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UK coal phaseout: our initial reaction

Amber Rudd will announce of a coal phase-out today, whereby all coal power stations will shut by 2025.   At Sandbag, we have been involved in analysis feeding into the coal phaseout.  We will produce a fuller briefing on the implications for the UK...

Coal is Getting Blown Away

New records were set for wind generation last week, as storm Abigail swept across the country – it was the first time that wind provided over 20% of the UK’s electricity demand across an entire week, according to our analysis below.  The wind replaced...

The world is winning on coal

Well done, world!  Analysis out today shows that global coal burn will fall by the most on record in 2015 – by up to 5% this year.  This is after registering almost zero growth last year. And the reasons are exactly as you would hope: more non-fossil...

Coal is too old to be useful

Yesterday, National Grid issued their first system emergency since 2012.  We did some analysis and found the tight electricity margins were mainly caused by breakdowns at ageing coal power stations.  Several coal units were offline because they had problems,...