US Electricity in Germany again predominantly from coal
Thousands of Polish Miners Protest Country's Move to Renewable Energy, Potential Job Losses
"Tens of thousands of good jobs will be eliminated. We are protesting against that," the head of a Solidarity union chapter said.The demonstrators also said that Poland's shift from coal would threaten national security and make the country more dependent on fuel and power imports from Germany and Russia. "We are threatened with the loss of energy sovereignty if we close our mines, our power plants and will be forced to import power," said Krzysztof Gonerski, head of a Solidarity union chapter at the ENEA energy company in Gorzów Wielkopolski.
The electricity production by coal in Germany has overtaken the wind power in the first quarter 2021. A "windarm spring" has led to almost a third less electricity from wind power, the Federal Statistical Office announced on Friday.
filled the gap according to the Wiesbaden authority by higher power generation from coal and natural gas power plants.
A total of 138.2 billion kilowatt hours of electricity were generated from January to March to March and 138.2 billion kilowatt hours and fed into the grid. According to preliminary results of the Federal Office, the 2.6 percent less than in the first quarter of 2020. The electricity was mainly due to renewable energy sources such as wind power, biogas and sun (51.4 percent) in the same period of the previous year, dominated coal, gas and nuclear energy at the beginning of this year (59.3 percent).
Judge: US can't delay challenge to public land coal sales
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A U.S. judge has rejected the Biden administration's attempt to delay a lawsuit from several states and environmentalists who are seeking to end lease sales for coal mining on federal lands. The coal leasing program was temporarily shut down under President Barack Obama because of concerns about climate change, and then revived by the Trump administration. There have been few sales in the years since because the use of coal has plummeted as utilities turn to cleaner-burning fuels.
with a share of 28.9 percent of the total amount of electricity fed, coal was the most important energy sources for power generation in Germany in the first quarter of 2021. The amount of electricity generated in coal-fired power plants increased by more than a quarter compared to the same period of the previous year (26.8 percent ) At almost 40 billion kilowatt hours. For electricity from natural gas, it was around 24 percent to 22.5 billion kilowatt hours.
, on the other hand, there was a strong minus of almost a third in wind power (32.4 percent). The feed-in of 33.5 billion kilowatt hours was the lowest value for a first quarter for this source of energy since 2018. In the previous years, wind power had achieved significantly higher levels due to strong spring towers.
Germany Won't Give Military Assistance to Ukraine, Despite Volodymyr Zelenskyy's Request .
"I am convinced that the conflict can only be solved by political channels, and that should be clear to all involved," said German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas.Zelenskyy acknowledged German Chancellor Angela Merkel's support for his country but said "Germany can do more," during an interview with the German daily Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung Tuesday. He also said Germany has not provided his country with military help but that it could, citing Germany's "great" ships, speedboats, missile speedboats and patrol boats amid his country's ongoing conflict with Russia-backed separatist rebels in Ukraine.