power generation

Sugar Rush in Louisiana as Delta Biofuels Plans Renewables Plant

Sugar Rush in Louisiana as Delta Biofuels Plans Renewables Plant

Delta Biofuels Inc. expects to begin groundwork later this year on a $70 million renewable fuel plant that would utilize excess sugarcane pulp, or bagasse, as feedstock. In December, the subsidiary of Tasso Renewable Energy began working with the Louisiana Economic Development (LED) to acquire a pellet plant in Jeanerette, aka Sugar City. According to…

July 1, 2021
Oregon Governor Set to Sign Clean Energy Mandate

Oregon Governor Set to Sign Clean Energy Mandate

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown is expected to sign into law a bill passed by the legislature in June mandating 100% carbon-free electricity by 2040.  State House Bill (HB) 2021 requires electric utilities to transition to lower greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from their generation sources until they provide only carbon-free power supplies to Oregon consumers over…

July 1, 2021
California Regulators All In on Green Power, Pushing Out Natural Gas

California Regulators All In on Green Power, Pushing Out Natural Gas

Pushing out more natural gas-fired electric generation, California regulators last Thursday ordered 11,500 MW of carbon-free power to replace upcoming retirements of several old gas-fired generators and the state’s last nuclear plant. Calling its action historic, the five-member California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) called for the added renewables, batteries and efficiency measures to come online…

June 30, 2021
U.S. Role of EVs, Batteries Eyed by DOE as Grid Transitions

U.S. Role of EVs, Batteries Eyed by DOE as Grid Transitions

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) last week directed its attention to electric vehicles (EV), batteries and reliable charging stations on a transitioning grid with a $200 million funding announcement followed by a request for information (RFI) for charging EVs on the grid.  At a roundtable discussion on advancing the domestic lithium battery industry, DOE…

June 29, 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
Bitcoin Mining Digging for E&P’s Natural Gas Gold in Lower 48

Bitcoin Mining Digging for E&P’s Natural Gas Gold in Lower 48

A symbiotic relationship is burgeoning in North America between oil and natural gas producers and miners of the cryptocurrency Bitcoin. Both groups are seeking to capitalize on immense volumes of excess and/or stranded natural gas flared off or shut in by a lack of infrastructure. Bitcoin mining offers a new outlet for this gas at…

June 25, 2021
Drought, Market Factors Propelling LNG Demand in South America

Drought, Market Factors Propelling LNG Demand in South America

After two years of slumping liquefied natural gas (LNG) demand in South America’s major economies, the tide this year has shifted. Even as the first ever cargo of LNG is arriving this week in Mexico’s Baja California Sur, the country in fact has seen a sharp slowdown in LNG imports at its Manzanillo and Altamira…

June 24, 2021
ConEd Looking to Power New York City’s Future with Natural Gas, Mix of Renewables

ConEd Looking to Power New York City’s Future with Natural Gas, Mix of Renewables

With New York City aiming by 2040 to achieve net-zero electricity emissions, along with using 100% renewables and a ban on fossil fuel use in all new buildings, the Big Apple’s largest utility, Consolidated Edison Inc. (ConEd), has begun to make big adjustments, CEO Timothy Cawley said Tuesday. Our Energy Policy, an energy issues nonprofit,…

June 17, 2021
Suncor Vows to Sharply Reduce Carbon Emissions and Boost Oilsands Output

Suncor Vows to Sharply Reduce Carbon Emissions and Boost Oilsands Output

Oilsands specialist Suncor Energy Inc. committed Wednesday to cut 10 million tons (mt) or 34% of its 29 mt/year greenhouse gas emissions by 2030 as a step toward the Canadian government’s target of national net zero in 2050. The move coincides with investor enthusiasm for operators around the world to move toward net-zero emissions. It…

May 27, 2021
Decline in U.S. Natural Gas Power Generation in 2021 Marks First Since 2017, EIA Says

Decline in U.S. Natural Gas Power Generation in 2021 Marks First Since 2017, EIA Says

Natural gas-fired power generation declined 7% in the first four months of 2021 versus the same period a year earlier, a reflection of higher prices and increased competition from renewable fuels, according to new federal data. The Energy Information Administration (EIA) said in a report Monday the decline marked the first year/year decrease for the…

May 24, 2021