An innovative bioenergy carbon capture and storage (BECCS) pilot plant has been commissioned at Drax power station in the UK, with the first CO2 expected to be captured in the coming weeks.
The UK Government announced in its autumn budget that it will freeze its domestic CO2 tax on electricity generation at £18/mt until 2021.
The Supreme Court of India has been informed that National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC) and Damodar Valley Corporation (DVC) have been directed by the Indian Government to comply with emission standards for sulphur oxide and particulate matter by the end of 2021.
Drax, Britain’s biggest power station, is piloting the first bioenergy carbon capture storage (Beccs) project of its type in Europe.
Brune Poirson, the French Ecology Minister, called at a conference in Brussels for a price floor of €25-30 per ton of CO2 in power generation to help accelerate the shift from coal to gas and renewables.
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 amount of electricity generated from clean energy sources in China has increased by 5.15 per cent year-on-year, equivalent to a 22 million tonne reduction in thermal coal consumption, according to Yan Pengcheng, spokesperson with the National Development and Reform Commission.
Even though the US Federal government has withdrawn from the Paris agreement on climate change, the states of New England are considering more aggressive curbs on carbon emissions from power plants.
A coalition of 13 major energy industry firms, including Siemens, Shell, Statoil, Solar Power Europe, and Total, have launched a new initiative to limit the amount of state aid subsidies to power plants with high emission levels across the European Union.
US President Donald Trump has signed an executive order to cancel the Obama Administration's Clean Power Plan,