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“Coal exit” collective agreement finalised

After intensive negotiations and under great time pressure, RWE has reached an agreement with the United Services Union (ver.di) and the Mining, Chemical and Energy Industrial Union (IG BCE) on the “coal exit” collective bargaining agreement. This creates the conditions for the company to be able to end coal-fired power generation in a socially acceptable … Continue reading “Coal exit” collective agreement finalised

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Wind energy is key to coal regions in transition

WindEurope recently participated in a panel discussion about the clean energy potential of coal regions in transition together with representatives from the European Commission, the Joint Research Centre, Bloomberg New Energy Finance and SolarPower Europe. The event was organised by the European Commission for the launch of the new Just Transition Platform. The transition of … Continue reading Wind energy is key to coal regions in transition

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Wind power and solar energy replace coal in Europe

The decarbonization of the electricity sector seems on track in Europe. A report presented on Wednesday suggests that the EU is disengaging from coal faster than expected while energy production with renewable technologies marks record highs. And as a consequence of both phenomena the CO2 emissions of the European electricity sector fall at a rate … Continue reading Wind power and solar energy replace coal in Europe

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India added 14 gigawatts of wind energy Capacity in last five years

India has added 50 gigawatts of renewable energy capacity over the last five years, a major achievement for the country in which two-thirds of its capacity still uses fossil fuels to generate electricity. As per government data, between March 2015 and December 2019 India added 98 gigawatts of power generation capacity. 52% of this was … Continue reading India added 14 gigawatts of wind energy Capacity in last five years

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Could renewable energy, wind energy, concentrated solar power and PV, overcome coal in China?

In September of last year Oilprice reported an incredible milestone for renewable energy when solar and wind power became cheaper than coal in most of the world. Now, a new report released this week by Wood Mackenzie Power and Renewables has heralded another milestone: China will soon be added to that list of countries in … Continue reading Could renewable energy, wind energy, concentrated solar power and PV, overcome coal in China?

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Chile closes coal plants and bets on wind energy and solar power

Chile will have the first concentrated solar power plant in Latin America (cerro Dominador) and for years it has been promoting the use of wind energy. On the last day of the year 2019, the company Enel Generación Chile carried out the disconnection and cessation of operations of the Tarapacá Plant, which it planned to … Continue reading Chile closes coal plants and bets on wind energy and solar power

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Vattenfall’s last coal power plant in the Netherlands is closing

The closing of Hemweg 8 is the result of legislation by the Dutch government that has decided to phase out coal production in the country. Alexander van Ofwegen, Director of Heat & Production at Vattenfall Netherlands says: “Vattenfall sees no future for coal” and in the coal phase-out discussion in the Netherlands we have been clear … Continue reading Vattenfall’s last coal power plant in the Netherlands is closing

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China’s climate paradox: A leader in coal and clean energy

As world leaders gather in Spain to discuss how to slow the warming of the planet, a spotlight falls on China — the top emitter of greenhouse gases. China burns about half the coal used globally each year. Between 2000 and 2018, its annual carbon emissions nearly tripled, and it now accounts for about 30% … Continue reading China’s climate paradox: A leader in coal and clean energy

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Iberdrola will replace Lada and Velilla’s coal thermal plants with wind energy and solar power

The president of Iberdrola has proposed to the Ministry the closure of the Lada (Asturias) and Velilla (Palencia) plants and instead build 420 wind power and photovoltaic megawatts in the Velilla area and four ecological wind farms in Lada, which would add some 130 MW The president of Iberdrola, Ignacio Sánchez Galán, has announced that … Continue reading Iberdrola will replace Lada and Velilla’s coal thermal plants with wind energy and solar power

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Molten salt storage in concentrated solar power plants

The first thing you see of the Crescent Dunes Solar Energy Facility, and you can be miles away, is a light so bright you can’t look directly at it. This sits atop a 640-foot cement tower, rising from the flat, empty Nevada desert around the halfway point on the highway from Reno to Las Vegas. … Continue reading Molten salt storage in concentrated solar power plants

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Coal miners visit Europe’s largest onshore wind farm in Romania

For the energy transition to succeed, it must be just. This means making sure that coal regions are not left behind. It means training fossil fuel workers so they can work in renewables. And it means showing that wind energy delivers jobs, prospects and a promising future for coal workers. It’s in this spirit that … Continue reading Coal miners visit Europe’s largest onshore wind farm in Romania

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China hooked up another 20.59 GW of new wind energy capacity to its grid in 2018

China’s renewable power capacity rose 12 percent in 2018 compared to a year earlier, official data showed on Monday. China has been aggressively promoting renewable energy as part of an “energy revolution” aimed at easing its dependence on coal, a major source of pollution and climate-warming greenhouse gas emissions. Total capacity – including hydro and … Continue reading China hooked up another 20.59 GW of new wind energy capacity to its grid in 2018

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How much does it cost to bail out uneconomic power plants?

As the administration continues developing plans to prop up aging, uneconomic coal and nuclear plants, many have wondered what the price tag for consumers would look like. Today, a new report is out from the Brattle Group that gives us a glimpse of what a two-year down payment for bailing out these plants could cost: … Continue reading How much does it cost to bail out uneconomic power plants?

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Coal, nuclear power plant bailout could exceed $34 billion

A new report was released by The Brattle Group, a leading consultant on utility operations and energy markets, analyzing the cost of providing extra financial support to uncompetitive U.S. power plants. The independent assessment was commissioned by a diverse group of energy industry associations representing natural gas, oil, energy efficiency, storage, grid services, solar, wind … Continue reading Coal, nuclear power plant bailout could exceed $34 billion

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Proposed action to bail out nuclear, coal plants is misguided, would hurt consumers

A diverse group of energy industry associations including energy efficiency and storage, natural gas, oil, solar and wind issued the following statement condemning the Administration’s draft plan to bail out coal and nuclear plants across the country. Amy Farrell, American Wind Energy Association Senior Vice President for Government and Public Affairs (AWEA): “Independent energy regulators, … Continue reading Proposed action to bail out nuclear, coal plants is misguided, would hurt consumers

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WindEurope pledges support for Polish transition from coal

Poland has been the site of increasing activity for the wind industry. The Polish parliament has started debating legislation that will reverse the real estate tax and facilitate a 1,000 MW onshore auction by the end of 2018, while the Polish TSO recently announced that the Polish grid could accommodate 4 GW offshore wind by … Continue reading WindEurope pledges support for Polish transition from coal

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Iberdrola announces the complete closure of its coal-fired power capacity

In line with its strong commitment to tackling the effects of climate change, Iberdrola has decided to complete the process of phasing out all its coal-fired power generation capacity worldwide. The technology represents 1.8% of the group’s total installed capacity of 48,062 megawatts (MW) and 1.5% of its electricity production for the first nine months … Continue reading Iberdrola announces the complete closure of its coal-fired power capacity

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Would extra payments to coal and nuclear really solve any problem with the grid?

Does the latest push for extra payments to coal and nuclear electric generators really reflect a problem with the grid, or is it a “solution” to the “problem” of cheap electricity? Two weeks ago the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) was given a tight, 60-day timeline to act “before the winter heating season begins so … Continue reading Would extra payments to coal and nuclear really solve any problem with the grid?

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Wind energy to overtake coal power in Texas

Wind energy is expected to overtake coal in Texas after Friday’s news that two large coal-fired power plants are set to close in the next year. The utility firm Luminant announced that it would close the Sandow Power Plant and the Big Brown Power Plant in early 2018. The power plants comprise 2,300 megawatts of … Continue reading Wind energy to overtake coal power in Texas

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WindEurope calls on EU Member States to adopt new environmental rules for coal and lignite plants

On 28 April the European Commission will seek the support of EU Member States for new environmental standards for large industrial plants including coal and lignite plants. EU Member States will meet in the Industrial Emissions Directive (IED) Article 75 Committee and vote on the adoption of the revised Best Available Techniques reference (BREF) document … Continue reading WindEurope calls on EU Member States to adopt new environmental rules for coal and lignite plants

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