Articles filed under Energy Policy

German power plant halted after it runs out of coal

Steag GmbH – which operates six large-scale hard coal plants in Germany with an installed capacity of more than 4,000 MW – closed its Bergkamen-A plant in the western part of the country this week due to shortages of hard coal, it said by email. “We are short of hard coal,” said Daniel Muhlenfeld, a Steag spokesman. “There is a strong demand for coal per se and secondly, there is a strong demand for transport by barge. And since Bergkamen has no rail connection, there are no logistical alternatives available here.” As a result of the failure of “green” renewable sources of energy to fill the demand gap, European utilities have turned to coal due to shortages of natural gas, recently stepping in to the spot market to secure cargoes and even asking Russia for more supplies. China’s move to secure more supplies is likely to make matters worse, with Europe set to scramble to secure fuel this winter.
3 Oct 2021

Rapid energy transition putting U.S. power grid at risk

Policymakers should take note since the pace of America’s energy transition may be racing ahead of practicality. Adding more wind and solar to the nation’s power grid while failing to account for needed baseload generation presents a significant challenge. But even the historically “safe” shoulder months required to maintain and repair America’s power grid could face unexpected challenges.
29 Sep 2021

Spare Germany the blackouts

A hastier phaseout of coal coupled with slow uptake of renewables and a higher rise in power demand would not only drive up electricity bills for German homes, already among the highest in Europe, but also raise the specter of frequent power outages, especially during chilly winters.
23 Sep 2021

UK's green push leaves country at the mercy of the weather

While grid operators plan for intermittency in wind power, the latest drop coincided with a Europe-wide squeeze on natural gas, nuclear outages and a fire at a key power interconnector with France. Britain has already turned to coal-burning stations to fill the energy shortfall, but there's a gap emerging there. By 2024, there will be no more coal stations left, and five of the UK's eight nuclear plants will also be halted permanently.
17 Sep 2021

Europe’s climate lesson for America

Europe is showing the folly of trying to purge CO2 from the economy. No matter how heavily subsidized, renewables can’t replace fossil fuels in a modern economy. Households and businesses get stuck with higher energy bills even as CO2 emissions increase. Europe’s problems are a warning to the U.S., if only Democrats would heed it..
15 Sep 2021

Energy prices rocket to new high amid global gas crunch

Energy prices have surged to 11 times above normal levels – a fresh record high – as a crunch in gas supply, low wind speeds and power station closures pile unprecedented pressure on Britain’s grid. ...Adam Lewis, partner at energy trading company Hartree Solutions, said some respite may come on Friday, when wind generation is forecast to pick up from about 1.5GW to 8GW, but added that forecasts are notoriously inaccurate.
13 Sep 2021

Germany: Coal tops wind as primary electricity source

In total, conventional energy sources comprised 56% of the total electricity fed into Germany's grid in the first half of 2021. Coal was the leader out of the conventional energy sources, comprising over 27% of Germany's electricity. Wind power's contribution dropped significantly compared to the previous year — from 29% to 22%.
13 Sep 2021

Britain forced to fire up coal plant amid record power prices and winter squeeze

Power costs are closely tied to gas prices, which this evening hit 134.5p per therm in the UK - compared to less than 30p per therm one year ago. Electricity prices reached an all-time high of £240 per megawatt hour on Friday and were trading at £219.46 per MwH on the N2EX exchange on Monday morning. The squeeze was worsened by a slump in wind output in the UK. It dropped as low as 474 megawatts, compared to a record of 14,286 megawatts on May 21, according to analysis by Bloomberg, as a three-day heatwave settled across much of England and Wales. Wind now provides about 20pc of the UK’s electricity throughout the year, but this varies hugely day by day.
6 Sep 2021

Clean energy doesn’t always create synergy

[S]ome fear that this project and others in the planning stage could also irreparably harm Massachusetts fishing and lobstering industries in the vicinity of these turbine sites. But that didn’t stop the Biden administration, as part of its aggressive offshore wind and renewable-energy agenda, from issuing final permits for Vineyard Wind in May. It’s evident that not all green-conscious activists believe wind power’s the optimum clean-energy solution.
29 Aug 2021

Petition asks Sununu for exec. order telling N.H. utilities to invest in offshore wind energy

Renewable energy supporters want Gov. Chris Sununu to sign an executive order that would lead to more offshore wind development in New Hampshire, as neighboring states forge ahead with similar steps and after a bill on the issue stalled in the state legislature this year. Sununu has lately been a vocal supporter of wind as a climate change solution but hasn’t issued the mandates many other East Coast states have used.
16 Aug 2021

‘Energy chaos’: Wind and solar industry facing roadblocks in Australia

Australia’s charge into large-scale wind and solar is faltering, with investment in new projects drying up and construction jobs in the industry diving. Figures from the Clean Energy Council for the second quarter of 2021 reveal three new projects across the country reached the financial commitment stage, the equal second-lowest number for any quarter since the start of 2017.
12 Aug 2021

Boris Johnson’s push for net zero plunged into chaos

A Treasury review of the costs of reducing net greenhouse gas emissions to zero by 2050 has been delayed since the spring. There are concerns the analysis highlights that the poorest households will be hit the hardest by the ambition, which will involve policies such as stripping out gas boilers and switching to electric or hydrogen cars. Rishi Sunak, the Chancellor, is said to be increasingly concerned about a looming crisis over the cost of living for British households, as the country faces the triple threat of rocketing energy bills.
8 Aug 2021

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