EU clears Advent’s buyout of GE Distributed Power business

The acquisition includes the latter firm’s manufacturing sites in Austria, Canada and the US

EU court dismisses Austrian challenge to UK Hinkley nuclear subsidies

It ruled the government’s contribution to the new nuclear plant in Somerset does not violate EU rules

Work starts on ‘world’s largest’ hydrogen pilot facility

The EU-funded flagship project will have a capacity of 6MW and be fully operational by spring 2019

EU bank backs Austrian wind with €48m financing

The European Investment Bank (EIB) is providing €48 million (£41.9m) in financing for the construction and operation of three new wind farms in Austria. They will have a total capacity of 39MW and will be operated by Windkraft Simonsfeld, which has a portfolio that amounts to 168MW. The new wind farms will generate enough electricity […]

Austrian waste management firm fined €6.6m by EU

An Austrian waste management firm has been ordered to pay €6.6 million for breaking EU rules. According to the European Commission, Altstoff Recycling Austria (ARA) blocked competitors from entering the nation’s market for management of household packaging waste from 2008 to 2012. In Austria, producers of goods are obliged to take back packaging waste that […]

Siemens to deliver smart metering solution to Austrian power firms

Siemens is to provide the hardware and software for a smart metering solution to two power suppliers in Austria. Smart meters allow consumers to see a breakdown of their gas and electricity use through a display in their homes and can also communicate directly with energy companies. The technology giant will supply a complete system […]

Women in nuclear fight for industry gender balance

Women from across the nuclear industry met at a global event to fight for gender balance in the sector this week. They took part in the 23rd Women in Nuclear (WiN) Global Annual Conference in Austria. Women in Nuclear aims to address the industry’s gender balance, improve the representation of women in leadership and to engage with the public […]

EU loans €85m for wind power in Austria

The European Investment Bank (EIB) is providing an €85 million (£68m) loan for the development of wind power projects in Austria. The funds will be channelled through the Raiffeisenlandesbank Niederösterreich-Wien AG (RLB NÖW) bank. Project promoter WindLandKraft GmbH will build and operate three projects, which will include 34 turbines and have a total capacity of […]

Austria to bring lawsuit against Hinkley green light

Austria will challenge a decision to let the UK spend money on a new nuclear power plant in court. Its Federal Government announced the lawsuit plans after the the EU Commission gave a green light for Hinkley Point to be built in Somerset today. Chancellor Werner Faymann and Vice Chancellor Reinhold Mitterlehner said they do “not accept” […]

Poland and Austria referred to court over energy efficiency law

The European Commission is referring Poland and Austria to the EU Court of Justice for failing to enact the energy efficiency buildings legislation. Under the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive, member states must establish and apply minimum energy performance requirements for all buildings, ensure the certification of buildings’ energy performance and regularly inspect heating and […]