45,000 renewables jobs are Australia’s for the taking – but how many will go to coal workers?

45,000 renewables jobs are Australia’s for the taking – but how many will go to coal workers?

Renewable energy jobs provide a good match for existing coal jobs across a range of blue and white-collar occupations, including construction and project managers, engineers, electricians, site administrators and mechanical technicians.Around two-thirds of renewable energy jobs could be created in regional areas.

Mixed messages on “clean hydrogen” leave door open for fossil fuels

Mixed messages on “clean hydrogen” leave door open for fossil fuels

The use of fossil fuels to produce hydrogen, combined with carbon capture and storage, will almost certainly require dedicated government support, and given the Morrison government’s track record of backing gas and coal projects, suspicions are high about a potential backdoor for channelling funds into the sector.

The executive actions Democratic presidential hopefuls intend to use to fight climate change

The executive actions Democratic presidential hopefuls intend to use to fight climate change

[I] will use executive authority to ban fossil fuel extraction on public lands, effectively ban fracking and mountaintop removal coal mining, ban offshore drilling, ban imports and exports of all fossil fuels, end all new federal fossil fuel infrastructure permits, aggressively regulate greenhouse gas emissions, use regulations to help us decarbonize our transportation and energy sectors, rejoin and strengthen the Paris Climate Agreement, and place a fee on imported carbon pollution-intensive goods.

Morrison questions importance of global climate treaties, to treat symptoms of climate change

Morrison questions importance of global climate treaties, to treat symptoms of climate change

Despite dedicating a substantial portion of his speech speaking about the Coalition government’s need to work to adapt and increase resilience to the impacts of climate change, Morrison offered no new commitments from the governments in terms of policy or funding.

Spain installed 6.4GW of new wind and solar capacity in 2019

Spain installed 6.4GW of new wind and solar capacity in 2019

Solar PV also had its own record-breaking days, with maximum daily Peninsula production of 34,758 MWh on August 23 and a monthly maximum for August of 972,519 MWh. Red Electrica de Espana also published figures for the decade just finished, which showed that wind energy was only narrowly beaten out in annual production in 2019 by nuclear (21.4 per cent) and combined cycle natural gas (21.2 per cent), while coal production accounted for barely 2% of Spain’s monthly generated power.

Origin grilled over NT fracking plans, insists on track for 1.5°C scenario

Origin grilled over NT fracking plans, insists on track for 1.5°C scenario

The Origin AGM considered a series of four contingent shareholder resolutions, addressing the company’s positions on energy transition planning, fracking, the Paris Agreement targets and the public health impacts of coal.

Britain extends run of coal-free electricity to more than six days

Britain extends run of coal-free electricity to more than six days

It is well known that coal is becoming less and less important in Great Britain’s electricity mix, now accounting for under 10% of the country’s power output, and on track for the Government’s planned phase-out by 2025.Further, we regularly find ourselves reporting on this record-breaking “hours without coal” stories – as happened after Easter weekend a fortnight ago.

PacifiCorp Proposes Replacing Wyoming Coal Plants With Renewables and Storage

PacifiCorp Proposes Replacing Wyoming Coal Plants With Renewables and Storage

After years of shielding the economic status of its coal-fired power fleet from public view, utility PacifiCorp is taking the first step toward considering early closure of some of its poorest-performing coal-fired power plants, and replacing them with hundreds of megawatts of less costly wind, solar, and energy storage resources.

Globe watch: $US3.7 trillion a year of fossil fuel revenue has to go away

Globe watch: $US3.7 trillion a year of fossil fuel revenue has to go away

In deference to the thinking globally part, I’ve done the mundane task of putting some dollar values on the main contributors to carbon emissions and represented a couple of graphs that, to my mind, demonstrate that the future of the world depends in the first instance on China doing more than it is about reducing coal fuelled electricity generation.

Elizabeth Warren proposes fossil fuel lease ban on federal lands

Elizabeth Warren proposes fossil fuel lease ban on federal lands

Sen. Elizabeth Warren said Monday that she would immediately move to place a "total moratorium" on new federal fossil fuel leases if elected president, blocking energy companies from drilling offshore and producing oil, gas and coal from U.S. government-owned land.

Canada replaces largest North American coal plant with solar

Canada replaces largest North American coal plant with solar

Canada’s Ontario Power Generation (OPG) – working in cooperation with the the Six Nations of the Grand River Development Corporation and the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation – announced last week that they had successfully completed a 44 MW solar facility on the site of the former Nanticoke Generating Station, once the largest coal-fired power plant in North America.

2GB’s high emissions, low integrity broadcast from “greeny-free” coal mine

2GB’s high emissions, low integrity broadcast from “greeny-free” coal mine

In an interview with CEO of the NSW Minerals Council Stephen Galilee on Tuesday, Smith asked tough questions such as: Was the independent and former Green Jeremy Buckingham up to speed with HELE coal technology, and did he knew how important coal was to the Hunter area.

Coalition loses the plot as window closes on fantasy coal plans

Coalition loses the plot as window closes on fantasy coal plans

And, of course, they’ve got the backing of Liberal Party donor Trevor St Baker, who just happens to be the same person briefing the Coalition MPs about the “perils” of wind and solar, and wants to build his own new coal-fired power stations in the Latrobe Valley and in NSW, where he operates the ageing Vales Point coal generator he picked up for a song from the NSW government.

Finland to ban coal-fired power by 2029

Finland to ban coal-fired power by 2029

Photo by koushik das on Unsplash The Finnish Parliament approved a motion last week to bring forward its ban on coal for energy use to May 1, 2029, bringing the country in line with the majority of the European Union in walking away from coal-fired power.

Coal’s other dark side: Toxic ash that can poison water and people

Coal’s other dark side: Toxic ash that can poison water and people

On December 22, ten years to the day after a dike ruptured at a Tennessee Valley Authority power plant near Kingston, Tennessee, pouring more than a billion gallons of toxic coal ash into the Emory River, TVA took out a full-page ad in the local paper to congratulate itself and its contractors on a cleanup job well done.

Morrison’s fast-tracking of Tasmania link only makes sense with rapid coal exit

Morrison’s fast-tracking of Tasmania link only makes sense with rapid coal exit

We asked this question to the office of energy minister Angus Taylor, who explicitly endorsed the fast-tracking of the Marinus Link in a press release today, saying it would help “keep the lights on.’ Does the government now endorse early retirement of the coal fleet and Labor’s emissions reduction policy.

Power grid serving 65 million may be at risk in East, Midwest

Power grid serving 65 million may be at risk in East, Midwest

Unlike renewables and natural gas peaking units, coal and nuclear plants are “always on,” so the loss of this base-load power is the most serious threat to power grid integrity.

Here’s What We’re Tracking at DistribuTECH, the Year’s Biggest Distribution Grid Show

Here’s What We’re Tracking at DistribuTECH, the Year’s Biggest Distribution Grid Show

One of the most interesting and comprehensive efforts on this front that we’ve been tracking is Duke Energy’s so-called ‘ Coalition of the Willing ,’ which is applying a new open standards-based approach to linking DERs with distributed intelligence nodes, to allow edge devices to orchestrate their responses to grid conditions that central utility control systems are simply too slow to catch.

Yates joint independent push to dethrone Coalition’s climate and energy failures

Yates joint independent push to dethrone Coalition’s climate and energy failures

(AAP Image/Lukas Coch) Former Clean Energy Finance Corporation boss Oliver Yates has thrown his hat into the political ring, taking on Treasurer and deputy Liberal Party leader Josh Frydenberg in the traditionally safe seat of Kooyong, as the architects of the Coalition’s disastrous climate and energy policy continue to be targeted by strong independents.

Coal Ash Standoff Could Make Coal Power Plants Hit Kill Switch

Coal Ash Standoff Could Make Coal Power Plants Hit Kill Switch

I’m Taking My Power Plant And Going Home In 2010 the US Environmental Protection Agency proposed new rules for coal ash disposal, and that’s the root of the current trouble.

The Challenge of Cutting Coal Dependence

The Challenge of Cutting Coal Dependence

Yet even as environmentalists welcome the decision as a watershed in the transition out of the world’s most polluting fuel, striking coal miners have taken to the streets , protesting unpaid wages and government plans to cut 1.3 million coal jobs out of a total of nearly six million to reduce overcapacity as the country’s growth slows.

Sinking Greek village highlights nation's addiction to coal

Sinking Greek village highlights nation's addiction to coal

In this Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2018, a worker of Public Power Company, PPC, operates a heavy excavator in the South Field lignite mine near Kozani town, northern Greece.

Canada seeking new members of anti-coal alliance at UN climate change meeting but facing resistance

Canada seeking new members of anti-coal alliance at UN climate change meeting but facing resistance

Canada and the United Kingdom are hosting a “coal-free day” at the United Nations climate talks in Katowice, Poland, a city built on coal mining.

As McNamee Advances to FERC, a Challenge Emerges to His Role in the Coal and Nuclear Bailout Debate

As McNamee Advances to FERC, a Challenge Emerges to His Role in the Coal and Nuclear Bailout Debate

As DOE’s deputy general counsel for energy policy, McNamee played a key role in crafting the notice of public rulemaking from DOE — a proposal for FERC to use its authority to create out-of-market payments for coal and nuclear power plants that was unanimously denied by FERC last year.

The most important country for the global climate no one is talking about

The most important country for the global climate no one is talking about

In response, the Indonesian government had a simple plan; replace this foreign demand with local consumption, through the construction of over 100 new coal-fired power plants throughout the country, 10,000MW of power generation capacity, on top of the existing current 42, making Indonesia one of the last places in the world pushing forward on coal energy.

Southeast Asia’s Clean Energy Challenge

Southeast Asia’s Clean Energy Challenge

In fact, the IEA suggests that the ASEAN region can realize major emissions reductions simply by making its power sector more efficient, accompanying its renewables investment with a move towards low-carbon, ‘clean coal’ technologies.

Labor’s smashing win in Victoria a huge tonic for Australia’s clean energy transition

Labor’s smashing win in Victoria a huge tonic for Australia’s clean energy transition

So, all eyes now turn to the NSW state poll in March, and the federal election – now likely to be in May. Labor’s Mark Butler observes that the Liberals have gone to an election twice in the last 12 months attacking renewable energy policies and promising to build new coal-fired power stations – and lost.

Human excrement efficiently converted to hydrochar

Human excrement efficiently converted to hydrochar

According to the groundbreaking pilot study published in the Journal of Cleaner Production, researchers at BGU's Zuckerberg Institute for Water Research have refined a process using hydrothermal carbonization (HTC) to heat raw solid human waste in a designated "pressure cooker" and convert excreta into hydrochar: a safe, reusable biomass fuel resembling charcoal.

Grattan joins chorus debunking need for Coalition’s coal underwriting plan

Grattan joins chorus debunking need for Coalition’s coal underwriting plan

The Grattan Institute has become the latest body to voice concerns about the federal government’s plan to underwrite new “dispatchable” generation, widely seen as a last-ditch attempt to support investments in coal generation.

Labor backing of Liberal coal plan outrageous: Bandt

Labor backing of Liberal coal plan outrageous: Bandt

Greens climate change and energy spokesperson Adam Bandt MP today slammed revelations from Labor that they would allow the construction or refurbishment of coal-fired power stations if the contracts were signed under the Liberals before the election.