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EON promoting ‘Thames Cluster’ of CCS plants.

In EON website + PR statements on May 15, 2009 at 11:05 am

If funding becomes available (and ccs is fundementally an economic question) then E.On is looking at the possiblity of combining numerous coal plants into a cluster of ccs units.

http://www.eon-uk.com/generation/1784.aspx

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No coal power construction in the UK this year.(15th May)

In Industry Views on May 15, 2009 at 10:44 am

Via Construction News

The procurement process for the £1.5 billion Kingsnorth power station rebuild is not expected to progress this year, according to Kier director Paul Sheffield.

Kier, one of six contractors and consortia in talks with client E.On over the project, is not expecting to find out much more about the job before Christmas.

Client E.On has refused to give a timetable for the project, and is waiting to see how its carbon capture and storage infrastructure will be funded.

Mr Sheffield said: “We are not expecting anything to happen on Kingsnorth this year, as E.On is still waiting for its section 36 [planning permission]. There is still the possibility it could all fall through.”

Energy secretary Ed Miliband has committed to helping fund up to four coal-fired power station CCS schemes. But energy firms must wait for the forthcoming coal consultation to close before any designs will be approved.

Laing O’Rourke, Morgan Est, Balfour Beatty and Bam Nuttall are also all in talks with E.On over the Kingsnorth job, as is a Costain/Hochtief joint venture.

EON seeks opt out on CCS deadline. (11th May)

In EON strategy on May 15, 2009 at 10:39 am

A recent DECC press release had two main points:

  1. No new ccs without some ccs.
  2. Remainder of plant not fitted with ccs must adopt the technology when independently deemed ‘economically and technologically proven’.

That first point is clear. The second point tries to have it both ways and neither the energy companies nor civil society are happy.

Energy companies are already working on watering down the second point.

Energy companies will lobby the government for a get-out clause from the deadline to fully fit carbon capture and storage (CCS) technology to new coal plants by 2025 because they are worried it might not work in time.

Companies, including German-owned groups E.ON and RWE npower, want guarantees that they will not be forced to close their coal-fired plants in 2025 if the technology has not been proven by then.

So this is the next battle that has to be won before the uk can officailly claim to be beyond coal.

Ed Miliband: All new coal will need portion of CCS (23rd April)

In Ed Milliband on May 15, 2009 at 10:22 am

DECC put out a press release on the 23rd of April which dashed the hopes of the construction industry which had been hoping for a series of new coal plants in the UK.

  • No new coal plants are to be built without some Carbon Capture and Storage.
  • The remainder of any plant built will have to be fitted with CCS  within 5 years of it being judged ‘technically and economically proven‘.

The first point puts an end to people just carrying on business as usual. The second point could, in practice, mean that ccs will be forced on companies in the near term or they could be left alone indefinetly. The second point is a cop-out. Which E.ON and uk civil society have already started fighting over.

Full statement bellow.

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Ed Milibands’ girlfriend works for E.ON

In Ed Milliband on March 16, 2009 at 12:51 pm

Energy and Climate Change minister Ed Miliband is in a relationship with an environmental lawyer who curretly works for e.on.

Some might say it would be difficult not to permit a project that your potential life partner is working on pushing through.

Decision on Kingsnorth Delayed

In Ed Milliband on March 3, 2009 at 12:13 am

Via the Guardian

Decisions about any new coal-fired power plants in the UK have been delayed until the autumn, prompting warnings from energy companies about the growing risk that the country could run out of electricity generating capacity.

Ministers were due to make a decision last year on an application to build the first new coal plant in the UK for a generation at Kingsnorth in Kent – a move expected to trigger submissions for further projects.

However, insiders said the decision was not now expected until after the summer because of a decision by the energy and climate change secretary, Ed Miliband, to order a fresh review of coal policy. The Guardian revealed last week that Miliband was considering plans for tough new limits on global warming emissions from coal plants and wanted the government to help fund more carbon capture and storage projects to make this happen.

The decision was earlier delayed by another government consultation on what companies building new coal plants would have to do to make them “capture ready”, announced last year.

Jonathan Smith, E.ON’s media relations manager, said: “We do not expect any imminent decision, by any stretch of the imagination.”

A further delay in the controversial decision about Kingsnorth will delight environmentalists, who have singled out the Kent plant for opposition, because coal is the most polluting form of energy, and because of concern that building a coal plant without strict pollution control would destroy attempts to curb carbon emissions in emerging economies.

However, Smith said further delays raised the threat that the UK could not build the new plants in time to replace the nuclear and old coal power stations that are due to be closed in the next decade.

A spokesman for the Department of Energy and Climate Change said: “A decision on Kingsnorth will follow our consultation on the conditions around new coal-fired power stations. We are aware of the need to ensure security of energy supplies.”

Ed Miliband on UK Coal and CCS

In Ed Milliband on February 27, 2009 at 2:04 am

Ed Miliband has been speaking to the Department of Energy and Climate Change Committee.

When: Wednesday 25 February at 9.15am ended at 11.17am

Where: Department of Energy and Climate Change Committee

On What:  Coal power, energy and climate change.

Notes:  not yet online

Video: http://www.parliamentlive.tv/Main/VideoPlayer.aspx?meetingId=3495

Related:  Ed Crooks FT 25th FebEd Crooks, Fyona Harvey FT,

Govornment planning to go big on CCS?

In Ed Milliband on February 27, 2009 at 1:45 am

According to an article in the Guardian on Feb 25th 2009 the government’s is considering a major scaling up of investment in carbon capture and storage. From what this author knows of CCS this would seem to be a misallocation of resources, however, if we are seeing a definitive shift against any new coal without CCS then this would certainly be a welcome development.

According to Chris Smith, former head of the Environment Agency, there is a battle going on over those funds.

“There is a battle going on between the Department of Energy and Climate Change and the Treasury to secure the necessary funds for as wide a range of demonstration projects as possible.”

Perhaps they will take a leaf out of the Conservatives book and use funding from ETS auctions to raise the funds.

“The Conservatives have said they would fund CCS demonstrations using money raised by auctioning carbon allowances under the European Emissions Trading System.”

A couple of things concern me about this.  I think the money could be better spent on renewables. The govornment has often used hyperbole when describing CCS but the environmental audit committe amongst others has been critical of its complete lack of commmitment.  If –as i suspect, ccs proves to be very expensive and to remain so, and to be vulberable to increasing coal prices, then we may all wish that funds had been better spent on renewables, which only get cheaper with volume of production, the opposite of fossil fuels.

EON Talk to the HoC Energy and Climate Change Committee

In EON Parliamentary Statements on February 13, 2009 at 12:07 am

Who? E.On commercial director Jim MacDonald

About? Energy prices and future investment.

When? 9:15am 11/Feb/2009

Commitee?  HoC Energy and Climate Change Committee

Video? Link here.

Paul Golby: He’s a Hero!

In Angles, EON website + PR statements on January 29, 2009 at 10:57 pm

EON  plans to build the first new coal plant in over 30 years in the uk. Some of us see that as a negative thing and see EON’s boss as a very naughty boy. He, however, sees himself as the saviour of the UK. Fighting it out to make sure that the UK gets its fair share of dirty coal. This arrogance works quite well with the security of supply angle that they are pushing; where security basically means price. If the govornment don’t help Paul, he might just give up the fight, and not build new generating capacity. Then the UK will really have an energy gap; how very much like the mafia EON is. “You wouldnt want that energy grid to get broken, would you?”

“I am out there batting for the UK to get its share of the international company’s investment portfolio and it becomes that much more difficult if I cannot show that the returns will justify that investment.”