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Australia ends clean energy target plans

Australia ends clean energy target plans

AUSTRALIA: The federal government has dropped the country's clean energy target (CET) in a further blow to the renewables industry after years of indecision.

Invenergy notifies Poland of power deals dispute

Invenergy notifies Poland of power deals dispute

POLAND: US firm Invenergy has formally notified the government of its intention to seek international arbitration if a dispute over cancelled power purchase agreements is not resolved within six months.

Bronze Age site found on East Anglia One cable route

Bronze Age site found on East Anglia One cable route

UK: Artefacts dating back as far as the Bronze Age have been discovered during an archaeological dig along the planned route of a 37-kilometre cable for the 714MW East Anglia One project.

News and Analysis

UK phone network signs renewables deal

UK: Mobile phone network EE, part of the BT Group, has signed a five-year power purchase agreement to run its operations on renewable energy.

Vattenfall learns from hybrid and co-location projects

UK: The experience of building Wales' largest onshore wind farm will help push the business case for future renewables co-location and hybrid sites, says Vattenfall.

Wyoming 3GW needs HVDC line, but will California buy power?

UNITED STATES: Construction of the 730-mile TransWest Express (TWE) transmission project could start in 2019, if all permits are secured and there is enough electricity demand in California.

ABB and Northvolt sign battery factory agreement

SWEDEN: Transmission company ABB has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Swedish technology firm Northvolt, which is building "Europe's largest lithium battery factory".

General Motors signs 200MW power off-take deal

UNITED STATES: General Motors (GM) is buying 200MW of output from two wind projects to power its manufacturing facilities in Ohio and Indiana.

In depth

How the UK aims to avoid the EV grid crash

UK: Managing the charging of electric cars as a flexible load will reduce stress on the electricity grid and could encourage more investment in renewable energy generation.

Cheap power, brutal competition

UNITED STATES: With low gas prices pushing down wholesale prices, developers are finding utilities are keener to buy wind farms than the power they generate.

Viewpoint: Wind should learn from solar PV on storage

WORLDWIDE: Battery-storage technology has very high public visibility at present for several reasons.

Lithium boom puts spotlight on Chile

CHILE: As growing interest in electric cars and energy-storage drives up global demand for lithium, companies with concessions to exploit Chile's vast resources could find themselves in an enviable position if the government loosens restrictions.

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The shape of things to come

WORLDWIDE: The turbines being installed today represent a massive technological advance in size, generating capacity and reliability over those from just ten years ago. So what will the next ten years bring?

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