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Russia tightens grip on Europe’s coal market

Lower shipping rates and a relatively weak ruble allowed Russia to strengthen its position as Europe’s main coal supplier in Q2.

2 days ago Europe & Russia / Alternative Fuels
A coal power plant in the US.

Oldest US carbon market may double in size with new members

Cap-and-trade looks set to take a big step forward in the land of its birth, which should benefit gas and renewables over coal.

4 days ago Americas / Policy & Regulation
Bugey nuclear power plant, France.

France’s nuclear challenge

Problems affecting French nuclear reactors hit European gas and power prices last month. As France is a major regional electricity exporter, the future of its nuclear output will have an impact on Europe’s power balance.

5 days ago Europe & Russia / Supply & Demand
Factory emissions

Pressure mounts for action on emissions

Last month’s UN Climate Action Summit heard louder calls for greater action in the fight against climate change.

6 days ago World / Policy & Regulation
A cooling tower at the EDF power station in West Burton in the UK

EU carbon prices see sell-off on economic woes

EU carbon allowances have traded lower recently, with fears over a global recession and a hard Brexit weighing on prices.

6 days ago Europe & Russia / Policy & Regulation

Gas gains EU power market share in Q2

Lower prices for gas versus coal and higher prices for EU carbon allowances helped gas gain market share in the European power mix over the second quarter of this year.

6 days ago Europe & Russia / Pipelines, Storage & Power
Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar (left) with the French president in Paris. (PA)

Ireland-France power link brings both risks and rewards

The Celtic Interconnector may reduce Ireland’s reliance on gas-fired power, but it will expose the Irish market to periods of supply shortages on the continent.

3 October 2019 Europe & Russia / Policy & Regulation
The Hinkley C nuclear power plant

Nuclear worries boost UK outlook for gas-to-power

The challenges facing the UK’s nuclear industry mean gas looks well-placed to defend or increase its market share and play a back-up role for renewables over the next decade.

27 September 2019 Europe & Russia / Alternative Fuels
Hungarian President Janos Ader

Hungary’s 2030 pledge to end coal likely to be too optimistic

Gas is in a good position to squeeze coal in Hungary’s power mix from 2020, but the country is unlikely to completely phase coal out by 2030 despite recent pledges.

26 September 2019 Europe & Russia / Policy & Regulation
A Ghanaian power station

Ghana looks to renegotiate IPP contracts

Ghana’s government is stepping in to renegotiate take-or-pay arrangements with independent gas-to-power producers, a move that faces strong opposition but could help speed up gasification of the economy.

26 September 2019 Middle East & Africa / Pipelines, Storage & Power
Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis

Greek coal shutdown requires radical rethink

Greece’s plan to phase out coal-fired power by 2028 will require major changes to the country’s generation mix, ostensibly with more reliance on renewables and gas.

25 September 2019 Europe & Russia / Policy & Regulation
The Staudinger black coal power plant in Grosskrotzenburg in Germany

Europe’s retreat from coal forces shifts in seaborne trade

Lower demand for coal in Europe means major suppliers are shipping more to Asia instead, potentially keeping a lid on price gains in the short term.

24 September 2019 World / Global Markets
The Lynn and Inner Dowsing wind farms

UK auction signals future boost to offshore wind

With the roll-out of offshore wind projects in the UK beating expectations, gas may face a challenge to its profitability in the long run.

23 September 2019 Europe & Russia / Policy & Regulation
The Datteln coal-fired power plant in Germany

Germany may see race to end coal before 2038 deadline

The economics suggest Germany’s coal phase-out could be completed well in advance of 2038, with the first auction for government compensation expected in June next year.

12 September 2019 Europe & Russia / Policy & Regulation
CNOOC Gas & Power Group's LNG-fired power plant in Guangdong province

Power exchange no fix for Guangdong gas power

The commercial prospects of the gas-to-power sector in Guangdong province remain dim, nearly three years after local power producers were permitted to seek better prices for their output on a regional exchange.

12 September 2019 Asia Pacific / Pipelines, Storage & Power
A Karadeniz powership

Ghana prepares to switch powership to gas

The 470 MW vessel has successfully been relocated to the country’s southwestern coast, but the switch from fuel oil to gas has been pushed back by a few weeks.

11 September 2019 Middle East & Africa / Pipelines, Storage & Power
Coal mining in Jharia, India

India – the challenge of rising power demand

India’s increasing demand for electricity will be met by greater levels of renewable output, but higher levels of coal-fired power generation will also be needed.

9 September 2019 Asia Pacific / Supply & Demand
Coal mining.

A clean lifeline for coal?

The coal sector is facing economic and environmental challenges that threaten future demand, but there is still room for growth in some markets.

5 September 2019 World / Supply & Demand
A power plant in Nigeria

Nigeria looks to reboot failing power sector

Nigeria’s federal government is turning to old methods to turn around its failing power market, but it will not get far without significant improvements in governance.

5 September 2019 Middle East & Africa / Policy & Regulation
A wind farm in Germany.

Germany’s onshore wind decline opens door for gas

The declining rate of expansion in German wind farms seen in H1 may signal opportunities for gas to expand its share of the energy mix.

4 September 2019 Europe & Russia / Policy & Regulation

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