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Key Research : The Global Electricity Review

Coal fell 3% in 2019

Just Transition or Just Talk? 2020

Analysis of National Energy and Climate Plans reveals that the EU countries set to receive most of the Just Transition Fund plan to stick with coal – or swap it for fossil gas.

Wind And Solar Now Generate One-Tenth Of Global Electricity

August 2020. Half-year analysis of the global electricity transition.

Renewables beat fossil fuels

July 2020. An analysis of Europe’s electricity transition in the first half of 2020.

Wind and solar are ready to lead the global coronavirus recovery

As countries start entering Covid-19 recovery phases, governments are presented with a unique opportunity to step up wind and solar investment. This briefing compares the wind and solar industries in different regions of the world, and shows why wind and solar are ready for the big time.

The Burning Question

The cost of burning wood for power: direct subsidies of more than £13 billion in total, plus carbon tax breaks of £333 million a year.

Tracking electricity data

We’re power sector experts who gather, curate and analyse data to empower climate campaign organisations.

Our data & analysis helps to shape the global narrative on coal.

Changing policy

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Research highlights

Just Transition or Just Talk? 2020

Just Transition Fund set to benefit climate laggards

Published September 2020. Click here for more details:
  • To meet the commitments made under the Paris agreement, the EU should phase-out coal by 2030.
  • On current plans, there would still be 52 GW of installed coal capacity in the EU in 2030, nearly all (~90%) of which is in Czechia, Germany and Poland. 

Playing with fire

Assessing company plans to burn biomass in EU coal power stations

Published Dec 2019. Click here for more details
  • Proposed EU coal-to-biomass projects could increase biomass consumption by the equivalent of five new Drax power stations.
  • 36 million tonnes (MT) of wood pellets would be needed, similar to current global wood pellet production.
  • These projects would produce just 64 TWh of electricity, less than 2% of the EU’s electricity production. In comparison, every year Europe adds an equivalent amount of new wind and solar capacity.

The path of least resistance

Electricity generated from coal is leaking into the EU

Published Jan 2020. Click here for more details:
  • EU countries are increasingly importing ‘tax-free electricity’ from outside the EU

  • ‘Offshore carbon havens’ are building coal plants to meet EU power demand

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