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German utilities RWE and Uniper (owned by Fortum in Finland) are suing...
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Uniper seeks judgement over Maasvlakte shutdown
Uniper’s coal fired power station MPP3 located at Maasvlakte, near Rotterdam, was officially opened in 2016. It is described by Uniper as “highly efficient” and technologically able...
Coal giant emerges as environmental saint
The 4 GW Drax complex, once the largest coal fired plant in western Europe and despite its history of clean coal innovation sometimes labelled by the press ‘Britain’s dirtiest plant’,...
Commercial operation begins at Hitachinaka ultra-supercritical plant
The 650 MW ultra-supercitical Hitachinaka 650MW Joint Thermal Power Station Unit 1 began commercial operation on 8 January. The plant has been developed by JERA Co through its...
UK coal phase-out will require gas deployment
Britain burned more coal in the week beginning 4 January than at any time in nearly a year. Figures from National Grid ESO show how fossil fuel use spiked in that week with high demand...
Uniper Heyden 4 to close at end 2020
As part of its aim to transform the company and complete the decarbonisation of its portfolio, Uniper is to shut down its 875 MW Heyden 4 hard-coal-fired power plant, which...
US power sector coal consumption falls dramatically
From January to June 2020, the power sector consumed 184.8 million short tons (MMst) of coal, 30% less than during the same period in 2019. After setting an annual record of 1045 MMst...
Greece sets ambitious targets to phase out coal by 2028
Greece has committed €5 billion to phase-out the use of coal by 80% by 2023, to reduce the country’s carbon footprint. But data and analytics company GlobalData suggests that this is...
GE to exit new build coal power market
GE announced on 21 September that it intends to exit the new build coal power market, subject to applicable consultation requirements. GE’s Steam Power business will work with...
Coal-plant retirements in Europe outpace new capacity
The size of the global coal fleet declined in the first half of 2020 for the first time on record, as plant retirements outpaced the commissioning of new capacity. In the first six...
German government passes coal exit law
Following an agreement in January resulting from months of talks with coal plant operators and the political leaders of the affected states, the German government has passed...
Tauron delays Jaworzno start up
Polish energy company Tauron has delayed commercial operations at its 910 MW Jaworzno III coal-fired power plant project because of technical difficulties during the commissioning process.
Sengwa project is making progress
Rio Energy has announced that China Gezhouba Group Corp (CGGC) will assist it with the construction of a 1400 MW coal-fired power plant in northern Zimbabwe.
Sweden closes its last coal plant
Sweden has closed its last coal-fired power plant, making it the third European country to complete the phase-out of the fossil fuel.
Drax to end coal generation
Drax has announced plans to end coal generation at its Yorkshire power plant in 2021 as part of its plans to achieve net zero emissions by 2050.
Uniper sells stake in Schkopau lignite-fired PP
Uniper has signed an agreement with Saale Energie GmbH (Saale Energie) for the sale of its stake in the Schkopau lignite-fired power plant in Saxony-Anhalt.
Cambodia green lights new coal capacity
Cambodia is set to start building almost 1 GW of new coal-fired power capacity after its government approved two projects.
Fortum to close its last CHP coal boiler in Stockholm
Fortum's will close its last coal-fired boiler for electricity and heat production at the Värtaverket power plant in Stockholm in the spring of 2020.
Germany sets 2038 deadline for end of coal
Germany’s government has reached agreement with regional leaders on the closure of coal-fired power stations.
Vattenfall’s last coal power plant in the Netherlands is closed down
Vattenfall's last coal-fired power plant in the Netherlands, Hemweg 8 near Amsterdam, was closed down on 23 December.