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This week’s energy news includes the revival of the controversial Keystone XL pipeline, a new renewables target for Scotland, and a new industrial strategy for the UK.
The Scottish government has announced plans to increase the amount of renewable energy to 50% of total power output by 2030. The government is also aiming to reduce greenhouse emissions by 66% by 2032.
Trump Revives Keystone Pipeline Rejected by Obama – The New York Times
In a series of sweeping executive orders, Donald Trump has signalled approval for the controversial oil pipelines Keystone XL and North Dakota. The move is set to anger environmentalists and Native American rights protesters, who have long voiced their objection to the projects.
This week Theresa May announced a new industrial strategy that aims to secure the future of UK business. The announcement was complemented by a number of new hires in the Department For Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS). Four UK entrepreneurs will join the department, with the responsibility of providing oversight and expertise to policy development and resource management.
From dance floors to coffee: The most innovative business energy sources used in the world – London Loves Business
We love this article looking at the quirkier side of energy production. From light up dance floors to solar power that doesn’t need the sun, there are a wealth of creative renewable energy sources out there.
‘Huge’ coal-to-gas switch drives down EU power emissions – Carbon Brief
The continuing trend from coal to natural gas drove down EU emissions by 4.5% last year. These new figures are the latest indication of the falling popularity of coal, which generated less power than wind in the UK in 2016. The drop is due to the closure of a number of UK coal plants, the effectiveness of the Government’s carbon tax, market response to cheaper gas prices and gas making up for lower nuclear and water power outputs.
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