Tag: coal

Lack of storms damages European wind and revives coal

Lack of storms damages European wind and revives coal

Unusual weather patterns across Europe will prevent winds from sweeping across the continent and will therefore mean many countries will be reliant on coal and natural gas during the autumn months. Reduced wind means energy producers across Germany and the UK will be reliant on coal fired power plants to […]

Belgium set for winter blackouts amidst aging nuclear plants

Belgium set for winter blackouts amidst aging nuclear plants

Belgium is preparing for power shortages this winter as its ageing nuclear fleet struggles to meet demand. The first course of action, according to energy minister Marie-Christine Marghem, is to ask neighbouring countries, including France, Germany and the Netherlands, to transport electricity via cross-border cables. Another option is to contract […]

Trump touts US energy at UN assembly

Trump touts US energy at UN assembly

US President Donald Trump has used his speech at the UN General Assembly to promote America’s booming energy sector, while riling international relations. During his presidency, Trump has followed through with his campaign pledge of achieving energy dominance, having made the US the world’s largest energy exporter. “We’ve become the […]

France to cut renewable growth

France to cut renewable growth

The French Government will drastically reduce the growth of its renewable spending in 2019, with the ecology ministry’s draft budget showing a 1.3% rise, which will effectively be flat after inflation. Total spending on renewable projects will equate to €7.3 billion and will mostly go towards wind and solar schemes. […]

Coal steps up amidst rising gas prices

Coal steps up amidst rising gas prices

The UK energy market has seen a surge in the use of coal as higher gas prices have forced utilities to look for alternate options. As wholesale gas prices hit 10-year highs, forcing consumer energy prices up, coal fired power has become significantly cheaper than its gas counterpart. “It became […]

RWE say 2035 coal exit is too soon

RWE say 2035 coal exit is too soon

German utility RWE has come out, along with its works council and trade unions, opposing plans to end coal fired power generation by 2035 and calling for a compromise between the government commission and environmentalists. In a statement, RWE said the 2035 target was unacceptable due to the amount of […]

Coal saves German summer

Coal saves German summer

Despite an increase in the rate of installation of wind turbines and solar plants in Germany this year, coal has been forced to step in to meet electricity demand as the amount of power generated from renewable energy sources fell. Data from the Federal Network Agency for Power Generation has […]

US Environmental Agency to reduce regulations on coal power plants

US Environmental Agency to reduce regulations on coal power plants

The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has announced that it is reviewing stringent regulations on emissions from coal-fired power plants. Introduced as the 2011 Mercury and Air Toxic Standards (MATS) rule, coal plants were forced to add pollution controls to curb emissions. The MATS rule was a significant factor in […]