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Richard Flint, Yorkshire Water CEO, opens self-powered sewage works

Consuming two years development time and a whopping £34 million investment, Yorkshire’s first self-powered sewage works site has been unveiled in Bradford. The Yorkshire Water Esholt site is not only great news for the local agricultural community — the process creates 62,000 tonnes of nutrient-rich fertiliser per year — but also for renewable energy across the region. The company’s first ‘poo-powered’ site is one of only a handful of operational BioThelys Sludge Treatment Plants across the UK. Creating...

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Smog causes partial car ban in Paris – But is the Diesel Industry to blame?

There’s a choking, Beijingian smog hanging over Parisian skies. Warm, still conditions have caused car fumes and chemicals to collect above the city and the Air Quality Index (AQI) has risen to 185 - currently higher than the world’s most polluted cities - including Beijing. To put that figure into perspective, an AQI of 150+ is classified as unhealthy and at its worst, Beijing clocked up...

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Norway to invest in renewable energy

Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg has announced that the country’s government will mandate its sovereign wealth fund to invest in renewable energy. Prime Minister Solberg has promised that the government will create a renewable energy investment mandate with the same management requirements as other investments in the fund. Full details of the investment mandate will be delivered on April 4 by...

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Iberdrola chairman criticizes Europe’s lack of predictable regulation

Iberdrola Chairman Ignacio Galan criticized Europe’s lack of predictable regulation for its electricity sector, calling for clean energy policy among European Union member countries. Noting that traditional electricity industry has a solid performance because of its predictability, Mr. Galan pointed out that the increasing risk perceived as a result of changing and non-predictable regulatory framework is driving...

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Moventas restructures, expands its wind gear sector in the U.K.

Finland’s Moventas is preparing to rebrand and differentiate its industrial and wind gear business to run the two more independently of each other. The company’s legal structure will remain as is, but its operational structure will be developed to enable it to better serve its customers in both segments. The changes in operational structure and branding will take place by the end of the year. The...

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Tesla begins manufacturing Model S in Europe, launches Supercharger in Norway

Electric vehicle maker Tesla Motors is continuing to gain a foothold in the European market with the announcements of the launch of their supercharger network in Norway and a manufacturing plant for their Model S vehicle in the Netherlands. Tesla Motors began production of their European Model S in June, with deliveries starting in July. The Tilburg Assembly plant in Tilburg, Netherlands, was officially opened on...

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Ikea to buy 7.65 MW wind farm from Mainstream Renewable Power

One of the world's largest furniture retailers Ikea will buy the 7.65 megawatt Carrickeeny Wind Farm from wind and solar company Mainstream Renewable Power. Mainstream's Carrickeeny Wind Farm, located in Leitrim in the North West of Ireland, has commenced construction and is expected to be operational in early 2014. When the wind farm is completed and operational, Ikea will purchase the plant. Under the agreement...

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E.U., China resolve solar dumping dispute

China and the European Union have come to an amicable decision that solves their recent dispute over Chinese solar panels in the European market. Instead of imposing anti-dumping duties on Chinese solar products entering Europe, the European Commission has accepted the proposal by the Chinese exporters for a price undertaking by which they will sell their products based on a minimum import price. “We are confident that this...

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E.I.B. favoring investments in renewables over coal

The world’s financial institutions are backing away from fossil-fuel power and throwing their support behind renewable energy generation. Last week, the World Bank Group announced that it will “only in rare circumstances” provide financial support for new greenfield coal power generation (see related story). This week, the European Investment Bank announced that it is adopting new guidelines to reinforce their...

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China Sunergy begins shipping modules from Istanbul

China Sunergy Co., Ltd. has begun shipping solar modules from Turkey. The company, which designs, manufactures and delivers solar cells and modules, announced that its plant in Istanbul will be delivering a total of approximately 6.4 megawatts of solar products from mid-June to August 2013 to an unnamed French customer. “We are delighted to announce our first contract win from Europe for the Turkey plant. The...

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