Coal

UK to face rising energy prices amid coal phase out

UK to face rising energy prices amid coal phase out

The decision from French energy firm EDF to close a 2GW coal-fired power station in the Midlands is expected to result in an increase to UK energy bills. EDF announced earlier this month that it would close its 2GW Cottam power plant and it is expected to be followed by […]

Coal still king in Japan

Coal still king in Japan

Following the Fukushima disaster, Japan has continued its commitment to use coal to provide reliable and resilient electricity as nuclear’s reputation remain unpalatable. Despite Japan’s Paris Climate Accord pledge that no effort would be spared in combating climate change, the 2011 disaster has made restarting the country’s nuclear plants a […]

Investment and growth in coal output is still on the global agenda

Investment and growth in coal output is still on the global agenda

Major economies are still using and, in some places, increasing their coal output due to its cheap and reliable nature, with demand not waning. Both the US and China are not moving away from coal anytime soon. In the US, Wyoming Governor Mark Gordon is looking at three potential sites […]

German coal phase out could be delayed

German coal phase out could be delayed

Germany’s planned 2038 coal phase out could be delayed beyond its deadline if energy security issues arise, according to a senior legislator in Angela Merkel’s CDU. Last Saturday a commission proposed the phase out with the goal of mapping out Germany’s transition to a more environmentally friendly low carbon economy, […]

Michigan gas outage prompts support for US coal

Michigan gas outage prompts support for US coal

A disruption to Michigan’s natural gas supply forced residents to lower thermostats and caused automakers to suspend operations, providing support for Trump’s coal efforts. The incident began on Wednesday, last week, when a fire at a compressor station cut off natural gas supplies from the station, prompting Michigan Governor Gretchen […]

US Department of Energy invest $38 million in coal updates

US Department of Energy invest $38 million in coal updates

The US government has announced $38 million in funding to update existing coal plants to improve efficiency and responsiveness to electricity demands. Funds would be used to support technologies that are commercially deployable in the next three to five years to improve overall performance, reliability, and flexibility of the nation’s […]

Coal key to German nuclear phase out

Coal key to German nuclear phase out

Germany will need to retain half of its coal-fired power generation through to 2030 as a result of the planned closure of its nuclear reactors, German Economy and Energy Minister Peter Altmaier has said. Following the Fukushima disaster in Japan, Germany ordered the immediate shutdown of eight of its seventeen […]

China coal output climbs 2.1% as it becomes leading global backer

China coal output climbs 2.1% as it becomes leading global backer

China’s coal production leapt 2.1% from the year before, hitting its highest level in three years as major miners increase output and new miners begin operations. Data released by the National Bureau of Statistics showed production had hit 320.38 million tonnes of coal in December – its highest volume since […]