Follow the (Taxpayer) Money: Introducing the Global Coal Finance Tracker

Two months after the IPCC special report Global Warming of 1.5°C, and with the start of the COP24 climate conference in Poland, the world is watching to see if countries will shift from expanding to retiring the global fleet of coal-fired power plants. In order to shine light on government financial support for coal plants, CoalSwarm has developed a new tool, the Global Coal Finance Tracker.

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Trevor St Baker, one of Australia’s last true believers in coal power

Trevor St Baker has a decades-long history in Australia’s coal power sector and has emerged as one of the most prominent opponents in the ranks of the power industry of a rapid transition to greater renewables generation. As opposition to renewables from Australia’s largest electricity utilities has faded, St Baker has emerged as one of the few dissenting voices left.

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The International Energy Agency’s non-existent guideline on curtailing renewables

The International Energy Agency (IEA) reportedly has a guideline which says solar and wind energy should be curtailed to ensure power from coal and other ‘dispatchable’ generation never falls below 50 per cent of generation “at any time”. Or so Trevor St Baker, one of the co-owners of the polluting Vales Point coal power station in Australia, claims.

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