The EU Commission has agreed to define an energy efficiency target of 30% by 2030 for Europe. There had been fears that it would turn out to be even lower.
The UK government announced, that under its new Contracts for Difference (CfD) system only £ 50 million will be available per year for hydro, energy from waste, onshore wind, landfill gas, sewage gas and large-scale solar. Even if all of this money would go to solar, it would be only enough for 1 GW of solar, the Solar Trade Association criticizes the new system.
Wind-generated electricity is globally exposed to a growing cost pressure. As a consequence of that the primary concern of every developer and operator must be to search for opportunities to utterly exploit their project’s potentials.
The UK renewable energy industry is making moves to increase its profile in what can be seen as a major PR push. At least three industry bodies have recently sought the support of public relations agencies.
Siemens Wind Power is losing two prominent wind energy managers. The long-time chief technology officer Henrik Stiesdal is leaving the company at the end of the year. Siemens' onshore manager Jan Kjaersgaard is also leaving.
KIC InnoEnergy has announced a new call for proposals dedicated to boosting the effectiveness and speed of the go-to-market process for green innovations in Europe. It is open to public-private consortia that currently have an innovative green technology project and want to accelerate the deployment of their lab idea as a marketable product.
Silicor Materials, Inc. is building its first large factory in Grundartangi, Iceland. The plant will produce 19,000 metric tonnes of silicon for solar modules annually.