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A coal power plant in Poland.

EU nations explore loopholes for coal-to-power

Some member states are looking to exploit gaps in the bloc’s revised electricity regulations that could enable them to subsidise coal-fired plants for many years to come.

4 days ago Europe & Russia / Policy & Regulation
The Zandvliet CCGT plant in Antwerp.

Belgian capacity market takes major step forward

Belgium’s parliament has approved a subsidy scheme that could shore up investor confidence in new gas-fired power plants, but final approval by the European Commission remains a hurdle.

9 April 2019 Europe & Russia / Policy & Regulation
Germany's Datteln coal power plant

Coal under pressure as EU carbon reforms bite

EU climate policies are beginning to squeeze out coal in Europe’s power mix but have yet to benefit gas-to-power on a large scale.

4 April 2019 Europe & Russia / Alternative Fuels
Lignite Power Plant, Weisweiler, Germany. (RWE)

Gas set for tentative comeback in Germany

The country’s plans to phase out coal-fired power are set to benefit gas, as carbon prices have given the most-efficient gas plants higher profit margins.

3 April 2019 Europe & Russia / Supply & Demand
Wind power turbine towers in Liu’ao, China.

China’s wind capacity to drive global growth this year

After substantial growth in its installed wind capacity in 2018, China expects to see further significant expansion this year despite government efforts to ease its subsidy burden.

2 April 2019 Asia Pacific / Alternative Fuels
Workers at the Takoradi power station in Ghana.

Private group bids to mend Ghana’s power sector

A privately led consortium has taken the reins of Ghana’s principal power distribution company in a bid to improve performance, but legacy debts continue to threaten upstream investors.

28 March 2019 Middle East & Africa / Pipelines, Storage & Power
Biomass domes at Drax Power Station

UK marks world’s first with Drax BECCS facility

The Drax power plant in North Yorkshire has started a pilot programme to capture carbon from bioenergy – a first for the UK and the world.

5 March 2019 Europe & Russia / Alternative Fuels
Nuclear power plant, Germany

Is nuclear falling out of favour?

Nuclear can provide a secure power supply in a low-carbon world, but it faces challenges that need public support and strong policies to overcome.

5 March 2019 World / Alternative Fuels
Wind farm

Renewables and gas to dominate US power sector

The US is set to see a big change in the fuels it consumes to generate power, with gas and renewables making gains at the expense of coal and nuclear, the EIA says.

5 February 2019 Americas / Supply & Demand
Egypt’s 1.8 GW Benban Solar Park

Egypt’s ambitious renewables plans move forward

Egyptian solar power capacity is increasing, and substantial growth is planned in the long term.

4 February 2019 Middle East & Africa / Supply & Demand
Double decker buses in London

Europe’s drive to reduce emissions

Europe is moving to bring down emissions via ambitious new targets and developments in the region’s power sector will become increasingly critical to meeting them.

14 January 2019 Europe & Russia / Policy & Regulation
Oil derrick

Oil prices upbeat in new year after further gains

Prices have risen by about 9% since the start of the year and are likely to climb further in 2019 as the OPEC-plus group cuts output and sanctions bite against Iran.

9 January 2019 World / Global Markets
In this Nov. 21, 2018 photo smoke billows from chimney stacks of the heating and power plant in Bedzin, near Katowice, southern Poland. Katowice, in the southern coal mining region, will host global climate summit Dec.2-14.

Concrete steps needed at COP24

The pressure is on for nations to make tangible progress on tackling global warming at the climate summit in Poland.

3 December 2018 World / Policy & Regulation
Itaipu dam, Brazil

Brazil’s hydropower addiction will be hard to break

Non-hydro renewables have a bright future in Brazil’s generation portfolio, but it will be no mean feat for the country to rein in the dominance of hydro.

3 December 2018 Americas / Supply & Demand
Solar farm

Solar capacity growth slows in China

China has been the driver of global solar capacity growth in recent years. Although the pace of the country’s expansion has slowed, its use of solar is still growing.

6 November 2018 Asia Pacific / Alternative Fuels
EDF Energy’s 49MW battery storage facility at West Burton

New tech threatens outlook for gas in Asia

Gas will be the fastest-growing fossil fuel in Asia out to 2050, but technologies such as clean coal and batteries pose a threat to its market share.

6 November 2018 Asia Pacific / Policy & Regulation
Industrial emissions

EU ETS reform keep carbon prices high

With EU carbon allowances above €20/t, many countries around the world will be watching whether this prompts a switch away from coal in the power mix. The stakes are high.

3 October 2018 Europe & Russia / Policy & Regulation
Air conditioning units at an apartment complex

India’s looming cooling crisis

Warmer temperatures combined with a growing and increasingly wealthy population are set to drive up India’s demand for air conditioning.

3 October 2018 Asia Pacific / Supply & Demand
Offshore wind farm

Australia – new government, new policy

As Australia’s newly formed government sets out its agenda, there is much at stake for the country’s energy policy.

4 September 2018 Asia Pacific / Policy & Regulation
Solar farm, USA

Challenges for gas in California

California has been heavily dependent on gas for power generation in recent decades, but this could be set to change as the state looks likely to move towards having 100% renewable power.

4 September 2018 Americas / Supply & Demand

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