South Korea’s coal-fired power generation reached new highs in 2017, despite government efforts to switch to renewable sources.
Kilroot power station in Northern Ireland is facing closure. The 660 MW plant failed to win a contract in an auction process to supply the all-island Single Electricity Market (SEM).
President Emmanuel Macron of France said in a speech at Davos that France will shut down all its coal-fired power plants by 2021.
Dominion Energy has announced that it plans to place nine of its older, inefficient, and rarely-used power generating units across Virginia, USA into a dormant status.
Masaharu Nakagawa, Japan’s Environment Minister, said that Chugoku Electric Power will need to offset emissions from a planned coal-fired power plant through such steps as shutting down old fossil fuel capacity.
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.