power generation

CCUS Retrofits at Wyoming Coal Plants Offers Benefits, Fewer Emissions, Says DOE

CCUS Retrofits at Wyoming Coal Plants Offers Benefits, Fewer Emissions, Says DOE

A carbon capture, utilization and storage (CCUS) study completed for several Wyoming coal-fueled power plants found that retrofits may provide significant benefits and reduce emissions.  The study by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) evaluated the potential opportunities for retrofitting the state’s existing power plants with CCUS technology, as well as the economic impact. It…

September 4, 2020
Mexico’s State Energy Companies Must Ditch Loss Making Activities, Think Tank Says

Mexico’s State Energy Companies Must Ditch Loss Making Activities, Think Tank Says

Mexico’s state-owned energy companies must shift their limited capital budgets from unprofitable business lines to segments that make money, according to a new diagnostic analysis by local think tank Instituto Mexicano para la Competitividad, aka IMCO. For national oil company Petróleos Mexicanos, that means re-thinking its strategy to bolster the refining segment and instead investing…

September 2, 2020
California Survey Finds Little Evidence of Methane Emissions from Abandoned Wells

California Survey Finds Little Evidence of Methane Emissions from Abandoned Wells

An aerial study of 238 natural gas-fired generation plants in California has concluded they are responsible for 2.1% of the state’s methane emissions from point sources.  Jet Propulsion Laboratory researchers earlier this summer completed the survey using its remote sensing technology. Study flights were conducted in five phases during 2016, 2017 and 2018, covering at…

September 1, 2020
Pandemic Dents Mexico Natural Gas, Power Demand in April-July

Pandemic Dents Mexico Natural Gas, Power Demand in April-July

The Covid-19 pandemic dealt a substantial blow to Mexico’s natural gas demand between April and July, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA). Gas consumption in Mexico averaged 8.2 Bcf/d during the period, down 5% or 0.5 Bcf/d from the same span last year, EIA said last Thursday, citing data from Genscape Inc. The…

September 1, 2020
Aging Natural Gas Infrastructure Rehab Targeted by DOE Grants

Aging Natural Gas Infrastructure Rehab Targeted by DOE Grants

More than $30 million in federal funding has been directed to 10 different research projects aimed at developing advanced natural gas transmission pipeline retrofitting technology to rehabilitate existing cast iron and bare steel pipes in the United States, the Department of Energy (DOE) said. To keep pace with the growing domestic gas industry, DOE’s Under…

August 17, 2020
Natural Gas-Fired Generation Increased Even as Covid-19 Hammered Demand

Natural Gas-Fired Generation Increased Even as Covid-19 Hammered Demand

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…

August 13, 2020
Hydrogen Bidding to Gain Hold in Power Sector, with Natural Gas as Enabler

Hydrogen Bidding to Gain Hold in Power Sector, with Natural Gas as Enabler

In a post-coal, carbon-neutral world, hydrogen and renewable energy resources can lead the way in the transition from fossil fuels, a panel of experts said recently in a webinar hosted by the California Hydrogen Business Council. Supporting the vision of a “fiscally sustainable” future for hydrogen, executives during the webinar offered insights from the perspective…

July 27, 2020
Natural Gas, Renewables Transforming Colorado Energy Landscape, EIA Says

Natural Gas, Renewables Transforming Colorado Energy Landscape, EIA Says

Horizontal drilling, hydraulic fracturing and renewable power generation have transformed Colorado’s energy landscape over the last decade, the Energy Information Administration (EIA) said Thursday. Colorado ranked eighth among U.S. states in natural gas gross withdrawals (5.5 Bcf/d) and fifth in oil production (514,000 b/d) in 2019, said researchers led by Brett Marohl. Weld County, north…

July 23, 2020
Nearly In-Line Storage Injection Nudges July Natural Gas Futures Higher

Nearly In-Line Storage Injection Nudges July Natural Gas Futures Higher

The U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) reported an injection of 45 Bcf into storage for the week ending July 10, a print that reflected intense heat and robust cooling demand. The result pushed up Nymex natural gas futures, though early gains were modest amid lingering concerns about weak liquefied natural gas (LNG) demand. The build…

July 16, 2020
DOE Awards Carbon Capture, Storage Project Funding

DOE Awards Carbon Capture, Storage Project Funding

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has awarded $11.5 million in funding for 12 research projects as part of Phase One of the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy’s (ARPA-E) FLExible Carbon Capture and Storage (FLECCS) program.  To adapt to conditions in an environment with high variable renewable energy (VRE), FLECCS projects awarded funding are to develop…

July 16, 2020
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