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  1. AfDB says western nations ‘hypocritical’ in decision to rule out funding coal power

    The head of the African Development Bank’s (AfDB) is defending his decision to continue financing coal-fired power plants , despite pressure from environmental groups and UN officials to shift more funds towards cleaner energy. President of the bank, Donald Kaberuka said the region did not “have the luxury” of ruling out polluting fuels in favour of more costly renewables such as wind and solar. “It is hypocritical for western governments who have funded their industrialisation using fossil fuels, providing their citizens with enough power, to say to African countries, ‘You cannot develop dams, you cannot develop coal, just rely on these very expensive renewables’,” Kaberuka said midweek. “African countries will not listen.” Lobbying groups have been pushing development banks to scale back on finance for the most polluting forms of energy in an attempt to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions, with scientists warning the world is headed for dangerous climate change. Public finance institutions provided at least $55.7 billion for coal projects from 2007 to 2013, according to the Natural Resources Defence Council, a New York-based environmental group. Kaberuka said the bank planned to balance its energy lending between fossil fuels and renewable sources, so funds for projects using natural gas would be matched with a renewable development. Kaberuka’s comments echo those of the head of the IEA Clean Coal Centre who told Power Engineering International recently that moves by the World Bank and other institutions to end investment in coal-fired power plants would be ‘misguided.’ Dr Andrew Minchener OBE told Power Engineering International that this strategy would be detrimental when it comes to reducing emissions as developing countries would still forge ahead with coal power, but choose not to integrate clean coal technology . “The World Bank is changing their lending criteria to end funding of coal-fired plants in these countries – personally I think that is a misguided approach. The rationale behind it is if we don’t fund coal and it doesn’t get built we won’t get the emissions, “Dr Minchener told PEi. “The reality is that these plants will still get built because these countries need the power and they don’t necessarily have alternative options to coal but it will cost more to build it. So they will skimp in the efficiency systems or the environmental control systems and what you are left with is the opposite of what the World Bank and others thought they would achieve.” The AfDB, based in Ivory Coast, is supporting wind power in Kenya, geothermal power in east Africa and a major solar project in Morocco. The bank last year mobilised lending of $1.8bn for energy-related infrastructure, including $350 million for renewables. Excluding a $1bn loan in May to revitalise Angola’s energy industry, about 45 percent of the lending was for renewables last year.  

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    Fri, 20 Mar 2015

  2. Sustainable Power Generation: Coal Gasification

    Engineers from Siemens Corporate Technology in Beijing are working on CO2-free coal utilization in combination with renewable sources of energy

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    Fri, 20 Mar 2015

  3. Energy efficiency might support coal power under EPA Clean Power Plan

    The analysis used computer modeling to evaluate four scenarios under the EPA proposal to cut electric sector CO2 30 percent by 2030 

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    Thu, 19 Mar 2015

  4. Panel nears decision on closure plan for San Juan coal power plant

    New Mexico regulators are close to making a decision on what experts have called a watershed case that could influence energy policy in the state for years to come

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    Wed, 18 Mar 2015

  1. Wind industry survey shows negative media impact on public understanding

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    Tue, 3 Mar 2015

  2. Shifts in power generation spur net job growth, but coal jobs decline

    A new Duke University study says from 2009-2012 the coal industry lost more than 49,000 jobs, while natural gas, solar and wind together created nearly four times that amount

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    Thu, 23 Apr 2015

  3. 750 MW Clean Path Energy Center to combine solar, gas fueled power

    Western Energy Partners unveils plans for a state-of-the-art natural gas fueled unit and an advanced solar photovoltaic array for new power project in New Mexico

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    Thu, 9 Apr 2015

  4. Bloomberg adds $30M to campaign to slash coal power in US

    Billionaire Michael Bloomberg announced he is donating an additional $30 million to a Sierra Club initiative working to reduce the nation's use of coal-fired power

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    Wed, 8 Apr 2015

  5. UN agrees to keep funding clean coal

    The United Nations has agreed to maintain funding of coal power plants in developing countries.

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    Mon, 30 Mar 2015

  6. Senate endorses fees for companies that close coal plants

    Senators have given initial approval to a proposal that would levy massive fines against companies that close coal plants in Montana.

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    Mon, 30 Mar 2015

  7. Senate endorses fees for companies that close coal power plants

    Senators have given initial approval to a proposal that would levy massive fines against companies that close coal plants in Montana

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    Mon, 30 Mar 2015

  8. Beijing schedules closure of final coal-fired power plants

    China’s capital city is replacing its remaining coal-fired power plants with four gas-fired power stations.

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    Tue, 24 Mar 2015

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