Coal-dependent Polish utility PGE commits to 100% zero emissions by 2050

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Platts:Poland’s largest utility, PGE Polska Grupa Energetyczna SA, is planning to phase out coal and offer zero emission energy by 2050, CEO Wojciech Dabrowski said Sep. 15.“PGE, as the largest company in the sector, will play a key role in achieving zero emissions by Poland,” Dabrowski said at a Q2 results news conference. “Our strategic aspiration is to offer 100% green energy to PGE customers in 2050.”Dabrowski said the company is working on an updated strategy for release in late autumn that will detail PGE’s green transformation. In the second quarter, 88% of the company’s 13.22 TWh generation was produced in the company’s five lignite and hard-coal-fired plants and two CHPs. Just 5% was generated from renewable sources, the rest from natural gas. PGE is planning to invest huge amounts to have 2.5 GW each in offshore wind and solar capacity by 2030.PGE’s CEO said the company has decided to draw up a transformation plan for the company’s largest plant, the 4.93 GW lignite-fired facility in Belchatow. “Green investments can provide as many or even more jobs than current coal complexes,” he said. Dabrowski said PGE would also replace coal as the “basic fuel” for the company’s CHP and district heating plants with gas.In reaction to the European Commission’s proposal to increase the bloc’s emission cuts from 40% to at least 55% from 1990 levels by 2030, Dabrowski expressed confidence that PGE could cope with such a target and was hoping to access funds from the EU’s Just Transition fund.He said PGE supported the proposal to spin off the coal assets of the country’s three state-controlled utilities to a separate company that would be state-owned in order to help the power companies source funding for their green investments. He said the government had given preliminary agreement to the move and he expected a final decision following the cabinet reshuffle next month.[Adam Easton]More: Poland’s PGE targets zero carbon emissions by 2050: CEO Coal-dependent Polish utility PGE commits to 100% zero emissions by 2050last_img read more


RTS Becomes R2Sonic Norwegian Distributor

first_imgNorwegian subsea equipment provider Rental & Technology Services (RTS) has been appointed as the exclusive distributor of R2Sonic in Norway.RTS will back R2Sonic’s expansion into Norway by providing knowledgeable and personalized support.Helge Knutsen, managing director, RTS, said: “As one of the early adopters, we have been supplying R2Sonic multibeam echosounders to our customers in the rental market for many years, and with great results and feedback from our customers. We are now delighted to work more closely with R2Sonic, a true innovator in the subsea industry, as their Norwegian distributor. This will enable us to further enhance our product range and keep the promise to our customers to deliver the finest available subsea technology at any given time.”Cris Sabo, VP of sales at R2Sonic, added: “It is crucial for us to be close to our customers. Our priority is to provide a second-to-none experience to our end-users, which combines leading-edge and innovative products with outstanding customer service. Partnering with RTS gives us the opportunity to strengthen our presence in Norway and ensure exceptional customer support.“last_img read more


Lonzo Ball will make Lakers debut Oct. 19 vs. Clippers

first_imgThe Clippers also will have a new look after trading Chris Paul to the Houston Rockets for a package of players that included Patrick Beverley. The Clippers also re-signed Blake Griffin to a new five-year, $173-million contract and added guard Milos Teodosic and forward Danilo Gallinari over the summer.Paul and the Rockets open the season Oct. 17 when they visit the defending NBA champion Golden State Warriors in the second game of an opening-night doubleheader on TNT. Houston also will play a Christmas game, facing Paul George and the Oklahoma City Thunder in one of five holiday contests.The remainder of the NBA’s 82-game regular-season schedule will be revealed Monday. Paul’s return to Staples Center to face the Clippers for the first time since the trade figures to draw a good deal of attention when the rest of the scheduled is announced, a date to be circled in red ink. Lonzo Ball will make his NBA debut when the Lakers and Clippers renew their Hallway Series rivalry in a season-opening matchup on Thursday, Oct. 19 at Staples Center, the league announced Thursday afternoon. The Lakers will be the designated home team.The Lakers also will play host to the Minnesota Timberwolves in a Christmas evening game.Both games will start at 7:30 p.m., and will be broadcast nationally on TNT.Ball, the No. 2 selection in the draft in June, has given the Lakers a new look and a new hope for 2017-18. The former UCLA point guard showed glimpses of his potential during the NBA Summer League last month in Las Vegas, where his every move, with and without the ball, was studied and discussed at length. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more