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The Czech daily Hospodarske Noviny (English: “Economic Newspaper”) is reporting today that the Czech Export Bank (CEB) and export insurance agency EGAP may not be be able to finance the Pljevlja II lignite power plant in Montenegro due to new OECD rules entering force on 1 January 2017. by Hugo Charat, cross-posted from the Bankwatch… » read more

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How to overcome the stagnation in the Czech renewable energy sector? Ending the government’s crusade against renewable support schemes would be a good starting point, writes Karel Polanecky from Bankwatch’s member group Hnuti Duha, Friends of the Earth Czech Republic.   cross-posted from the Bankwatch blog   Power production from renewable energy sources in the… » read more

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If fossil fuels’ grip on the Czech Republic’s energy sector remains, as current plans and policies confirm, the country’s support for the Paris Agreement will be nothing but a sham, writes Karel Polanecky from Bankwatch’s Czech member group Hnuti Duha.   cross-posted from the Bankwatch blog The Paris Agreement, sealed 8 months and signed by… » read more

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Two reports by the Serbian Center for Investigative Journalism take stock of the problems surrounding the planned Kostolac B3 lignite power plant, including a recent court decision that cancelled the project’s Environmental Impact Assessment.   by Sven Haertig-Tokarz, cross-posted from the Bankwatch blog   Bankwatch has reported time and again about controversies in the Serbian… » read more

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Czech environmental and law groups have proposed a law amendment to revive the disadvantaged renewable energy sector in their country. Karel Polanecky from Bankwatch member group Hnuti Duha explains their initiative.   Cross-posted from the Bankwatch blog. (Image by flickr user abejorro34 (CC BY-NC 2.0))   There are many impressive numbers related to Germany’s Energiewende… » read more

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Energoatom is currently unable to serve loans from European institutions. Even though a European Commission study assessed the company’s credit worthiness Ukrainian taxpayers now have to pay back part of the loans. by Ana-Maria Seman, cross-posted from the Bankwatch blog Difficulties are piling up for Ukraine’s state nuclear operator Energoatom whose accounts remain frozen since… » read more

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In its EU funds spending plans, Slovakia has shown commendable dedication to making bioenergy more sustainable. Taking over the EU presidency in June, it will have a unique chance to apply its expertise to improve European regulations on biomass.   by Miroslav Mojzis cross-posted from the Bankwatch blog   After pressure from Slovak non-governmental organisations,… » read more

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Last year in the EU, 12.8 GW of wind power capacity was installed – more than any other electricity generation source. This means that wind can now generate 11.4% of the EU electricity consumption in a normal wind year, according to Wind Europe. At the same time Belgium and Scotland have shut down their last… » read more

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Ahead of a referendum in the Netherlands on the association agreement between the European Union and Ukraine, Olexi Pasyuk from the National Ecological Centre of Ukraine discusses the agreement’s importance for Ukraine’s civil society and why Europe must still improve how it engages with the country. by Olexi Pasyuk, cross-posted from the Bankwatch blog. (The… » read more

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While the Energy Community yesterday failed to consider more stringent air pollution rules for the Western Balkans, a new report quantifies the health costs of the region’s coal burning both within the region itself as well as in the neighbouring European Union. by Ioana Ciuta, cross-posted from the Bankwatch blog I often hear that countries… » read more

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