Coal to gas switch led to 4.5% fall in EU emissions

Emissions from power generation in Europe fell 4.5% last year, primarily due to a “huge switch” from coal to gas production. Coal-fired power generation dropped by 12% while gas increased by 20%, according to new analysis by think tanks Sandbag and Agora Energiewende. Half of the switch happened in the UK as many coal plants […]

Windfall warning from “clumsy” energy auctions

Environmental not-for-profit campaign group Sandbag today warned the “clumsy Capacity Market” could “actively subsidise 45-year old coal power stations to stay open that would otherwise have shut”. They claimed this would “crowd out opportunities for new gas power stations to be built” and discourage new demand-side response. Four operating coal plants are potentially going to hoover up cash […]