Canada & UK Form Alliance To Dump Coal

At the COP 23 climate conference in Bonn, Germany this week, Canada and the UK announced that they are spearheading a global alliance to phase out the use of coal completely. The two countries expect 9 other nations to join their alliance shortly and anticipate a total of 50 countries …

Germany Could Shutter 20 Oldest Brown Coal Plants Without Creating Energy Shortages

Following the most recent election, German chancellor Angela Merkel is faced with the task of forming a coalition government involving the CDU/CSU alliance, the pro-business FDP, and the environmentalist Green Party. The alliance has been dubbed the Jamaica Coalition, because the colors representing the three groups match those found in …

Italy Sets Sights on 2025 Coal Power Phase-Out

The Italian government today announced its intention to phase-out domestic coal-fired power by 2025 when it formally adopts its national energy strategy next month. The move would see Italy join a growing list of nations committed to ending reliance on carbon-intensive electricity plants over the next 10 to 15 years. …

Coal Is Going Down, Even Without the Clean Power Plan

Last Monday, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt announced he will repeal the Obama administration’s regulation to curb power plant carbon emissions, telling coal miners in Kentucky that “the war on coal is over.” The next day he kept his promise, issuing a proposed rule to eliminate the Clean …

Reports: All Dutch Coal Plants to Close by 2030 as Coalition Deal Finalised

The Netherlands has become the latest country to signal an end to coal-fired power, reportedly setting a date to close all its coal plants by 2030 as part of a deal between political parties to form a coalition government. Months after the country’s general election in March, the Netherlands’ new …

Report: Closing Coal Plants Would Save US $10bn a Year

Energy consumers in the US could be paying an extra $10bn a year by 2021 to prop up ageing coal power plants, according to a new study which argues cheap gas and renewable energy will soon undercut the cost of running most existing coal power plants. Analysis released today by …

China Halts Construction On 150 Gigawatts Of New Coal Power Plants

China’s state-run news agency Xinhua has revealed that China has currently halted construction on new coal-fired power plants in an effort to avoid building over-capacity while simultaneously hoping to promote a cleaner energy mix. The Chinese Xinhua News Agency reported on Monday that China had halted construction on a total …