Donald Tusk (Photo: Platforma Obywatelska RP)

Poles want to be energy independent – with nuclear (and renewables)

Two-thirds of Polish people support the plans to construct a new nuclear power plant in Poland, above all because this would increase Polish energy independence. The Polish public wants their country to be less reliant on Russia and other suppliers and believes renewable energy and nuclear energy are the best options for this. They appear to have less enthusiasm for shale gas and coal. These results appear from a poll…….

Maria van der Hoeven (photo EPA)

IEA: Utilities should change business model – not count on capacity mechanisms

Utilities in Europe and North America “have to change their business model, whether they like it or not”, says the International Energy Agency (IEA). At the same time, the IEA is very critical about the plans of several European countries to set up capacity schemes which the large European enegy companies are pleading for. “We should try energy-only solutions first before we try capacity schemes”, says Maria van der Hoeven,…….

Pro-renewables demonstration in Victoria, Australia (photo Takver)

Global renewable energy at the cross-roads

Is the renewables glass half-full or half-empty? That’s the central question that appears to run through the International Energy Agency (IEA’s) new comprehensive market report on the state of renewable energy in the world. The answer is complex. Renewables have made “tremendous progress”, notes the IEA, but growth “falls short of global climate change objectives”. Karel Beckman reports.

Reactors at Zaporizhzhya (photo Wikimedia Commons)

Why Ukraine’s dependence on Russia in nuclear is worse than in gas – and what to do about it

While discussions around Ukrainian energy dependence on Russia usually focus on gas, the Ukrainian nuclear sector is even more dominated by Russia. And more strategic: it supplies half of the country’s electricity. And whereas Ukraine wants to use less gas, the government intends to expand the country’s nuclear power production significantly. The good news for Ukraine is that it has plenty of its own uranium. With Western support the country…….

Artist's impression of oyster-shaped visitor centre at Swansea bay tidal lagoon (Source: Tidal Lagoon Swansea Bay)

Let’s start a European tidal lagoon industry

A unique, £1 billion plan to build the world’s first tidal lagoon in Swansea Bay in Wales has won strong local support. Stephen Tindale, associate fellow at the Centre for European Reform in the UK, who is involved in the project, argues that the EU should support it  and help create a new European tidal lagoon industry.

Argonne's "Green Fleet" & Solar-Powered Electric Vehicle Charging Station

UBS and Citigroup expect massive solar-EV revolution

Analysts from UBS and Citigroup, two of the world’s largest investment banks, believe the growth of solar power, in combination with advances in batteries and electric cars, will cause a huge disruption in the energy industry. UBS believes centralised fossil fuel generation  will become “extinct” sooner than most people realise. Citigroup predicts renewables will replace coal and gas in power generation, which will free up the use of gas as…….

Hinkley Point (photo Joe Dunckley)

The saga of Hinkley Point C: Europe’s key nuclear decision

Will EDF with Chinese backing build a new third-generation nuclear power plant in the U.K., and if so under what conditions? The answer to this question will be vital to the future of the European energy sector. And a great deal will depend on the European Commission, which is expected to decide any moment whether the U.K.’s agreement with EDF will be allowed under EU State Aid rules. In the…….

Flare boom (photo Ken Doerr)

Wishful thinking about natural gas: why fossil fuels can’t solve the problems created by fossil fuels

Natural gas is touted as a great success story in the US, not just by industry but also by the Obama administration and even by many environmentalists. The gas boom is supposed to have led to lower greenhouse gas emissions and to help pave the way to a greener future. But according to Harvard historian of science Naomi Oreskes, this is wishful thinking. There is no evidence that higher gas…….

Photo: Steve Miller

Do we need capacity markets? Do we need Russia?

There are two major issues on which the future of the energy sector hangs, notes EP editor Karel Beckman: 1)  how far will the renewables revolution go in combination with climate policy; 2) how will growing geopolitical tensions, especially relations with Russia, affect markets? Karel asks whether we need capacity schemes, indicates how utilities could get back on a growth path and how (not) to deal with Russia.