power generation

Iberdrola Brings 766 MW of Natural Gas-Fired Power Online in Mexico’s Sinaloa State

Iberdrola Brings 766 MW of Natural Gas-Fired Power Online in Mexico’s Sinaloa State

Spain’s Iberdrola SA has started operations at the 766 MW Topolobampo III natural gas-fired combined cycle plant in Mexico’s Sinaloa state. Iberdrola executives called the power plant a “highly efficient, digitally enabled, combined-cycle power plant, which aims to support Mexico’s renewable-rich grid and further renewable growth in the country.” The plant uses U.S. firm GE…

January 3, 2024
U.S. Power Grid Blackouts Said Possible as Retirements Too Fast for Renewables to Backfill

U.S. Power Grid Blackouts Said Possible as Retirements Too Fast for Renewables to Backfill

The U.S. power grid faces the risk of blackouts over the next 10 years because of rising peak power demand, generator retirements and questions about the reliability of renewables and natural gas delivery systems, the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) said Wednesday (Dec. 13). “Environmental regulations and energy policies that are overly rigid and…

December 18, 2023
Alberta Premier Rejects Canada’s Clean Electricity Rules, Citing Need for More Natural Gas Generation

Alberta Premier Rejects Canada’s Clean Electricity Rules, Citing Need for More Natural Gas Generation

A legal face off with the Trudeau government has been launched after Alberta Premier Danielle Smith on Monday called for provincial agencies to reject federal regulations that set a path for a net-zero electric grid by 2035. Smith, in introducing the Alberta Sovereignty within a United Canada Act, asked the province’s legislative assembly “to take…

November 30, 2023
Power Sector Demand to Support Natural Gas Prices Even As Utilities Add Renewable Capacity

Power Sector Demand to Support Natural Gas Prices Even As Utilities Add Renewable Capacity

As coal-fired power generating plants are retired in a push for utilities to reach clean energy goals, a greater reliance on natural gas for power generation could support prices over the long term, according to market analysts. Generally speaking, coal retirements are bullish for natural gas pricing, analysts said. “As coal retires, the supply of…

November 27, 2023
December Natural Gas Futures Rise After EIA Storage Withdrawal Steeper Than Expectations

December Natural Gas Futures Rise After EIA Storage Withdrawal Steeper Than Expectations

The U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) on Wednesday reported a withdrawal of 7 Bcf of natural gas from storage for the week ended Nov. 17. The draw proved steeper than expectations and sent Nymex natural gas futures higher. December Nymex futures were trading marginally flat on the day at around $2.843/MMBtu ahead of the noon…

November 22, 2023
Investment in Energy Infrastructure Lacking in Mexico, Expert Says

Investment in Energy Infrastructure Lacking in Mexico, Expert Says

Mexico’s transmission lines and electric power grid are insufficient to meet growing power demand across the country and require new investment, Edith Rojo Zazueta, an industrial engineer who worked previously at Mexico’s Comision Reguladora de Energia (CRE) told NGI’s Mexico GPI.  During her time at the CRE from 2021 to August of this year, Rojo…

November 3, 2023
North American Power System Transformation Said Bringing Reliability, Security Risks

North American Power System Transformation Said Bringing Reliability, Security Risks

North American policymakers need to focus on ensuring energy adequacy along with improving coordination between the natural gas and electric power industries, according to a new analysis. In the 2023 Reliability Risk Priorities report, the North American Electric Reliability Corp.’s (NERC) Reliability Issues Steering Committee (RISC) found that a fast changing energy system has “implications…

August 25, 2023
CPV’s Illinois Natural Gas Plant Said Bolstering PJM Grid 

CPV’s Illinois Natural Gas Plant Said Bolstering PJM Grid 

Competitive Power Ventures Inc.’s (CPV) $1.3 billion natural gas-fired combined-cycle power plant in northern Illinois has begun commercial operations to add 1,250 MW to the PJM Interconnection grid.  Three Rivers Energy Center is expected to bolster PJM, the regional transmission operator for 13 states and Washington, DC. The region is facing “potential resource adequacy issues…

August 24, 2023
Infrastructure and ‘Pragmatic Policy’ Key to Meeting Long-Term Natural Gas Demand

Infrastructure and ‘Pragmatic Policy’ Key to Meeting Long-Term Natural Gas Demand

Steady supplies of natural gas – and more infrastructure to deliver it – are vital for the United States to meet steady domestic consumption and elevated global demand for LNG through this decade and beyond.  Such was the prevailing sentiment among industry leaders and analysts who presented last week at the LDC Gas Forums annual…

August 21, 2023
Kentucky Utilities Looking to Retire, Replace Natural Gas Facilities, Add Renewables

Kentucky Utilities Looking to Retire, Replace Natural Gas Facilities, Add Renewables

Louisville Gas & Electric Co. (LG&E) and Kentucky Utilities Co. (KU) have filed a joint application requesting approval by the Kentucky Public Service Commission (PSC) to retire and replace three natural gas simple-cycle combustion turbines and four coal-fired electric generating units.  Under the proposal, the utilities would replace the retired facilities with two natural gas…

August 18, 2023