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US offshore wind industry is booming

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The pipeline of offshore wind projects in the US is over 25.8 gigawatts (GW), of which 21.2 GW is in sites won through government auctions, says the US Department of Energy. The 2018 Offshore Wind Technologies Market Report shows US offshore wind capacity could grow to 11–16 GW by 2030. Offtake prices for the first commercial-scale offshore wind project in Massachusetts were lower than expected. The first-year price for the power purchase agreement was $74 a megawatt-hour (MWh) for phase 1 of the 800MW Vineyard Wind project and $65/MWh for phase 2.

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How to green China’s Belt and Road initiative

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The 126 countries involved in China’s Belt and Road Initiative need to ensure investments in infrastructure and real estate are low-carbon and in line with the commitments of the Paris climate agreement if the world is to have any hope of keeping climate change and its effects under control, say researchers from China, the UK and the US. The report proposals a series of solutions, including forming an international coalition to support green financing and promoting green investment principles with global investors.

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EU not walking the renewables talk

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In 2018, the European Commission published its vision of how the European economy can become climate neutral by 2050 and countries around Europe are declaring climate emergencies. Yet, research shows not one EU member state comprehensively reports on its fossil fuel subsidies or has plans to phase them out. Worse, five EU countries — the UK, Germany, Greece, Poland and Slovenia — are looking to introduce new fossil fuel subsidies by 2030. The information comes from the countries’ draft National Energy and Climate Plans.

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We face a fundamental change of the cost structure on the supply side and a need for a fundamental change.

Jochen Kreusel

- Market innovation manager in the power grids division at ABB Power

They [the European Commission] are looking at this stuff backwards. I still think they are convinced the short-term market model could work even though they are also starting to realise that you need something parallel, with long term price signals that give investors confidence to invest in infrastructure and allow them to see a decent market return.

Francesco Venturini

- Global head of renewables for Italian utility Enel

Despite tremendous cost decline of wind and solar technologies, electricity prices will probably remain too low to attract the level of investment needed.

Fatih Birol

- Executive director of the International Energy Agency

The greatest barrier to overcome is the integration of variable renewables into electricity systems. This will require developing power system flexibility and also a friendly deployment of variable renewables.

Fatih Birol

- Executive director of the International Energy Agency

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By enforcing its competition laws, the European Commission can genuinely lead the clean energy transition, says Sara Bell from Tempus Energy

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The transition jigsaw – Part 2: The role for business and investors

Companies and finance providers need legislative frameworks that move everybody in the same direction at the same speed, but they can, and should, do much more themselves to fight climate change

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Robin Hood tax

Taking from the richer to pay for buses and trains for the poorer

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Cities get creative on climate financing

Energy Cities, a European association of local authorities, estimates a city will need between €1 billion and €3 billion to reach net zero emissions by 2050

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The transition jigsaw: Part 1 – The role of government

Enshrine stability and predictability in law to ramp up investment

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Inspiring architects to make buildings green and good looking

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How the EIB can become Europe’s climate bank

The new European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen has promised a Green Deal for Europe. For it to be truly green, it will have to be fossil fuel free and this means cleaning up the European Investment Bank. The development bank this summer proposed phasing out support for oil and gas projects. Colin Roche from Friends of the Earth Europe urges the EIB board to back the plan when it meets in September

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