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Lower oil price will not stop the dazzling rise of Solar PV

London, 12 February 2015

The decline in the global oil prices – brent crude is down from US$100 a barrel in August 2014 to US$58 a barrel in February 2015 – is the current hot topic in the energy sector. Clearly this is having an impact on factors petrol prices and manufacturing costs, but it will also have implications for the power generation sector – coal, gas, nuclear, hydro, wind, solar, bioenergy, grid modernisation, energy storage and microgrids. Conventional generation will continue to dominate global installed capacity, although compared to 4–5 years ago, investments in gas and in renewable energy are  projected to increase at a greater rate, at the expense of coal and nuclear.

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Carbon price to average €13/t in next five years

London, 30 January 2015

The level of ambition so far demonstrated by EU lawmakers will likely lead the EU carbon price to an average of €13/t between 2015 and 2020 and an average of €24/t from 2021 to 2030, according to the Point Carbon team at Thomson Reuters.

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Photovoltaic, Wind and Hydro Star as Top Renewables

London, 27 Janaury 2015

The global installed capacity of renewable energy will more than double in 2025: The past decade has witnessed significant developments in policies for renewable energy. Previously, less than 50 countries worldwide had support policies for renewable energy; this number now stands at more than 130.

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American wind investment makes substantial rebound in 2014

New York, 22 Janaury 2015

America’s wind installations grew five-fold in 2014, making the United States the world’s second-largest wind market behind China, according to new figures out today from research firm Bloomberg New Energy Finance.

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Sequestration on shaky ground

Cambridge MASS, January 2015

Carbon sequestration promises to address greenhouse-gas emissions by capturing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and injecting it deep below the Earth’s surface, where it would permanently solidify into rock. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency estimates that current carbon-sequestration technologies may eliminate up to 90 percent of carbon dioxide emissions from coal-fired power plants.

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Cheaper and greener? The outlook for energy in 2015

London, 14 January 2015

Energy companies will feel the impact of low oil, gas and coal prices in 2015, according to a free report by the Economist Intelligence Unit, sponsored by Accenture. By December, a global climate-change treaty replacing the Kyoto Protocol is at last likely to be signed, argues Industries in 2015.

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Clean energy investment tops $300bn in 2014

London, 14 January 2014

Clean energy investment jumped 16% in 2014 to $310bn, after two years of decline, according to data released by Bloomberg New Energy Finance last week. It peaked at $318bn in 2011, dipped to $294bn in 2012, and fell further to $268bn in 2013.

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Rebound in clean energy investment beats expectations

New York, 9 Janaury 2015

World clean energy investment rebounded strongly in 2014, boosted by demand for large-scale and rooftop solar photovoltaics on the back of its greatly improved competitiveness, and by the financing of a record $19.4bn of offshore wind projects.

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Global carbon market to reach record volumes by 2017

London, 5 January 2015

The value of the global carbon market grew by 15 percent during 2014 to €45 billion, according to the latest analysis from the Point Carbon team at Thomson Reuters. Higher prices in the European emissions trading scheme (EU ETS) and steady liquidity and prices in the North American markets were the main reasons for the increasing value of carbon markets. In terms of trading activity, however, the traded volume shrank by 17 percent to 7.7 billion (Gt) in 2014.

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Beijing turns to financial market to boost carbon trading scheme

Oslo, 23 December 2014

Beijing this week became the latest of China's pilot emissions trading schemes to invite financial traders to join its carbon market in a bid to improve ailing liquidity.

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