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Today’s Solutions: June 23, 2024

Planners reimagine former coal

Planners reimagine former coal power plant into a 15-minute neighborhood

As countries around the world make net-zero pledges in a bid to tackle climate change, many are phasing out coal as part of their green energy transition. This means that there’s an increasing need to find new uses for former or soon-to-retire coal plants. With that said, there are already a few Read More...

Study: More coal power plants

Study: More coal power plants are being closed than opened

2020 has not been a nice year for coal power. According to a new study, the size of the global coal power fleet fell for the first time on record over the first six months of the year, with more generation capacity shutting than starting operation. Global Energy Monitor, a US research and Read More...

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Germany passes bill to phase out coal energy

Germany remains one of the most coal-reliant countries in Western Europe, but that’s all set to change after a new bill was passed in the Bundestag, the lower house of parliament. The bill sets the conditions under which Germany will abandon coal as a power source in order to meet climate Read More...

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Coal power is becoming ‘uninsurable’ as major insurance firms refuse coverage

It was a historic year in the fight against coal power as ten major insurance firms moved to restrict the insurance coverage they offer to companies that build or operate coal power plants, taking the global total to 17. 2019 saw the number of insurers refusing coverage for coal projects more than Read More...

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South Korea will close coal plants this winter to combat air pollution

Last March, the government of South Korea declared air pollution to be a “social disaster.” This winter, they are taking steps to mitigate dangerous air quality. The country’s Ministry of Trade, Industry, and Energy announced it will shut down up to a quarter of the country’s coal-fired Read More...

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Coal power made up less than 1% of the UK's electricity system last quarter

We know that coal power has had a long descent in the UK since it became the country’s main source of energy during the Industrial Revolution, but to see just how far it has fallen is pretty astounding. According to new government data, energy produced by the UK’s most polluting power plants Read More...

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Coal generation collapsed in Europe over the first six months of 2019

Sometimes when you fall, you fall really hard. That’s how it’s going for coal at the moment, the former king when it came to energy production. According to a new report from climate think-tank Sandbag, coal generation in the European Union collapsed by 19 percent in the first half of 2019, Read More...

For the first time ever, renew

For the first time ever, renewables generated more power than coal in America

If you’re looking for some solid evidence to back the potential that renewables have to replace fossil fuels, consider this: For the first time in industrialized American history, green energy sources supplied more energy than coal. The feat was achieved in the month of April, when clean Read More...

New study finds solar or wind

New study finds solar or wind energy is cheaper than coal in most of America

According to a major new study, the clock is running out for coal energy. Around three-quarters of US coal production is now more expensive than solar and wind energy in providing electricity to American households. The study’s authors used public financial filings and data from the Energy Read More...

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This coal giant is switching to climate-friendly assets—despite Trump

Glencore was one of the coal mining giants that were set to benefit greatly from President Trump’s generous laws favoring coal. But instead of grabbing the opportunity with both hands and pushing coal energy forward, Glencore has put a cap on its coal production and announced it will switch its Read More...