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Senate confirms Pruitt to lead EPA

Senate confirms Pruitt to lead EPA

The US Senate voted Friday to confirm Scott Pruitt to run the Environmental Protection Agency with a vote of 52-46. Pruitt has called for a more prominent role for individual states as regards environmental regulation, and intends to push an agenda that supports economic growth. As Oklahoma’s Attorney General, Pruitt […]

Largest power business backs fossil fuel future

Largest power business backs fossil fuel future

Paul McElhinney, Senior Vice President at the General Electric Company, has emphasised the role that clean coal technology can play in reducing global carbon emissions. “Coal-fired power generation provides electricity for about 40 per cent of the world. It also accounts for nearly 75 per cent of the electricity sector’s […]

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Uncertainty grows over UK nuclear plans as Toshiba steps back from Moorside

A key part of the UK’s future energy strategy has been thrown into doubt after troubled Japanese firm Toshiba admitted it may be forced to abandon its leading role in the Moorside nuclear power station project. Although Toshiba said it would still “consider participating” in the plant, the company added […]

Drax revenues and share price fall

Drax revenues and share price fall

UK-based electricity producer Drax has reported a 17% fall in core revenues due in large part to the loss of coal-fired power generation from its business. The company announced its full year results stating that the Government’s decision to close coal-fired power plants had seen revenues fall to just £140 […]

Police direct traffic in the central business district (CBD) of Adelaide after severe storms and thousands of lightning strikes knocked out power to the entire state of South Australia, September 28, 2016.   AAP/David Mariuz/via REUTERS    ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NO RESALES. NO ARCHIVE. AUSTRALIA OUT. NEW ZEALAND OUT.

Lights out due to lack of wind and baseload backup, says report

Australia’s electricity regulator has found that a lack of wind and back up supply was responsible for another blackout in South Australia on 8 February. The blackout plagued state suffered a power outage which affected 40,000 homes and businesses whilst the state experienced sweltering 40 degree temperatures. The report states that […]

US economist calls for an end to green loans

US economist calls for an end to green loans

A leading economist has called on the US government to “permanently terminate” its green energy loans programs. Veronique De Rugy, a senior research fellow at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University, believes that Congress should look to wind down the various loan portfolios, with a view to abolishing the […]

The logo of Toshiba Corp. is seen at the company's facility in Kawasaki, Japan February 13, 2017. Picture taken February 13, 2017. REUTERS/Issei Kato - RTSYIV4

Moorside nuclear project thrown into chaos amid Toshiba woes

The future of Britain’s new Moorside nuclear plant in Cumbria is in doubt after Japan’s Toshiba Corp, which is developing the project with French firm Engie, said it planned to pull out of the construction work. The announcement came as Toshiba, which has a 60 per cent stake in the […]

Freezing temperatures expose EU energy flaws

Freezing temperatures expose EU energy flaws

As temperatures across Europe have plunged well below -20C, experts are warning that the cold snap has exposed the European Union’s energy market’s flaws. Countries across Europe cut electricity exports last month, hoarding power in response to record cold temperatures. In Romania frozen rivers cut generation capacity from hydro power […]