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  1. IEA chief economist says nuclear vital to climate objective

    The International Energy Agency’s chief economist says the Paris agreement will be ‘very difficult to achieve without an increase in nuclear power capacity. László Varró told the Budapest Energy Summit on Tuesday that renewables were flourishing but their deployment wasn’t happening quickly enough. "Some NGOs love to hate nuclear, but even with the nuclear renaissance, you'd have to push wind and solar to the limit," he said. "If you want to do it without nuclear, it's technically possible, but incredibly ambitious." There are "unanswered questions" about how a 100 per cent renewable system would work, he added. These include whether large-scale transmission development would have social acceptance and to what extent flexible demand response is scalable to a high level.” Varro pointed to the data collected for the World Energy Outlook's 450 Scenario shows global nuclear generation output increasing by almost two-and-a-half times by 2040, compared to the present day - from 2535 TWh to 6101 TWh, in order for the overall 2°C to be achieved. In this 450 scenario, low-carbon energy sources dominate the generation mix. Hydro generates 20 per cent, nuclear 18 per cent, wind 18 per cent and solar PV 9 per cent. Fossil fuel generation declines sharply, with gas supplying 16 per cent, coal 9 per cent and oil 1 per cent. The remaining 9 per cent is supplied by a range of other low-carbon sources. Varro noted that China was putting a new nuclear reactor online once every quarter, on average, while Russia has signed contracts for the development of 36 nuclear power plants. The radical decarbonisation that will be needed in the coming decades is far more than what is being presently done, he added. "Over the last 25 years, we've had the Rio Earth Summit, the Kyoto Protocol, the Copenhagen Agreement, books, films, Hollywood stars dedicated to climate change and sustainability and yet the average carbon intensity of the energy system has increased.” "Stabilising emissions is like driving towards a cliff at full speed and taking your foot off the accelerator. You have slowed down, but you are still heading towards the cliff.” "By 2030, 14 years from now, we'll need to find more than ten billion tonnes of additional emissions reductions on top of the Paris Agreement submissions," he said. "In other words, we will need to find ten European climate energy packages. Whether it is the United States or Europe that is going to lead is a meaningless question, given the scale of the challenge. Everybody has to lead and that's for the 2 degrees scenario." "The 2 degrees target is just at the borderline of what might be achieved while maintaining consumerist capitalism - and that's only if we do it really smartly."

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    Wed, 7 Dec 2016

  2. Glencore chief’s comments contested by renewables advocates

    Sceptical comments expressed about the progress of renewable energy by the head of Glencore have been challenged by the renewable lobby.

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    Mon, 3 Oct 2016

  3. E.ON spins off fossil fuel generation into new company to focus on renewables

    German utility E.ON has announced that it will split in two in response to a changing energy market.

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    Tue, 2 Dec 2014

  4. EIA: Reduced electricity demand would decrease fossil fuel generation share

    Reduced electricity demand would cause the percentage of U.S. power generated by fossil fuels to decrease and an increase in the share of both renewable and nuclear energy, according to a report by the U.S. Energy Information Administration.

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    Wed, 30 Apr 2014

  1. Fall in power demand continues unabated

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    Mon, 5 Sep 2016

  2. Solar Energy News: Florida-based NextEra pulls out of Hawaii energy projects

    Florida-based NextEra Energy is further cutting its ties with Hawaii after ending its plans to merge with Hawaiian Electric.

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    Mon, 25 Jul 2016

  3. After merger plan ends, NextEra Energy pulls out of Hawaii energy projects

    Florida-based NextEra Energy is further cutting its ties with Hawaii after ending its plans to merge with Hawaiian Electric

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    Mon, 25 Jul 2016

  4. NYISO, utilities talk about transmission need in New York

    As noted in NYISO’s comments, in accordance with the planning process developed in compliance with FERC Order 1000

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    Mon, 15 Aug 2016

  5. NextEra Energy switches on Oregon solar power project

    Pacific Power will purchase the energy generated by the solar system as part of a 15-year power purchase agreement

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    Fri, 13 May 2016

  6. Regulators size up costs, need for $1 billion Duke Energy gas plant

    North Carolina electricity regulators began deliberating Monday whether to allow a $1.1 billion Duke Energy conversion of a coal-fired power plant to burn natural gas

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    Wed, 24 Feb 2016

  7. New York PSC Offers Help to FitzPatrick, Ginna Nuclear Plants

    The New York State Public Service Commission said Feb. 23 that the FitzPatrick nuclear facility in Oswego County could be financially sound and ready for refueling as soon as June under an expedited rescue plan proposed that day by the commission.

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    Wed, 24 Feb 2016

  8. Regulators size up costs, need for $1B Duke Energy gas plant

    North Carolina electricity regulators began deliberating Monday whether to allow a $1.1 billion Duke Energy conversion of a coal-burning power plant to burn cleaner natural gas.

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    Mon, 22 Feb 2016

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