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Clean energy groups, industrials unite in opposition to Minnesota gas plant

Energy News Network: In an unusual convergence of opinion, clean energy groups and large industrial companies are asking Minnesota regulators to block a utility’s investment in a new combined-cycle natural gas power plant. While the groups’ reasons for disapproving the project differ, both camps concluded that Minnesota Power hasn’t done enough to justify its stake […]

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German companies to pursue novel renewables to gas project

Reuters: German power and gas network companies TenneT, Thyssengas and Gasunie Deutschland said they plan to build a 100 megawatt (MW) plant to turn renewable energy into gas for industrial use in the Ruhr region. The plant in Lower Saxony would be the biggest power-to-gas plant (ptg) in Germany and would be connected to the […]

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Tennessee-based Mission Coal files for bankruptcy protection

S&P Global Market Intelligence ($): Mission Coal filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection Sunday with the US Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of Alabama, according to court filings. The Kingsport, Tennessee-based company, which produces and markets mostly metallurgical coal, was formed in January through a reorganization that combined and consolidated the operations of Seneca […]

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Bangladesh taking steps toward renewable energy goal

Reuters: Bangladesh’s electricity generation from renewable sources has passed the 5 percent mark with the opening of a major new solar plant – boosting hopes the country might meet its goal of getting 10 percent of power from renewables by 2020, experts say. The new 28 megawatt solar power plant in Cox’s Bazar District is […]

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U.K. investment firm teams up with U.S. storage developer

S&P Global Market Intelligence ($): Building on its background developing renewables and natural gas-fired power plants, Chicago- headquartered Hecate Energy joined with London-based investment firm InfraRed Capital Partners to launch a new energy storage joint venture called Hecate Grid LLC that could compete with gas peaker projects in North America. “Energy storage is somewhat of […]

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Internal opposition puts coal bailout on hold

Politico: One of the Trump administration’s major efforts to prop up ailing coal companies has run aground in the White House, a setback to an industry that had hoped for a major resurgence after Donald Trump won the presidency. Energy Secretary Rick Perry has spent more than a year pushing various plans that would invoke […]

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Scottish Power sells fossil assets to focus on wind

The Guardian: Scottish Power has ditched fossil fuels for electricity generation and switched to 100% wind power, by selling off its last remaining gas power stations to Drax for more than £700m. Iberdrola, Scottish Power’s Spanish parent company, said the move was part of its strategy to tackle climate change and would free it up […]

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Interior Secretary Zinke: Military bases could be used for coal exports

Associated Press: The Trump administration is considering using West Coast military installations or other federal properties to open the way for more U.S. fossil fuel exports to Asia in the name of national security and despite opposition from coastal states. The proposal was described to The Associated Press by Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke and two […]

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Green groups take aim at Greek coal plant permits

Reuters: Environmental campaign group ClientEarth has launched a legal challenge seeking to revoke a permit for two coal-fired power plants in Greece, one of which has yet to be built, it said on Monday. ClientEarth said it launched the action with the Greek branches of Greenpeace and the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) because Greece had […]

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First half 2018 coal deliveries to U.S. power plants down sharply

S&P Global Market Intelligence ($): Coal deliveries to U.S. power plants decreased nearly 10% in the first six months of 2018 compared to the year-ago period, reversing the year-over-year growth in the first six months of 2017. According to an S&P Global Market Intelligence analysis of U.S. Energy Information Administration data, U.S. coal producers delivered […]

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