Coal Power rises to new high
Late June 2014 in Germany, the demand for coal reaches the highest level since 2010 when 8 nuclear power plants were shutdown following the Fukushima disaster.
Coal being cheap and abundant is the second biggest energy source on planet earth.40 percent of the world electricity is generated through coal. It is also the biggest source of carbon emissions and therefore contributes enormously to global warming.
Almost twice as much carbon dioxide is being emitted when coal burns compared to natural gas.
This year alone Germany will bring three new coal power plants online with a total of at least 3,352 MW enough capacity to serve to 4,4 million households.Being in the heart of europe Germany is also a big energy exporter with a huge oversupply of electric power.
With the high output of power the export will rise to new highs as well. While prices on the european energy market are on a low – in April being in a nine-year low. Most energy providers are lowering net income expectancies.
More than a 100 countries, including the U.S. and Germany, signed 2009 Copenhagen agreement to limit global warming. But since then not a lot has happened. While big energy companies are trying to market the new plants with the term clean coal plants reducing up 90% of carbon emissions – the effects have not been proved yet.
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Photos: CC by Thure Johnson, LarryHB, Roger Wollstadt, Martin (x1klima)