The Trump Administration’s plan to bail out America’s coal industry has crumbled after the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) rejected the proposal from Rick Perry, US Energy Secretary, to subsidise struggling coal and nuclear plants to keep power grids dependable.
The European Commission has opened an in-depth investigation to assess whether Spain’s environmental incentive for coal-fired power plants is in line with EU State Aid rules.
The electricity generator Luminant has announced that it is closing three coal-fired power plants and a coal mine in Texas, USA, with a consequent loss of around 600 jobs.
Pakistan has said that 14 coal-fired power plants, based on Thar coal, with a combined capacity of 6000 MW, will be installed by 2025.
The explosion at NTPC’s Unchahar power plant, in which the death toll currently stands at 39, may have been caused by the malfunctioning of fans designed to maintain pressure inside the boiler.
Eight former US Federal energy regulators, including five former commission chairs, oppose the plan put forward by the Trump Administration to bolster coal-fired power plants, saying that the plan will raise energy prices and disrupt electricity markets.
The Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) has released a report identifying 2.6 GW of coal capacity across just six Midwest states in the USA that are considered uneconomic, raising the possibility that these plants will be closed in the near future.
The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is likely to repeal the country’s Clean Power Plan instigated by the Obama Administration, saying that the call to switch to more natural gas and renewable generation exceeded the EPA’s authority.
The Indian state of Karnataka may be facing power shortages in the coming days, as the state’s coal-fired power plants face a critical drop in coal supply, with stocks available for just one day.
The Trump Administration in the USA has rejected a coal industry request for an emergency order protecting coal-fired power plants, a decision contrary to what one coal executive said the President personally promised him.