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UK energy sector unites behind calls to grant ofgem ‘net zero mandate'
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Labour Launches Manifesto: Including Boost for Solar and Nationalisation Plans
The Labour Party today launched its manifesto, cementing it’s plans to expand renewables, including solar, and nationalise the energy sector.
Greenhouse Gas Emissions
States Versus the Union: How Could the ACE Rule Impact US Energy?
22 US states have sued the Trump administration for its attempts to replace an Obama-era law with a new bill that would give states greater power over their own greenhouse gas emissions.
US lawmakers redouble efforts to extend renewables tax credits
House Democrats unveiled draft legislation this week that would extend tax credits for for solar and wind developers.
'GREEN Act of 2019' Extends Tax Credits for Renewables
The Ways and Means Committee of the U.S. House of Representatives on Nov. 19 released a draft tax package for clean energy projects that includes a five-year extension of the 30% solar Investment Tax Credit (ITC), along with new incentives for energy stor
Draft Tasmanian Renewable Hydrogen Action Plan Open for Public Comment
A new analysis by Hydro Tasmania has shown the state is in a unique position to lead Australia in the production of green hydrogen from clean energy sources.
Iran Energy Minister : To Launch 9 Thermal Power Plants,Build 10 New Dams
Iranian Energy Minister Reza Ardakanian said nine thermal power stations are planned to come on stream in various provinces across the country, adding that ten new dams are also going to be built.
Asian Bank Evaluating KP’s Hydropower Dam Proposal
The Asian Development Bank (ADB) is evaluating a proposal of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government for financing the construction of a run-of-river hydro power project on the Kunhar River, upstream of Balakot town.
Germany Adopts Climate Protection Act
Renewables industry groups say the new law is not enough for Germany to achieve its GHG reduction goals.
What's Next for Singapore's Mature Power Market?
Growth for power producers lies in innovations geared towards grid transition, according to S&P Global Ratings.
Bangladeshi Government Will Renegotiate Solar Tariffs for Projects Which Miss Deadlines
Officials in Dhaka frustrated by the lack of progress on several PV projects have decided to punish tardy developers by setting new power prices which reflect the falling costs of solar project development.
STA Unveils Policy Advice for Next Government
The Solar Trade Association (STA) is calling on the next government to “hit the ground running” as it stresses the need for the “urgent delivery” of three key policies.
China to Impose New Restrictions on Small Hydro Plants
China will ban the construction of small hydropower plants in regions that already have an electricity surplus and encourage new dams in poor and remote locations with little grid access, its energy regulator said in proposals published on Wednesday.
German Draft Law: No Forced Hard Coal Power Plant Closures Before 2026
The German government will not force hard coal power plants to close over the next seven years, a draft law expected to be approved by the cabinet next week showed on Tuesday.
Circular Economy Bill to Reduce Waste in Scotland
The Scottish government has launched a consultation on its proposals for a Circular Economy Bill to cut waste and drive the reuse of materials.
Spain Election Unlikely to Resolve Energy Reform Limbo
Spain faces a general election on Sunday amid expectations another minority government will emerge, potentially delaying key policies to enable the country’s energy transition, experts told Montel this week.
Zambia's Cabinet Approves Energy Blueprint
Zambia's cabinet has approved a revised national energy policy which will guide the development and management of the energy sector, a government spokesperson said on Wednesday.
U.S to Relax Two Obama-era Rules on Coal-Ash Pollution
The United States’ Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is planning to relax two Obama-era rules on how power plants store waste from burning coal and release water containing toxic metals into nearby waterways.
Trump Makes U-turn on Fuel Economy Standards
President Trump is backing off a controversial freeze of fuel economy standards, marking a dramatic shift in his rollback of Obama-era clean car rules, according to a person familiar with the matter.
US Energy Department Ready to Advise Africa on LNG Opportunities
The US administration launched its Prosper Africa initiative in 2018, with the vision to open markets for American businesses, grow Africa’s middle class, promote youth employment opportunities.
Germany Goverment to Present Draft Law on Coal Exit Next Month
The German government will present its draft law next month on the country’s planned exit from hard coal and lignite-fired power generation, the economy and energy ministry said on Monday.
Israel launches An Energy Efficiency Program at Universities And Colleges
The Israeli Ministry of Energy announced on Sunday the launch of an energy efficiency program at the state's universities and colleges, in collaboration with Israel's Council for Higher Education (CHE).
EU Clears British Capacity Market Scheme for Electricity
The European Commission said on Thursday it had approved the British Capacity Market scheme that is designed to safeguard security of electricity supply in the country.
83% Belgians Want to Maintain Nuclear Energy to Keep CO2 Emissions
The poll, carried out for the Belgian Nuclear Forum (BNF), found that 83% say nuclear power should remain in the Belgian energy mix, with 37% saying plants should be allowed to operate until 2025 and 46% saying plants can remain operational beyond 2025.
Wind Dominates South African Government Power Plan
Wind will be the largest source of new power in South Africa next decade under the country’s long-awaited national electricity plan, which also confirmed a big role for solar.
Trump Confirmed US Energy Secretary Rick Perry's Resigns
President Donald Trump confirmed Perry’s resignation during a Thursday visit to a Louis Vuitton workshop in Texas.
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