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RWE, Enel and E.ON were the three biggest emitters of CO2 in 2005-2007, mainly due to heavy reliance on coal and lignite for power generation, according to Carbon Market Data, an independent market research firm.The figures are based on reported emissions during the first phase (2005-2007) of the EU CO2 emissions trading scheme with the… » read more

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The battle over energy liberalisation shifted to the gas sector yesterday (19 May) when Parliament’s industry committee threw its weight behind France and Germany in their bid to prevent the forced break-up of large integrated gas groups.MEPs on the Parliament’s industry committee voted on Monday (19 May) to reject a proposed gas directive that would… » read more

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With global negotiations for an international agreement to replace the Kyoto Protocol “hardly progressing”, the EU is keen to assuage industry concerns about rising emissions costs and prevent plant delocalisation, the Commission said on 15 May.There is “little if any chance” for the EU to reduce CO2 emissions by 30% by 2020 unless a solution… » read more

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A compromise deal on how to force more competition onto EU gas and electricity markets is taking shape in Brussels after the European Commission presented a modified text aimed at soothing French and German opposition to “ownership unbundling”.The draft proposal obtained by EurActiv, was unveiled by EU presidency holder Slovenia at a meeting of diplomats… » read more

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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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