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Mar 6, 2014

UK needs 100 bln pounds more to meet 2020 carbon targets-report

LONDON, March 6 (Reuters) – Britain’s low-carbon energy
investment is currently running at less than half of the 200
billion pounds needed over the next decade to meet national and
international emissions reduction targets, British lawmakers
said in a report on Thursday.

The European Union as a whole has to cut emissions by 20
percent from 1990 levels by 2020, under the only legally binding
global climate pact the Kyoto Protocol.

Mar 5, 2014

U.N. says China, US climate cooperation raises hopes for global deal

LONDON/OSLO (Reuters) – Closer cooperation between China and the United States, the top two greenhouse gas emitters, on combating global warming is boosting prospects for a U.N. deal meant to be agreed next year, the U.N.’s climate chief said on Wednesday.

Christiana Figueres also said a “global transformation” of the economy was needed to fight climate change and that time was short if nations were serious about the end-2015 deadline. Little progress has been made so far in negotiations since 2012.

Mar 5, 2014

Britain far from primed for shale gas exploration, experts say

LONDON, March 5 (Reuters) – Britain may be a prime location
for shale gas exploration in Europe, but a lack of onshore
drilling infrastructure and local opposition will impede
development, experts and geologists said at a shale conference
in London.

Britain is in the early stages of exploring for
unconventional gas to counter growing dependence on imports and
to emulate the success the United States has had in lowering its
energy prices due to a shale boom.

Mar 2, 2014

Europe’s flood losses to soar by 2050, research shows

LONDON (Reuters) – Extreme floods like those swamping parts of Britain in recent months could become more frequent in Europe by 2050, more than quadrupling financial losses, if climate change worsens and more people live in vulnerable areas, research showed on Sunday.

The study said instances of very extreme floods, which now occur about once every 50 years, could shorten to about every 30 years, while cases of extreme damage now occurring once every 16 years could shorten to once every 10 years.

Feb 26, 2014

UK forces big power companies to reveal wholesale prices

LONDON, Feb 26 (Reuters) – Britain’s main energy suppliers
will have to disclose long-term power prices twice daily from
next month under rules to be enforced by regulator Ofgem aimed
at encouraging new entrants into a fairer energy market.

From March 31, Britain’s largest six energy suppliers
-Centrica-owned British Gas, SSE, EDF Energy
, RWE npower, E.ON and Scottish
Power – will have to publish wholesale power prices for
as far as as two years ahead at 1030 GMT and 1530 GMT on an
exchange or face penalties.

Feb 26, 2014

Britain to enforce greater scrutiny of utilities to open up energy market

LONDON, Feb 26 (Reuters) – Britain’s main energy suppliers
will have to disclose long-term power prices twice daily from
next month under rules to be enforced by regulator Ofgem aimed
at encouraging new entrants into a fairer energy market.

From March 31, Britain’s six largest energy suppliers -
Centrica-owned British Gas, SSE, EDF,
RWE npower, E.ON and Scottish Power
will have to publish twice daily wholesale power prices
for as far as as two years ahead or face penalties.

Feb 18, 2014

Wild weather puts climate back on global agenda before 2015 deadline

OSLO/LONDON, Feb 18 (Reuters) – Bitter cold in the United
States might appear to contradict the notion of global warming,
but with Britain’s wettest winter and Australia’s hottest
summer, extreme weather events have pushed climate change back
on the political agenda.

A spluttering world economy had sapped political interest in
the billion-dollar shifts from fossil fuels that scientists say
are needed to cut greenhouse gas emissions, but rhetoric is
changing in 2014, one year before a deadline for a new U.N.
climate deal.

Feb 18, 2014

Looking to buy a gas plant? Stay in Britain

LONDON/FRANKFURT, Feb 18 (Reuters) – Investors keen on
snapping up a gas power plant should keep their focus on Britain
as deals in continental Europe could backfire more easily if
bets on rising power prices and capacity gaps go against them.

Europe’s gas plants’ profits have taken a severe hit due to
growing renewables capacity, low coal and carbon prices and
stagnating energy demand in a weak economic environment.

Feb 9, 2014

Stronger Pacific winds explain global warming hiatus: study

LONDON (Reuters) – Stronger winds which have cooled the surface of the Pacific Ocean could explain what is likely to be a temporary slowdown in the pace of global warming this century, researchers said.

Last year, scientists on the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) said the pace of temperature rise at the Earth’s surface had slowed over the past 15 years, even though greenhouse gas emissions, widely blamed for causing climate change, have risen steadily.

Feb 7, 2014

UK firm aims to spur marine energy with tidal lagoon project

LONDON, Feb 7 (Reuters) – A British company has applied to
build the world’s first plant that generates power from the ebb
and flow of tides in a lagoon, potentially helping accelerate
the country’s ambitions to harness marine energy by 2020.

The proposed lagoon in Swansea Bay, south Wales, would be
able to generate enough renewable energy to power more than
120,000 homes, meeting around 9 percent of Wales’ electricity
demand, according to the firm.

    • 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 ..."
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      2007
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      Russian, Italian, French, basic Japanese, some Turkish
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