France has presented a new energy plan, in which it plans by 2030 to triple its onshore wind power capacity and multiply its solar power capacity five-fold.
An innovative bioenergy carbon capture and storage (BECCS) pilot plant has been commissioned at Drax power station in the UK, with the first CO2 expected to be captured in the coming weeks.
Poland has indicated that it wants to generate more electricity from nuclear reactors, and hopes to attract over €88 billion of investment to achieve this.
The UK Committee on Climate Change (CCC) said that hydrogen could cost-effectively replace natural gas for power generation, reducing emissions, but warned that it was best used selectively.
Endesa of Spain has said that it plans to continue to operate its remaining coal and nuclear plants beyond 2030, and that it plans to finish one more retrofit and to install new battery units, while closing two units in 2020.
The European General Court has suspended the UK’s subsidy scheme for back-up electricity generation, stating that the payments system should be subject to a state aid investigation.
Toshiba has announced that it is pulling out of the £15 billon Moorside nuclear power plant project in West Cumbria, UK.
The UK Government announced in its autumn budget that it will freeze its domestic CO2 tax on electricity generation at £18/mt until 2021.
Vattenfall of Sweden has plans to convert its German-based coal-fired power plants to gas or biomass to meet the government’s deadline of phasing out coal-fired power plants.
Spain’s new Government has scrapped a tax that had been widely criticised for undermining the development of solar power.