France to say ‘au revoir’ to coal by 2021

France has announced it will shut down all coal-fired power plants by 2021, solidifying the country’s stance in the fight against climate change. The President of France, Emmanuel Macron, accelerated the timetable for the phase-out by two years – his predecessor, Francois Hollande, originally set the deadline for shifting to cleaner sources of generation by […]

Drax greenlights biomass expansion

Drax has said the government’s decision to continue supporting biomass technologies means it will convert a fourth unit at its power plant from coal to wood chip-fired generation. The energy giant had feared government proposals to cap levels of support available through the Renewables Obligation Certificate (ROC) scheme could scupper its expansion plans. The firm […]

Doubts over Japan’s nuclear phase-out

Japan’s Cabinet this week failed to approve its Government’s energy policy which set a target of “zero nuclear plants” operating by the 2030s. The move has raised doubts about its commitment to the nuclear phase-out which was prompted by the Fukushima Dai-chi nuclear accident in April last year. Last week a governmental advisory panel recommended […]