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Granholm becomes US energy secretary

Granholm becomes US energy secretary

Jennifer Granholm has been sworn as the 16th US secretary of energy. The former governor of Michigan said the US Department of Energy has the solutions to tackle the climate emergency and the tools to put America on an "irreversible path" to achieve net-zero carbon emissions by 2050.

Energy & Environment 26 February 2021


Advanced heat sources are key to decarbonisation, says LucidCatalyst

Advanced heat sources are key to decarbonisation, says LucidCatalyst

Given the scale and urgency of the required clean transition combined with the growth of the global energy system, all zero-carbon hydrogen production options must be pursued, energy research and consultancy firm LucidCatalyst stresses in its latest report. The report, Missing Link to a Livable Climate, describes how to decarbonise "a substantial portion" of the global energy system, for which there is currently "no viable alternative", and presents the six actions that are needed.

Energy & Environment 24 February 2021


FERC to review grid preparedness after terminating resilience inquiry

FERC to review grid preparedness after terminating resilience inquiry

Days after terminating a three-year investigation into the resilience of the USA's bulk power system, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has announced it will examine the threats to electric reliability posed by extreme weather and climate change. It is also investigating US wholesale natural gas and electricity market activity during last week's extreme cold weather to determine whether any market participants engaged in market manipulation or other violations.

Energy & Environment 23 February 2021


UK nuclear industry launches 'hydrogen roadmap'

UK nuclear industry launches 'hydrogen roadmap'

Nuclear power could produce one-third of the UK’s clean hydrogen needs by 2050, according to the Hydrogen Roadmap agreed by the Nuclear Industry Council last week. The NIC, co-chaired by the minister for Business, Energy and Clean Growth and the chairman of the Nuclear Industry Association, sets strategic priorities for government-industry collaboration to promote nuclear power in the UK.

Energy & Environment 17 February 2021


US climate task force begins work

US climate task force begins work

The US Administration has launched its innovation effort to create American jobs while tackling the climate crisis with the creation of a new working group of the National Climate Task Force and the announcement of a new USD100 million federal funding opportunity to support transformational low-carbon energy technologies.

Energy & Environment 12 February 2021


Study calls for European nuclear renaissance

Study calls for European nuclear renaissance

The European Union should embark on a "nuclear renaissance" programme if it is to achieve its climate objectives, a new study on the bloc's climate policy has concluded. Commissioned by ECR Group and Renew Europe, the report says it is practically impossible to generate sufficient energy with wind and solar energy as there is not enough available land to meet electricity demand.

Energy & Environment 05 February 2021


Unions call for European taxonomy to include nuclear

Unions call for European taxonomy to include nuclear

Nuclear energy must be part of the European taxonomy in order to meet the objective of the Green Deal, thirteen trade unions representing energy and nuclear workers have told Ursula von der Leyen, president of the European Commission, in a joint letter. Exclusion of nuclear power will not only have a negative impact on the European nuclear industry but also on electricity-intensive industries, they said.

Energy & Environment 04 February 2021


EC's 'clean planet' director highlights nuclear research

EC's 'clean planet' director highlights nuclear research

With 10 research and innovation actions linked to nuclear, the Strategic Energy Technology Plan (SET Plan) is "really stimulating new partnerships" across the 18 SET countries that are participating in them, Rosalinde van der Vlies, 'clean planet' director at the Directorate-General for Research and Innovation at the European Commission, said this week. Speaking in the plenary session of SNETP Forum 2021, she said all EU Member States have "very high standards" in safety, radiation protection and security.

Energy & Environment 04 February 2021


US energy sector will take years to reach its 'new normal': EIA

US energy sector will take years to reach its 'new normal': EIA

US energy consumption and carbon dioxide emissions will likely take years to return to pre-COVID levels, according to projections in the US Energy Information Administration's Annual Energy Outlook 2021. Energy-related CO2 emissions are projected to increase post-2035, but remain lower than the 2007 peak of 6 billion tonnes in the period to 2050.

Energy & Environment 04 February 2021


UK urged to set better example ahead of climate talks

UK urged to set better example ahead of climate talks

Climate scientist James Hansen has warned UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson that his government's decision not to block plans for a new coal mine in Cumbria, in the North West of England, means the country risks humiliation as the host of COP26. Meanwhile, the UK's Nuclear Industry Association has published analysis showing that, although Britain remains dependent on fossil fuels, regions with both nuclear and wind power are already reaching the 2030 decarbonisation targets.

Energy & Environment 04 February 2021