LONDON (Reuters) – Some limited flexibility over how member states apply a European Union airlines emissions law might buy time to resolve opposition while the U.N.’s International Civil Aviation Organisation ICAO.L tries to forge a compromise deal.
The emissions trading directive requires operators of aircraft arriving in or departing Europe to surrender permits equal to their whole-flight emissions.
LONDON, Nov 7 (Reuters) – Some limited flexibility over how
member states apply a European Union airlines emissions law
might buy time to resolve opposition while the U.N.’s
International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) tries to forge
a compromise deal.
The emissions trading directive requires operators of
aircraft arriving in or departing Europe to surrender permits
equal to their whole-flight emissions.
LONDON, Nov 6 (Reuters) – Natural gas will struggle beyond
niche applications in U.S. transport despite a widening discount
to rival fuels, given a shortfall in distribution compared with
gasoline, biofuels and electric vehicles.
Shale gas production has up-ended power generation,
under-cutting the economics of older coal plants and new
LONDON, Nov 2 (Reuters) – The reluctance of utilities and
makers of appliances and intelligent meters to develop demand
response systems undermines a core motive in a massive smart
meter rollout in Europe.
It is a great idea: when everyone rushes to turn on the
kettle at half-time in a football final the utility can remotely
turn off non-urgent services like air conditioning to avoid a
demand surge and so save firing up another power plant.
LONDON, Nov 1 (Reuters) – BP’s decision to scrap plans for a
U.S. cellulosic ethanol refinery is a setback for second
generation biofuels and opens the door to alternatives including
Brazilian sugar ethanol, biodiesel and electric vehicles.
The United States wants to cut dependence on foreign oil
through a combination of more domestic oil drilling, improved
vehicle fuel economy and local alternatives including biofuels,
gas and electricity.
LONDON, Oct 30 (Reuters) – Britain is edging closer to its
vision of low-carbon energy based on large-scale nuclear power
and fossil fuels with carbon capture, which contrasts with
small-scale renewable energy which many of its European
But it has yet to square investor demands for returns with
the massive capital outlay of large-scale plants, untested in
the case of carbon capture and storage (CCS), which implies
large subsidies through guaranteed higher power prices.
LONDON, Oct 24 (Reuters) – European policymakers are
discovering the difficulty of curbing a biofuel industry they
weaned five years ago as a low-carbon alternative to crude oil
but which is increasingly at odds with the environment and food
To halt or put into reverse a $22 billion European biofuel
industry requires a sound justification.
LONDON, Oct 18 (Reuters) – A European Union strategy to
expand power transmission across borders and seas requires
closer coordination of operators and regulators to mobilise
More cross-border transmission is important to balance
intermittent renewable energy, narrow national price differences
and improve market resilience through pooled liquidity and
LONDON (Reuters) – The extreme variability of wind and solar power in Germany is laid bare by 2012 data that also illustrates a particular vulnerability when power demand surges on cold winter days – they are often both weak at the same time.
Intermittent renewable energy requires grid balancing services, primarily from stand-by baseload fossil fuel capacity or battery and pumped storage, but also via interconnectors bringing power from other countries and regions.
LONDON, Oct 12 (Reuters) – Smart grid and meter applications
in Europe are having to compete with other services for radio
frequencies, raising questions over grid stability and value for
All wireless technologies transmit and receive information
across airwaves known as the radio spectrum, an increasingly
crowded resource essential for services from mobile phones to
wireless internet and TV and radio broadcasting.