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.
With more and more regions of Poland trying to impose new anti-smog laws, concerned mainly around the fuel fired in individual houses and parameters of coal boilers used to do so, retail consumers (mostly the poor ones) will face a high increase of expenses.
After two years of being dethroned by natural gas, coal is again number one in the American energy mix. According to the Energy Information Agency, in the period of January-April 2017 coal had 30% of US energy mix, while natural gas 2pp less.
Despite the fact that apart from Russia, Poland is the best (from the logistics point of view) alternative for domestic fuel (recently unavailable), Polish coal will never be exported to its neighbor’s power plants because of its parameters. That is where Americans are coming to the rescue.
Heat waves in southern Europe, large rains i South Africa after strikes in May, Chinese import ban for smaller ports and increase in American export – all the factors driving international coal trade and coal prices summed up by Polishcoaldaily’s Editor in his comment for Biuletyn Gorniczy.
While European Commission has no sentiment towards fossil fuel fired power plants and keeps on going with its decarbonisation machine, it is surprisingly indulgent for the German diesel automotive industry, saying the auto sector will be the one investing in electromobility and cars of the future. Doesn’t the same goes for the power sector?
As a result of the “end of war on coal” (Donald Trump administration slogan), hard coal mining revives in US. But, since there are less and less domestic coal-fired power plants (being pushed out from the market by natural gas) US will help building them abroad.
After stable January&February and a little drop in March, international coal markets were shocked after Debbie hurricane in Australia shook the global prices. Everyone was expecting longterm increases, but it turned out soon that panic was premature.
Traditionally an exporter, because of the large undersupply of coal in Poland (thanks to lack of investments in the previous years) Weglokoks is making further plans to start regular import from US and Colombia, as it was predicted by Polishcoaldaily’s Editor few months ago.
As the work on Capacity Market project goes on in Ministry of Energy, more and more opponents (mainly the wind farm investors, which are excluded from the Capacity Market) tries to undermine the whole concept. The new approach is to call it a “coal charge” and spook the retail consumers.
Full coverage from the last in this political season meeting of Parliamentary Commission of Mining and Energy, where Piotr Naimski, the government’s representative for energy infrastructure presented plans for development of domestic natural gas infrastructure and forecasts for the market.
Hosted by Lukasz Jankowski, Polishcoaldaily’s Editor commented in Radio Wnet the project by Ministry of Energy of domestic Capacity Market, that was recently broadly discussed as some started calling it the “coal charge” on Polish consumers.
Economy in North Korean regime is based on drug and illegal firearms trade, conterfeiting foreign currencies, hacking attacks, slave labor and… export of coal, mainly to China. How will the recent Chinese embargo affect living condition of common Koreans?