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Armin Laschet, top candidate of conservative Christian Democratic Union (CDU) in North Rhine-Westphalia and German Chancellor Angela Merkel attend an election rally in Aachen, Germany, May 13, 2017. REUTERS/Thilo Schmuelgen - RTX35MVZ

CDU sweep to victory in North Rhine-Westphalia

The Christian Democratic Union (CDU) won the largest share of the vote, 33%, in the state election in North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW). The victory by the CDU strengthen’s the position of Chancellor Merkel and undermines her rival for the Chancellorship Martin Shulz of the Social Democrats (SPD). The SPD were the […]

What Jeremy Corbyn’s manifesto means for UK energy policy

What Jeremy Corbyn’s manifesto means for UK energy policy

Labour’s leader Jeremy Corbyn has finally released his election manifesto in Bradford after suffering a leak last week. The final manifesto includes pledges to bring the transmission and grid system back into government control, retain access to the EU internal energy market as well as increasing renewables share of energy […]

China looks to US reserves to diversify import suppliers

China looks to US reserves to diversify import suppliers

The Chairman of China National Petroleum Corp. has said that the company will import crude oil and natural gas from the US. Speaking in an interview with Bloomberg the Chairman signalled his intention to sign $20 billion worth of deals at the ‘Belt and Road Forum’ in Beijing. “The U.S. […]

World energy body calls for a global phase-out of subsidies

World energy body calls for a global phase-out of subsidies

The International Energy Agency, one of the world’s foremost authorities on energy policy has called for fundamental reform of national energy subsidies. Toshiyuki Shirai, Senior Energy Analyst at the IEA, last week recommended that governments should be working to phase out subsidies. He said that taxpayer cash distorts energy prices, […]

Cooling towers stand within the Drax Group Plc.'s power station complex near Selby, U.K., on Wednesday, May 4, 2016. Drax Group Plc, the utility converting the U.K.'s biggest coal station to a plant generating heat from compressed waste, says its commitment to curbing pollution could result in getting government support. Photographer: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg

UKCCSRC secures £6 million in funding

The UK Carbon Capture and Storage Research Centre (UKCCSRC) recently secured over £6 million in funding. The boost of £6.1 million from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council will allow the UKCCSRC to further develop its research programme on carbon capture and storage. It will also contribute to its […]

© Licensed to London News Pictures. 27/09/2015. Brighton, UK. Day one of the 2015 Labour Party Conference, held at the Brighton Centre in Brighton, East Sussex. This years conference takes place just weeks after Jeremy Corbyn was elected leader of the party. Photo credit: Ben Cawthra/LNP

Corbyn’s radical plan to re-nationalise the energy sector

Labour Leader Jeremy Corbyn’s energy policy seeks a radical shake-up of the sector and includes re-nationalising the transmission and grid system, and setting up Government-run energy companies in every region. What Labour have outlined shows voter concern for the UK’s high energy costs are an issue and that stronger policy […]

Energy policy at the centre of German Federal election

Energy policy at the centre of German Federal election

An election in Germany’s industrial heartland is set to influence regional and national energy policy. Citizens in North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW) will go to the polls on Sunday, 14th of May to decide a new state government. NRW is Europe’s largest lignite mining district and in 2015 relied on coal for […]

Innogy’s future in the UK looks uncertain

Innogy’s future in the UK looks uncertain

Innogy, the owner of Npower, has signalled that it expects losses from its UK operation following a year of an increasingly competitive energy market. The British subsidiary, which controls 10% of the UK electricity market, experienced €34m losses in the first quarter of 2017. This explains Npower’s decision to raise […]