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Latin American carbon markets gain momentum

Latin American countries – led by Mexico – have emerged as enthusiastic supporters of cap-and-trade markets to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

14 February 2020 Americas / Supply & Demand
Photo of the Staudinger coal power plant, near Frankfurt, Germany

Member states frustrate EU green roadmap

The absence of National Energy and Climate Plans from a third of EU countries has set the European Commission on an increasingly tight deadline to deliver the plan for raising its 2030 targets.

13 February 2020 Europe & Russia / Policy & Regulation
Photo of Castelnou Energia CCGT plant, eastern Spain.

Gas wins back market share in EU power

EU ETS reform and lower gas prices have boosted gas-to-power generation across Europe, but the outlook for further growth seems uncertain.

13 February 2020 Europe & Russia / Policy & Regulation

UK auction sees 1.3 GW of unsuccessful gas-to-power bids

Last week’s year-ahead capacity auction in the UK saw just 90 MW of contracts awarded to gas-fired installations while the Nemo electricity interconnector between Belgium and the UK secured an 820 MW contract.

10 February 2020 Europe & Russia / Pipelines, Storage & Power

Coal and nuclear may provide 27% of US power even by 2050

Power generation from the fuels will plateau after 2025 despite the rise of gas and renewables, according to the reference case in the EIA’s latest Annual Energy Outlook.

10 February 2020 Americas / Pipelines, Storage & Power
Electricity power lines

EU power imports undermine climate policy

With growing EU electricity imports and a looming carbon border tax, neighbouring countries may be pressured to align with the EU’s carbon market in order to create a level playing field.

6 February 2020 Europe & Russia / Policy & Regulation

Europe’s gas-to-power generation leaps 12% in 2019

Gas-fired power generation in the EU28 increased by 12% year on year in 2019 while renewables also recorded strong gains, according to a new report by Agora Energiewende and Sandbag.

5 February 2020 Europe & Russia / Supply & Demand
Pipes being laid fopr tehj Trans-Adriatic Pipeline in Greece

Opportunities for gas in EU green investment plan

A proposed EU guarantee scheme may lead to greater diversification of energy funding pursuant to the Green Deal Investment Plan, with some member states set to embrace gas.

23 January 2020 Europe & Russia / Policy & Regulation
Photo of a coal powr plant near Frankfurt, Germany

Germany's lignite exit strategy sends mixed signals

Germany’s phase-out plan for lignite is not radically ambitious, but it confirms the country’s energy transition towards more renewables and perhaps more gas.

23 January 2020 Europe & Russia / Policy & Regulation
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.

17 January 2020 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.

16 January 2020 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.

16 January 2020 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.

13 January 2020 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

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