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Power & Renewables

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 Markets & Forecasts / 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 Markets & Forecasts / 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 Markets & Forecasts / 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 Markets & Forecasts / 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 Policy & Regulation / 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 Markets & Forecasts / 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 Policy & Regulation / 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 Markets & Forecasts / 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 Markets & Forecasts / 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 Policy & Regulation / 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 Policy & Regulation / 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 Policy & Regulation / 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 Policy & Regulation / 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 Policy & Regulation / Americas / Supply & Demand
Artist’s impression of the wall of the tidal lagoon at Swansea Bay

The UK tidal lagoon – making a costly mistake?

The UK government will not support a proposed tidal lagoon project. Critics say it is a missed opportunity, but Westminster is clear it will not fund the project.

3 July 2018 Markets & Forecasts / Europe & Russia / Alternative Fuels
Abengoa employees doing construction work on a transmission tower in Chile.

Renewables going from strength to strength in Chile

Chile’s improving electricity distribution infrastructure and the government’s emphasis on clean power will boost the country’s development of renewables and CCS.

3 July 2018 Policy & Regulation / Americas / Supply & Demand
Bird's eye view of Świnoujście LNG terminal

Poland pushes renewables, but coal is embedded

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 Policy & Regulation / Europe & Russia / Supply & Demand
TCM plant at Mongstad. (Gassnova)

Norway’s FEED decision may boost CCS prospects

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.

4 June 2018 Policy & Regulation / Europe & Russia / Policy & Regulation
Main dam body - Neelum Jhelum Hydropower plant, Pakistan.

Pakistan needs new power capacity

Power shortages are blighting Pakistan. Ambitious government plans to improve output have been hit by delays in bringing new capacity online.

9 May 2018 Markets & Forecasts / Asia Pacific / Supply & Demand
Factory emissions

Europe: carbon pricing in the power mix

Carbon prices in Europe have risen and a region-wide price floor has been proposed. The changing dynamics could alter Europe’s power mix.

3 April 2018 Policy & Regulation / Europe & Russia / Policy & Regulation