Electrical Power Generation

Electricity Giants Take Top Seats at Edison Electric Institute

Electricity Giants Take Top Seats at Edison Electric Institute

Chris Crane Elected EEI Chairman; Ben Fowke and Gerry Anderson Elected Vice Chairmen

Source: Electrify America

Volkswagen Subsidiary Invests $2 Billion So You Can Charge Your Tesla at Walmart

Plan for a country-wide network of charging stations is underway
It’s one of the biggest roadblocks surrounding the widespread adaptation of electric vehicles (EVs); what happens when the battery is depleted?

Walmart, in partnership with Electrify America, a wholly owned

Duke Energy to Sell $1.25 Billion of its Commercial Renewable Energy Portfolio to John Hancock

Duke Energy to Sell $1.25 Billion of its Commercial Renewable Energy Portfolio to John Hancock

Duke Energy enters into definitive agreement to sell minority interest in its commercial renewable energy portfolio to John Hancock

Energy Storage at Natural Gas Power Plants Changes Supply Dynamic

Energy Storage at Natural Gas Power Plants Changes Supply Dynamic

Power sources are jockeying for position – integrating energy storage with new and existing gas plants can result in improved efficiencies and lower emissions

From Transmission and Distribution World

The 21st-century grid is transforming faster than anyone imagined 10 years …

Desert Nuke Site Will Be a ‘Worldwide Showcase’

Desert Nuke Site Will Be a ‘Worldwide Showcase’

From the Post Register

CORVALLIS, Ore. — Since the 1940s, the Idaho National Laboratory has played a central role in the country’s nuclear power industry.

A plan to build the nation’s first small modular reactor plant at the desert site …

Lackawana Energy Center Project Rendering. Source: http://lackawannaenergy.com/

Natural Gas Power Plant Retirements Accelerate in California

From UCS

As the rest of the country rushes to build natural gas power plants, California continues to downsize its fleet. While the official numbers are not yet in, 2018 appears to have been a big year for natural gas …

Bankruptcy of Electric Utility Threatens Renewables’ Contracts, Financial Health

Bankruptcy of Electric Utility Threatens Renewables’ Contracts, Financial Health

From E&E News

A contract to sell electricity to Pacific Gas and Electric Co., California’s largest utility, was historically the gold standard in the renewables business.

Not anymore.

The San Francisco-based power company’s bankruptcy has thrown the Golden State’s renewable …

Xcel Energy Says It Will Deliver Zero-Carbon Electricity by 2050

Xcel Energy Says It Will Deliver Zero-Carbon Electricity by 2050

Xcel Energy Aims for Zero-Carbon Electricity in Colorado by 2050

4 Ballot Initiatives in the Electricity Sector to Watch on Election Day: Forcing Clean Energy, Imposing a Carbon Tax and Deregulation

4 Ballot Initiatives in the Electricity Sector to Watch on Election Day: Forcing Clean Energy, Imposing a Carbon Tax and Deregulation

From Utility Dive

In Washington, Nevada and Arizona, voters will consider a carbon tax, deregulation and 50% renewables requirements.

Across the United States, the general trend is toward clean energy resources and away from carbon-emitting generation. But in some states …

In 10 States Wind and Solar Output Exceeds 20% of Total Power Generated – Iowa, Kansas Jump to 50%

In 10 States Wind and Solar Output Exceeds 20% of Total Power Generated – Iowa, Kansas Jump to 50%

Wind and solar generation are steadily growing in the U.S.

According to a new report released by the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA), wind and solar electric generation reached or exceeded 20% of total generation in 10 states in 2017.

Companies End Their Attempt to Buy Navajo Generating Station, Largest Coal Plant in the Southwest U.S.

Companies End Their Attempt to Buy Navajo Generating Station, Largest Coal Plant in the Southwest U.S.

Uncertainty of future power mix in California and Arizona spook commitments from potential electricity buyers

From Power Magazine

The companies negotiating to purchase the largest coal-fired power plant in the southwestern U.S. have ended their pursuit, which means the 2,250-MW …

September 27, 2018 - 11:44 am Closing Bell Story‎, Electrical Power Generation
EIA Power Plant Tally: Gas Plants Still Lead New Generation Capacity

EIA Power Plant Tally: Gas Plants Still Lead New Generation Capacity

NatGas combined cycle plants were 40% of proposed total capacity additions

The EIA has released its report on utility-scale power plants planned and built in the United States and natural gas continues to lead the way.

Power plant developers told …

Regulators Deal a Setback to Maine’s Tiny Offshore Wind Energy Project

Regulators Deal a Setback to Maine’s Tiny Offshore Wind Energy Project

Developer must revisit finance terms before commission will commit ratepayers to $200 million price tag for experimental project

From WorkBoat – by Kirk Moore

An offshore wind energy pilot project was dealt a setback by Maine utility regulators, who voted …

The Stunning Numbers Behind the Success of the Tesla Big Battery

The Stunning Numbers Behind the Success of the Tesla Big Battery

From REneweconomy

The Tesla big battery in South Australia has already taken a 55 per cent share in the state’s frequency and ancillary services market, and lowered prices in that market by 90 per cent, new data has shown.

The …

Former Cisco CEO Chambers Joins Bloom Energy Board of Directors

Former Cisco CEO Chambers Joins Bloom Energy Board of Directors

Former Cisco CEO John Chambers Joins Bloom Energy Board of Directors

Arizona Utility Regulators Impose a Freeze on New Natural Gas Power Plants

Arizona Utility Regulators Impose a Freeze on New Natural Gas Power Plants

Arizona Corporation Commissioners, all five Republicans, reject Arizona Public Service Co. long-term plan adding gas powered generation, asks APC to submit plans for renewable energy -i.e. utility solar

From Scientific American

Arizona regulators gave the state’s largest utility the cold …

BP Clair Ridge 2018

India will be the Largest Growth Market for Energy by the 2030s: BP

BP released its 2018 Energy Outlook Tuesday, this year extending its projections out five additional years to 2040.

BP’s 2018 Outlook’s findings are tied to what it labels ‘the energy transition’.

“The speed of the energy transition is uncertain and …

Source: Indianaaffairs.gov

U.S. Coal Companies Report Profits

From the Casper Star-Tribune

Arch Coal, owner of the mammoth Black Thunder mine outside Wright, increased profits last year, and officials expect production in the Powder River Basin to remain stable in 2018.

One of the three large coal companies …

Shell Looks at Recrafting Itself into Electricity Seller to Avoid Extinction in ‘Lower Forever’ Long-Term Oil Future

Shell Looks at Recrafting Itself into Electricity Seller to Avoid Extinction in ‘Lower Forever’ Long-Term Oil Future

“We believe, if you look into the second half of this century, maybe half of the energy system may be renewables. The bulk of it is going to be solar, with wind being in very important niche markets here and

January 24, 2018 - 3:41 pm Closing Bell Story‎, Electrical Power Generation
Source: HRW.org

New Report: Europe Has a NatGas Addiction that Doesn’t Fit 2015 Paris Goals

From Transport & Environment

A report by two respected climate scientists says the EU’s plans for natural gas as an energy source are incompatible with its commitment to the 2015 Paris climate accord. The report’s authors say Europe has just …

EPA Chief Pulls Plug on Clean Power Plan

EPA Chief Pulls Plug on Clean Power Plan

For coal the damage is already done, plants are switching to natural gas

Today U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) that proposes to repeal the prior administration’s Clean Power Plan (CPP).…

San Francisco and Oakland Sue Oil Companies for Producing Fossil Fuels

San Francisco and Oakland Sue Oil Companies for Producing Fossil Fuels

“…defendants continue to engage in massive fossil fuel production. They also continue to promote fossil fuels, and have developed multi-decade future business plans based upon increased fossil fuel usage even as global warming has progressed into a severe danger zone…” 

U.S. Coal Finds Market in Europe, Gas Too

U.S. Coal Finds Market in Europe, Gas Too

U.S. responsible for 40% of the world’s new gas production by 2022: IEA

A report by the EIA indicated that coal exports—for both steam coal, used for power generation, and metallurgical coal, used for refining steel—have increased by 58% from …

Retirements of Coal, Oil Power Plants Beget Demand for Gas – Especially in Florida

Retirements of Coal, Oil Power Plants Beget Demand for Gas – Especially in Florida

Gas pipelines critical to get gas to Florida – state added 3.4 GW of gas-fired power since 2016, another 3.9 GW coming in next 6 years

The retirement of older coal and oil-fired power plants in the state has instigated …

AltaGas Reports Record EBITDA for Q1 of CAD$228 Million

AltaGas Reports Record EBITDA for Q1 of CAD$228 Million

Pending acquisition will result in combined assets of $22 billion

(EDITOR’S NOTE: Canadian dollars unless otherwise noted.)

AltaGas Ltd. (ticker: ALA) today reported that normalized EBITDA in the first quarter of 2017 increased $50 million to $228 million, compared to …

States Scrambling to Retain Baseload Power, Natural Gas Generation Also At Risk: Study

Re-Regulation, Diverse Portfolio Standards Possible Solutions

study released today found states around the country are continuing to advance innovative strategies aimed at keeping coal and nuclear power plants online in organized markets despite stiff challenges in federal court and …

Power Generators Getting a Lump of Coal this Christmas, says EIA

Power Generators Getting a Lump of Coal this Christmas, says EIA

Coal Expected to Outstrip Gas for Electricity Burn this Winter

EIA’s November Short-Term Energy Outlook (STEO) is currently predicting that the share of U.S. electricity fueled by coal will begin growing, compared to last year. The share of generation from …

Coal No Longer King for Iowa Utilities

Companies increasingly look more to lower priced wind and natural gas

From The Gazette

CEDAR RAPIDS — South of Alliant Energy’s Prairie Creek Generation Station on the city’s southwest side sits a mound of coal — enough to supply the …

Generators Sue to Block Lifeline for New York Nuclear Plants

From Power Magazine

A group of generators including Dynegy and NRG Energy filed suit in federal court on October 19 seeking to block an incentive program that would help three New York nuclear power plants remain economic over the next …

Coal-Fired Capacity Takes a Hit

From Power Magazine

The Minnesota Public Utilities Commission (MPUC) voted unanimously to support Xcel Energy’s latest long-range plan, which will transform the company’s energy fleet.

Xcel expects to more than double its renewable energy portfolio as a result, delivering greater …

October 27, 2016 - 9:02 am Closing Bell Story‎, Electrical Power Generation