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The Datteln 4 coal power plant, Germany

Counting the cost of Europe’s capacity payments

European countries are increasingly paying out subsidies to conventional power plants, including in nations where supply shortages do not look likely to be an issue in the short or medium term.

Yesterday Europe & Russia / Policy & Regulation
Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power station

Japan faces nuclear challenge

Nuclear generation is central to Japan’s emission reduction goals, but setbacks, further delays and potential political shifts could change the country’s plans for nuclear power.

6 November 2019 Asia Pacific / Alternative Fuels
Rampion Offshore Wind Farm, United Kingdom

Offshore wind on the rise

Offshore wind trails behind onshore capacity in countries which lead in wind power generation. However, growth in offshore wind could be huge.

5 November 2019 World / Alternative Fuels
Japanese businessman Masayoshi Son

South Korea eyes Asian super-grid to support energy transition

The country is backing the concept of a giant super-grid through which it would import renewable power from China underpinned by Russian LNG.

1 November 2019 Asia Pacific / Supply & Demand
A coal power plant in China.

Coal and renewables threaten to undermine gas-to-power in China

China’s refitted fleet of fuel-efficient and less-polluting coal plants and increased state spending on renewables blur the outlook for the country’s gas-to-power sector.

30 October 2019 Asia Pacific / Pipelines, Storage & Power

European coal plants see improved profit margins in October

Higher prices for front-month power contracts and relatively low coal prices have resulted in better profit margins for coal-fired generators this month.

24 October 2019 Europe & Russia / Pipelines, Storage & Power
Ursula von der Leyen, European Commission president-elect

Carbon border tax could mean end to free EUAs

The combination of a carbon border tax and the end of free allocation of EUAs for European industries would be a supportive policy for renewables and gas.

24 October 2019 Europe & Russia / Policy & Regulation
The chair of Poland's Law and Justice Party, Jaroslaw Kaczynski

Revised law may boost Polish coal production

The amendment would allow for the development of new coal mines without regional or local approval, possibly setting back Poland's switch to renewables and gas.

15 October 2019 Europe & Russia / Policy & Regulation

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.

11 October 2019 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.

9 October 2019 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.

8 October 2019 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.

7 October 2019 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.

7 October 2019 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.

7 October 2019 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

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