Energy

    • Poland defies EU top court order to close major lignite mine

      Poland defies EU top court order to close major lignite mine

      Poland’s government on Monday defied an injunction by the top European Union court that ordered the immediate closure of a major brown coal mine, with officials saying it would shake the nation’s energy system and lead to the layoff of thousands of employees, news wires reported. The EU’s Court of Justice on Friday ordered Poland to immediately stop operation of the mine, heeding Prague’s complaints that it drained groundwater from Czech territory and that Poland recently extended its license without proper prior environmental assessment.

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    • Denmark to build 'first energy island' in North Sea

      Denmark to build 'first energy island' in North Sea

      A project to build a giant island providing enough energy for three million households has been given the green light by Denmark's authorities, news wires reported. The world's first energy island will be as big as 18 football pitches (120,000sq m), but it could grow bigger. It will serve as a hub for 200 giant offshore wind turbines.

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    • EU plans big building renovation effort to save energy

      EU plans big building renovation effort to save energy

      The EU is to announce on Wednesday a major building renovation project seeking to cut down energy costs and polluting emissions while providing a big boost to the construction industry, the AP reported. EC President Ursula von der Leyen said on Monday that the Union “must speed up” the pace of renovations and added most efforts will go to schools, hospitals and social housing.

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    • IEA: Investment in energy at record drop

      IEA: Investment in energy at record drop

      The coronavirus crisis is causing the biggest fall in global energy investment in history, according to the International Energy Agency (IEA). Before the pandemic, funding was set to rise 2%, but now it’s predicted to plunge 20%, it pointed out. Fossil fuels are hit hardest, with a 30% funding drop expected for oil and a 15% fall for coal, while investment in renewables is down 10%, about half of what is needed to combat climate change.

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    • Reviewing the EU rules on trans-European energy infrastructure

      Reviewing the EU rules on trans-European energy infrastructure

      The European Commission has launched today (18 May) a public consultation on the review of the EU rules on trans-European energy infrastructure. The consultation will be open for 8 weeks until 13 July 2020 and all responses gathered will be taken into account for the review of the existing trans-European energy infrastructure (TEN-E) regulation, which will make a fundamental contribution to the European Green Deal. 

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    • Nuclear fusion might be solved thanks to cutting-edge AI

      Nuclear fusion might be solved thanks to cutting-edge AI

      Scientists believe the world will see it’s first working thermonuclear fusion reactor by the year 2025, mostly in the face of ITER - the international nuclear fusion research and engineering megaproject. That’s a tall order in short form, however, especially when you consider that fusion has been “almost here” for nearly a century.

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    • Germany goes green, sees coal exit by 2038

      Germany goes green, sees coal exit by 2038

      The German cabinet backed plans last Wednesday to exit coal as an energy source by 2038 as part of efforts to protect the climate and restore the country's green credentials, news wires reported. “This is not just an exit from coal, it's an entry into renewable energy,” Environment Minister Svenja Schulze said cited by Reuters. “What the government is doing is setting in motion a huge and fundamental transformation in our energy supply,” Chancellor Angels Merkel's spokesman Steffen Seibert told reporters in Berlin.

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    • EU invests in reliable electricity system in Czechia

      EU invests in reliable electricity system in Czechia

      The EU is investing more than €46m from the European Regional Development Fund to modernise and extend the electricity substation of Kocín, southern Bohemia, one of the most important node in the Czech transmission system. When completed in November 2023, the project will increase the country's energy security, ensuring reliable operations even in extreme conditions.

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