Renewables Provided 18% of U.S. Power Generation in 2018

Credit to Author: Sonal Patel| Date: Wed, 20 Mar 2019 12:09:44 +0000

Renewable generation in the U.S. has doubled over the past 10 years. In 2018, generation from solar, wind, hydro, and other renewables soared to a record 742 TWh—or 17.6% of total U.S. generation. According to the Energy Information Administration (EIA), since 2008—when renewables provided 382 TWh—wind generation rose from 55 TWh and generated 275 TWh […]

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POWER Notebook: Alabama Power Says Closing Coal Plant Will Cost $740 Million

Credit to Author: Darrell Proctor| Date: Sun, 03 Mar 2019 21:57:24 +0000

Several developments worldwide impacted the power generation landscape in the past week, including more news about the closure of a coal-fired power plant in Alabama, the restart of a geothermal facility in Hawaii, and construction of a biomass-fueled power plant in Japan. In addition, a company said it plans a $150 million investment in three […]

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Germany’s Coal Exit Bound to Be Complicated

Credit to Author: POWER| Date: Fri, 01 Mar 2019 00:00:00 +0000

Eight years after Germany decided it would halt nuclear power production by 2022, the country that relied on lignite and hard coal for 38% of its generated power in 2018 will phase out coal by 2038 or earlier

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Growth in Renewables Continues Despite Drop in UK Power Generation

Credit to Author: Darrell Proctor| Date: Thu, 03 Jan 2019 15:27:48 +0000

Renewable energy sources increased their share of the UK’s electricity supply in 2018, with new wind farms and biomass plants helping renewables contribute a record 33% of the country’s power in the past year. Coal-fired units, meanwhile, saw a 25% drop in their output, with coal providing about 5% of the country’s total generation. The […]

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How Digital Technology Is Changing Power Plants

Credit to Author: POWER| Date: Wed, 02 Jan 2019 04:59:00 +0000

Digital technology is everywhere today including in most power plants. Computer hardware and software are changing the way plants are operated and maintained. Many technology experts will tell you that

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In Energy Policy Pivot, France Will Shutter 14 Nuclear Reactors

France will shut down 14 of its 58 nuclear reactors by 2035 as well its remaining four coal power plants by 2022, French President Emmanuel Macron said November 27 in a lengthy speech that sought to clarify the country’s future energy direction. According to the World Nuclear Association, France’s nuclear power share has steadily expanded […]

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Interactive Chart: Change in U.S. Biomass Generation (2013 to 2017)

While the larger conversation about plant economics and mass retirements in the U.S. has been focused on coal and nuclear power plants, the nation’s much smaller biomass power industry is grappling with similar issues in markets where cheap natural gas, wind, and solar generation resources are proliferating. See more at: “U.S. Biomass Power, Dampened by […]

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U.S. Biomass Power, Dampened by Market Forces, Fights to Stay Ablaze

Though experts say biomass should continue to play a key role in the U.S. renewable power portfolio for its baseload properties, contributions to forest management, and other reasons, a swathe of uneconomic

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EIA Report Says Coal Still King on State-by-State Basis

A report this week from the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) shows coal-fired power was still the major source of generation on a state-by-state basis in 2017, though natural gas-fueled electricity production slightly outpaced coal overall The EIA’s report, published September 10, said 18 states relied on coal for the bulk of their power generation […]

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