Coal giant blames Superbowl blackout on renewables

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USA: A row is brewing in the US after coal giant Peabody Energy released a statement earlier this week effectively blaming the US Superbowl blackout on renewables. The firm’s CEO said: “Without coal, you might as well turn off half the lights not just for our favourite games but also for our cities, shops, factories and homes.” (Peabody Energy)

EU: An agreement to cut the EU budget to €960bn has been agreed in Brussels but the fate of a number of climate and energy projects remain in the balance. (RTCC)

Germany: 73% of Germans support an increase in the EU’s emissions reduction target from 20% to 30% by 2020, according to a poll by the NGO Germanwatch. (CAN Europe)

Africa: The African Development Bank is to expand its investment in geothermal projects across Africa as it looks to tap the continent’s huge potential. A 400MW plant in Kenya is already in development. (Ugandan Independent)

USA: New research in the US has found that while 64% of people are keen to see greenhouse gases from cars and industry regulated, only 29% would support a carbon tax. (Duke University)

UK: Nuclear energy in the UK suffered a fresh blow after it was revealed that a shipment of nuclear waste was accidentally sent to a landfill site. The responsible power station is now being prosecuted. (The Guardian)


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