A Tesla Powerwall battery can power a two-bedroom home for 24 hours. (Tesla) Alternative Fuels

Can gas unlock future power invention?

Gas is not just a relatively clean stopgap fuel on the road to a renewable future – it may also be a catalyst for technological progress.

By The Wildcat 21 July 2017
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Hinkley Point C cost could reach £50 bln

The planned Hinkley Point C nuclear power plant could cost consumers £50 billion over the life of the project.

19 July 2017
The Fessenheim nuclear plant, France. The government plans to reduce nuclear’s share of the country’s energy mix. (EDF) Alternative Fuels

French energy policy offers chance for gas

Plans to phase out coal and nuclear in France’s power supply could offer gas a chance to gain market share.

19 July 2017
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Germany, Poland account for half of EU coal capacity

Germany and Poland account for a combined 51% of the EU’s installed coal capacity and 54% of emissions from coal.

19 July 2017
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Renewables will meet 48% of Brazilian power demand by 2026 – report

Renewables will account for around 48% of Brazil’s energy demand of 351 mt of oil equivalent in 2026, according to a report released by federal energy planning authority EPE.

18 July 2017
A PetroVietnam rig offshore Vietnam. (PetroVietnam) Alternative Fuels

Vietnam’s reliance on coal delays gas and renewables

Vietnam is behind the curve in the shift away from coal-fired power, with gas’s share of its energy mix set to fall in the short term.

14 July 2017
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South Korea plans three floating solar plants

South Korea’s Rural Community Corp. has revealed plans to build up to 280 MW of floating solar capacity at three sites in the country by 2019.

11 July 2017
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Construction begins on two solar plants in southern France

Renewable energy company Voltalia has started construction of two solar power plants in Var – the sunniest region of France.

10 July 2017
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Scientists call on South Korea to keep nuclear power

A letter signed by 27 international scientists and conservationists has called on South Korean President Moon Jae-in to reconsider his decision to phase out nuclear power from the country’s energy mix.

6 July 2017
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Nuclear power faces mixed outlook in Asia Pacific

There is a mixed outlook for nuclear power in Asia Pacific, with decline expected for the developed economies and rapid growth for emerging economies.

6 July 2017
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Coal prices strengthen on outages in Australia and Asia

Europe’s dependence on imported coal and gas is increasing relative to consumption because of declining domestic production.

5 July 2017
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China’s dirty coal use to drop to 191 mtpa by 2025 – Woodmac

The volume of ‘sanmei’, or ‘dirty coal’, used by China is expected to decline from 650 mtpa in 2012 to 191 mtpa in 2025.

4 July 2017
The Itaipu dam in Brazil. The country is installing more and more renewable generation capacity. (Itaipu Binacional) Alternative Fuels

Gas may be slow-burn success in Latin America

The short-term prospects for gas in Latin America look bleak because of renewables. But the sector should play the long game.

4 July 2017
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Hinkley C will take year longer and cost £1.5 bln more

Construction of the Hinkley Point C nuclear power station in the UK will take at least a year longer than planned and cost up to £1.50 billion more than earlier estimates.

3 July 2017
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Troubled times ahead for nuclear industry – FT

The nuclear power industry is facing headwinds as the construction of new reactors has gone way off schedule and over budget, according to the Financial Times.

28 June 2017
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Polish gas demand bucks trend in BEMIP region

Poland is the only country covered by the Baltic Energy Market Interconnection Plan where gas demand is expected to grow over the coming years.

28 June 2017
The control room at South Korea’s Shin-Wolsong nuclear power plant. (KHNP) Alternative Fuels

South Korea’s nuclear phase-out to boost gas demand

The South Korean president’s call to phase out nuclear power in favour of LNG and renewables will boost the country’s gas demand in the long term.

26 June 2017
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UK watchdog slams Hinkley Point nuclear deal

A report by UK spending watchdog the National Audit Office (NAO) has labelled the government’s deal for the Hinkley Point C nuclear power plant as "high cost and risky".

23 June 2017
An LNG cargo arrives in Brazil. LNG could still play a key role in the country despite production growth. (Petrobras) Alternative Fuels

Renewables throw LNG a lifeline in Latin America

Do not write off Latin America’s LNG sector just yet. Renewables will need a hefty back-up, conference speakers in Houston argued this week.

23 June 2017
Grain LNG terminal. The UK’s carbon floor price has helped gas gain market share from coal. (Flickr/National Grid) Alternative Fuels

ETS price too low for LNG to crowd out coal in power

LNG import prices in Europe have dropped sharply but will still rely on a boost in carbon prices to compete with coal in power generation.

22 June 2017
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Brussels OKs Danish support for coal-to-biomass conversion

The European Commission has approved Denmark’s DKK 422 million support package to convert DONG Energy’s coal-fired power plant in Kalundborg to use biomass.

22 June 2017

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