- Turkey plans to substitute expensive Russian and Iranian gas with domestically produced brown coal. Turkey has signed a$12 billion agreement with the TAQA UAE that foresees lignite mining and construction of new power plants with a total capacity of up to 8 MW till 2020.
- One of the world's major energy sources by 2017 will be coal, experts predict. According to the study, the world major importer of fuel will be India, while the biggest consumer will be China. Switching to coal will negatively affect ecology, experts say, but such forecast is unlikely to come true.
- Naftogaz of Ukraine is getting a loan from the Bank of China for $ 3.656 billion to finance projects for gas replacement with steam and brown coal.
- Ukrainian Energy Stock Exchange is the winner of a tender for stock exchange trade with coal goods by the Ministry of Economic Development and Trade of Ukraine. Therefore, the Ukrainian Energy Stock Exchange starts test electronic exchange auctions for buying and selling of coal goods.
- October 2012, the German subsidiary of Vattenfall launched a lignite power plant. This step is in sharp contrast with the energy strategy of the country, which focused on renewable energy projects and closed the nuclear power industry.Boxberg R Power Plant in eastern Saxony will work on local brown coal from the adjacent East German mines. Plant capacity is 675 megawatts (MW), and construction costis about 1 billion euro.
- In Ukraine, transition of TPPs to coal would allow to produce 50% of energy from coal, according to the Member of the Verkhovna Rada Committee in charge of the Fuel and Energy Complex Viktor Turmanov.According to him, in 2013, almost all TPP are to be switched from gas to coal. As a result, coal will generate about 50 percent of energy.
- The Prime Minister said that indexes indicate positive development of the coal industry. In particular, the Minister mentioned steam coal and brown coal, extraction of which is scheduled for autumn 2012.