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Technology breakthroughs and falling solar panel prices point to a bright future for Europe’s photovoltaic (PV) sector. But the industry still faces a number of obstacles, including public misconceptions and hesitant investors, says Ernesto Macias Galán, vice president of the European Photovoltaic Industry Association (EPIA). Harvesting the sun “Recent reports indicate that oil could reach… » read more

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Engineers at the University of California, San Diego have demonstrated that nanoparticles can increase the efficiency with which sunlight can be converted into electricity in thin-film photovoltaics, opening new prospects for solar electricity.The new solar energy device created by electrical engineers at UC San Diego could boost thin-film solar cell efficiency by increasing the number… » read more

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The EU’s biofuel targets should be scrapped and the renewables trading mechanism as proposed by the Commission should be redesigned to avoid fraud and legal complications, says Green MEP Claude Turmes, who spoke in an interview. Tackling trading Turmes, who is the Parliament’s rapporteur on the Commission’s proposal, says the EU executive’s proposed framework for… » read more

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As the EU’s energy liberalisation drive heats up, European consumers may be wondering when and in what shape the EU’s new energy policy will begin to transform the way energy is produced and consumed, and if the change will mean lower prices or higher industry profits. On 6 May, Parliament’s Industry (ITRE) Committee voted in… » read more

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Amid concerns over rising energy prices, the Commission is preparing a new online information pool on the rights of energy consumers, while MEPs in the Parliament’s Industry Committee have voted for stronger consumer protection measures in the EU’s energy market liberalisation drive. Industries and private households are in theory able to freely choose their energy… » read more

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A Franco-German alternative to the Commission’s electricity market liberalisation proposal was rejected by a narrow margin yesterday (6 May) during a key vote in Parliament’s Industry Committee. MEPs also voted against a Commission substitute plan to put in place a strict regulatory regime policed by an Independent System Operator (ISO).In its third liberalisation ‘package’ proposals… » read more

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EU Agriculture Commissioner Mariann Fischer Boel has rejected allegations that EU policies to promote biofuels are to blame for rising food prices amid calls by the UN to “cut back significantly” on agrofuel support programmes.”Those who see biofuels as the driving force behind recent food price increases have overlooked not just one elephant standing right… » read more

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The EU is keen to secure gas supplies for its flagship Nabucco pipeline from countries in the Mashreq region, which includes Iraq, Jordan and Syria. Meanwhile Russia’s participation in Nabucco, which skirts Russian territory, has effectively been ruled out.EU Energy Commissioner Andris Piebalgs and External Relations Commissioner Benita Ferrero-Waldner yesterday (5 May) met with representatives… » read more

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According to Vidal-Quadras, a period of time where both the Third Way and the unbundling option could co-exist is inevitable.”I couldn’t say so with absolute certainty. But if there is in the end an agreement, it would be on the basis of this period of coexistence of both,” he told in an interview. However, he… » read more

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The EU should adopt a strict timeline with mandatory requirements to ensure that all new coal-fired power plants are capturing and storing the CO2 they emit by 2030, says UK Liberal MEP Chris Davies. With 50 new coal-fired power plants set to be constructed in the EU over the next five years alone, there are… » read more

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