The Tesla Model X. The UK will ban the sale of new petrol and diesel cars from 2040. (Tesla) Alternative Fuels

Gas ruled out from powering UK’s new electric cars

The UK’s ban on new fossil fuel-powered cars from 2040 will increase power demand, but new generation will mainly come from renewables, analysts say.

By Silvia Favasuli 27 July 2017
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China leads the way in electrifying transport

More than 40% of the electric vehicles (EVs) sold worldwide in 2016 were purchased in China, according to the International Energy Agency.

7 June 2017
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CoolGen unveils new low-emission coal power plant

Japanese company CoolGen has developed a coal-fired power plant that reduces carbon dioxide emissions by up to 30% compared with conventional technology.

6 June 2017
A solar farm in India. The country is struggling to cope with the intermittency of renewables. (Flickr/Bart Speelman) Alternative Fuels

Intermittent renewables pose problem for India

India has no clear solution to the problem of intermittency as the country adds renewable capacity to its grid, experts say.

6 June 2017
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US coal consumption hits lowest level since 1984

The power sector in the United States consumed 677 mt of coal in 2016 – the lowest amount since 1984 – the US Energy Information Administration said on Friday.

5 June 2017
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US energy secretary meets Japan’s industry minister for nuclear talks

Japanese Industry Minister Hiroshige Seko and US Energy Secretary Rick Perry met on Monday to discuss bilateral cooperation on nuclear power, LNG and renewables.

5 June 2017
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South Korean coal plant shutdown begins

South Korea’s month-long shutdown of eight coal-fired power plants started on Thursday and is expected to increase the use of gas as a stopgap.

1 June 2017
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Gas may force Three Mile Island offline

Pennsylvania’s Three Mile Island nuclear power plant – the site of a partial meltdown in 1979 – may close as it cannot compete with lower gas prices.

31 May 2017
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Putin and Orban discuss Rosatom role in Paks nuclear plant

Russian President Vladimir Putin spoke to Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban on Friday to discuss Rosatom’s role in two new units at Hungary’s Paks nuclear power plant.

26 May 2017
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Rosatom still ready to take part in South Africa nuclear tender

Russia’s Rosatom is still keen to participate in South Africa’s nuclear tender as and when it is announced, the company has said.

25 May 2017
DONG Energy is selling off its oil and gas assets to focus on offshore wind energy. (DONG Energy) Alternative Fuels

Identity crisis: utilities and IOCs

Hefty writedowns and plummeting prices have left IOCs looking to become power developers and traditional utilities turning to renewables.

25 May 2017
Innogy’s Eschweiler wind farm. The company manages renewables services that were split off from RWE. (Innogy) Alternative Fuels

Analysts question Franco-German energy alliance

A possible alliance between French and German energy companies has left analysts scratching their heads.

24 May 2017
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ENOC opens UAE’s first solar-powered petrol station

Emirates National Oil Co. has opened the United Arab Emirates’ first solar-powered petrol station in Dubai.

23 May 2017
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Swiss referendum bans new nuclear plants

Nearly 60% of voters approved Switzerland’s ban on new nuclear plants in a referendum on Sunday.

22 May 2017
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IEA revises oil forecast in light of electric vehicle plans

Plans by China and India to rapidly expand the number of electric vehicles on their roads have forced the International Energy Agency to revise its oil demand forecast.

18 May 2017
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Japan making progress with hydrogen fuel cell vehicles

Japan is pushing ahead with its plans to expand the use of hydrogen fuel cells in the transport sector.

18 May 2017
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Oman solar plant could start up by August

The Miraah thermal solar power project in Oman could start up in August this year, Raoul Restucci, managing director of Petroleum Development Oman, has said.

17 May 2017
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Poland awaits first LNG cargo from US

The first LNG cargo sold from the US to Poland is expected to arrive next month, marking a symbolic shift for a country largely dependent on Russia.

17 May 2017
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Two plants reprieved in Moon’s South Korean coal shutdown

New South Korean President Moon Jae-in has ordered eight coal-fired power plants to be temporarily shut down to reduce pollution, two fewer than originally planned.

16 May 2017
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Coal will be king in India for next 30 years

Coal will dominate India’s power mix for the next 30 years but large growth in renewables and gas will eat into coal’s share by 2047.

16 May 2017
A rig in the Khazzan gas field. Phase 1 of the project will boost Oman’s gas output by 30%. (BP plc) Alternative Fuels

Oman plans to import LNG and coal at Duqm

The rapidly developing industrial zone at Oman’s Duqm port may prompt the country to start importing LNG and coal.

16 May 2017

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