Coal Power Plants Expand Globally
… In 2017, after two years of declines, International Energy Agency figures showed global coal demand rising to 5.357 million tonnes of coal equivalent (TCE). __ Coal is King of the World
China is building new coal plants, of course. But looming in the background are India and other nations of the emerging and third worlds.
India seems set to replace China as the world’s biggest coal consumer while Asian countries such as Indonesia, Malaysia, Pakistan, Philippines and Vietnam have also registered big increases.
“Many developing economies view coal as important to their economic development because of its ready availability and relatively low cost,” the IEA said in it World Energy Outlook 2018 report. __ https://www.yahoo.com/news/coal-still-king-global-power-production-000749041.html?
Coal is Still King Because IT WORKS!!!
Something huge keeps getting lost when the babbling elites discuss the future of global energy. They keep talking about “the shift to wind and solar” and the “move away from coal.” But people with inside knowledge of how power grids operate know better. Coal will be around for as long as it takes humans to develop safe, new, affordable, clean generations of nuclear fission and fusion.
Coal power plants work. When you turn them on, they output useful electrical power at their rated levels. When you turn them off, they stop. This ability to dispatch a given level of useful power on command is indispensable for a modern industrial society. Wind and solar can not do this — and they will never be able to do it affordably, regardless of the latest promises for grand new energy storage systems. For most of the world, it is either coal or no reliable power — thus no reliable industry.
China Consumes Half the World’s Coal
China… consumes half the world’s coal. More than 4.3 million Chinese are employed in the country’s coal mines. China has added 40 percent of the world’s coal capacity since 2002, a huge increase for 16 years. “I had to do the calculation three times,” said Carlos Fernández Alvarez, a senior energy analyst at the International Energy Agency. “I thought it was wrong. It’s crazy.”
China is also building large numbers of coal power plants overseas for other countries.
Chinese companies are building coal plants in 17 countries, according to Urgewald. Its regional rival, Japan, is in the game, too: Nearly 60 percent of planned coal projects developed by Japanese companies are outside the country, mostly financed by Japanese banks. __ Seattle Times
Poland is Hosting Latest Climate Talks
Polish coal imports are rising rapidly. This is vital to Poland’s rapidly ramping industrial output.
Poland’s thermal coal imports for the first nine months of the year almost doubled versus the same period in 2017 to 11.8 million tonnes, most of which came from Russia, data from the state-run Industrial Development Agency (ARP) showed on Monday.
… Poland’s annual coal imports had already risen in 2017 to almost 13 million tonnes from 8.3 million in 2016 as domestic production fell because of limited investment in Polish state mines. Poland also turned to the United States for increased supplies. __ https://www.reuters.com/article/us-poland-coal/polish-coal-imports-jump-russia-biggest-supplier-idUSKBN1O21BL
Simply put, if a contemporary nation wants to be taken seriously, it must have reliable and affordable power production to support its industrial and commercial capacity. Anything less is chickensh!t.
In the US, coal was scheduled to become obsolete, by the late Obama administration. But something happened in 2016 which changed the entire outlook for coal. And now the search for clean coal in the US is on.
“Clean” coal is a rich vein for American investors to mine, thanks to a lucrative subsidy offered by the U.S. government. For many producers of the fuel, the path to profit leads through a laboratory at the University of North Dakota.
The school’s Energy and Environmental Research Center reported earning about $5 million in fiscal 2015-16 performing laboratory tests that qualify clean-coal producers for the subsidy. On any given day, EERC technicians take a sample of up to one ton of the coal from a producer and burn it in a miniature boiler to determine whether it reduces a specific pollutant enough to make the grade.
A stamp of approval from EERC, or a handful of other labs serving the industry, unlocks a tax credit worth more than $7 a ton to producers and their investors. __ https://news.yahoo.com/special-report-little-lab-prairie-clears-path-big-141557975–sector.html?
Government tax credits are useful for “clean coal” projects — but tax credits should not be confused with mandates, loan guarantees, or active subsidies that are wasted on unreliable/unpredictable sources of low quality energy such as wind and solar. At the end of the day, coal plants produce useful, on-demand, high quality electrical power. “Renewables” cannot, and never will do.
Advanced Nuclear Is the Only Low-Cost Alternative to Coal
For the US, natural gas turbines can produce abundant and affordable high quality power, on demand. Natural gas power has displaced a significant amount of coal power generation in the US. Nuclear power has been displacing coal power for several decades — but nuclear plants are slowly being phased out.
For most other nations of the world, the cost of natural gas power is much higher than in the US, due to the costs of transportation of fuel and power plant construction and maintenance. Costs for coal are predictable, and transportation of coal is easy and cheap.
The world’s coal supplies can last for several centuries. The eventual end of coal-for-power will be the coming of clean, safe, reliable, affordable advanced nuclear power — both fission and fusion. Thanks to the “green parties” of the modern west, safe and clean nuclear power have been delayed for decades. Thus we owe the global dependency on coal in large part to the “faux environmentalists” who call themselves green (eg Germany).
When hypocrisy and censorship are necessary foundations of political ideology, the rot will eventually bring the entire edifice crashing down.
Hope for the best. Prepare for the worst. Learn to be Dangerous in the world as it is, discarding wishful thinking as far as possible.