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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How a Major Resort Owner Manages Its Power [PODCAST]

Credit to Author: Aaron Larson| Date: Wed, 20 Mar 2019 14:46:21 +0000

MGM Resorts International took a bold step in 2016 when it ended its energy-buying relationship with NV Energy and instead chose to purchase electricity from private providers. The company’s decision was driven by a desire to slash bills and boost renewables. Henry Shields, executive director of finance and analysis in the Corporate Sustainability division of […]

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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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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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FPL Plans to Build 1,500 MW of Solar in Next Two Years

Credit to Author: Darrell Proctor| Date: Fri, 15 Mar 2019 17:10:31 +0000

Florida Power & Light (FPL) continues to add to its solar power portfolio, with the utility on March 13 announcing plans to build the largest community solar program in the U.S. Eric Silagy, FPL’s president and CEO, in a statement said, “We’ve been aggressively expanding solar with one goal in mind: bringing more solar to […]

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States Take Lead with Plans for 100% Carbon-Free Energy

Credit to Author: Aaron Larson| Date: Thu, 07 Mar 2019 14:44:24 +0000

Minnesota and Wisconsin recently joined the list of states aiming for a 100% clean-energy future, while some Illinois lawmakers are pushing for not only carbon-free power, but also 100% renewable energy. Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz (D) was the latest to announce a set of policy proposals designed to lead his state’s electricity sector to 100% […]

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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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ERCOT Warns of Intensified Summer Supply Crunch

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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