Coal

US Interior Department considers saving Navajo coal plant

US Interior Department considers saving Navajo coal plant

The US Interior Department is considering using its executive powers to keep a large coal-fired power plant open as part of US President Donald Trump’s plans to support the US coal industry. According to the head of Interior’s Bureau of Land Reclamation, a 1968 law allows US Interior Secretary Ryan […]

Major coal innovation on the cusp of breakthrough

Major coal innovation on the cusp of breakthrough

Researchers from Ohio State University in Columbus believe they have found a way to generate power with coal, without emitting pollution, through a process called coal-direct chemical looping. The process burns fossil fuels and biomass in pressurised reactors, with metal oxide producing the oxygen needed for combustion. This “loops” gases […]

Eastern Europe cannot afford a rapid transition from coal

Eastern Europe cannot afford a rapid transition from coal

Countries across Eastern Europe have expressed plans to continue burning coal for decades to come, insisting they do not have the finances to transition to other forms of energy. Coal producers, such as Romania which produces a quarter of its energy from coal, argue that the commodity is crucial for […]

Trump orders grid operators to buy electricity from coal and nuclear plants

Trump orders grid operators to buy electricity from coal and nuclear plants

The Trump administration is to instruct grid operators to purchase electricity from coal and nuclear power plants as part of US President Trump’s pledge to protect the US coal industry. Under the proposed intervention, the Department of Energy (DOE) would execute emergency authority in order to direct operators to purchase […]

Gas shortages spark concerns over coal phase out

Gas shortages spark concerns over coal phase out

Europe has set its ambitions to use more gas in its energy mix in place of coal, however it is too expensive making it unprofitable to generate electricity. Following the coldest winter in six years, gas stores in the UK were at their lowest level since 2012 with restrained pipeline […]

DOE assess strategies to keep coal online

DOE assess strategies to keep coal online

A US Department of Energy (DOE) official has said the Trump administration is assessing strategies to keep coal and nuclear online as part of the nation’s security. According to the official, members of the National Security Council acknowledge the fact that something must be done to ensure the reliability and […]

US banks back coal

US banks back coal

The Trump administration’s support for the US coal industry has meant the country’s biggest banks are once again embracing the sector and are providing significant loans to companies that operate within it. Five banks in the US are lending tens or hundreds of millions of dollars to coal companies, surpassing […]

Europe faces blackouts after coal phase out

Europe faces blackouts after coal phase out

Europe has been struck with a shortage of power generation capacity and could face blackouts following the continent’s shift to phase out coal and nuclear, according to one of the continent’s biggest producers of gas. Tor Martin Anfinnsen, senior vice president for marketing and trading at Statoil ASA, said there […]