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Aug 11, 2014

EDF Energy to take three UK nuclear reactors offline

LONDON, Aug 11 (Reuters) – EDF Energy will take
three of its nuclear reactors in Britain offline for inspection
after finding a defect on a reactor of a similar design, the
company said on Monday.

The company, which operates 15 nuclear reactors in Britain,
said it found a defect on a boiler spine at its Heysham 1-1
reactor which was shut down in June for refuelling.

Aug 6, 2014

Britain energy market abuse penalties to include jail terms

LONDON, Aug 6 (Reuters) – The British government has
proposed penalties including potential prison terms for people
who manipulate the gas and electricity markets.

Energy regulators can currently investigate and fine people
found breaching rules on energy market abuse but cannot send
them to prison or impose a criminal record.

Aug 4, 2014

UK solar firms request review over early end to subsidies

LONDON, Aug 4 (Reuters) – Four of Britain’s largest solar
companies have requested a judicial review of a government
proposal to halt a subsidy scheme for solar energy earlier than
planned.

Solarcentury, TGC Renewables, Lark Energy and Orta Solar
Farms are challenging a decision by the government to end its
Renewable Obligation (RO) scheme for solar farms with a capacity
greater than 5 megawatts from April 2015, two years earlier than
planned.

Jul 30, 2014

Ofgem proposes new price controls for network operators

LONDON (Reuters) – Britain’s energy watchdog has proposed new price controls for five electricity network operators for the next eight years, aiming to spur investment in network upgrades and help lower energy bills.

The new electricity distribution price controls, which will run from April 2015 to 2023, will encourage the network companies to spend 17 billion pounds to upgrade and maintain Britain’s electricity network, regulator Ofgem said in a statement on Wednesday.

Jul 30, 2014

Energy watchdog proposes new price controls for network operators

LONDON (Reuters) – Britain’s energy watchdog has proposed new price controls for five electricity network operators for the next eight years, aiming to spur investment in network upgrades and help lower energy bills.

The new electricity distribution price controls, which will run from April 2015 to 2023, will encourage the network companies to spend 17 billion pounds to upgrade and maintain Britain’s electricity network, regulator Ofgem said in a statement on Wednesday.

Jul 28, 2014

Britain sets out shale rules with new oil, gas licensing round

LONDON, July 28 (Reuters) – The British government took
steps to speed up energy exploration including controversial
hydraulic fracturing for shale gas on Monday with a new
licensing round for companies looking for onshore oil and gas.

Concerns about the potentially dangerous impact of hydraulic
fracturing, or fracking, in the search for shale gas has
prompted protests in Britain and outright bans on the practice
in France and elsewhere.

Jul 23, 2014

EU approves UK capacity market, renewable support scheme

LONDON, July 23 (Reuters) – The European Commission gave the
go-ahead to Britain’s proposed energy capacity market and a
scheme to support renewable energy generation on Wednesday,
paving the way for sweeping reform of the country’s electricity
market.

Britain is overhauling its electricity market to help
deliver low-carbon energy and reliable electricity supplies as
existing and ageing nuclear and coal plants go offline over the
next decade.

Jul 23, 2014

Europe’s wind capacity to grow more slowly than expected to 2020

LONDON, July 23 (Reuters) – Europe’s installed wind capacity
will increase at a slower rate to the end of the decade than
previously estimated due to regulatory uncertainty and weak
economic growth, an industry association said on Wednesday.

European Union countries will have a combined 192.4
gigawatts (GW) of installed wind energy capacity by 2020, 64
percent higher than 2013 levels, the European Wind Energy
Association (EWEA) said in a report.

Jul 22, 2014

UK council rejects Celtique Energie’s fracking proposal

LONDON, July 22 (Reuters) – A plan by London-based oil and
gas exploration firm Celtique Energie to drill for shale gas in
southern England failed to win county government approval on
Tuesday, the latest in a series of setbacks to Britain’s
fledgling shale industry.

Citing concerns about noise and the impact on the
environment, West Sussex County Council’s planning committee
rejected the firm’s application for permission to explore for
oil and gas in Wisborough Green for three years.

Jul 22, 2014

UK autumn gas prices to rise due to maintenance, Ukraine risk

LONDON, July 22 (Reuters) – British natural gas prices for
delivery in late summer and autumn are set to rise in coming
weeks as large-scale North Sea maintenance makes it more
difficult for utilities to stock up on reserves ahead of peak
demand in winter.

Prices could be pushed even higher by the Ukraine crisis,
which many analysts fear will result in a disruption in the
supply of Russian gas destined for western Europe and flowing
through Ukraine.

    • About Nina

      "Based in London, Nina helps coordinate Reuters' coverage of European power, gas, coal and renewables markets with a focus on policies, investment and trading. She also covers environment, climate change and new clean energy technologies. Nina has twelve years of journalistic experience. Previously at Reuters Nina covered carbon markets in London and EU energy policy and competition in Brussels. Before joining Reuters, Nina worked as a journalist in the European pulp and paper sector in Brussels and for Japanese newspaper The Yomiuri Shimbun, covering everything from UK politics and the Iraq War to sport and entertainment. Nina holds a first class ..."
      Joined Reuters:
      2007
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      Russian, Italian, French, basic Japanese, some Turkish
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