It will be difficult for Poland to move away from its overwhelming dependence on coal, but the country is making moves to do so by diversifying its energy mix.4 June 2018
Carbon capture and storage has made little progress in Europe, but Norway’s decision to move ahead with a FEED study for a full-scale demo project is a positive step.
Power shortages are blighting Pakistan. Ambitious government plans to improve output have been hit by delays in bringing new capacity online.
Carbon prices in Europe have risen and a region-wide price floor has been proposed. The changing dynamics could alter Europe’s power mix.
Country and regional level coverage with a global view of developments likely to affect power generation
The popularity of gas in the Kuwaiti power sector is set to grow over the coming years, but the use of oil products will continue and the evolution of renewables will be slow.
South Africa’s power supply position has improved, but a drought affecting Cape Town is forcing change at the nuclear plant that supplies much of the city’s electricity.
Gas dominates Thailand’s generation mix. However, government plans to limit gas generation and push renewables could weaken its position.
Germany is under pressure to move forward with its coal policy and get on track to meet its emission reduction targets.
Shell has predicted strong growth in the LNG market over the next decade, but underinvestment in liquefaction capacity could boost prices and lead to a coal resurgence.
A recent research note from Global Gas Analytics suggests UK gas demand will fall to 2030 while overall European demand is unlikely to grow significantly. This makes large-scale development of UK shale unlikely.
The UK government has introduced an emissions limit for power producers that it hopes will see coal phased out of the country’s energy mix by 2025.