UK Power Reserve has secured 200 MW of gas-fired power capacity at the latest T-4 Capacity Market auction, for delivery by October 2021. With these contract wins, the flexible power provider now operates portfolio greater than 1 GW. The latest T4 auction awarded capacity agreements to a total of 50,410 MW and cleared at £8.40/kW – well below previous auctions.
China's National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) imposed a cap on thermal coal prices imports through Qinhuangdao port at RMB750/t from 5 February. Strong demand due to colder-than-normal weather in January had propelled up prices to a record RMB780/t for FOB Qinhuangdao 5500 kcal/kg coal. According to WoodMackenzie estimates, the new price cap will have an impact from now until mid-March.
The February 2018 futures contract for natural gas on the New York Mercantile Exchange (NYMEX) is trading at a discount to the current spot price. This pricing pattern provides economic incentives to withdraw natural gas from storage to avoid exposure to the spot market.
Jan 23 – Robust winter demand has propelled up gas prices in Northern China, prompting the government to ease restrictions on coal-burn for power generation. Domestic gas production subsequently increased. In December alone, gas production stood at 13.61 Bcm, up 2.3% year on year - the highest monthly rise since 2010, according to the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS).
Darshan Hiranandani, the head of H-Energy, has forged a joint venture with the Japanese shipping company Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha, known as K-Line, striving to import LNG for power generation and industry customers in the Indian state of West Bengal and neighbouring Bangladesh. To that end, an FSRU is meant to be deployed in the offshore Digha region – the first facility on India’s East Coast.
Global coal demand is facing a “decade of stagnation” and should remain nearly flat between 2017 and 2022, the International Energy Agency (IEA) forecasts. Lower gas prices, a surge in renewables and improvements in energy efficiency have caused a 1.9% fall in global coal consumption last year to 5,357 million tonnes of coal equivalent (Mtce) - the second year of decline.
France, Germany, the Netherlands, Sweden and the UK have announced at the One Planet Summit in Paris that they would “examine or introduce” an effective CO2 price in "relevant sectors." The UK already in April 2013 unilaterally introduced a carbon tax in the power sector, and the five EU energy ministers underlined their new joint initiative could be “an effective tool to comprehensively decarbonise the world economy.”
Cost and performance of battery technologies will not only be shaping customer acceptance of electric vehicles in the coming years, but also determine how easy it will be to integrate renewable energy into the grid. Tracking the relation between the dramatic drop in prices for batteries and their usage, IEA analysts say “for each doubling of output, lithium ion battery prices have been getting 19% cheaper.”
The Russian gas export monopoly Gazprom, and owner of the expanding Sakhalin LNG plant, has fully re-entered the financial mainstream by signing a credit facility for €1 billion ($1.18 billion) with JP Morgan as well as Mizuho Bank and Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corp (SMBC), two of the largest Japanese banks. “The agreement marks another step in Gazprom's successful long-term cooperation with the aforementioned credit organizations,” the Russian company stated at the signing ceremony.
US manufacturers Koch Industries and Dow Chemical are lobbying against the plan of Energy Secretary Rick Perry to subsidize nuclear and coal as a fuel for power generation. In a letter to Congress, manufacturers dismissed the Department of Energy’s (DoE) plan as “anti-competitive” and said it could distort or “destroy competitive wholesale electricity markets and increase the price of electricity to all consumers.”