas, an industry body has suggested.
Trump Advisers Foresee Big Energy Moves in Second Term
A second term for President Trump would mean a more aggressive dismantling of environmental policy and an expansion of the fossil fuel industry.
Italy’s Cabinet Contests Regional Law on Hydro Licences
The Italian government has challenged Lombardy's regional regulation on hydro concessions.
Offshore Wind Power
Cabinet Approves German Offshore Wind Law
The German cabinet has approved the amended Wind Energy At Sea Act presented by federal minister for economic affairs and energy Peter Altmaier.
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