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Iraq on track to be third oil supplier in 2030: IEA

Baghdad - Iraq is on track to produce nearly six million barrels of crude daily by 2030, the International Energy Agency said Thursday, which would make it the world's third biggest oil supplier.

Energias de Portugal shareholders block takeover bid by China Three Gorges

Lisbon - Shareholders in Portugal's biggest company, Energias de Portugal, on Wednesday blocked a nine-billion-euro ($10-billion) takeover bid by the state-owned China Three Gorges (CTG) Corporation.

Czech EPH to buy two power plants in Northern Ireland

Prague - The Czech-based coal mining and energy group EPH, known for bucking Europe's green trend, said Tuesday it would buy two power plants in Northern Ireland.

EPP's Weber wants to 'stop' Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline

Warsaw - The lead candidate for Europe's conservative bloc in next month's EU elections has said he would try to stop the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline if he becomes European Commission president, according to an interview published Tuesday.

Costa Rica bets on ending fossil fuel use by 2050

San Jos - Eric Orlich and his wife Gioconda Rojas own two electric vehicles, which they charge at home in the garage thanks to solar panels on their roof.

New premier of Canada's Alberta to roll back environmental protections

Ottawa - The new conservative leader of Canada's oil-rich Alberta province said Wednesday he will nix its carbon tax, opening up a new battlefront with liberal Prime Minister Justin Trudeau ahead of October national elections.

Three things to know as Germany opens massive ocean wind park

Sa - Chancellor Angela Merkel on Tuesday officially opened a massive wind farm in the Baltic Sea, calling it a project of "national significance" for Germany's "energy transition" towards renewables.Here are three things to know about the Arkona wind park.

Q&A: Creating ‘smart’ microbial bionsensors Special

New research shows that protein-based biosensors can detect the presence of a desired enzyme target and respond by physically lighting up, and enabling researchers to immediately identify cells with increased overall enzyme yield.

Digital transformation trends within the utilities sector

Expanding data analytics capabilities are enabling utilities companies to make use of archived and real-time data so that supply systems can be made more reliable, affordable and clean. We look at three innovations in the utilities space.

Large parts of Venezuela hit by new blackout

Caracas - A new blackout across large parts of crisis-hit Venezuela, including the capital Caracas, forced many to spend another night in the dark on Tuesday.

Poverty, repression in shadow of Azerbaijan's shiny new skyline

Bakou - In a crowded Baku street, Gyulya Akparova talks proudly about the major transformation of Azerbaijan and its thousand-year-old capital dotted with glittering skyscrapers on the Caspian Sea.

Shell hit with Dutch climate lawsuit

Den Haag - Climate campaigners marched to Shell's headquarters in the Netherlands on Friday and handed the oil giant a lawsuit aimed at forcing it to meet targets in the Paris accord.

Hydrogen fuel created from seawater improves power generation

As part of the on-going quest for clean and more efficient fuels, researchers have developed a process that shows how hydrogen-based fuel can be generated from seawater. This avoids the need to use costly and troublesome water purification processes.

Duke Energy to invest $76 million in electric car chargers

Duke Energy Corp. plans to spend $76 million to add 2,500 charging stations for electric vehicles in North Carolina at a time when drivers may have a hard time finding a place to recharge as the industry expands.

Global landmarks go dark for Earth Hour

New York - The UN headquarters in New York, the pyramids of Egypt and Rio's Christ the Redeemer statue were among top world monuments plunged into darkness for an hour Saturday to put the spotlight on climate change and its impact on the planet.

2018 spike in energy demand spells climate trouble: IEA

Paris - A 2.3 percent jump in global energy demand last year outstripped the expansion of renewables and helped drive record-high greenhouse gas emissions, the International Energy Agency (IEA) said Tuesday.

Shell goes green as it moves into UK retail power market

London - Royal Dutch Shell took a step forward in its aim to become the world’s biggest power company with an aggressive move into the UK retail market by offering one of the cheapest tariffs available.

Energy giants spent $1bn on climate lobbying, PR since Paris: watchdog

Paris - The five largest publicly listed oil and gas majors have spent $1 billion since the 2015 Paris climate deal on public relations or lobbying that is "overwhelmingly in conflict" with the landmark accord's goals, a watchdog said Friday.

US extends Iraq waiver over Iran sanctions

Washington - The United States is extending a waiver to let energy-hungry Iraq keep buying power from Iran, despite Washington's campaign of sanctions aimed at curbing Tehran, an official said.

Maduro creates military unit to protect public service installations

Caracas - Venezuela President Nicolas Maduro created a military unit on Friday charged with protecting basic installations and services such as electricity and water just over a week after the country was hit with a massive blackout.

U.S. solar market poised to grow 14 percent in 2019

New U.S. solar installations will grow by 14 percent this year thanks to lower equipment prices that helped to revive a slew of delayed projects, consultancy Wood Mackenzie said in its latest outlook released on Wednesday.

Venezuela calls public sector back to work as blackout recedes

Caracas - Venezuela's public employees were called to return to work Thursday after the government ended a nearly week-long hiatus caused by an unprecedented nationwide blackout that deepened widespread anger against President Nicolas Maduro.

China offers Venezuela help to restore power

Bejing - China on Wednesday offered to help Venezuela as it faces a crippling multi-day power blackout that President Nicolas Maduro has blamed on the United States.

In Caracas, water an obsession after days of blackout

Caracas - Plastic bottles and containers at the ready, Keisy Perez ignores the stench from the brown river as it slips slowly through the grimy San Agustin district of Venezuela's capital.

Home energy startup secures funding support for IoT technology

Home energy Internet of Things provider GreenCom Networks has completed a fundraising round with Centrica Innovations, designed to support its technology. The IoT system is designed to support energy retailers.

Guaido calls for march on Caracas as Venezuela blackout drags on

Caracas - Venezuela's embattled President Nicolas Maduro grappled Sunday with a crippling power outage and mounting protests as a top White House aide said members of the country's military were talking about possibly shifting allegiance to the opposition.

Venezuela struggles with blackout as government claims sabotage

Caracas - Venezuela's government struggled to cope Friday with a massive electricity blackout that paralyzed much of the country as President Nicolas Maduro blamed the chaos on US sabotage.

ExxonMobil finds largest Cyprus gas reserve yet

Nicosia - US energy giant ExxonMobil has discovered a huge natural gas reserve off the coast of Cyprus, Cypriot authorities said Thursday, a find that could raise tensions with nearby Turkey.

France calls for close cooperation with Poland as ties warm

Warsaw - France on Wednesday called Poland a "key player" in Europe, signalling warming ties between the two countries that had been chilled by diverging political views and Warsaw's cancellation of a major military contract.

Going greener: Finland's new gas-fuelled icebreaker

Tornio - The steel behemoth pushes ahead, crunching the ice as it navigates the northernmost tip of the Baltic, considered one of the most polluted seas in the world. But unlike other icebreakers spewing diesel, this state-of-the-art ship boasts cleaner fuel.
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