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GL OBAL NEWS
The Indian mining company Adani has made new progress
toward its US$21.7-billion Australian coal mine by concluding
the final landholder compensation agreement.
India has decided to temporarily delay opening commercial
coal mining to private companies, which could make it difficult for the country to achieve its ambitious production
targets. The world's third-largest coal importer, India aims
for private companies to contribute about one third of the
annual production target of 1.5 billion tonnes by 2020.
China's National Bureau of Statistics reported that the China's
Gross Domestic Product (GDP) reached 67.67 trillion yuan
(US$10.29 trillion), up 6.9%, while coal production was
3750 million tonnes, 3.3% less than in 2014.
The U.S. Supreme Court granted a stay of the Clean Power
Plan (CPP). Thus, the rule intended to reduce CO2 emissions from the existing power fleet will likely be heard by
the court before states can be made to comply. While some
U.S. states are moving forward with preparations to meet
the CPP emission limits, others have halted work.
Electricity production reached 5810 TWh, increasing by
0.3%. Of this, thermal power dropped to 4242 TWh, a
decrease of 2.7%; hydro power reached 1126.4 TWh, a 5%
increase; and nuclear power reached 170.7 TWh, a 28.9%
increase. Total power generation installed capacity reached
1508.28 GW in 2015.
China's General Administration of Customs released data
on imported coal in 2015.
Total coal imports (including
lignite) reached 204.06 million
tonnes, a reduction of 87.14
million tonnes (29.9% less than 2014). Coal was mainly
imported from Indonesia, Australia, North Korea, Russia,
According to the Mineral's Council of Australia, Vietnam's
demand for Australian coal increased by nearly 540% from
February 2015 to February 2016.
Movers & Shakers
The Gasification Technologies Council announced an expansion to become the Gasification and Syngas Technologies
Council (GSTC), which will now encompass the syngas production, processing, and conversion industries as well. For
more information, visit www.gasification-syngas.org/
Key Meetings & Conferences
lobally there are numerous conferences and meetings geared toward the coal and energy industries. The table below
highlights a few such events. If you would like your event listed in Cornerstone, please contact the Executive Editor at
IEA Clean Coal Centre
High Efficiency, Low
Emissions Coal-fired Plant
Workshop (HELE 2016)
Clearwater, Florida, U.S.
Cape Town, South Africa
There are several Coaltrans conferences globally each year. To learn more, visit www.coaltrans.com/calendar.aspx
Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Cornerstone - Spring 2016
From the Editor: Valuing Technology Transfer
to Support the Paris Agreement
CoverStory: Fueling Increased Electricity Production in the Emerging Economies of Asia
Recognizing the U.S. Cooperative Difference
Calling All Technology Developers: XPRIZE’s US$20-Million Competition for Breakthroughs in CO2 Conversion
The Paris Agreement and 21st Century Coal
A Utility Overview of the U.S. EPA Clean Power Plan
The Importance of System Utilization and Dispatchable Low-Emissions Electricity for Deep Decarbonization
Coal’s Role in ASEAN Energy
What’s Driving India’s Coal Demand Growth
Polygeneration as a Means to Reduce Energy Poverty in Pakistan
The Future of Gasification
Application of Circulating Fluidized Bed Combustion With Low-Rank Asian Coals
Oceanic Storage of CO2 by Japan and Taiwan
Cornerstone - Spring 2016