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
Patnow coal plant, Poland. Warsaw hopes to help the country’s coal plants. (Zepak) Alternative Fuels

Warsaw vs Brussels in capacity market debate

Poland is pushing ahead with plans to support its coal power plants with a capacity market, but these will bring it into conflict with proposed EU law.

15 May 2017
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Taiwan turns to LNG as nuclear outages hit

Four of six nuclear reactors in Taiwan are offline, leaving the country more reliant on coal and LNG to meet electricity demand.

15 May 2017
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Australia developing membrane reactor tech for hydrogen

Australia’s Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation has developed a new type of membrane reactor technology that will help commercialise the use of hydrogen fuel cells.

12 May 2017
Solar installations in Berlin. Large-scale storage could support renewable capacity. (Berliner Energieagentur) Alternative Fuels

Germany takes lead in Euro battery charge

Germany is leading the way on installing large-scale battery projects as it works to store energy from its renewable capacity.

9 May 2017
A coal-fired power plant near Beijing in 2014. The city is set to replace coal power with gas. (PA) Alternative Fuels

Beijing set to hit coal-to-gas switching targets

Beijing’s arduous bid to clean up the city’s air is moving in the right direction thanks to an official campaign to switch from coal to gas.

9 May 2017
The Takahama nuclear power plant. Reactors 3 and 4 are scheduled to restart this month. (PA) Alternative Fuels

Growing gas demand will eclipse Takahama restart

The imminent restart of two reactors at the Takahama nuclear plant could be outweighed by other factors in Japan’s energy mix, experts say.

9 May 2017
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Brussels OKs French renewables support schemes

The European Commission has approved schemes to support electricity from renewable sources in France with a combined budget of around €1.2 billion per year.

5 May 2017
Gasunie subsidiaries are about to launch a 1 MW power-to-gas pilot project. (Gasunie) Alternative Fuels

Gasunie attempts to scale up power-to-gas tech

Two Gasunie subsidiaries are developing a 1 MW power-to-gas pilot project in the middle of the Netherlands' high-voltage power grid.

5 May 2017
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Statoil interested in Algerian renewables – minister

Statoil is interested in investing in solar and wind projects in Algeria, Norwegian Foreign Affairs Minister Børge Brende said after meeting his Algerian counterpart.

4 May 2017
A tanker at Gorgon LNG. Plants in Australia are considering using batteries as back-up power. (Chevron) Alternative Fuels

LNG plants look to batteries to save valuable gas

Battery storage systems may be a way for Australia’s LNG plants to provide back-up power and free up more gas for liquefaction, experts say.

4 May 2017
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Wind buffets Brazilian gas demand

Brazil has built nearly 10 GW of wind capacity over the last five years. However, a big sector needs big back-up.

4 May 2017
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China to spend $15 bln on coal-fired power in Pakistan

Chinese companies are planning to spend $15 billion over the next 15 years developing up to a dozen coal-fired power plants in Pakistan.

3 May 2017
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South African government could appeal against nuclear decision

The government of South Africa may appeal against the decision of the country’s High Court to halt the domestic nuclear-build programme

3 May 2017
South Korea’s Incheon LNG terminal. The front-runner in the country’s presidential election has promised to reform the LNG import tax. (Kogas) Alternative Fuels

Korean election favourite plans to boost role of gas

A South Korean presidential candidate has pledged to sideline nuclear power in favour of renewables and gas, but this might be harder to do than it appears.

2 May 2017
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Toyota trials use of fuel cells to power factory

Toyota is trialling the use of a fuel cell system to power its factory in Motomachi, Japan.

28 April 2017
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South Africa nuclear deal halted by High Court

South Africa’s nuclear build programme has been halted by the country’s High Court, which says current nuclear deals with Russia, South Korea and the United States are unconstitutional.

27 April 2017
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US solar workers outnumbered coal in 2016

The solar industry employed more Americans in 2016 than the coal industry.

26 April 2017
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Myanmar plans 20 hydro projects

Myanmar’s Ministry of Electricity and Energy plans to build 20 new hydropower projects with a combined capacity of more than 6.2 GW.

26 April 2017
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Indonesia’s PLN reconsidering nuclear power

Indonesia’s state electricity company, PLN, has revisited the idea of using nuclear power to meet its long-term electricity needs in a new business plan.

26 April 2017
State power utility Saudi Electricity Co. is currently the only offtaker of power in Saudi Arabia. (Saudi Electricity Co.) Alternative Fuels

Saudi Arabia presses on with power privatisation

Saudi Arabia’s power sector reforms will shift the state power utility into the role of system operator, but the constant changes are taking their toll.

26 April 2017

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