• France To Cut Renewable Energy Growth

    • Date: 27/09/18
    • The Energy Advocate

    The French Government will drastically reduce the growth of its renewable spending in 2019, with the ecology ministry’s draft budget showing a 1.3% rise, which will effectively be flat after inflation. Total spending on renewable projects will equate to €7.3 billion and will mostly go towards wind and solar schemes. The move will force France to seek […]

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  • Germany Struggles To End Coal Power As Populist AfD Challenges Green Consensus

    • Date: 27/09/18
    • Bloomberg

    Coal showdown reflects government’s floundering shift to renewable power. Not far from Germany’s Rhine River, a fight to thwart giant excavators from grinding away what’s left of the 1,200-year-old Hambach forest came to a head this month as thousands of protesters faced off with police in a tense, and at times violent, showdown. Activists formed a […]

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  • China’s Coal Secret Revealed: China Is Building Hundreds Of New Coal Power Plants

    • Date: 26/09/18
    • BBC News

    Building work has restarted at hundreds of Chinese coal-fired power stations, according to an analysis of satellite imagery. The research, carried out by green campaigners CoalSwarm, suggests that 259 gigawatts of new capacity are under development in China. The authors say this is the same capacity to produce electricity as the entire US coal fleet. The […]

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  • Germany’s Merkel Warns Against Tougher EU CO2 Limits On Cars, Vans

    • Date: 25/09/18
    • Reuters

    BERLIN (Reuters) – German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Tuesday that European carmakers could be made uncompetitive if EU targets for reducing carbon dioxide emissions from cars and vans were set at more than 30 percent by 2030. German Chancellor Angela Merkel arrives to give a statement at the CDU headquarters in Berlin, Germany, September […]

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  • Green Suicide: Germany’s Economic Backbone Suffers From Soaring Power Prices

    • Date: 24/09/18
    • Bloomberg

    Mittelstand companies weighed down by soaring electricity costs are struggling against competition from U.S. and China. If power prices continue to rise, many companies could be forced to close down. Bosses at a steelmaker in northwest Germany have ripped out old-style lighting in favor of LEDs, tinkered to make machinery more efficient and even locked […]

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  • More Cracks In The Paris Climate Agreement

    • Date: 23/09/18
    • Graham Lloyd, The Australian

    And as with Copenhagen, the Paris Agreement remains far from being a done deal. Winter is coming to Poland, where temperatures dip below zero, but the coal-hungry Euro­pean centre has become the last hope to pull progress on the Paris Agreement from the deep freeze. It’s not just in Australia that tempers have been flaring […]

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  • It’s All Over: Ontario Government Moves To Scrap Green Energy Act

    • Date: 21/09/18
    • National Post

    TORONTO — The Ontario government has introduced legislation to scrap the Green Energy Act, which aimed to bolster the province’s renewable energy industry. Premier Doug Ford promised to repeal the act during the spring election campaign. The law was introduced by the previous Liberal government in 2009 under former premier Dalton McGuinty in a bid […]

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  • Europe’s Business Lobby Prepares Pushback Against EU’s New Climate Goals

    • Date: 19/09/18
    • EurActiv

    A leaked internal memo, obtained by EURACTIV, gives a rare glimpse into the communication strategy of Europe’s main business lobby group ahead of the COP24 conference later this year, showing how it plans to “oppose” any increase in the EU’s climate ambition for 2030. The memo from BusinessEurope, dated 13 September, shows how Europe’s biggest […]

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