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.

By Andreas Walstad 22 June 2017
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US nuclear capacity to keep rising to 2020

Nuclear power generation capacity in the US is expected to see net growth between now and 2020, despite the low oil and gas prices.

10 December 2015
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Japan’s LNG imports slide in October

Japan’s LNG imports fell in October, making it look increasingly unlikely overall demand will exceed last year's total.

10 December 2015
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Lynemouth support complies with state aid rules – EC

The European Commission has concluded that UK support for the conversion of Lynemouth power station from coal to biomass complies with EU state aid rules, it said on Tuesday.

1 December 2015
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India will drive energy demand for next 25 years – IEA

India is likely to contribute 'more than any other country to the rise in global energy demand over the next 25 years', the International Energy Agency said this week.

27 November 2015
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Renewables revolution under way – CCA

The world is seeing a dramatic revolution in energy provision, with clean energy investment rising by 43% globally since 2009, a Climate Council of Australia report says.

26 November 2015
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UK coal phase out at a glance

The announcement of the UK’s intention to phase out the use of coal will shake up the country’s power generation mix, as coal provides just under a third of the country’s electricity.

20 November 2015
Rudd visiting National Grid power cable tunnels under London. Gas power must expand under her plans. (PA) Alternative Fuels

UK to phase out coal within a decade – Rudd

The UK will shut all its coal power plants by 2025, the country’s energy secretary says, but her plans will require a 50% increase in gas-fired generation at a time when gas is struggling for investment.

19 November 2015
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Cheap gas is a threat to coal, says US bank

Relatively low gas prices and government policies that favour renewables may see coal demand continue to fall in the Atlantic market.

18 November 2015
New Delhi has announced a target of 100 GW of new solar capacity by 2022. (PA) Alternative Fuels

Renewables and coal to shut out gas in India

Solar power could be price competitive with coal within the next three years in India, limiting opportunities for gas to play a larger role in the power sector.

17 November 2015
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Employee shareholders warn EDF on Hinkley Point

An association of employee shareholders of EDF, has warned the French power giant that its project to build two nuclear reactors at Hinkley Point in the UK is "a financial catastrophe foretold".

13 November 2015
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Coal consumption drops in key countries

Coal demand is on the way down in key consuming countries, according to a recent report by Greenpeace.

11 November 2015
China has the greatest potential to expand production and consumption of gas, according to the IEA. (CNOOC) Alternative Fuels

IEA’s World Energy Outlook goes green ahead of COP21

The International Energy Agency has suggested global gas consumption could grow by 50% by 2040, according to its latest World Energy Outlook.

10 November 2015
Climate activists display art representing wind and solar energy in downtown Cairo, September 2014. (PA) Alternative Fuels

Solar power developers under pressure in Egypt

Companies have only days to commit to developing solar power facilities at Benban, despite some uncertainty over the terms of the agreement.

10 November 2015
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US nuclear capacity to increase by 2020

United States nuclear capacity is set to increase by 2020, the US Energy Information Administration said in a 2 November report.

9 November 2015
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Abengoa gets five-year solar plant extension

Spain’s Abengoa has been granted a five-year extension to its contract to operate and maintain the 472 MW solar/gas hybrid plant in Morocco.

5 November 2015
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Renewables to supply 33% of Germany's electricity in 2015

Renewable energy sources are expected to supply around 33% of gross electricity consumption in Germany in 2015.

3 November 2015
The Castelnou Energia CCGT power plant in Spain. Power producers are worried by the new rules. (Engie) Alternative Fuels

Air quality vote worries EU power sector

A vote passed in the European Parliament to tighten emissions caps is a concern for the power sector, but is more of a problem for coal than gas.

2 November 2015
Lynn and Inner Dowsing wind farm off the coast of Lincolnshire in the UK. (Centrica) Alternative Fuels

European utilities weathering the storm

European energy companies are hedging their risks against warm winters as well as solar and wind volatility with increasingly diverse financial products.

23 October 2015
Gas-powered vehicles are facing competition from pure electric and hybrid cars. (Tesla) Alternative Fuels

Renewables vie with gas in carbon-aware China

Renewables could end up pushing aside gas in their march to capture a chunk of China’s future energy mix if nothing is done soon to improve the fortunes of the fossil fuel.

19 October 2015
Sidi Fredj, west of Algiers. Algeira plans to have 27% of power generated by renewables sources by 2030. (PA) Alternative Fuels

Algeria’s solar sector shifts from public to private

Sonelgaz’s enthusiasm for solar power has cooled. Private projects may fill the void, but their success relies on several factors.

15 October 2015

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