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CNOOC Gas & Power Group's LNG-fired power plant in Guangdong province

Guangdong bets on gas to meet power demand

China’s most prosperous province has turned to gas-fired power to help it improve local air quality by cutting coal consumption while continuing to meet rising electricity demand.

20 June 2019 Asia Pacific / Policy & Regulation
The Sutter power plant in California

Texas and California may face electricity generation challenges this summer

Low reserve margins and ramping issues may result in emergency alerts in Texas and storage withdrawals in California over the summer.

19 June 2019 Americas / Pipelines, Storage & Power
Argentine electricity workers working to fix a generator in Buenos Aires during a blackout. (PA)

Argentina’s blackout: a wake-up call

The power outage in Argentina over the weekend – the worst in its history – could be yet another sign of the need for urgent investment in the country’s ageing electricity infrastructure.

17 June 2019 Americas / Pipelines, Storage & Power
Protesters unveil a banner calling for a halt to construction of a coal-fired power plant in Central Java.

Coal facing financing crunch in Southeast Asia

Major financiers are beginning to think twice about financing coal-fired power projects in the region, with governments looking to gas and renewables instead.

13 June 2019 Asia Pacific / Policy & Regulation
An offshore wind farm near Copenhagen.

Headwinds for EU renewables growth as subsidies fall

A recent report by the EU Court of Auditors – the guardian of the EU budget – has cast further doubts over the EU’s prospects for meeting its 2020 and 2030 renewable targets.

12 June 2019 Europe & Russia / Policy & Regulation
A gas-fired distributed generation project in Shanghai

Gas-fired distributed generation fizzles in China

China’s central government has outlined big ambitions for a roll-out of gas-fired distributed generation installations across the country, but the goal looks increasingly unachievable.

6 June 2019 Asia Pacific / Pipelines, Storage & Power
EU member states will be under pressure to reduce emissions

Europe – the politics of emissions

Good results for Europe’s Green parties in the EU parliamentary elections will pressure member states to place greater emphasis on reducing emissions.

5 June 2019 Europe & Russia / Policy & Regulation
Oil refineries in Kuwait

Kuwait mulls an end to direct crude burn

Gas is driving the move away from crude oil in Kuwait’s power sector, but the country will need a helping hand from oil products to complete the transition.

5 June 2019 Middle East & Africa / Alternative Fuels
A German wind farm

Obstacles to German onshore wind could aid gas

Slower growth in new onshore wind installations in Germany could mean gas will play a bigger role in the country’s energy transition than some had anticipated.

16 May 2019 Europe & Russia / Policy & Regulation
Power lines

Australian election set to shape electricity market

Australia’s next general election is scheduled for 18 May. A change in government could result in a shift in energy policy – with implications for the power sector.

10 May 2019 Asia Pacific / Supply & Demand
Coal-fired power station

Coal sees resurgence in Turkey’s power sector

Turkey’s dependence on domestically produced coal and renewables is set to increase as the country shifts its focus towards minimising imports of fossil fuels for electricity generation.

8 May 2019 Middle East & Africa / Supply & Demand
Spain's prime minister Padro Sanchez

Spanish energy transition retains political support

Spain looks set to carry on with its transition away from coal and nuclear regardless of whether Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez decides to form a coalition or govern alone.

2 May 2019 Europe & Russia / Policy & Regulation
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.

18 April 2019 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

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