The Government insists that coal serves as a backup for renewables and is good for prices


During the meeting that the Ministry of Energy, Tourism and Digital Agenda held on Monday with unions to discuss about the coal sector, the role of this raw material in the Spanish energy system and its role as a backup for renewables was addressed. The clean energy sector insists that there are renewables that are manageable […]

China suspends 104 coal plants


The Chinese National Energy Administration suspends 104 coal plants planned and under construction with a total capacity of 120GW. In total, China wants to reduce 800 million tons of coal capacity annually, to comply with its Plan to develop the energy sector in China by 2020.


The long shot for coal in Japan


Japan has become more and more dependent on liquefied natural gas and imported coal after initial intention of trying to minimize the presence of nuclear power in its electricity mix following the catastrophic accident at the Fukushima plant. However, although coal and gas prices fell in 2015 the cost of electricity in the country has increased. It seems that renewable development has not been enough in the country that again looks towards nuclear.

Agreement with the Commission to authorize Coal Mines Closure Plan and an additional incentive


It means the authorization of the "Action Framework for mining in the period 2013-2018" as well as an additional incentive for coal based on the difference between the international price and price in 2013, when the Closure Plan was adopted. Thus, companies will be offset by the fall in international prices.


Los Barrios (Cádiz) coal power plant to reduce its nitrogen oxide emissions by 60%


Large utilities are required to invest in environmental improvement in de-nitrification of their coal power plants. To encourage them to do so and thus avoid their plants closure, last year the government offered incentives to companies that improved their plants provided they consumed domestic coal. This is the case of Viesgo´s thermal power plant of […]

Coal goes inexorably down while natural gas triumphs in the US electricity market


Generation of electricity from coal is losing the "war" against natural gas in the US. According to the Energy Information Administration, gas has overtaken the coal share in July for the second time in history, reaching 35% of total generation compared with 34.9% of the black fuel. The reason: the price of gas is so low that coal is overthrown.