The latest edition of the International Energy Agency Global Energy & CO2 Status Report shows some bad news about how the international energy system has been evolving over 2018. From the increasing emissions to sluggish energy efficiency, we are still very far from seeing the changes (or revolution) that the IPCC scientists are calling for.
After long negotiations Angela Merkel’s conservatives (CDU/CSU) and the Social Democrats (SPD) seem to have reached an agreement to form a new government coalition, and setting up a coal phase- out plan is one of the main pillars of the treaty.
The 2017 Italy’s National Energy Strategy is finally online, with good news for the anti-coal lobby and the environmentalists. The political intent to proceed with a coal phase-out for electricity generation within 2025 is confirmed, and a governance plan to make it possible is set up. This plan is in line with other European countries, which in the past few years have shown a growing commitment to get rid of coal as soon as possible.
The latest UK Contracts for Difference allocation results for offshore wind farms put once again the spotlight on the falling costs of renewable technologies, and revive the debate about Hinkley Point C nuclear power station.
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