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“Capacity Market Developments in the UK: the UK introduces interim changes to the capacity market whilst Tempus Energy’s crusade continues “

The UK announces interim measures for dealing with the capacity market in the standstill period imposed by the Tempus Decision. In the meantime, Tempus Energy is pursuing national legal action against the UK as well as launching a challenge against the European Commission's decision to approve the Polish capacity market.... An excerpt from JDSUPRA

Poland’s LNG terminal’s capacity to be increased – gov’t commissioner

The annual capacity of the LNG terminal in Świnoujście, north-west Poland is to reach 7.5 billion cubic metres of gas, government commissioner for strategic energy infrastructure Piotr Naimski said on Wednesday. Currently, the three-year-old terminal may process up to 5 billion cubic metres of gas shipped to Poland by tankers. Naimski added that a third gas tank, slightly bigger then...

France to launch GO monthly auctions from September

French energy exchange Powernext will launch from September monthly auctions for Guarantees of Origin (GOs), a tracker for electricity produced by renewable sources. “With the new auction system, buyers of GOs will for the first time be able to specify preferences for the source of the renewable electricity,” The GO auctions come as France plans to increase the share of...

Renewable power generation in the UK has hit a record high

Britain's greenhouse gas emissions fell 2.5 percent in 2018, dropping for a sixth straight year but more slowly than before, as record output of renewable power ate away at coal-fired generation, government data showed on Thursday. Energy-sector emissions fell 7 percent as coal-fired power production dropped, amid record output from renewables such as wind and solar.... An excerpt from World Economic...

Trump’s Budget Could Have Chilling Effect on U.S. Clean Energy Leadership

At the flagship National Renewable Energy Lab, where breakthroughs in solar, wind and electric vehicle technology have increased energy efficiency and lowered costs, the administration's proposed budget would leave wind power projects with a third of their current funding. In all, the proposed budget would cut 86 percent of new spending for the Energy Department and labs' work in...

Italy Seen Needing Energy Storage to Deliver on Pollution Pledge

Italy must more than double its capacity to store electricity if it wants to slash pollution from burning fossil fuels, the head of the nation’s power transmission network said. Terna SpA Chief Executive Officer Luigi Ferraris said Italy may need as many as 6 gigawatts of storage by 2030 to balance a boom in renewables. ... An excerpt from Bloomberg

Haiti – Agriculture : Towards the use of Blockchain technology in agribusiness – Haitilibre.com

the Ministry of Trade and Industry (MCI) intends to boost the agribusiness in the country, using Blockchain technology to provide an innovative solution to the actors of the agricultural chain. Mango, avocado and pineapple from the departments of Artibonite, Center, Nippes and NorthEast are the sectors identified for this first pilot phase of the project. AgriLedger is the firm that...

Federal judge blocks President Trump’s Arctic drilling plans

U.S. District Judge Sharon Gleason ruled late Friday that Trump didn’t have authority to resume selling drilling rights in more than 125 million acres (50.6 million hectares) of the Arctic and Atlantic oceans that former President Barack Obama had sought to protect. The ruling is a defeat for the president as well as for oil companies eager to keep new...

Woefully dirty’: government accused over Australia’s failure to cut vehicle emissions

Cuts to carbon emissions from vehicle efficiency standards have been left out of government projections for meeting Australia’s Paris climate commitments, indicating the policy has been shelved. The office of the transport minister, Michael McCormack, said the government had not made a decision on “how or when” standards to cut carbon pollution from vehicles might be implemented.... An excerpt from The...

US EPA approves another 2017 small refinery exemption to RFS

To date, the EPA has received 37 petitions seeking small refinery exemptions from RFS blending obligations for compliance year 2017. The agency has approved 35 of those petitions, with one still pending and one classified as ineligible or withdrawn. The 35 approved petitions have exempted approximately 1.82 billion renewable identification numbers (RINs), or approximately 17.05 billion gallons of gasoline...

U.S. EPA likely to release decisions on 2018 small refinery waivers in April: sources

The RFS requires refiners to blend certain volumes of biofuels like ethanol each year or purchase blending credits from those that do. But small facilities with a capacity of less than 75,000 barrels per day that can prove compliance would cause them significant financial strain can seek exemptions. The EPA vastly expanded the program under President Donald Trump, granting waivers...

TransCanada’s Keystone XL pipeline was flailing. Trump just revived it.

Just a couple of weeks ago, it looked like TransCanada’s Keystone XL pipeline was in hot water. Luckily for TransCanada, the company has a friend in the White House. Trump just signed a presidential permit that allows it to sidestep the courts and “construct, connect, operate, and maintain” the line between the U.S. and Canada, in addition to maintaining...

Japan to rule out coal-fired plants as international criticism rises

The Environment Ministry said that in principle it will not sanction construction of new large coal-fired power plants nor boilers to existing facilities in line with Japan's international pledges to tackle global warming. The policy initiative, announced March 28 by Environment Minister Yoshiaki Harada, follows criticism that Japan is reluctant to break with such power generation, particularly after the 2011...

Denmark delays Nord Stream 2 approval

Denmark has decided that it will not grant permission for a northern route of the Nord Stream 2 pipeline project and has asked the Russian-owned company to look into a southern route instead. It is likely to delay the completion of the controversial project. Responding to some media reports that Copenhagen had allegedly called a complete halt to the Nord...

Russia to allocate funds in 2021-2022 for an LNG terminal

Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered an allocation of budget funds in 2021-2022 for the construction of the Utrenny liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal in the Russian port of Sabetta on the Northern Sea route, the Kremlin said on its website.... An excerpt from Reuters

Germany takes steps to spur more investment in LNG terminals

Under the legislation, LNG companies will only pay a 10 percent share of the connection costs for LNG, giving them more scope to invest in LNG projects. The government wants to complement gas arriving from Russia, Norway and the Netherlands with other origins to give consumers more choices, while LNG suppliers like Qatar and the United States are seeking...

Southeast Europeans ignore EU rules with €2.4bn coal subsidies

The €2.4bn-a-year sum covers both direct and hidden, indirect subsidies between 2015 and 2017. Indirect support includes allowances, exemptions or waivers that helped power plant operators avoid paying for CO2 emissions or operate at low or negative levels of profitability. Direct subsidies amounted to €414m. But eliminating the subsidies would be politically controversial – triggering a significant rise in household...

Indonesia pushes palm oil firms to take legal action against the EU

Indonesia’s government said on Monday it will encourage the country’s palm oil companies to file lawsuits against the EU if the bloc goes ahead with a plan to phase out use of the commodity in renewable transport fuel. Indonesia, the world’s biggest palm oil producer, has strongly condemned the EU move to classify palm as a crop that causes deforestation...

Western Balkans pump subsidies worth €1.2 billion into coal

Western Balkan countries, which have set their sights on EU membership, are still propping up coal power with large public subsidies worth more than €1.2 billion, a new report revealed on Monday (25 March). The subsidies are not in line with EU regulations or decarbonisation efforts. Without the subsidies, energy costs would soar by some 23% in Kosovo, 29% in...

Malaysian leader Mahathir Mohamad threatens to boycott EU fighter jets and buy from China instead due to palm oil restrictions

Malaysia may retaliate against a plan by the European Union to curb palm oil use, by purchasing new fighter jets from China instead of European arms companies, its leader said on Sunday. The Southeast Asian country is the world’s second-largest palm oil producer after neighbouring Indonesia, and recently threatened to challenge the bloc’s plan to phase out its use in...

Russia floats first law to regulate CO2 emissions

The draft bill would give the government powers to introduce greenhouse gas emission targets for companies, and charges for those that exceed them, with proceeds potentially going into a fund to support carbon-cutting projects. The legislation, which has been drawn up by the Ministry of Economic Development, is under consultation with other ministries and stakeholders and expected to be finalised...

Turkey: accelerating the diversification of gas supply sources

A rapid change in the structure of gas imports by Turkey has been visible since the beginning of 2019 Turkey is importing increasing amounts of liquefied natural gas, capitalising on its higher import capacity (it has an annual regasification capacity of around 43 bcm) and attractive conditions on worldwide gas markets. The recent cuts in Turkey’s gas imports from Russia...

Korea to shift all commercial vehicles to fuel cell energy by 2035

"South Korea is slated to set a goal of entirely shifting commercial vehicles -- including trucks and construction machinery -- to run on fuel cell energy by 2035 in its efforts to address serious fine dust problems, according to plans released by Transport Minister-nominee Choi Jeong-ho. On the same day, the Industry Ministry announced it would invest around 130 billion...

S. Korea to cut import surcharge on LNG for power generation

The Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy said the new rules will cut the levy on the more environment-friendly fuel used for power generation by 84 percent at 3.8 won (US$0.003) per kilogram from the previous 24.2 won. The lowering of the duties will go into effect starting in April. Over the upcoming spring, the ministry said it will also partially...

U.S. Department of Energy Announces $30 Million for Front-End Engineering Design Studies for Carbon Capture Systems

" the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced up to $30 million in federal funding for cost-shared research and development (R&D) for front-end engineering design (FEED) studies for carbon dioxide (CO2) capture systems. " An excerpt from US Energy.gov

Merkel backs school climate protests, but wants patience on coal exit

‘It may seem like a very long time from the perspective of the students,’ Merkel said of the deadline two decades in the future. ‘But it will be very challenging for us, and that's what I'm asking for understanding on, too.’... An excerpt from Gulf Times

Indonesia reports reduced deforestation, triggering first carbon payment from Norway

Indonesia confirms that carbon emissions from deforestation declined in 2017. When the emission figures are independently verified, Norway will guarantee payments to Indonesia for approximately 4.8 millions tons of CO2. This will be the first payment for reduced emissions during the climate and forest partnership between the two countries that started in 2010. In 2010, Norway pledged to support Indonesia with up...