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UK: National Grid calls on emergency power as fracking stopped in special sites 

The National Grid issued a Notification of Inadequate System Margin (NISM) on Wednesday after multiple power plants went down, calling on Severn Power to provide energy at peak consumption time.

The FT frontpaged news that the grid paid Severn way more than the usual going rate (£2,500 per MWh vs £60) for the requested 500MW from between half 4 and half 6.

Bloomberg reports that SSE will fire up mothballed gas plants at Keadby and Peterhead starting next week.

Guido Fawkes points out that wind turbines weren’t really contributing to the UK generation mix round the time of the shortage (which was caused by the failure of power plants, I’ll remind you).

Last month Energydesk published an analysis on why windfarms don’t cause blackouts, and how building new gas capacity wasn’t even economical before the government went ahead with green policies.

Meanwhile, on the fracking front, in the third change to policy so far this year, minister have agreed to ban drilling in sites of special scientific interest, reports The Telegraph.

US: White House rejects Keystone review delay as war over Clean Power Plan heats up

The US government has denied TransCanada’s request to delay the review of the proposed Keystone pipeline, reports The Guardian.

John Kerry said the decision was taken ‘out of respect’ for all the time and effort that has gone into the process, and then there’s the likelihood that the request indicated the corp has given up on Obama’s permission and is banking of a Republican taking the White House next year.

Also on Obama’s radar: The Clean Power Plan. Following news last month that 26 states are suing the administration over the pollution regulations (a move that the people of only 3 of those states support) 25 states, cities and counties have bandied together to defend the EPA, reports Think Progress.

And Democrat presidential candidate Bernie Sanders has called for a ban of all fossil fuel development on federal land, reports Mother Jones.

China: Coal plants, coal mines, coal stats

Bloomberg writes: ‘How the world is saving itself from coal even without a UN prod’

Using data from their New Energy Finance wing, the site said a global coal fall is on the cards with China set to move from building plants to closing them in the coming years.

Reuters reports on the trouble China’s mining sector is facing, with 80% of coal mines making losses following the fall in energy prices.

Meanwhile, just to follow up on that New York Times piece on China’s coal use being higher than we thought it was, we actually observed and analysed that 5 months ago –check it out.

In other news

Coal: Canada’s flagship carbon capture project isn’t faring so well, explains Bob Burton from EndCoal.

Paris: A Wall Street Journal piece looks at perhaps the most difficult issuing facing the UN climate talks: the wealthy supporting the poor.

VW: What does the Volkswagon dieselgate scandal mean for carbon emissions? Carbon Brief investigates.

Solar: According to a new study reported by Business Green, lots of solar panels could case global warming — just not nearly as much as fossil fuels.