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German utilities switch to gas in H1

Carbon prices and fuel costs have seen Germany’s power generators switching away from coal, H1 company results confirm.

Yesterday Europe & Russia / Alternative Fuels
A coal power plant in Germany.

Uniper determined to complete Germany’s last new coal plant

The company’s commitment to commission Datteln 4 by next summer shows Germany’s coal phase-out will take time despite encouraging levels of fuel-switching from coal to gas in recent months.

4 days ago Europe & Russia / Policy & Regulation
Peterhead gas-fired power plant in the UK

UK presses on with capacity auctions

The UK is planning to hold its next capacity auction for power generators in January 2020 in the hope that the suspension imposed by the EU Court of Justice will be lifted by then.

5 days ago Europe & Russia / Policy & Regulation
An artist's impression of operations at the Tortue field between Senegal and Mauritania

Senegal unveils tentative midstream plans

The government is pushing ahead with studies on national gas-to-power infrastructure despite fresh doubts over the finances of state power firm Senelec.

5 days ago Middle East & Africa / Pipelines, Storage & Power
Clapham Junction station in darkness

UK blackout highlights role of interconnectors

The recent outage has flagged the growing need for electricity imports when shortages occur, but it also raises broader questions about the future of gas-fired power in Northwest Europe.

13 August 2019 Europe & Russia / Policy & Regulation
The Drax power station in the UK

Capacity payments may do little to prevent UK coal exit

RWE is shutting the last of its coal-fired power plants in the UK, with closures at other plants looking likely ahead of the country’s 2025 deadline for phasing out coal.

2 August 2019 Europe & Russia / Policy & Regulation
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte

Philippines signals transition to cleaner alternatives to coal

President Rodrigo Duterte has indicated a turnaround in the country’s energy policy by pledging to reduce its dependence on coal-fired power and increase the share of renewables and gas.

29 July 2019 Asia Pacific / Pipelines, Storage & Power
A hydrogen generating plant in the UK

Germany aims to boost hydrogen investment

Germany has scaled up its ambition on power-to-gas projects by pledging more financial support for pilot schemes, but doubts linger over cost-efficiency and technological barriers for large-scale deployment.

25 July 2019 Europe & Russia / Policy & Regulation
A Polish coal-fired power station

Poland eyes nuclear and renewables to shift away from coal

Poland has set out ambitious plans for investments in nuclear and renewables that could potentially limit the scope for gas to replace coal in its power sector.

18 July 2019 Europe & Russia / Policy & Regulation
People in Bangladesh carrying baskets of coal.

Bangladesh’s energy transition tilts towards coal

The country is aiming to triple its generation capacity by 2040, with apparently few concessions to its climate commitments.

15 July 2019 Asia Pacific / Alternative Fuels
The Datteln 4 coal power plant

Europe’s coal phase-out requires ETS rethink

The phase-out of coal power across Europe risks undesired consequences for gas and clean power unless action is taken to cancel a corresponding number of EU carbon allowances when plants retire.

11 July 2019 Europe & Russia / Policy & Regulation
One of Karpowership's floating power plants

Karpowership aims to meet Africa’s power needs

The large-scale floating powership company is targeting long-term installations in Africa, but sourcing gas feedstock remains a challenge

11 July 2019 Middle East & Africa / Pipelines, Storage & Power
A coal mine in Serbia

No end in sight for Western Balkan coal subsidies

Coal subsidies remain plentiful in the region and are blocking a faster switch to gas and renewables.

9 July 2019 Europe & Russia / Policy & Regulation
Revithoussa LNG terminal in Greece

Coal subsidies may slow Greek energy transition

Greece is trying to pressure Brussels into approving its national capacity market, which would keep coal in the country’s electricity mix for years to come.

4 July 2019 Europe & Russia / Policy & Regulation
Gannawarra Energy Storage System, Australia

Battery storage – moving forward in 2019

Falling costs and government policies are expected to help support substantial battery storage capacity expansions this year.

4 July 2019 World / Pipelines, Storage & Power
Argentine electricity workers fixing a generator in Buenos Aires during the blackout.

Argentina’s power sector lurches from crisis to crisis

Argentina will need significant investment in its electricity infrastructure to avoid a repeat of the blackout that hit the country in June.

3 July 2019 Americas / Supply & Demand
An E.On power station in Germany

Europe's gas-fired power gains as TTF prices hit record lows

European gas-fired power plants are looking increasingly profitable compared with coal alternatives as a result of low prices for gas and high prices for carbon allowances.

27 June 2019 Europe & Russia / Pipelines, Storage & Power
The Azito power plant in Ivory Coast

Gas to underpin new West Africa power plan

The masterplan makes a bet on tentative gas-fired projects that have yet to come online but could justify planned LNG supply capacity

27 June 2019 Middle East & Africa / Pipelines, Storage & Power
The Altomonte CCGT facility in Italy.

Italy gets tough on coal-to-power subsidies

Italy’s revised capacity market will bar coal-fired power plants from auctions starting this year, while new or heavily refurbished gas-fired plants can bid for contracts with a duration of up to 15 years.

21 June 2019 Europe & Russia / Policy & Regulation

Gas may fill the gap as Europe’s coal and nuclear plants close

European gas-to-power production could receive a boost by the beginning of next decade from the closure of coal and nuclear power facilities.

20 June 2019 Europe & Russia / Policy & Regulation

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