Back to black: coal demand to return to its peak this year 

Posted: July 30, 2022 by oldbrew in Energy, net zero
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Ferrybridge ‘C’ Power Station (1966–2016)
[image credit: Lynne Kirton / Wikipedia]


The estimated global figure is 8 billion tonnes. Under UK ‘net zero’ climate policy, the coal option will soon disappear completely. Then what, when the electricity supply going gets tough? Electricity demand is rising, not falling, and global coal use is expected to do the same.
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As countries are juggling between skyrocketing energy prices and reduced gas flows, it seems that many of them could turn to coal to secure power to keep the lights on in winter, says Energy Live News.

The latest report by the International Energy Agency (IEA) paints a grim picture of the current situation the international energy systems find themselves in.

The IEA’s Coal Market Update report forecasts that global coal demand will return to its record highs this year.

The agency estimates that global coal consumption will rise by 0.8% in 2022 to eight billion tonnes.

In its winter outlook report, the National Grid ESO said it was working with the government to negotiate the delay of the closure of five coal power stations in the UK.

The plants will provide additional backup electricity to ensure the grid has enough supply to meet energy demand.

Full article here.

Comments
  1. Graeme No.3 says:

    “In its winter outlook report, the National Grid ESO said it was working with the government to negotiate the delay of the closure of five coal power stations in the UK.”
    The government had better listen or they will be out on their ear and cut off from the trough very rapidly.
    Coal fired is still the cheapest source of reliable electricity – ask the Chinese, the Indian and a raft of other governments who, while ‘responsible’ for 67% of global CO2 emissions, have no intention of reducing them nor of the resultant impoverishment of their supporters.

  2. catweazle666 says:

    Time to convert Drax back to burning British coal and ditch the truly insane policy of burning US timber that doesn’t save a molecule of CO2 – very much the opposite in fact – and costs the UK electricity users close to £Billion annually!

  3. steve says:

    I recall watching with sadness the demolition of the towers of many coal fired power stations and telling all that would listen that one day we will regret this. Think it may remind a few people.

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