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Alternative Fuels

A gas-fired power station in Italy

Italy plans gas investment to switch from coal

Enel and Edison, Italy’s two major utilities, are looking at installing new gas-fired generation capacity to replace the country’s coal-based power plants after 2025

11 April 2019 Europe & Russia
Tepco's Futtsu thermal power plant in Japan.

New coal-fired capacity to weigh on Japanese LNG demand

The startup of new coal power units in Japan could reduce demand for LNG imports over the next couple of years.

10 April 2019 Asia Pacific

Renewables make gains in global power

Global renewables-based electricity generation increased by 7% year on year in 2018, outpacing the annual average for recent years.

4 April 2019 World
Germany's Datteln coal power plant

Coal under pressure as EU carbon reforms bite

EU climate policies are beginning to squeeze out coal in Europe’s power mix but have yet to benefit gas-to-power on a large scale.

4 April 2019 Europe & Russia
Yellowbank gas production

Aussie election favourites home in on climate

Emission-reduction policies look set to be a defining factor in Australia’s upcoming election as the country’s two major parties prepare to battle it out.

4 April 2019 Asia Pacific
Lignite Power Plant, Weisweiler, Germany. (RWE)

Gas set for tentative comeback in Germany

The country’s plans to phase out coal-fired power are set to benefit gas, as carbon prices have given the most-efficient gas plants higher profit margins.

3 April 2019 Europe & Russia
Wind power turbine towers in Liu’ao, China.

China’s wind capacity to drive global growth this year

After substantial growth in its installed wind capacity in 2018, China expects to see further significant expansion this year despite government efforts to ease its subsidy burden.

2 April 2019 Asia Pacific

Coal-to-gas switching helps mitigate rise in CO2 emissions

A switch from coal to gas in power generation helped offset the growth in global CO2 emissions in 2018.

1 April 2019 World
Biomass domes at Drax Power Station

UK marks world’s first with Drax BECCS facility

The Drax power plant in North Yorkshire has started a pilot programme to capture carbon from bioenergy – a first for the UK and the world.

5 March 2019 Europe & Russia
Nuclear power plant, Germany

Is nuclear falling out of favour?

Nuclear can provide a secure power supply in a low-carbon world, but it faces challenges that need public support and strong policies to overcome.

5 March 2019 World
A US coal plant

EIA report suggests US is moving to lower-carbon power mix

Coal is losing ground in US electricity generation while gas and renewables are gaining, according to new data.

5 March 2019 Americas
The Staudinger black coal power plant in Grosskrotzenburg, Germany

Gas boosts European power role despite coal price decline

Gas has improved its position in Europe’s power mix, particularly for the coming quarter, despite a slump in coal prices.

27 February 2019 Europe & Russia
Lippendorf coal-fired power plant

Germany – path for gas still not clear

With coal set to follow nuclear in being phased out from Germany’s electricity mix, gas will make gains. However, questions of timing and scale remain.

25 February 2019 Europe & Russia

BP forecasts stronger LNG trading and greater role for gas

BP has released its Energy Outlook 2019, revising its forecasts from last year’s outlook for 2040 to include more LNG trading and faster growth in gas consumption.

15 February 2019 World
Wind farm

Renewables and gas to dominate US power sector

The US is set to see a big change in the fuels it consumes to generate power, with gas and renewables making gains at the expense of coal and nuclear, the EIA says.

5 February 2019 Americas
Egypt’s 1.8 GW Benban Solar Park

Egypt’s ambitious renewables plans move forward

Egyptian solar power capacity is increasing, and substantial growth is planned in the long term.

4 February 2019 Middle East & Africa

Japan’s LNG imports decline by 1% in 2018

Volumes fell only slightly as demand resulting from extreme weather and natural disasters offset the effect of nuclear restarts.

31 January 2019 Asia Pacific
A coal-fired power plant in Germany

Germany’s goodbye to coal leaves room for gas

A proposal to phase out Germany’s coal-fired power plants seems like an opportunity for gas to gain market share, but many questions remain over the timeframe.

31 January 2019 Europe & Russia
Shale gas drilling in the Marcellus formation

Shale growth will transform US gas flows

Flows are set to change dramatically in response to continued growth in shale gas production, the EIA says.

31 January 2019 Americas
Taipei, Taiwan

Taiwan – limits for gas growth

After years of steady increases, Taiwan’s gas demand growth is expected to face challenges. Capacity limitations and potential policy changes could hit the outlook for growth.

24 January 2019 Asia Pacific

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