Second article by Polishcoaldaily’s Founder and former Editor for reo.pl (run by Renewable Energy Market Foundation), this time on the relationship between renewable energy (with its grid priority dispatch) and fossil fuels (with its capacity market) in Polish energy mix.
As Germany is trying hard to pose as the global leader in shutting down fossil fuels fired power plants and developing renewable energy, the facts are against them: increased burning of hard coal and lignite, high level of CO2 & low emission and grubbing an ancient forest to expand a coal mine.
Naszemiasto.pl is quoting Polishcoaldaily’s Founder and former Editor on the subject of increasing prices of coal used for domestic heating and increasing prices of central heating, again connected with more expensive steam coal last year.
Polishcoaldaily’s Founder nad former Editor commenting for Polonia Christiana on PG Silesia mine history and the fate of Makoszowy mine if its employees would succeed with establishing the employee-owned company owning a mining facility.
Second part of summary of the most important events in 2017: shortage of coal, shortage of cargo trains, many promises (both by Polish Ministry of Energy and anti-coal alliances) and power market, which will prolong life of many Polish coal-fired power plants.
Recent report of NIK (Polish Supreme Audit Office) shows unreal assumptions of 2007-2015 Polish Coal Company strategy in term of salaries. On December minister Tobiszowski suggested more flexibility in wage strategy, since the coal-boom is not going to last for long.
As some still demands closure of certain mines in Poland, despite the global coal-boom and prices rocking sky high, Polishcoaldaily’s former Editor reminds us that they should be more restrained, giving the example of Sosnica mine.
Vinacomin (Vietnamese state-owned mining company) plans to increase seven time coal production till 2030 due to rise of power consumption, which will require access to cheap and reliable source of energy. An obstacle can be environment pollution and huge reservoir of gas in south of this country.
Polish Capacity Market – new law in energy sector which for coal-fired power plants is better than nothing. Unfortunately, it is overrated by both its proponents and opponents. Considerable rise of price for industrial consumers can give inconsiderable cash income to power industry.
Some of Polish coal specialists claim to mining special act in Poland, meanwhile tons of regulations restrain growth of mining business. Adam Smith’s ideal country is defined as night guardian who provide fair law and military security, Milton Friedman added highways to this list, supply in energy could be next.
2016 Polish coal mining ends with quite enthusiastic mood but air pollution affair in Warsaw at January frosts crack it. New investments in power generation and mining, on the other hand coal supply problems and lower production – all that were the most important events in first half of 2017.
Renewables in Polish energy mix is growing trend, but renewable power units still need backup in classic coal power plants. Connecting renewables with energy storages could be a solution only on a small scale, doing it on a large would end up with energy ration cards fo customers.
WCA members are confused after when BHP Billiton, world mining giant, made a announcement abouth leaving the group and also from coal business, which is caused by pressure from ecological organizations. In the meantime, Australia has many problems with series of blackouts and high energy prices.
Last year boom started after two years of consequent drops. Rising started slowly to speeded up in September, but if prices drop at the beginning of 2018 we could see a Xmas-tree shape price chart. Prices correction is expected, which is a reason to be worried by vast majority of thermal coal producers.
Last in 2017 meeting of Parliamentary Commission for Mining and Energy took place in the middle of December. Among many other speakers, Konrad Świrski from Warsaw UoT highlighted that group always debate about lots of scenarios but the energy industry is always going its own way.
At the beginning of November, China announced an orange pollution alarm in northern districts. Chinese answer on this problem was so far coal stoves banning. In a result, gas prices shifted and queues to install new gas furnaces are terribly long. Similar plans were made in Poland last year.
Polishcoaldaily’s Founder commenting for Biznes Alert last few months in Polish coal mining sector. Since the industry just had a good year and managed to raise some capital, it is crutial to go further with the restructure, while the boom lasts.
Robert Murray, CEO of the largest coal mining company in the US warns that if the Senate version of tax reform will be enacted by President Donald Trump it will surely be destroying thousands of coal mining jobs in the process.
On the last in this year meeting of Parliamentary Commission for Mining and Energy (Parlamentarny Zespol Gornictwa i Energii) experts and professionals from the industry discussed the future of Polish energy. Will it be more green, black or blue?
On the St. Barbara’s Day, quick overwiev on the Polish steam coal production industry in the last few months. Restucture, safety issues, international price indices, supply and demand on the local market, freight problems and forecasts on what will happen next.
While Polish experts accuses steam coal for being the main reason of deadly smog in the largest Polish cities, India fights this disaster (much much worst, no comparison with any European town) forcing heavy industry (mainly cement plants) to replace petroleum coke with… steam coal.
A few words by Polishcoaldaily’s Founder and former Editor on the recent climate summit, Hosted by Fiji in German Bonn. Why the Powering Past Coal Alliance is as just a strong name behind empty declarations and what PR disasters happened in Germany, France and UK during the COP23.
After Australia, where Glencore’s employees strike since May, now South African miners united in the NUM will start their protests. How did it affected coal prices so far and what can we expect in the middle of heating season?
Article in bi monthly Biuletyn Gorniczy by Polishcoaldaily’s Founder and former Editor on international steam coal prices by the end of summer. Full coverage on Poland and the most important coal markets: ARA, South Africa, Australia, China and India.
We had “blue coal” – Polish invention from Institute for Chemical Processing of Coal, which was suposed to help fighting the smog, we had “green coal” – Philippinesian way to enter fuel market with their biomass from bana grass. Now Americans work on “renewable coal”.
While international coal prices are again peaking up high just before winter, Chinese National Development and Reform Commission will start a battle against malicious hoarding coal in mining regions to prevent price levels from staying far from so called “green belt”.
In today’s Dziennik Gazeta Prawna, in the article by Karolina Baca-Pogorzelska former Editor of Polishcoaldaily comments the fact that only roughly 60% of Polish companies fulfilled the legal obligation to audit their internal energy usage.
Following Trump administration end-of-war-on-coal energy policies, after series of blackouts and in regards to high electricity prices, Australian government decided to cut renewables and boost its own resources – mainly coal.
Canada, UK and Holland are trying to present themselves as global decarbonisation leaders, which will develop most for the Paris climate agreement. Why them? Simple, once they’ve already used all their domestic coal deposits, it is easier to renounce it.
Government in Jakarta wanted to mine 477m Mt this year, but reality is far from their wishes. In the first 8 months 2017 Indonesia managed to produce only 295.5m Mt (62% of the plan). Indonesian troubles are not so different from the ones that we have in Poland.
New report on recent coal shortage in Poland – now available for our readers (so far onlyin Polish). Production problems underground, legal limitations, consumers review (energy sector, heat plants, retail customers) and our forecasts.
Australian coal producers have to choose – either they can sell their coal to China, Japan, Korea and other Asian consumers with fat margins, or they can support local power plants which are already complaining on shortage of reserves.
Most of the South African citizen feels, that corruption is present in almost every aspect of their life, including the top administration. After affairs with president Jacob Zuma and Gupta family, around FIFA World Cup 2010 and many others, nobody is really surprised that also private coal companies and national power sector is dirty.
Unlike in Poland, where consolidation of energy (power and heat plants owned by EDF will be taken by PGE) and mining sectors (KHW mines being absorbed by PGG), in India anti-monopoly office of Competition Commission decided to put up for an auction unneffective facilities owned by the world largest coal producer – Coal India.
Right after Polish coal producers showed financial results for H1 2017 (which were and echo of good situation on the international markets), Ministry of Energy announced the renaissance of coal mining in Poland. How does such renaissance works here and how it looks internationally?
Full coverage from the conference on smog in Poland, organized by Ministry of Development in close cooperation with Polish Smog Alert. Not many new arguments in the discussion, besides Deputy Minister Jadwiga Emilewicz promising the new law on coal quality coming this fall.
Not only taking the first place in Polish energy mix, not only the number one fuel for heating the individual housing, but also a recent marketing hit in FMCG sector in Poland – today we can find coal in cosmetics (gel, tooth paste, shampoo) and food (lemonade, waffles, hamburgers).
Polishcoaldaily’s Editor comment for Gazeta Pomorska on coal for domestic heating, which gets more and more expensive each day and even worst, in some places in southern Poland it’s imposible to buy larger quantities, if any.
While part of the world – including China – decides to move away from fossil fuels fired energy sector, other countries are considering large investments in new coal power plants. Surprisingly, many of them are planned in the are region not really associated with coal – Middle East.
As a part of president Donald Trump’s new policy towards energy sector and fossil fuels, the “end of war on coal” (favorite slogan by POTUS administration) was an urge for some Native American tribes to increase coal mining on their reservations.