Archive for the ‘Coal’ Category

Swedish parties pledge to ban Vattenfall’s German coal mine plans.

September 5, 2014 Climate, Coal

Guardian:  ”The coal mining ambitions of Swedish state energy giant Vattenfall have been thrown into doubt after the leaders of all eight major parties promised to ban its planned new operations in Germany.”
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“Fossil fuels are no match for the climate elephant.”

September 1, 2014 Clean Energy, Climate, Coal, Commentaries, Finance, Gas, Oil
Jeremy Leggett in Recharge magazine: “Evidence of imminent total-system change in energy markets has become clearer in recent months. Let me take five themes in turn: climate change, carbon bubble, shale “surprise”, oil shock and solar revolution.”
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Divesting from fossil fuels: “last man out loses”.

August 29, 2014 Clean Energy, Climate, Coal, Finance, Gas, Oil

REW.com: “A new report written by Nathaniel Bullard at Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF) highlights the difficulties large institutional investors would have divesting from fossil fuels. What it does not specifically discuss is that these difficulties could lead to large financial losses for investors who see the difficulty of divesting as a reason to delay.”
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“This approach to climate change doesn’t involve Obama or the the Senate.”

August 28, 2014 Clean Energy, Climate, Coal, Finance, Gas, Oil

Bloomberg: “Forget the Senate, as President Obama is trying to do. Pull the plug on the annual United Nations climate negotiations. Maybe it’s time for investors to save the planet.”
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Bill Gates: “the poor can’t afford today’s expensive clean energy solutions.”

August 25, 2014 Clean Energy, Coal, Gas, Oil

Bill Gates blog: “Many developing countries are turning to coal and other low-cost fossil fuels to generate the electricity they need for powering homes, industry, and agriculture. Some people in rich countries are telling them to cut back on fossil fuels. I understand the concern: After all, human beings are causing our climate to change, and our use of fossil fuels is a huge reason.”
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Reasons for optimism about prospects for the Paris climate summit.

August 21, 2014 Clean Energy, Climate, Coal, Commentaries, Gas, Oil

BusinessGreen: “BusinessGreen Leaders Awards Champion of the Year, Jeremy Leggett, reveals why there are reasons to be optimistic in the run up to the Paris climate summit.”
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Collective energy switching auction in UK saves £232 per household.

August 6, 2014 Clean Energy, Coal, Gas, Nuclear

Guardian: “Consumers who took part in the most recent council-led collective switching auction to get cheaper gas and electricity bills saved an average of £232 per household, the Local Government Assocation (LGA) has revealed.”
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Big 6 face criminal prosecution if suspected of price fixing.

August 5, 2014 Clean Energy, Coal, Finance, Gas, Nuclear

FT: “UK regulators will be given powers to prosecute anyone suspected of rigging the energy market, under proposals being put forward by the government.”
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The signs of energy system-change are coming think and fast now.

August 5, 2014 Clean Energy, Climate, Coal, Commentaries, Gas, Oil

Jeremy Leggett in Recharge magazine: “Some mornings these days, I open my laptop, check the energy news and have to pinch myself to make sure that I am not still dreaming, so fast are signs of system change emerging.”
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Coal to be “forbidden” from Beijing by 2020.

August 4, 2014 Climate, Coal

Xinhua: “Beijing will ban coal sales and use in its six main districts and other regions by the end of 2020 to cut air pollution, local authorities said on Monday.”
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White House: curb greenhouse gas emissions now or lose billions.

July 29, 2014 Climate, Coal, Gas, Oil

Washington Post: “The White House issued a report Tuesday warning that the United States could face billions of dollars in added economic costs if it delays action to curb greenhouse gas emissions linked to climate change. According to the report, each decade of delay will make it 40 percent more expensive to eventually reach the identical global climate target.”
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“Coal company pain accelerates as bankruptcy cases rise”: Bloomberg.

July 25, 2014 Coal, Gas

Bloomberg: “The coal business, after fueling the Industrial Revolution and powering U.S. growth for much of the past century, is now beset by a glut of cheap natural gas and tighter regulation.”
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The Energy of Nations: “thriller-like”, “fast-paced”, “wonderful anecdotes”.

July 24, 2014 Clean Energy, Climate, Coal, Commentaries, Finance, Gas, Nuclear, Oil

Germana Canzi: “It was with a bit of trepidation that I started to read Jeremy Leggett’s most recent book,The Energy of Nations: Risk Blindness and the Road to Renaissance (Routledge, 2013). Last time I read one of Leggett’s books – The Carbon Wars – it had such an impact on me that it contributed heavily to my decision to leave a promising job as a financial journalist to pursue a fascinating but less linear career in climate change policy.”
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China’s coal industry says times are hard, outlook worse.

July 24, 2014 Climate, Coal

Reuters: “More than 70 percent of China’s coal firms are making losses, the head of the coal industry association said on Thursday, with prices eroded by falling demand growth, a worsening supply glut and a war on smog.”
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Coal India’s plans for 20 mines hit by land, environmental delays.

July 24, 2014 Climate, Coal

Reuters: “Twenty new coal mine projects by state-run Coal India, planned with annual capacity of 52 million tonnes, have been delayed by difficulties acquiring land and environmental clearances, the coal minister said on Thursday, underlining the uphill task he faces in reforming the sector.”
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Will the micro-grid put major power companies out of business?

July 23, 2014 Change for Good, Clean Energy, Coal, Gas, Nuclear

Guardian: “For the last century, the power created by large power generators (hydro, nuclear, coal and gas) has been brought to consumers via a grid comprised of transmission lines and cables with varying voltages.”
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EU agrees to improve energy efficiency 30% by 2030.

July 23, 2014 Clean Energy, Climate, Coal, Gas

Guardian: “European Union member states will have to improve their energy efficiency by nearly a third in the next 15 years, under new proposals unveiled on Wednesday by the European commission.”
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UK, Germany & Poland top list of 30 dirtiest coal-fired power stations.

July 22, 2014 Climate, Coal

Guardian: “The UK and Germany lead a list of the EU’s most polluting coal-fired power stations compiled by environmental campaigners, who say coal emissions are undermining efforts to combat climate change. Both countries have nine of the so-called “dirty 30” and the campaigners say coal burning is increasing due to the relatively low price of the fuel compared to gas.”
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Solar displacing oil for lighting, en route to the rest of fossil fuels.

July 19, 2014 Change for Good, Clean Energy, Climate, Coal, Commentaries, Gas, Oil

Robyn Williams on ABC Radio National: “Jeremy Leggett describes kerosene lamps as the vampires of developing communities in Africa. They suck financial resources to provide pitiful light, noxious fumes, lost houses and schools due to accidents, as well as damaging emissions.”
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Australia kills off carbon tax.

July 17, 2014 Clean Energy, Climate, Coal, Gas, Oil

Guardian: “Australia’s carbon price has been repealed, leaving the nation with no legislated policy to achieve even the minimum 5% greenhouse emissions reduction target it has inscribed in international agreements.”
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