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Nova Scotia Will Continue to Burn Coal

An energy plan released in November by Nova Scotia Energy Minister Michael Samson touted the increased development of renewable energy resources such as hydropower and wind energy along with greater energy efficiency to gradually wean the Canadian province off its heavy coal dependence. Coal still produces more than 70% of Nova Scotia’s electricity. But regardless of the province’s goals to lower greenhouse gas emissions significantly by 2030, coal is not going away anytime soon, the report acknowledged.

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Britain Intends to Close Coal Plants by 2025

Prior to the COP-21 talks in Paris, the British government announced plans to close all coal-fired power plants by 2025 and restrict their use by 2023. “It cannot be satisfactory for an advanced economy like the U.K. to be relying on polluting, carbon intensive 50-year-old coal-fired power stations,” said Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change Amber Rudd. “Let me be clear, this is not the future. We need to build a new energy infrastructure, fit for the 21st century.”

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Grande Cache Mine to Idle

December 24 has been set as the closing day for one of Canada’s underground operations, the Grande Cache met mine west of Edmonton, Alberta.

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Hassyan Power Plant Remains on Track in Dubai

Accroding to TradeArabia News Service, the first phase of the Hassyan coal-fired power plant project, which consists of two 600-megawatt units, will be operational by March 2020, said Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, MD and CEO of Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (Dewa).

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CIL Plans to Commission 3 Prep Plants in 2016

To improve the quality of coal, Coal India Ltd. (CIL) will set up 15 new washeries for both coking and noncoking coals and three are likely to be commissioned next year, according to The Economic Times.

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