Canada, Netherlands, U.K. Join List of Countries Turning Against Coal

first_imgCanada, Netherlands, U.K. Join List of Countries Turning Against Coal FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Power Magazine:The Netherlands, a country that recently commissioned three state-of-the-art coal plants and has been reluctant to close them, on October 10 moved to phase out coal power by 2030. Meanwhile, the U.K. and Canada this week jointly urged other nations to drop coal from their power profiles.The countries are part of a growing list that have vowed to phase-out or cut-back coal-fired power generation.  As part of a coalition agreement reached on October 10, Prime Minister Mark Rutte’s center-right government promised to phase out coal generation in the nation by 2030. But the agreement also binds the government to set a carbon floor price to cut carbon emissions by 2030 as well as to back stricter measures that would enable the European Union (EU) to meet targets under a 1.5-degree-C global warming scenario.Significantly, it imperils three 2015-commissioned coal-fired power plants, which have already been struggling economically. The plants’ owners, which include Engie, RWE, and Uniper, have separately noted that falling demand, low wholesale prices, and a surge of renewable energy capacity have rendered coal power unprofitable.A report published by the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA) last year documented how the three utilities had logged impairments worth billions of euros on the new power plants, concluding that political and market trends would drive valuations even lower.The Dutch government’s announcement on October 10 “highlights the risk of investing in either new or existing coal-fired power, and the lesson is clear: National coal phase-out plans such as this, combined with the rise of renewables and the impact on demand of improved efficiency, put old electricity-production models at risk,” IEEFA said in an update.Coal plants in Europe are also burdened with meeting stricter new air pollution limits for large combustion plants, which will require utilities to invest in new technology to retrofit coal plants, limit operations to 1,500 hours a year, or shutter facilities by 2021, it noted.More: The Netherlands to Quit Coal Power; UK and Canada Champion Global Transition Away from Coallast_img read more

Moyes unconcerned by Ferguson book

first_img The 18-year-old signed a new five-year contract last week and Moyes said: “He is now available (for the Champions League) by the way his date of birth works. He’s an exciting young player making good progress all the time and he someone who is going to play a big part in the future of Manchester United, he’s an exceptional talent.” Four key players were absent from United’s training session ahead of the Real Sociedad match – Danny Welbeck, Tom Cleverley and central defenders Nemanja Vidic and Rio Ferdinand, though Moyes said Welbeck and Cleverley had a chance of being fit for the game. Jonny Evans is likely to play in central defence and the Irish international admitted the team has to eliminate some sloppiness from their play. Evans said: “We are disappionted, we watched part of the (Southampton) game back and it was clear our performance was not up to scratch, especially in possession, giving the ball away and being quite sloppy. “Being Manchester United we want to control games a bit better than we did against Southampton. “As players we know we have not played well enough as individuals and as a team and looking at ourselves we want to make sure we raise our level and produce better performances.” David Moyes insists he has no concerns that the fall-out from Sir Alex Ferguson’s no-holds-barred book will affect Wayne Rooney despite the confirmation that Manchester United’s star striker demanded a move the day after they had won the Premier League. Moyes has not seen an advance copy of Ferguson book and said he had no concerns about Rooney being unsettled by its contents – and no issue with his predecessor going into print so soon. He said: “None – I think Wayne is completely focused on his football, he has been since the first day back in pre-season. He’s good in form, he’s looking after himself and playing well. “Alex Ferguson can do what he wishes – he’s his own man. Certainly everyone at Old Trafford would love to hear what he has to say, the supporters certainly would. He has great knowledge and I am sure a lot of people will enjoy reading it. “I am sure I will when the time arises – I have not got much time in this job, that’s for sure.” United face Real Sociedad in the Champions League at Old Trafford on Wednesday night and Moyes will be hoping Rooney can maintain his current form after some disappointing team results and performances this season, which the manager admits have been below par. “We want to improve results, that’s obvious,” said Moyes. “We want to improve on our performance too, we gave the ball away too much in our last game and we have to do better when we are in possession. “We have had periods of good play but maybe not continuously, which is something we have been working on in training.” Moyes confirmed that Belgium-born midfielder Adnan Januzaj has been added to the Champions League squad as a home-grown player and could make his debut in the competition tomorrow. Ferguson’s book states Rooney came into his office “the day after we won the league and asked away” and revealed the 27-year-old’s fitness had been an issue last season and led to him being dropped. Moyes, who succeeded Ferguson as United manager in the summer, said Rooney was now “completely focused” and in good form – he has three goals and two assists in the Premier League, plus he has been excellent for England. Press Associationlast_img read more