America’s Coal Production Falls to Its Lowest Level Since 1986

January 11, 2016 by Stephen Lacey

The U.S. saw a 10 percent dip in coal production in 2015, part of a downward trend that continues to accelerate. That's the lowest level since 1986.[read more]

Falling Like Dominoes: Support For Coal From the UK Comes To An End

November 23, 2013 by Justin Guay

First it was President Obama at Georgetown University in June, telling us that it was time to act on climate. As one of the pillars of the climate action plan, President Obama pledged to end public financing for coal projects overseas, except in very specific situations.[read more]

New US Guidelines on Overseas Coal Project Financing: Good Aspects, Missed Chances

November 8, 2013 by NRDC Switchboard

The U.S. released new guidelines that direct how the U.S. will vote on coal projects proposed by development banks such as the World Bank, and European Bank for Reconstruction and Development. Over the past 5 years these banks have financed $13 billion in coal projects.[read more]

Are We Heading for a Coal COP?

November 4, 2013 by David Hone

It is widely known that Poland gets much of its energy from coal (it is even a next exporter). Many countries do, so it is hardly alone in this regard. But what should we then make of the Warsaw Communique released recently by the World Coal Association and the Polish government?[read more]

Coal Country Replacing Coal With Demand Response and Energy Efficiency

September 11, 2013 by Katherine Tweed

Ohio Demand Response

Northern Ohio is coal country. These days, that’s a problem. The lack of coal capacity in coming years drove up prices in PJM’s capacity auction in 2012, so PJM responded with a solution: transmission. One year later, the regional clearing price was back in line.[read more]


Coal to Gas Fuel Switching in the UK: The Role of Carbon Pricing

September 4, 2013 by Robert Wilson

Coal to Gas Switching in the UK


In the UK electricity generation from coal increased 30%, while electricity generation from gas decreased by the same percentage. This is not the result of new coal plants, or gas plants closing. It is a result of the changes in the relative costs of coal and gas.[read more]

Land Requirements for PV Versus Coal Energy Generation

August 29, 2013 by Nigel Morris

One ongoing argument used by those against the increased uptake of renewables is “they just take up way too much space”, so it was with enormous interest that I picked up on a new study released by the US based National Renewable Energy Laboratory.[read more]

Energy and the Cloud: No More Railing Against iPhones

August 29, 2013 by Rob Atkinson

Given the explosion of information and communications technology (ICT) and the proliferation of tablets, smart phones, and other high tech devices, it is pertinent to investigate the potential climate change implications of an increasingly digital world.[read more]

Can Renewable Energy Grow Fast Enough to Make a Difference?

July 27, 2013 by Katherine Tweed

Growing Renewables

Asia, and particularly China and India, will lead a charge toward a 56 percent increase in worldwide energy consumption by 2040. Although renewables and nuclear are growing at the fastest rates in the electricity sector, it will not be enough to dethrone coal.[read more]


Transforming China’s Grid: Will Coal Remain King in China’s Energy Mix?

July 23, 2013 by Michael Davidson

Transforming China's Grid

China’s coal sector from mine to boiler is undergoing a massive consolidation designed to increase efficiency. Coal’s supreme position in the energy mix appears to be unassailable. Scratch deeper and challenges begin to surface.[read more]

Energy News: World Bank to Stop Funding Coal Projects

July 19, 2013 by Jake Schmidt

Coal and the World Bank

The World Bank Group has just agreed to stop funding coal projects. This is welcome news as the World Bank Group has funded almost $6 billion in coal projects over the past five years.[read more]

Greens Should Support Coal-Killing Natural Gas, Like They Used To

July 18, 2013 by Max Luke

Coal and Natural Gas

For decades, natural gas was considered a highly attractive alternative to coal. It produced fewer greenhouse gas emissions, resulted in far less toxic pollution of landscapes and waterways, and could be a viable bridge to a zero-carbon future.[read more]

Solar Energy Cheaper Than Coal Foreseen By German Solar CEO

July 11, 2013 by Tina Casey

Solar Energy and Coal

In a new interview with Deutsche Welle, the CEO of a Germany-based global solar developer made a good case for the potential for solar power to become cheaper than coal sooner rather than later.[read more]

President Obama, Coal Killer

President Obama put natural gas at the center of his agenda to deal with climate change. "We should strengthen our position as the top natural gas producer because it can provide safe, cheap power, and reduce our carbon emissions."[read more]

Can We Solve Climate Change Through Carbon Capture and Storage?

May 28, 2013 by Robert Wilson

To capture half of global CO2 emissions would involve shoving around, and pumping underground, volumes of liquefied CO2 that are more than four times greater than that of the global oil industry.[read more]