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IEEFA Europe: Blueprint for a Lignite Phase-Out in Germany

IEEFA Europe: Blueprint for a Lignite Phase-Out in Germany

Foundation-Based Approach to Closure and Clean-Up; New Czech Owners of Vattenfall Assets in Lausitz Can Afford to Foot the Bill; a Timeline That Helps Local Communities Prepare for Transition

The recent “sale” by the Swedish state-owned utility Vattenfall of its German lignite assets throws a harsh light on a dark paradox: the continued use of the world’s most carbon-intensive fuel by a country with some of the most ambitious targets to tackle climate change. The deal transfers a cluster of lignite mines and their […]

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Czech Investors See Subsidies Still to Reap in European Coal Holdings

Kalina Oroschakoff for Politico Europe: Coal might be on its way out in Europe, but Czech energy company EPH thinks that there’s still money to be made in coal-fired power plants, which is why it’s snapping up mines and generating stations in Germany, Italy and the U.K. It’s part of a counter-intuitive investment play gambling […]

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A Gamble in Germany That Lignite Will Survive a National Electricity-Sector Makeover

From Gas to Power Journal: Pondering why the Czech-based companies EPH and PPF Investments have recently acquired all of Vattenfall’s former lignite power plant assets in eastern Germany, IEEFA data analyst Gerard Wynn suggests that the buyers don’t believe Germany will meet its 2030 emissions target. They think that another sector, not lignite, will bear […]

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IEEFA Germany: Climate Policy Probably Spells the End of Lignite

Czech Buyers of Former Vattenfall Holdings Are Banking on a Bailout

Coal is the highest carbon-emitting source of electricity, and lignite the highest carbon-emitting form of coal. Lignite is therefore front and center among risks facing investors from global efforts to slow climate change. Nowhere is this more true than in Germany, where lignite is still the single biggest source of power generation, accounting for one quarter […]

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Kemper’s Troubled Coal-Gasification Plant Goes Further Over Budget, Misses Another Completion Deadline

From the Associated Press: Mississippi Power Co. is adding another month to the construction schedule and another $62 million to the cost of the power plant it’s building in Kemper County. Atlanta-based Southern Co., the parent of the electrical utility, announced Monday that it’s pushing back the completion date from Oct. 31 to Nov. 30. […]

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Blueprint for a Lignite Phase-out in Germany

From CleanEnergyWire.com: Phasing out German lignite in the Lusatia region by 2030 can be financed by future owner EPH in a way that avoids a taxpayer-funded lignite bailout, according to a new report by Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA). According to the “Foundation-based framework for phasing out German lignite in Lusatia”, the […]

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IEEFA Europe: Blueprint for a Lignite Phase-Out in Germany

IEEFA Europe: Blueprint for a Lignite Phase-Out in Germany

Foundation-Based Approach to Closure and Clean-Up; New Czech Owners of Vattenfall Assets in Lausitz Can Afford to Foot the Bill; a Timeline That Helps Local Communities Prepare for Transition

The recent “sale” by the Swedish state-owned utility Vattenfall of its German lignite assets throws a harsh light on a dark paradox: the continued use of the world’s most carbon-intensive fuel by a country with some of the most ambitious targets to tackle climate change. The deal transfers a cluster of lignite mines and their […]

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In Passing German Lignite Assets to Czech Investors, Vattenfall Walks Away From a Mess

Philip Blenkinsop  and Barbara Lewis for Reuters: Regulators cleared on Thursday Swedish utility Vattenfall’s sale of German lignite power plants and coal mines in a deal that will see it divest some of the most polluting fossil fuel generation. The deal has whipped up controversy because the operations are being sold to a new operator […]

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IEEFA Report Outlines ‘Foundation-Based Framework’ for Phasing Out Germany’s Lausitz-Area Lignite Industry

Study Shows How New Czech Owners of Vattenfall Assets Can Afford to Foot Bill for Closure and Cleanup;  Timeline Helps Local Communities Prepare for Transition

LONDON, Sept. 22, 2016 (IEEFA.org) — The Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA) published a report today showing how Germany can close a Lausitz-area lignite complex in a fashion that assures the owners will pay for clean-up costs and that allows affected mining and power-plant communities to weather the transition. European Union regulators […]

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IEEFA Europe: New Blueprints by Energy Giants RWE and E.ON Face Market Test

Strategies That Raise Questions About the Future of Two Legacy Companies 


In reporting annual first-half results this week, Europe’s two biggest utilities offered some hints as strategies in which they have created new units to separate newer energy assets from older ones. At both E.ON and RWE, the newest energy units are built around renewable power, grid networks and retail sales, separate from fossil fuel energy […]

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Mississippi ‘Clean Coal’ Project Delayed Again, $43 Million Added to Cost

Mary Perez for the (Biloxi) Sun Herald: Mississippi Power announced Monday the Kemper County energy facility will take a month longer than last estimated to start generating electricity with lignite and cost an additional $43 million. In a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission the company said the estimated in-service date has moved to […]

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