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Datteln 4 coal power plant

Germany’s lignite phase-out begins to take shape

Germany has provided more clarity on the phase-out of its lignite power plants by unveiling a timetable for decommissioning, but the level of ambition is falling short of expectations.

Yesterday Europe & Russia / Policy & Regulation
Brigg gas-fired power station, UK

EU carbon under pressure as UK auctions resume

The optimism in the EU carbon market seen in 2018 and early 2019 has given way in the face of coal-to-gas fuel switching, the comeback of UK capacity auctions and a continuing weak outlook for gas prices.

2 days ago Europe & Russia / Supply & Demand
Kozienice Power Plant, Poland

EU transition fund puts further pressure on coal

The EU’s Just Transition Fund aims to speed up the bloc’s energy transition – in particular via coal-decommissioning – by supporting the regions hardest hit by the change.

2 days ago Europe & Russia / Policy & Regulation

German spark spreads improve year on year

Profit margins for German gas-fired power plants improved in 2019 compared with the previous year, while margins for coal-fired plants declined.

5 days ago Europe & Russia / Alternative Fuels
Mt Arthur coal mine, New South Wales, Australia

Coal set for relief in 2020 after a turbulent 2019

Coal demand for power generation plunged in 2019 but seems likely to stabilise this year as switching to gas is beginning to plateau.

9 January 2020 World / Supply & Demand
CGI image of Hinkley Point C nuclear plant, UK

EU green investment rules a challenge for nuclear

The new standards seem set to make it increasingly challenging to finance new nuclear developments, handing gas and renewables a competitive advantage.

9 January 2020 Europe & Russia / Policy & Regulation
Coal power plant in China

China’s coal revival poses challenge for gas

The ongoing trade spat with the US appears to have given the role of coal in China’s power sector renewed momentum as the government prioritises economic growth and energy security.

6 January 2020 Asia Pacific / Alternative Fuels

Gas plants secure payments in Irish auctions

Gas-fired power plants were broadly successful in Ireland’s recent capacity auctions, with 4.6 GW securing payments for 2021-2022 and 4.7 GW for 2020-2021.

19 December 2019 Europe & Russia / Policy & Regulation
Officials at teh COP 25 climate change conference in Madrid last week

COP talks fail, but carbon linking set to continue

Many countries will plough ahead with their own plans for multilateral carbon markets after UN talks on a set of overarching rules failed yet again.

19 December 2019 Europe & Russia / Policy & Regulation

Poland sees higher price in power auction

The closing price in Poland’s most-recent capacity payment auction came out higher than it has done in previous years.

11 December 2019 Europe & Russia / Supply & Demand
A coal power plant in Poland.

Poland set to boost gas-fired generation in 2024

The results of Friday’s power market auction show gas is making progress in Poland’s power sector, but its share will remain small compared with that of hard coal and lignite.

9 December 2019 Europe & Russia / Pipelines, Storage & Power

Romania’s power generation in figures

With the expected decommissioning of the country’s coal plants, gas-fired generation seems likely to make gains in the Romanian energy mix in the coming years.

9 December 2019 Europe & Russia / Supply & Demand

Saudi Arabia’s power generation in figures

Saudi Arabia generates almost all its electricity from fossil fuels, including gas, but the kingdom has outlined ambitious plans for solar and wind generation.

6 December 2019 Middle East & Africa / Supply & Demand
Staudinger coal power plant near Frankfurt

EU BREF regulation adds to grim outlook for coal

Tougher EU regulations on airborne emissions will exacerbate the impact of higher CO2 prices and may lead to more closures of coal-fired power plants across Europe.

5 December 2019 Europe & Russia / Policy & Regulation

German coal and gas plants see lower profits in November

Profit margins for coal- and gas-fired power generators in Germany came under pressure in November amid declining month-ahead power prices.

5 December 2019 Europe & Russia / Supply & Demand

Coal shipments to Europe’s power plants decline

Deliveries of lignite and hard coal to power plants across Europe fell in H1 2019 compared with H1 2018 as renewables and gas displaced coal in the power mix.

29 November 2019 Europe & Russia / Alternative Fuels
The Monstad CCS testing centre in Norway

Carbon capture may be too late for coal and gas

The technology may not develop quickly enough to save coal, and it may even be too late for gas.

28 November 2019 World / Policy & Regulation

US power generation in figures

Renewable sources provided a record 410 TWh of electricity in the US in 2018 and are now challenging gas for market share thanks to policy support mechanisms.

22 November 2019 Americas / Policy & Regulation
Wind turbines turning against the sky

US support for renewables may challenge gas

Power generation from solar and wind in the US is growing faster than gas-fired power because of policy support for renewables at state level.

21 November 2019 Americas / Supply & Demand
A worker at a Korean factory fuelling a HFC EV.

South Korea and Australia scale up ambition on hydrogen

The two countries are stepping up hydrogen cooperation activities as part of plans to create a fully-fledged hydrogen economy in South Korea.

18 November 2019 Asia Pacific / LNG

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