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Alternative Fuels

Incheon LNG Receiving terminal (Kogas)

South Korea – government support for gas

South Korea’s recently approved third energy plan reaffirms the government’s support for gas which will help to boost consumption in the long term but challenges remain.

21 June 2019 Asia Pacific
Kogas's Incheon LNG terminal.

Kogas accelerates roll-out of LNG-produced hydrogen

The LNG importer is pushing ahead with efforts to produce and import hydrogen as part of South Korea’s long-term plan to transition away from nuclear and coal and become a fully-fledged hydrogen economy.

10 June 2019 Asia Pacific

Renewables investment fall leaves EU short of targets

Many EU countries risk missing their 2020 renewables targets because of a slowdown in investment since 2014, EU auditors have warned.

6 June 2019 Europe & Russia
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
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

Europe’s long goodbye to coal

Several countries in Western Europe have pledged to phase out coal-fired power generation by 2030, but the fuel will retain a foothold in Germany and Eastern Europe.

30 May 2019 Europe & Russia
HGV being refuelled with LNG at Pontadera in Italy

Italian incentives boost biogas uptake

Italy has the potential to produce about 3 bcm/y of biomethane in 2030 and 35 bcm/y in 2050, meaning less natural gas will be needed to meet demand.

23 May 2019 Europe & Russia
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
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

Japan LNG demand to rise as nuclear shuts down

The shutdown of Japan’s nuclear power plants beginning from next year will see the country turn back to LNG to meet power demand.

9 May 2019 Asia Pacific
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
The Barakah nuclear plant in the UAE

Delays to UAE Barakah nuclear plant to support gas

The delay in bringing online the United Arab Emirates’ first nuclear power plant will mean the country will continue to depend on imported pipeline gas and LNG for now.

11 April 2019 Middle East & Africa
A gas-fired power station in Italy

Italy plans gas investment to switch from coal

Enel and Edison, Italy’s two major utilities, are looking at installing new gas-fired generation capacity to replace the country’s coal-based power plants after 2025

11 April 2019 Europe & Russia
Tepco's Futtsu thermal power plant in Japan.

New coal-fired capacity to weigh on Japanese LNG demand

The startup of new coal power units in Japan could reduce demand for LNG imports over the next couple of years.

10 April 2019 Asia Pacific

Renewables make gains in global power

Global renewables-based electricity generation increased by 7% year on year in 2018, outpacing the annual average for recent years.

4 April 2019 World
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
Yellowbank gas production

Aussie election favourites home in on climate

Emission-reduction policies look set to be a defining factor in Australia’s upcoming election as the country’s two major parties prepare to battle it out.

4 April 2019 Asia Pacific
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
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

Coal-to-gas switching helps mitigate rise in CO2 emissions

A switch from coal to gas in power generation helped offset the growth in global CO2 emissions in 2018.

1 April 2019 World

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