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EU national experts voted in favour of new rules for stricter energy standards for industrial motors, in the first of a string of votes on energy-using products scheduled for this month. Despite the technical nature of the topic, tens of thousands of citizens have shown considerable interest by signing a petition calling for stricter standards.

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Italy became the latest EU country to embark on a new wave of nuclear energy development, as Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi and French President Nicolas Sarkozy signed a deal to build new plants in Italy.

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A Romanian scheme that grants double incentives for wind farms and other renewable energy projects has been acclaimed by large investors in the region. But Rod Christie, GE Energy’s president for Eastern Europe and Russia, warns that financing difficulties had risked bringing some projects to a standstill.

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EU energy ministers will meet to agree on six priority “axes” to strengthen Europe’s energy security, including a yet-to-be-defined ‘South Corridor’ for gas, which is threatening to split Europeans over Russia’s possible participation.

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Deadlocked talks between the EU institutions on the third energy market liberalisation package took a step forward, as the Czech EU Presidency tabled amendments to the Council’s position on ownership unbundling.

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European energy market integration is happening, albeit slowly, Lord John Mogg, president of the European Regulators Group for Electricity and Gas (ERGEG), argued.

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Governments need to communicate more clearly their objectives on improving the energy consumption of buildings, to give construction companies more certainty about future demand.

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