Germany lays out €40B coal exit plan; RWE accepts deal through gritted teeth
The German government on Jan. 16 presented a plan outlining the financing and timeline of the country's exit from coal power generation, putting the country on a path to eliminating the fuel from its mix by the late 2030s. As part of the deal, the coal-heavy states of Brandenburg, North Rhine Westphalia, Saxony and Saxony-Anhalt will receive €14 billion until 2038 at the latest to help them through the transition.
Congress, feds aim to plug pipeline cybersecurity holes amid Iran hacking alerts
U.S. agencies are still working to address blind spots in federal pipeline cybersecurity programs amid warnings about threats from Iranian hackers following a U.S. airstrike that killed a top Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps commander.
Wind, solar total more than half of new US capacity added in 2019
A total of 18,400 MW of new power generation capacity came into service last year, a third of which was wind power and 19% of which was solar power, according to an S&P Global Market Intelligence analysis. The share of new capacity fueled by natural gas declined to 46% in 2019, compared to 75% in 2018.
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Total U.S. coal production in the week that ended Jan. 11 fell 18.3% year-over-year, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration.
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