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Poland calls for an EU energy union amid Ukraine crisis

Poland has begun campaigning in favour of an EU energy union in order to reduce the bloc's dependence on Russian supplies, Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk said Tuesday. "We're pursuing efforts both on the diplomatic front and on an expert level in Brussels," he told reporters, before laying out six concrete proposals. "The Ukraine context... means that the question of energy independence, not just of Poland but of the entire continent, is starting to take on an importance that extends beyond the economic factor."

Ruling parties fail to endorse content of energy policy

The ruling parties failed on Friday to reach an agreement with the government on the content of an energy policy that is currently being devised, with wording on efforts to boost renewable energy remaining a major sticking point. "Today, we were expecting that the government will present the final draft, we endorse it and set the stage for the policy's Cabinet approval....but we weren't able to do that," a key ruling Liberal Democratic Party lawmaker told reporters following a meeting with lawmakers of the LDP's coalition ally, the New Komeito party.

Ruling parties fail to endorse content of energy policy

The ruling parties failed on Friday to reach an agreement with the government on the content of an energy policy that is currently being devised, with wording on efforts to boost renewable energy remaining a major sticking point. "Today, we were expecting that the government will present the final draft, we endorse it and set the stage for the policy's Cabinet approval....but we weren't able to do that," a key ruling Liberal Democratic Party lawmaker told reporters following a meeting with lawmakers of the LDP's coalition ally, the New Komeito party.

Environment minister eyes boosting renewable energy to 30% in 2030

Environment Minister Nobuteru Ishihara said Friday that the government should make clear in its energy policy that renewable energy should be increased to as much as 30 percent of the country's total power generation in 2030. The remarks were made as the government and ruling parties are making final arrangements to decide on the so-called Basic Energy Plan, which will be the first of its kind since the country's pro-nuclear energy policy was thrown into disarray in the wake of the 2011 Fukushima Daiichi nuclear complex disaster.

Environment minister eyes boosting renewable energy to 30% in 2030

Environment Minister Nobuteru Ishihara said Friday that the government should make clear in its energy policy that renewable energy should be increased to as much as 30 percent of the country's total power generation in 2030. The remarks were made as the government and ruling parties are making final arrangements to decide on the so-called Basic Energy Plan, which will be the first of its kind since the country's pro-nuclear energy policy was thrown into disarray in the wake of the 2011 Fukushima Daiichi nuclear complex disaster.

Ukraine crisis adds uncertainty to key German project: shifting away from nuclear energy

BERLIN - The crisis in Ukraine has added an extra dose of uncertainty to German Chancellor Angela Merkel's biggest domestic project: shifting the country from nuclear to renewable energy sources. Merkel launched the drive to transition the country away from nuclear after Japan's 2011 Fukushima disaster. Since then, the "Energiewende" — roughly, "energy turnaround" — has created increasing headaches. Now, the tensions with Russia could complicate the plans further.

Romania caps green energy quota to help large industrial firms

BUCHAREST (Reuters) - Romania's government capped the amount of renewable energy that large industrial consumers must buy this year in a move to help offset their high energy costs and stave off the threat of job cuts ahead of elections later this year. The cap is part of a wider set of measures the leftist government plans to enforce this year to help industrial consumers, who have repeatedly warned that high power and gas prices could lead to production cuts, layoffs and even plant relocations.

EU moves to reduce energy dependency on Russia

European Union leaders agreed Friday to step up moves to cut energy dependency, notably on Russia, after events in Ukraine. EU Council president Herman Van Rompuy said the bloc's 28 leaders had agreed at a two-day summit to outline an energy security framework at their next top-level meeting in June. "Reducing our energy dependency, especially in relation to Russia, was a key topic" at the summit talks, Van Rompuy said at a news conference. "If we dont take action now, by 2035 we will be dependent for 80 percent of oil and gas," he said.

World faces 'water-energy' crisis

Surging populations and economies in the developing world will cause a double crunch in demand for water and energy in the coming decades, the UN said Friday. In a report published on the eve of World Water Day, it said the cravings for clean water and electricity were intertwined and could badly strain Earth's limited resources.

World faces 'water-energy' crisis

Surging populations and economies in the developing world will cause a double crunch in demand for water and energy in the coming decades, the UN said Friday. In a report published on the eve of World Water Day, it said the cravings for clean water and electricity were intertwined and could badly strain Earth's limited resources.
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