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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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UK has first day without relying on coal for power since 1880s

“Friday 21st April 2017 was the first 24-hour period since the 1880s where Great Britain went without coal-fired power stations,” the National Grid control room said in a Twitter post confirming the achievement announced earlier. The country is getting half of its electricity from gas power plants, 30 percent from renewables and interconnectors and the … Continue reading UK has first day without relying on coal for power since 1880s

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Support to fossil fuels remains high and the time is ripe for change

Government support to fossil fuel consumption and production in OECD countries and key emerging economies remains high, at USD 160-200 billion annually, according to a new OECD report. This support is hampering global efforts to curb emissions and combat climate change.     The OECD Inventory of Support Measures for Fossil Fuels 2015 takes stock … Continue reading Support to fossil fuels remains high and the time is ripe for change

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New NREL Data Suggests Wind Power Could Replace Coal as Nation’s Primary Generation Source

The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) recently released data showing that the Capacity Factor (CF) for wind power can reach 65% which is comparable to that of fossil fuel based generation. While the headlines aren’t as sexy as Tesla’s ‘Ludicrous mode‘, the transformative implications for climate change dwarf Elon Musk’s latest accomplishment.  Increasing a generator’s … Continue reading New NREL Data Suggests Wind Power Could Replace Coal as Nation’s Primary Generation Source

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BP Statistical Review shows 2014 was a year of ‘tectonic’ shifts in global energy production and consumption

The 2015 edition of the BP Statistical Review of World Energy, launched today, highlights how significant changes in global energy production and consumption have had profound implications for prices, for the global fuel mix, and for global carbon dioxide emissions. The 64th annual edition of the Statistical Review highlights the continuing importance of the US … Continue reading BP Statistical Review shows 2014 was a year of ‘tectonic’ shifts in global energy production and consumption

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Beijing to close its coal power plants

The remaining four major coal-fired power plants supplying Beijing will be shut down next year in a move to reduce pollution that averaged more than twice China’s national standard last year. The facilities will be replaced by four gas-fired stations with capacity to supply 2.6 times more electricity than the coal plants. The closures are … Continue reading Beijing to close its coal power plants

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Coal production drops in China

The country has quickly become a world leader in solar power and wind energy and aims to produce 20 percent of its electricity through non-fossil fuel sources by 2030, double the current share. China recorded its first drop in coal production since 2000 last year, as the world’s biggest greenhouse gas emitter pulls back on … Continue reading Coal production drops in China

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Global coal demand to reach 9 billion tonnes per year by 2019

Global demand for coal over the next five years will continue marching higher, breaking the 9-billion-tonne level by 2019, the International Energy Agency (IEA) said in its annual Medium-Term Coal Market Report released today. The report notes that despite China’s efforts to moderate its coal consumption, it will still account for three-fifths of demand growth … Continue reading Global coal demand to reach 9 billion tonnes per year by 2019

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Denmark considers phasing out coal by 2025

Denmark should ban coal use by 2025 to make the Nordic nation a leader in fighting global warming, adding to green measures ranging from wind energy to bicycle power, Denmark’s climate minister said on Saturday.   Denmark has already taken big steps to break reliance on high-polluting coal – wind turbines are set to generate … Continue reading Denmark considers phasing out coal by 2025

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Wind power is more cheaper than gas

It’s no surprise that if environmental costs are considered, renewables—particularly wind power—are a far better bargain than coal power. But it might surprise many that according to a new such analysis, nuclear power lags far behind wind energy and even hydroelectric power in its economic impact, at least in the European Union. Energy costs are … Continue reading Wind power is more cheaper than gas

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Onshore wind energy cheaper than coal, nuclear and gas

Producing onshore wind energy is cheaper than coal, nuclear and gas, the European Wind Energy Association (EWEA) has claimed.   Based on EWEA’s analysis of the data in the report, onshore wind has an approximate cost of EUR 105 per megawatt hour (MWh) which is cheaper than gas (up to EUR 164), nuclear (EUR 133) … Continue reading Onshore wind energy cheaper than coal, nuclear and gas

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Solar power, wind energy cost may fall to level for coal by 2020s

The cost of solar energy and onshore wind power may fall to the same level as generation from fossil fuels by the 2020s, energy consultant Poyry Oyj said in a report. Solar plants in Spain may produce electricity competitive with coal and gas as early as 2021, in Portugal by 2022 and in parts of … Continue reading Solar power, wind energy cost may fall to level for coal by 2020s

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Wind energy and solar power compete with coal, gas

Lazard said that solar energy and wind energy were already competing with fossil fuels on an unsubsidised basis. We’ve now gotten hold of the original report and are reprinting four graphs here, which we find quite stunning because it underlines how quickly the case for more fossil fuels is quickly being eroded.   The first graph … Continue reading Wind energy and solar power compete with coal, gas

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BP Statistical Review shows strength of global energy system amid disruptions and shifting world economy

The BP Statistical Review of World Energy 2014 – launched today at the World Petroleum Congress meeting in Moscow – reveals how the world of energy echoed broader global themes in 2013. Emerging differences in global economic performance, geopolitical uncertainty and ongoing debates about the proper roles of government and markets are all reflected in … Continue reading BP Statistical Review shows strength of global energy system amid disruptions and shifting world economy

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