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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.

Jan 31, 2014

Factbox: Britain’s Sellafield nuclear reprocessing plant

By Nina Chestney

(Reuters) – British nuclear reprocessing plant Sellafield said it had detected elevated levels of radioactivity at one of its on-site monitors and was operating at reduced staffing levels on Friday.

The plant is located in Cumbria, northwest England.

PLANT

Since 2005, the plant has been owned by the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority and operated by Sellafield Ltd.

Jan 31, 2014

Britain’s Sellafield nuclear reprocessing plant

Jan 31 (Reuters) – British nuclear reprocessing plant
Sellafield said it had detected elevated levels of radioactivity
at one of its on-site monitors and was operating at reduced
staffing levels on Friday.

The plant is located in Cumbria, northwest England.

PLANT

Since 2005, the plant has been owned by the Nuclear
Decommissioning Authority and operated by Sellafield Ltd.

Jan 27, 2014

Green bond issuance to more than double this year: HSBC

LONDON (Reuters) – Global “green bond” issuance should more than double this year to a record $25 billion as increased information on how the money will be used attracts more investors to the fledgling market, investment bank HSBC said.

Proceeds from green bonds are typically used on projects to cut greenhouse gas emissions, adapt to climate change, increase energy efficiency or expand the use of renewable energy.

Jan 14, 2014

Boeing aims to seek approval for green diesel as jet fuel

LONDON, Jan 14 (Reuters) – U.S. aircraft maker Boeing Co.
aims to seek approval from regulators around the world to
use “green diesel” as a jet fuel, the company said, which could
cut carbon emissions without boosting costs.

Green diesel is made from oils and fats such as used cooking
oil, plant oils or waste animal fats in a process that uses
hydrogen to break big molecules into smaller ones.

Jan 8, 2014

RWE npower joins British utilities cutting energy bills

LONDON, Jan 8 (Reuters) – RWE npower on Wednesday became the
last of Britain’s “big six” utilities to say it will reduce
bills for domestic customers in response to government policies.

The six had angered the public by unveiling above-inflation
price rises, but agreed in December to pass on savings from a
government plan to shift some environmental taxes away from
energy bills in an effort to cut soaring costs in the run-up to
an election due in 2015.

Dec 19, 2013

UK renewables support list omits Eggborough coal plant

LONDON, Dec 19 (Reuters) – Britain’s Eggborough Power
Station faced an uncertain future on Thursday after a decision
by the British government not to make its biomass conversion
project eligible for fast-track support.

To boost investment in clean energy technology, the
government is reforming its electricity market and will replace
a renewables support mechanism called the Renewables Obligation
with a new scheme called “contracts-for-difference” (CfDs).

Dec 10, 2013

EBRD energy strategy to focus on efficiency, less coal

LONDON, Dec 10 (Reuters) – The European Bank for
Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) will focus on energy
efficiency and renewable energy investments over the next five
years and slash its funding for coal projects, a managing
director at the bank told Reuters.

On Tuesday, the board of directors at the EBRD – a
multilateral development bank set up in 1991 to help former
Soviet countries develop market economies – approved its energy
strategy from 2014 to the end of 2018.

Dec 4, 2013

UK power squeeze avoided as tougher coal rules rejected

LONDON, Dec 4 (Reuters) – British lawmakers rejected an amendment on
Wednesday that would have forced tougher rules on old coal-fired power plants,
sparing the energy market from an even tighter squeeze as ageing nuclear plants
shut later this decade.

The amendment would have extended the so-called emissions performance
standard (EPS) to cover old and inefficient coal plants, as well as new ones,
unless they were fitted with costly carbon capture and storage technology.

    • 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
      Languages:
      Russian, Italian, French, basic Japanese, some Turkish
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