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Europe is going coal-free, but a vast lignite mine is expanding in eastern Germany and coronavirus has delayed new climate laws

The landscape makes you think of the surface of the moon. As far as the eye can see, deep gashes scar the earth. At the spot where the giant machines stand, ancient layers of bared coal are visible all the way to the base of the pit.

read more... 03/06/2020


Italy's Enel to close one Brindisi coal unit in 2021

Italian utility Enel will shut down one of the four units of its 2.4GW Brindisi south coal-fired plant starting from next year.

read more... 01/06/2020


Hard coal alliance proposes runtime extension for 'reserve' under Germany's phase-out - report

An alliance of hard coal plant operators plans to achieve an expansion of the runtime of Germany's seven most modern hard coal plants by proposing to shift them into an "energy transition reserve" to back up intermittent renewable power production, Christian Geinitz reports for the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung.

read more... 26/05/2020


Europe is getting off coal even faster than expected

Across Europe, countries are making strides toward a fossil-free future. In April, Austria and Sweden closed their last coal plants—the latter nearly two years ahead of schedule—officially eliminating coal from their countries’ energy production.

read more... 11/05/2020


Britain breaks record for coal-free power generation

Britain has gone without coal-fired power generation for its longest stretch since the Industrial Revolution, breaking the existing record of 18 consecutive days this morning.

read more... 29/04/2020