Drax Cuts Carbon Emissions for First Half of 2019 by 52%
Drax, the energy generation company, has announced the reduction of carbon emissions by 52% in the first half of this year, edie.net reported.
The achievement made by Drax was documented as part of its half yearly report highlighting that for the first half of 2019, its emissions were 128tCO2/GWh compared to it emissions of 265tCO2/GWh in 2018. Drax have attributed this decarbonisation process to shrinking its fossil fuel portfolio and increasing hydro, natural gas and biomass generation.
Drax became an established coal power station, generating electricity in 1974 and was the most advanced and efficient coal-fired power station ever built in the UK. Today, Drax contributes to clean energy by helping to facilitate a zero-carbon economy, lower cost energy system and greater security and control.
In May 2018, Drax announced its pilot project Bioenergy Carbon Capture Storage (BECCS) – the first of its kind in Europe, “which, if successful, could make the renewable electricity produced at its North Yorkshire power station carbon negative.” The project saw Drax partner with C-Capture and invest £400,000 (US$500,000) into what could be the first of many pilot projects that Drax would like to undertake.
Drax Group’s Chief Executive Officer, Will Gardiner, has commented on the recent half-year report: “Drax wholeheartedly supports the UK’s target of achieving net-zero carbon emissions by 2050 and reducing our greenhouse gas emissions by half in the past year underscores Drax’s commitment to this goal”.
“With the right investment and regulatory framework, we could go further and Drax could become the world’s first carbon-negative power station.
Wind provided more power than coal in Texas in first half of year
According to the Electricity Reli...
Wind-powered electricity contributed more to Texas’ consumption than coal-powered energy in the first half of 2019.
According to the Electricity Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT), the renewable energy provided 22% of the state’s electricity in the review period.
In the six months, 38.7TWh of wind was produced, whereas coal’s total hit 38TWh, Windpower Monthly reported.
April was the month that saw the most contribution from wind projects, with the green energy created almost 27% of Texas’ electricity.
During this month, coal only contributed to 19% of the state’s energy grid.
Texas has the most wind capacity than any other state in the US, with 25GW worth of projects being installed.
The firm’s onshore pipeline has reached a total of 11.3GW – also the largest of any state in the US – according to Windpower Intelligence.