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TTIP: New leak shows trade deal’s impact on EU climate policy

The energy chapter being discussed in the latest round of EU-US trade talks would see environmental protections against fossil fuel extraction, logging and mining come under pressure, The Guardian’s Arthur Neslen reveals.

Gas: UK fracker faces takover

Struggling UK shale developer IGas is facing a stealth takeover by a mystery fund, according to Jillian Ambrose at The Telegraph.

She also covers the prospect of a strike by North Sea oil workers, with Unite and RMT balloting 200 out of Shell’s 450 employees in the region and decision due mid-week.

Sticking with Shell for a moment, chief executive Ben Van Beurden has said that the firm may delay the sale of £20bn worth of assets because of the uncertainty caused by Brexit, reports Energy Voice.

Why not check out our recent series on Shell’s millennial PR strategy?

Meanwhile reports in the Russian press say Gazprom is in a panic, with apparently no where to sell its energy to.

Renewables: Germany slows down

The German parliament has passed a measure that would slow the growth of renewable energy, reports the Wall Street Journal.

The new law will require green generators to bid on a limited number of projects, replacing a system that would have allowed an unlimited number of renewable energy projects to go ahead at guaranteed prices.

In the UK, the political instability caused by the Brexit vote has imperilled the billion-pound tidal lagoon project in Swansea Bay, reports the FT.

And a clutch of major energy firms are backing a Scottish government initiative to cut the price of offshore wind, reports Bloomberg.

Coal: EDF plants pull out of capacity market

The coal plants Cottam and West Burton will no longer be a part of the UK’s insurance generation subsidy scheme, reports The Telegraph.

EDF will not upgrade the plants due to the fall in wholesale energy costs, but is seeking an alternative government contract.

Over in Europe, Poland’s coal sector stands accused of sapping underground water and draining its nature reserve lakes, reports Reuters.

And, according to Bloomberg, it’s just gotten much harder to build coal plants in The Philippines.

In other news

China: Beijing’s energy plan is due imminently, according to the Chinese press, and our expert Lauri Myllyvirta says it sounds like the country’s 2020 coal target will cap consumption at 2014 levels.

US: Check out the latest draft of the Democratic Party’s energy and climate platform, courtesy of Rebecca Leber at Grist.

Brexit: Tory leadership candidate Andrea Leadsom has ties to right-wing group ALEC, reports the Guardian, following up on our story last week.

EVs: What is the new Tesla ‘masterplan’ Elon Musk is talking about on Twitter?

Solar: The solar-powered plane has almost finished its around-the-world journey, just one more stop to go.