POWER Notebook: First Order for Novel Gas Turbine; Three Mile Island Accident Turns 40; PG&E Pushes Back on Judge’s Proposal

Credit to Author: Sonal Patel| Date: Tue, 26 Mar 2019 01:26:11 +0000

Siemens, Three Mile Island, and Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E) made notable headlines over recent days. Here is this week’s POWER notebook.  Siemens Bags First Order for 41-MW Aeroderivative Gas Unit Siemens on March 25 said it received its first order for its newest aeroderivative gas turbine offering—the SGT-A45. The buyer, Bayat Power, a subsidiary […]

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First Gas Turbine Upgrade Blending GE and Alstom Technology Unveiled

Credit to Author: Aaron Larson| Date: Mon, 25 Mar 2019 10:43:37 +0000

GE introduced its GT26 HE (high efficiency) gas turbine upgrade on March 25 by announcing Uniper would be the first to install the new technology at the company’s Enfield Power Station in London, England. “We’re proud to launch our new GT26 HE upgrade with Uniper—it’s the most advanced solution we’ve ever introduced on a GT26 […]

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Trump Ended War on Fossil Fuels, but Focus Needed on CCS [PODCAST]

Credit to Author: Aaron Larson| Date: Fri, 22 Mar 2019 20:21:15 +0000

The United States Energy Association (USEA) is an association of public and private energy-related organizations, corporations, and government agencies that helps increase understanding of the world’s energy issues. Barry Worthington has been the executive director of the USEA for more than 30 years. During that time, he has seen the association grow from a two-person, […]

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Siemens, Mitsubishi Discuss Merger of Turbine Units

Credit to Author: Darrell Proctor| Date: Thu, 21 Mar 2019 19:37:38 +0000

A German business magazine reports that Siemens is exploring options for its struggling gas turbine business, and could look to form a joint venture with Japan’s Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI). Manager Magazin on March 21 said Siemens “wants to accommodate the large turbine business of the Japanese Mitsubishi Group and in the future hold only a […]

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Gas Now Tops Coal in PJM, but Nuclear Still No. 1

Credit to Author: Darrell Proctor| Date: Tue, 19 Mar 2019 21:22:55 +0000

A report from an independent market monitor for PJM Interconnection shows that natural gas-fired power generation topped coal-fired output in PJM in 2018, the first time that gas has topped coal in the history of the largest U.S. grid operator. The “2018 State of the Market” report from Monitoring Analytics LLC, which includes Volume 1 […]

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POWER Notebook: ‘Coal on Way Out’, Theme Parks Embrace Renewables

Credit to Author: Darrell Proctor| Date: Sun, 17 Mar 2019 16:13:55 +0000

The chief executive of Vistra Energy Corp. last week said coal is not likely to regain market share in the U.S. power market. Curtis Morgan, in a panel discussion March 14 at the CERAWeek event in Houston, Texas, said “coal is on its way out. More and more plants are being retired.” It’s not the […]

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Energy Secretary Wants to Fast-Track U.S. LNG Export Projects

Credit to Author: Darrell Proctor| Date: Mon, 11 Mar 2019 20:09:41 +0000

Exports of liquefied natural gas (LNG) from the U.S. continue to rise, as the use of natural gas for power generation increases in countries such as China, South Korea, Japan, and Mexico. Data from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) shows that four U.S. LNG export facilities combined to ship 483 LNG cargoes in 2018, a […]

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FPL Developing More Solar, Set to Bring Big Gas Plant Online

Credit to Author: Darrell Proctor| Date: Thu, 07 Mar 2019 01:33:37 +0000

Florida Power & Light (FPL) on March 4 announced plans to build four new solar power plants this year, with each expected to come online in early 2020. The company has rapidly expanded its solar power portfolio in recent years; the four new plants will join 18 others already operating in the state. FPL also […]

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ERCOT Warns of Intensified Summer Supply Crunch (UPDATED)

Credit to Author: Sonal Patel| Date: Tue, 05 Mar 2019 17:50:23 +0000

Grappling with a historically low planning reserve margin of 7.4%, owing to a mass of coal plant closures, the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) is forecasting record electric use this summer, and warns it could issue energy alerts at “various times.”  ERCOT said its March 5–released final Seasonal Assessment of Resource Adequacy (SARA) for […]

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The Line Blurs Between Small Cogen Plants and Large Combined Cycles

Credit to Author: Aaron Larson| Date: Wed, 06 Mar 2019 00:39:54 +0000

When U.S. President Jimmy Carter signed into law the Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act of 1978 (PURPA), he unintentionally ignited the worldwide deregulation of electricity markets, which in turn began a worldwide technology race between two distinct types of power plants: the newly created, industrial-scale plant that PURPA dubbed “cogeneration” and the traditional, utility-scale power […]

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