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Wind and solar power at record high in 2020, coal dips: analysis

Wind and solar produced a record 10 percent of global electricity in the first half of 2020 as the world's coal plant fleet ran at less than half its capacity, analysis published Thursday showed.

Despite a near-record drop in power demand due to the pandemic, renewables accounted for 1,129 terawatt-hours in January-June, compared with 992 in the first six months of 2019, according to a report by the Ember energy think tank.

CORRECTED: Disputed Nord Stream pipeline under threat: German financier

German energy company Uniper, a financier of the disputed Nord Stream 2 pipeline, warned that the multi-billion-euro project to bring gas from Russia to Europe may yet unravel as the US ramps up its threats against the plan.

In its half-year interim report, Uniper said that intensified US efforts against the project mean "the probability of a delay or even non-completion of the pipeline is increasing."

"We view the development with concern," Uniper CEO Andreas Schierenbeck said in a conference call.

Disputed Nord Stream pipeline under threat: German financier

German energy company Uniper, a financier of the disputed Nord Stream 2 pipeline, warned that the multi-billion-euro project to bring oil from Russia to Europe may yet unravel as the US ramps up its threats against the plan.

In its half-year interim report, Uniper said that intensified US efforts against the project mean "the probability of a delay or even non-completion of the pipeline is increasing."

"We view the development with concern," Uniper CEO Andreas Schierenbeck said in a conference call.

Turkey Med row over prestige, not gas: Greek analysts

Turkey's insistence in forging ahead with a contentious Mediterranean gas exploration plan is really over regional prestige, Greek analysts said Tuesday as a Turkish vessel began a second day of searches.

The row flared Monday when Ankara sent the research ship Oruc Reis near the Greek island of Kastellorizo, whose maritime rights Turkey disputes.

Marine tracking on Tuesday located the vessel southeast of the island of Crete. It is escorted by a Turkish navy flotilla and shadowed by Greek warships.