Watching The Baseload Paradigm Fail

Credit to Author: George Harvey| Date: Mon, 03 Aug 2020 19:50:20 +0000

Because of the nature of baseload power plants, only supplying enough to cover the base load, other plants have to be put online to cover any demand above the base load. These include load-following plants, which are more costly to run. In the old days, many of these ran on oil. Nowadays, the fuel of choice is natural gas, though the design of the plant is a different from that of a gas-fired baseload plant

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Xcel Energy Approved to Run Two Coal Units on Seasonal Basis

Credit to Author: Aaron Larson| Date: Thu, 16 Jul 2020 20:16:31 +0000

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The Minnesota Public Utilities Commission approved Xcel Energy’s request to offer two of its coal units into the Midcontinent Independent System Operator market on a seasonal basis. That means the company can idle the two units for six months of the year, which is expected to save customers money while also reducing air emissions. “This […]

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Award-Winning Coal Unit Set for Retirement

Credit to Author: Darrell Proctor| Date: Wed, 08 Jul 2020 23:26:48 +0000

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The five owners of a 410-MW coal-fired unit at the Craig Generating Station in Colorado have said they will retire the generator on Sept. 30, 2028, about one year before what will then be the last operating unit at the facility will be shuttered. Owners of the Yampa Project—Units 1 and 2 at the site […]

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2.3 Gigawatts Of USA Wind & Solar Projects Get Investment From ENGIE & Hannon Armstrong

Credit to Author: Zachary Shahan| Date: Wed, 08 Jul 2020 17:57:04 +0000

A little more than a month ago, I reported on an EY report, its biannual Renewable Energy Country Attractiveness Index (RECAI), that indicated once again the United States was #1 for renewable energy investment attractiveness. It and China are basically always at the top. A big part of this is simply the scale of opportunity in these major markets (along with the cost-competitiveness of wind and solar)

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Colorado Utility Will Close Last Two Coal Plants

Credit to Author: Darrell Proctor| Date: Fri, 26 Jun 2020 16:59:57 +0000

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Two coal plants operated by Colorado Springs Utilities (CSU) will close early after the agency’s board voted June 26 to retire the facilities. The move will leave Xcel Energy, Colorado’s largest utility, as the only group still operating coal-fired units in the state after 2030. The CSU board in a 7-2 vote Friday decided to […]

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Hydrogen May Be a Lifeline for Nuclear—But It Won’t Be Easy

Credit to Author: Sonal Patel| Date: Thu, 11 Jun 2020 13:54:56 +0000

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Four U.S. nuclear generators—Energy Harbor, Xcel Energy, Exelon, and Arizona Public Service (APS)—are making headway on projects to demonstrate hydrogen production at nuclear plants, but scaling those efforts up to net new end-users and sources of revenue is still ridden with hurdles, company officials said in a panel discussion at the American Nuclear Society’s (ANS’s) […]

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GE, Siemens, Utilities Take Hits From Coronavirus

Credit to Author: Darrell Proctor| Date: Mon, 27 Apr 2020 17:03:05 +0000

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U.S. power plant operators continue to change procedures at their facilities, including pushing back scheduled maintenance, due to lockdowns and quarantines associated with the coronavirus pandemic. The changes are impacting companies such as General Electric (GE) and Siemens, which are major service providers to power plants, at a time when these global companies already are […]

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Xcel Selling Gas Plant; Proceeds Will Support Pandemic Relief

Credit to Author: Darrell Proctor| Date: Sun, 12 Apr 2020 19:32:25 +0000

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Xcel Energy on April 6 announced the sale of the 760-MW Mankato Energy Center (MEC) gas-fired power plant in Minnesota, less than three months after purchasing the plant for $650 million from Southern Co. Xcel had said the MEC was an important piece of the utility’s goal to be carbon-free by 2050. Xcel reached a […]

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