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IEEFA Report: European Coal Sector Woes Deepen With New Air Quality Mandate; One-Third of Existing Capacity Must Retrofit or Close

IEEFA Report: European Coal Sector Woes Deepen With New Air Quality Mandate; One-Third of Existing Capacity Must Retrofit or Close

More Headwinds for Major Utilities; New Limits Affect 108 Plants; Implications for Investors, With Gas and Renewables Emerging as Preferred Power-Generation Fuels

May 8, 2017 ( — More than 100 separate power plants—representing one-third of Europe’s large-scale coal-fired power plant capacity—face costly air quality upgrades or closure as a result of new European Union emissions limits, according to an analysis published today by the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA). “These regulations will further undermine and […]

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Delhi city officials offer incentives for businesses to stop using coal

Reuters: Authorities in the Indian capital Delhi approved measures on Tuesday to encourage businesses to use clean energy as one of the world’s worst polluted cities stepped up the fight against deadly air pollution. The Delhi city government gave the go-ahead for financial incentives for restaurants switching to electric or gas tandoor ovens from coal, […]

September 5, 2018 Read More →

Bays: Coal ‘failing to compete’ with natural gas

CNN Money: Coal is dying because of dirt-cheap natural gas. The rise of renewable energy isn’t helping. The Environmental Protection Agency announced Tuesday an effort to prop up coal by replacing Obama-era carbon emission policies known as the Clean Power Plan. But the regulatory reversal is unlikely to spark a coal comeback. Coal’s true nemeses […]

August 22, 2018 Read More →

Opponents planning court battle for new power plan

S&P Global Market Intelligence ($): Opponents of President Donald Trump’s replacement of the Clean Power Plan are publicly blasting the proposal in hopes of gaining public support for a campaign against implementing the rule before challenging it in court should it become finalized. The administration’s Affordable Clean Energy, or ACE, rule will likely a face […]

August 22, 2018 Read More →

Poland’s coal-related mercury emissions revised upward, significantly

MetaMag: Polish coal-fired power plants may be cheating the European Union when reporting their toxic mercury emissions, Gazeta Wyborcza reports. As a result, a huge year-on-year increase in emissions from Europe’s biggest coal plant may be even higher than first thought. Last month META broke the story that mercury emission from Polish coal had jumped […]

July 26, 2018 Read More →

Emissions force Talen to take Colstrip coal units offline

Billings Gazette: Colstrip Power Plant, one of the largest electricity generators in the northwestern United States, has been shut down for at least a month because of air pollution problems, The Billings Gazette has learned. Talen Energy, which operates the plant, is trying to dispel rumors that newer portions of the four-generator power plant have […]

July 25, 2018 Read More →

China expands air pollution controls, targets coal-intensive steel production

Reuters: China will intensify the elimination of outdated and excessive steel and coke capacity, and continue to control coal consumption in major areas in the coming three years, the State Council said on Tuesday. The State Council’s announcement is the final version of the country’s 2018 to 2020 anti-pollution plan. The plan will expand procedures, […]

July 3, 2018 Read More →

New air pollution regulations likely to trim coal use in China

Reuters: The major coal producing province of Shanxi in northern China will impose special emissions restrictions on big industrial sectors by October as part of its bid to curb smog, a local environmental official said. Shanxi, together with neighboring Shaanxi, is set to be included in China’s new three-year action plan to curb air pollution, […]

June 28, 2018 Read More →

Court rulings require EPA action on upwind air pollution

The Hill: Two separate courts ruled this week that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) must enforce regulations that restrict states from emitting pollution that could cross borders into neighboring states. U.S. district courts in Maryland and New York both ruled separately that EPA was derelict in its duty by not enforcing states to comply with […]

June 15, 2018 Read More →

Air Pollution Woes Prompt China to Close Coal Mines and Generating Plants in 3 Cities

Reuters: BEIJING—China has ordered three northern cities to stop approving new projects that would add to air pollution after they failed to meet air quality targets this past winter. The mayors of Handan in Hebei province and Jincheng and Yangquan in Shanxi province were given the orders after being summoned to a meeting at the […]

May 3, 2018 Read More →

New Wrinkle in China’s Cleaner-Air Push

World Economic Forum: Scientists at China’s Institute of Earth Environment have constructed what they say is the world’s largest air purifier in the northern city of Xian. The experimental smog-sucking tower stands at over 100 metres tall and is designed to improve air quality in the city, where standards regularly fall short of expectations set […]

February 19, 2018 Read More →