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Greece Launches Tender for Privatisation of Hellenic Petroleum GroupPhoto: Victor Habbick via FreeDigitalPhotos

Greece Launches Tender for Privatisation of Hellenic Petroleum Group

April 20, 2018 | Peter Palčec
Oil and oil derivates | Energy policy | Economy

Greece launched an international tender on Wednesday 18 April to sell a majority stake in its biggest oil refiner, Hellenic Petroleum Group, as agreed under its third international bailout, reported EurActiv....


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Proposal for a Union of Coal Producers of the Western BalkansPhoto: Pozitivna Slovenija

Proposal for a Union of Coal Producers of the Western Balkans

April 19, 2018 | Peter Palčec
Electricity | Coal | Energy policy

A union of coal producers of the Western Balkans should be founded; this was one of the proposals raised at the International Expert Conference ’The role of coal in the production of electricity’, which was held in Belgrade under the patronage of Serbia’s Ministry of Mining and Energy, states an announcement on Elektroprivreda BiH’s website, the largest power utility in Bosnia and...


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EventHorizon: Consumers Strongly Motivated by Local and Community ConceptsPhoto: Roman Peklaj

EventHorizon: Consumers Strongly Motivated by Local and Community Concepts

April 18, 2018 | Tanja S. Volarič, Berlin
Electricity | Energy policy | New technologies

Consumers are interested in knowing the sources of their energy, many of them feel unempowered (this is the reason why they don’t switch suppliers), and they are strongly motivated by the concept of local and community, said Sam Warburton, managing director of the Germany-based start-up Conjoule, on Tuesday at the EventHorizon 2018 conference in Berlin, Germany....


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European Parliament Approves Revised Energy Performance of Buildings DirectivePhoto: ddpavumba via FreeDigitalPhotos

European Parliament Approves Revised Energy Performance of Buildings Directive

April 18, 2018 | Andreja Šalamun
Electricity | RES and EE | Energy policy | CO2 emissions | Economy

The European Parliament gave its final approval on the revised Energy Performance of Buildings directive on Tuesday. The updated legislation, voted through with 546 for, 35 against and 96 abstentions, requires member states to develop national long-term strategies to support cost-saving renovations of public and private buildings, with a view to reducing emissions in the EU by 80-85% compared to...


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Romanian Rompetrol Rafinare to Invest EUR 45.9m in Its Refineries in RomaniaPhoto: Victor Habbick via FreeDigitalPhotos

Romanian Rompetrol Rafinare to Invest EUR 45.9m in Its Refineries in Romania

April 18, 2018 | Peter Palčec
Oil and oil derivates | Economy

Rompetrol Rafinare, the core asset of the oil company KMG International Group (formerly known as Rompetrol) in Romania, which operates the biggest oil refinery in the country – Petromidia, plans to invest USD 56.9 million (EUR 45.896 million) in its refineries in Romania, reported Romania-Insider....


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EventHorizon: It Is Time to Use Science to End the Destruction of Our PlanetPhoto: Tanja S. Volarič

EventHorizon: It Is Time to Use Science to End the Destruction of Our Planet

April 17, 2018 | Tanja S. Volarič, Berlin
Electricity | RES and EE | Energy policy | New technologies | Startup

“Today science is under attack more than ever by private interests, those who want to hold on to the status quo, and by governments and religion. However, we need to trust science. We have to usher in a new age of energy production and move away from the carbon industry and, to some extent, atomic energy as well, which are always subject to political upheaval. It is time to look at distributed...


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GEN-I Collaborates with Metron and Netis to Develop New Self-Supply SolutionPhoto: Tanja S. Volarič

GEN-I Collaborates with Metron and Netis to Develop New Self-Supply Solution

April 17, 2018 | Tanja Srnovršnik Volarič
Electricity | RES and EE | Transport | New technologies

The Slovenian company GEN-I has teamed up with the Metron Institute and the company Netis to develop an off-grid smart energy management system, which uses blockchain to enable comprehensive self-supply and the implementation of sharing economy models in the energy industry. The solution was unveiled by GEN-I Sonce, a subsidiary wholly-owned by the GEN-I Group, last Friday at a conference on the...


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Siemens Launches First High-speed Self-healing Grid in CroatiaPhoto: iStockphoto

Siemens Launches First High-speed Self-healing Grid in Croatia

April 17, 2018 | Tanja Srnovršnik Volarič
Electricity | New technologies

Siemens Croatia has set up in Croatia its first high-speed self-healing power grid, which promises to restore power supply in the event of a fault in less than 0.3 seconds. The system was installed on the overhead lines of Elektra Koprivnica, which is part of the Croatian distribution system operator HEP ODS, Siemens told Energetika.NET....


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EnC: Acceleration in Clean Energy Transition in the WB6 Region is NeededPhoto: Tomaž Klopčič

EnC: Acceleration in Clean Energy Transition in the WB6 Region is Needed

April 17, 2018 | Peter Palčec
Electricity | RES and EE | Energy policy | Heating

Even though progress in a number of measures has been achieved by Western Balkan governments, more political support is needed to make full use of the existing programmes. Acceleration of the clean energy transition is also needed in order to deliver on the Western Balkan region’s climate commitments, stated the Energy Community Secretariat (EnC) in its Western Balkans 6 (WB6) sustainability...


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Austria Interested in Serbia’s Hydro Power PotentialPhoto: arhiv Energetika.NET

Austria Interested in Serbia’s Hydro Power Potential

April 17, 2018 | Peter Palčec
Electricity | Energy policy

“Austria wants to further strengthen co-operation in Serbia, especially in the construction of mini hydropower plants (HPPs), since Serbia possesses a significant hydro power potential. There is also strong interest from Austrian companies in improving the energy efficiency in buildings in Serbia”, said the Ambassador of Austria to Serbia, Nikolaus Lutterotti, at a meeting with Serbia’s...


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