Even amid lower overall electricity consumption due to Covid-19 mitigation efforts, natural gas-fired power generation grew 55,000 GWh year/year through the first half of 2020, according to the Energy Information Administration (EIA). Comparing the first six months of 2019 to the first six months of 2020, natural gas was the fastest growing source of electric…
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The U.S. coal-fired generating fleet saw its output levels decline to nearly 966,000 GWh in 2019, the lowest level since 1976, marking the largest percentage decrease in history, the Energy Information Administration (EIA) said Monday.
Atlanta-based Southern Co. sees natural gas providing a U.S. energy bridge stretching beyond 2050, combined with a growing portfolio of both nuclear and renewable resources.
Bellevue, WA-based Puget Sound Energy (PSE) bought itself a reduced-carbon fuel mix by selling its 185 MW interest in Colstrip coal-fired Unit 4 in Montana to the state’s largest private sector utility, NorthWestern Energy. The price was $1 in a unique deal.
Cheap, abundant supply has allowed natural gas to emerge as a fuel of choice in electricity markets once dominated by coal, leading to plant retirements and shifting capacity trends. However, last month’s record-setting cold snap showed how much price continues to shape the competition between the two fuels.
Stronger Illinois emissions standards and more alternative energy incentives have led Dallas-based Vistra Energy Corp. to announce it will retire four coal-fired generation plants with about 2,000 MW of capacity before the end of the year.
Chicago-based J Power USA, a subsidiary of Tokyo-based Electric Power Development Co., Ltd., has begun construction of a 1,200 MW combined-cycle natural-gas fired power plant in Will County, IL, near Chicago, which is the largest residential heating market in the United States and a major natural gas hub.
Lawmakers in New Mexico have advanced a bill that calls for the public utilities and rural cooperatives to source all of their electricity from renewable sources by 2045, in effect phasing out power generation fueled by coal and natural gas.
Unveiled earlier this year as a $2.5 billion proposal to reduce carbon emissions in Colorado, Xcel Energy’s Denver-based utility on Monday was given a green light by state regulators to reduce coal-fired generation and increase natural gas and renewable resources.
New domestic natural gas-fired generation, along with some renewables, will replace the power supply lost with the retirement of 35 GW of coal-fired and nuclear generation plants over the next five years, according to Moody’s Investors Service.