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As California’s Hydro Output Slips, Regulators Call for More Power Resources

As California’s Hydro Output Slips, Regulators Call for More Power Resources

Hydroelectric generation should make up only 6% of the power load in California this year as historic drought conditions ravage the West, the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) said Wednesday. In its Short-Term Energy Outlook, the EIA said hydroelectric generation in California in 2021 would be 19% lower than last year. It is seen falling…

July 7, 2021
‘Substantial Role’ Seen for Natural Gas as Extreme Drought Crippling Western Hydro Generation

‘Substantial Role’ Seen for Natural Gas as Extreme Drought Crippling Western Hydro Generation

With the western United States now in its second year of a widespread drought, the extraordinarily low water levels at some of the critical reservoirs are adding a layer of uncertainty to electric reliability this summer. The power generated from the West’s fleet of hydroelectric generating facilities is on pace to be much lower than…

June 26, 2021
U.S. Northeast, Eastern Canada Power Supplies Said Ample This Summer

U.S. Northeast, Eastern Canada Power Supplies Said Ample This Summer

Electricity demand in the Northeast and parts of Eastern Canada this summer is projected to be roughly in line with 2020, with adequate capacity margins and sufficient transmission capability to meet needs, according to a regional power coordinator. In its 2021 reliability assessment, the Northeast Power Coordinating Council Inc. (NPCC) said the summer peak for…

May 14, 2021
NRG Sells 4,850 MW of Natural Gas, Oil Generation, Eyes Root Cause of Texas Freeze

NRG Sells 4,850 MW of Natural Gas, Oil Generation, Eyes Root Cause of Texas Freeze

Princeton, NJ-based NRG Energy Inc. said it has sold 4,850 MW of natural gas and oil power plant generation in the Northeast and California for $760 million.  The sale was revealed during a 4Q2020 earnings conference call in which CEO Mauricio Gutierrez also called for a systemwide root cause analysis of the electric and natural…

March 7, 2021
Gas-fired Electricity Advances Across Most U.S. Regions Over Past 5 Years, EIA Says

Gas-fired Electricity Advances Across Most U.S. Regions Over Past 5 Years, EIA Says

Natural gas-fired electricity generation jumped across all but one U.S. region over the past five years, and the trend continued through November 2020, according to the latest U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) Power Plant Operations Report. U.S. natural gas power plants boosted electricity generation by 31% in the Northeast, by 20% in the Central region,…

December 28, 2020
Duke Ramps 560 MW Natural Gas-Fired Project to Serve Carolina Customers

Duke Ramps 560 MW Natural Gas-Fired Project to Serve Carolina Customers

Duke Energy Progress, a Duke Energy Corp. subsidiary, said its natural gas-fired Asheville Combined Cycle Station in Arden, NC, is online and producing 560 MW for customers across the Carolinas.  The $817 million natural gas station consists of two 280 MW power blocks, four generators and more than 18,000 components. The first power block became…

July 24, 2020
Gas-Fired Peaking Generation No Longer Favored in California

Gas-Fired Peaking Generation No Longer Favored in California

The number of natural gas-fired peaking plants in California has increased sharply, to 79 from 24, in the first 15 years of this century, though none have been opened in recent years as the state increasingly moves to phase out fossil fuels to facilitate decarbonization. That trend is a reflection of one of the key…

July 23, 2020
Long-Awaited IRS Tax Break May Spur U.S. Carbon Capture Projects

Long-Awaited IRS Tax Break May Spur U.S. Carbon Capture Projects

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) is close to finalizing regulations to implement a tax credit for carbon capture and storage (CCS) that could help more than two dozen proposed projects move beyond the initial engineering and design stages.

June 4, 2020
Pennsylvania Power Plant Said First to Tap Ethane for Electricity

Pennsylvania Power Plant Said First to Tap Ethane for Electricity

Competitive Power Ventures Inc. (CPV) said this week that it is prepared to burn ethane at its new natural gas-fired power plant in Central Pennsylvania after successfully testing new technology.

March 27, 2020

California Moves to Avoid Power Shortfall, Delay Five Natural Gas-Fired Plant Closures

Acknowledging that reducing natural gas in the power stack is causing near-term worries about reliability, California regulators on Thursday took steps to bolster supplies for the next four years, including delaying the retirement of some gas-fired coastal, water-cooled generation plants.

November 8, 2019
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