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The conflict betweeen Russia and Ukraine has underlined the competing claims of the EU’s three energy policy objectives: security of supply, environmental concerns and competitiveness

EU seeks alternative suppliers

As Europe’s biggest supplier of oil, coal and natural gas, Moscow has flexed its political and economic muscle. The continent is now learning to fight back

A photo taken on September 30, 2014 shows barbed wire set near an underground gas storage in the village of Opari, some 70 kms south-west from Lviv
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Europe aims to wean itself off Russian gas

Infrastructure improvements are no substitute for diversified supplies

Russia's President Vladimir Putin signs on the first segment of pipeline during a ceremony marking the start of construction of 'Power of Siberia' pipeline at the village of Us Khatyn, September 1, 2014
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Pipeline politics flow both ways

President Putin faces a dilemma: his country would be badly hurt by turning off supplies to Europe

The Leiv Eiriksson off the coast of Greenland
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The great ‘cold rush’ may bring prosperity – but at what price?

The ice may be melting fast, but Greenland’s Arctic waters remain some of the most hostile and inaccessible anywhere

Several factors conspire to increase fossil fuel use

Coal is cheap but its use is hard to reconcile with plans to cut carbon emissions

Politics helps drive France’s newfound commitment to renewables

Critics say shutting down nuclear plants would not make economic sense

Hostility limits growth of fracking in Europe

Progress towards establishing whether the continent can follow in North America’s footsteps is at a snail’s pace

EU warms to the potential efficiencies of district heating

Scandinavia offers a model for using excess power station heat

Norbert Schwieters

Germany’s burdensome shift to renewables

Old infrastructure needs dismantling, while distribution grids must be built

Sigmar Gabriel
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Clean energy proves a costly exercise for Germany

Businesses and consumers are paying a high price

Search for new business models as losses mount

Political uncertainty creates problems for companies such as Vattenfall

Simple solutions lead to a greener future

Saving energy cuts costs for industry and helps solve the climate change equation