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Category: Coal

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German power sector: coal and nuclear down, renewables up in 2017

German power sector: coal and nuclear down, renewables up in 2017

Electricity from renewables in Germany grew by a record amount, but one big news item may have been overlooked amidst all the new records.

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This is how coal dies — super cheap renewables plus battery storage

This is how coal dies — super cheap renewables plus battery storage

New Colorado wind farms with batteries are now cheaper than running old coal plants.

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Tesla, Trump, Turnbull and the troglodytes: The best stories of 2017

Tesla, Trump, Turnbull and the troglodytes: The best stories of 2017

The death spiral for cars; Tesla’s Big Battery – and electric truck; the two faces of Malcolm Turnbull; and all the other stories that caught our readers’ attention this year.

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BHP may dump global group, but looks to forgive Australian coal lobby

BHP may dump global group, but looks to forgive Australian coal lobby

BHP flags cutting ties with international coal lobby groups, but appears more forgiving of Minerals Council, other Australian organisations.

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Intermittent: Another big coal unit trips – that’s four in a week

Intermittent: Another big coal unit trips – that’s four in a week

A 700MW unit at Eraring coal plant tripped during Monday’s peak, the fourth coal unit to fail unexpectedly in less than a week. Meanwhile, another three units – equal to Hazelwood capacity – remain off line.

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NSW coal fleet feels the heat, with state at risk of "system black"

NSW coal fleet feels the heat, with state at risk of “system black”

NSW grid at risk of blackout from soaring temperatures – despite, and possibly because of, the state relies on coal generation more than any other grid in the world.

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The further unravelling of Adani’s Carmichael coal project

The further unravelling of Adani’s Carmichael coal project

Another indication, amongst many, of the global transition away from coal.

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Tesla big battery outsmarts lumbering coal units after Loy Yang trips

Tesla big battery outsmarts lumbering coal units after Loy Yang trips

Tesla big battery steps in after big Loy Yang coal unit trips, and arrests and reverses a dramatic fall in frequency – before the contracted coal unit had time to respond.

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AEMO plans for future (clean) grid, with no mention of base-load

AEMO plans for future (clean) grid, with no mention of base-load

AEMO launches plan for future grid, assuming emission cuts by 2030 twice that contemplated by Australia government, and a network that will be dominated by wind, solar, storage and new transmission. And there is not a single mention of “base-load”.

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Audit office slams Australia's dud investments in "clean coal"

Audit office slams Australia’s dud investments in “clean coal”

Audit office slams Australia’s CCS funding programs, saying $450 million spent, and nothing achieved: Not a single tonne of CO2 saved, no technology ready for deployment, from a scheme that has been a governance catastrophe.

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Reliable? Baseload? Liddell unit broken and out for most of summer

Reliable? Baseload? Liddell unit broken and out for most of summer

A 420MW unit at Liddell coal generator is out of action and won’t be available for most of summer; a 700MW unit at Mt Piper also failed, and two other big coal units tripped in the first week of the summer heatwave.