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Articles by Gerard Wynn

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Are these the last coal power plants to be built in Europe?

Are these the last coal power plants to be built in Europe?

Investment in new coal-fired power plants appears off the agenda in Western Europe after experience of three new Dutch plants.

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Germany’s brown coal economies turn to battery storage in industrial shift

Germany’s brown coal economies turn to battery storage in industrial shift

An idea for Victoria’s Latrobe Valley? In the shadow of a fading lignite industry, German state invests in new technology – battery storage manufacturing.

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New energy blueprints by utility giants face market test

New energy blueprints by utility giants face market test

Europe’s two biggest utilities offered hints of the strategies in creating new units to separate newer energy assets from older ones.

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Behind Vattenfall’s sell-off of German Lignite assets, a subsidy play by the buyers


Behind Vattenfall’s sell-off of German Lignite assets, a subsidy play by the buyers


An acquisition spree for regulated fossil-fuel assets that are supported by guaranteed payments
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Capacity payments: costly subsidies propping up coal generators

Capacity payments: costly subsidies propping up coal generators

“Capacity payments” in the European utility industry today are looking more and more like subsidies to prop up a fading industry threatened by the rise of renewables.

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Japan, China face mounting risks of stranded coal investments

Japan, China face mounting risks of stranded coal investments

Changes sweeping the electricity sectors in Japan and China suggest a hugely uncertain future for coal-fired power and a rapidly increasing risk of stranded assets.