AEMO Climate Heresy: Ageing Coal Plants Necessary to Keep Costs Down

Guest essay by Eric Worrall According to the Australian Energy Market Operator, a government body charged with managing the Australian electricity grid, Coal plants are vital to contain end user electricity costs. Coal needed for decades to keep Australian power prices down: AEMO report AAP, Claire Bickers, News Corp Australia Network 21 minutes ago COAL-FIRED…

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Climate Win: UK Now Only Needs Coal Sometimes

Guest essay by Eric Worrall Climate advocates are celebrating that Britain nowadays only switches on coal sometimes, like during severe weather. What is less funny is that someone has to pay for the upkeep of those coal plants when they are sitting idle. UK passes 1,000 hours without coal as energy shift accelerates Revival of…

U.S. Coal Industry Growth

By Andy May U.S. coal production declined from 2011 through 2016 as it was displaced in U.S. power plants by cheaper and cleaner natural gas. Some of the reduction was also due to the Obama Clean Power Plan regulations. However, the shale gas revolution in the U.S. has not spread to other countries, perhaps due…

Time to Wake the Odd Man of Asia

Guest essay by Viv Forbes Japan has 45 new high-energy, low-emission (HELE) coal-fired power plants on the drawing boards. These will probably burn high quality Australian coal. And despite the tsunami that hit Japan, nuclear power still generates about 20% of Japan’s electricity. Chinese companies have plans to build 700 new coal power plants all…

Surface coal mine, detail view — in Gillette, Campbell County, Wyoming

Wyoming Residents Back Obama Clean Power Repeal

Guest essay by Eric Worrall Speakers pointed out the deficiencies of former President Obama’s clean power plan at an EPA hearing in Wyoming on Tuesday. Speakers square off in Wyoming over Clean Power Plan repeal during final of four meetings Heather Richards 307-266-0592, Heather.Richards@trib.com Updated Mar 29, 2018 Miners, politicians and local business owners spoke…

DOE: If it weren't for coal-fired electricity plants, the Northeast would have blacked-out during recent bomb-cyclone

From the “when the going gets tough, renewables can’t cut it” department. Wind power generation actually dropped 5% during this period From the Daily Caller: Coal-fired power plants kept the lights on for millions of Americans during January’s bomb cyclone, according to an Energy Department report warning future plant retirements could imperil grid security. Energy…