Articles filed under Energy Policy from Europe

Coal makes a comeback in Europe as conventional gas dries up

Coal is cheap not only because U.S. supplies are sold at bargain prices but because the penalty for emitting too much carbon has become almost insignificant. Europe's cap-and-trade program is meant to make it expensive for industry to pollute. In practice, the economic recession has led to an industrial slowdown, less emissions and an overabundance of permits for sale. Thus, the price of carbon has collapsed to less than €5 per ton.
3 Apr 2013

A third more Scottish wind turbines built in one year

The true pace at which wind farms are spreading across Scotland's countryside has been disclosed after official figures indicated the number of turbines increased by a third in the last year alone. ...Struan Stevenson, a Scottish Tory MEP, said the DECC figures were "perfectly symbolic of how pathetically useless and inefficient the whole technology of wind is."
29 Mar 2013

EU sees risks to meeting 2020 renewable energy target

European countries must do more if they are to succeed in meeting their targets to increase the use of renewable energy by 2020, the European Union's executive body said Wednesday, warning that failure to meet the targets would have "major consequences." ...but many voices, including the EU, are starting to call for phasing out incentives, to leave the sector operating more freely according to market dynamics.
28 Mar 2013

Finnish islands case could determine EU green power rules

The Aland archipelago is part of Finland, but its electric generation company Alands Vindkraft has a wind farm named Oskar and a grid connection to Sweden, not to Finland. Sweden refused to award Oskar's green energy the subsidies it hands out as an incentive to domestic renewables claiming it would be unfair to Swedish customers if they were effectively paying to help Finland meet its renewable energy targets.
17 Mar 2013

Modern Environmentalism; people would rather believe than know

When E.O. Wilson said "people would rather believe than know", he perfectly summed up the state of modern environmentalism; the movement which has been radicalised to the extent that its policies are now characterised by senseless agendas better described as anti-science, anti-business and even anti-human; rather than pro-environment.
13 Mar 2013

Germany debates fracking as energy costs rise

Subsidies for renewable-energy producers that are financed in part through household electricity bills are causing electricity prices for ordinary consumers and industry to rise. Germany's biggest industrial power consumers have seen electricity prices per kilowatt hour rise nearly 40% in the past five years.
1 Mar 2013
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