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Renewable Capacity Additions to Far Outpace Natural Gas in 2021, EIA Electricity Data Show

Renewable Capacity Additions to Far Outpace Natural Gas in 2021, EIA Electricity Data Show

Renewables will account for a substantial majority of the new U.S. utility-scale electric generating capacity planned to start commercial operation this year, with natural gas coming in a distant third behind solar and wind, according to data from the Energy Information Administration (EIA). Developers and power plant owners plan to add 6.6 GW of natural…

January 12, 2021
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
Williams Utility-Scale Solar Projects Set to Power Natural Gas Pipelines, Processing

Williams Utility-Scale Solar Projects Set to Power Natural Gas Pipelines, Processing

Tulsa-based natural gas pipeline giant Williams said Thursday it is entering the solar energy business.

May 28, 2020

Natural Gas to Trail Wind, Solar in New Electricity Generation This Year, EIA Says

The United States will add 42 GW of new electricity capacity to commercial operations this year, with 9.31 GW (22%) coming in the form of natural gas-burning facilities, but the largest additions will be wind and solar generation, according to the Energy Information Administration (EIA).

January 14, 2020

Occidental’s Permian Oil Operations Shine with First Solar-Powered Facility

Houston-based Occidental Petroleum Corp. has flipped the switch on its first solar facility to directly power an enhanced oil recovery (EOR) operation in the Permian Basin.

October 8, 2019
Texas Gaining Natural Gas-Fired Power for Peak Summer Demand, Says ERCOT

Texas Gaining Natural Gas-Fired Power for Peak Summer Demand, Says ERCOT

Operating electric power reserves for Texas still look tight for this summer on growth in the Permian Basin and along the Gulf Coast, but they have improved in the past three months thanks in part to the return of a 365 MW natural gas-fired unit, according to the power grid that oversees flows to 90% of the state’s customers.

May 8, 2019

Natural Gas Needed for California Decarbonization, Energy Policy Report Says

Renewables and battery storage are only part of the equation leading to meeting California’s aggressive decarbonization goals, according to a report presented at a seminar at Stanford University on Wednesday by former Department of Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz.

April 15, 2019

Bright Light, Big Wind Chasing Natural Gas Market Share, Says Raymond James

Natural gas generation has been the biggest beneficiary of market share as coal generation declines, but the “principal winners” in the U.S. electricity mix eventually will be wind and solar, according to Raymond James & Associates Inc.

November 20, 2018
Trump’s 25% Tariff on Chinese Imports Includes Offshore Drilling Parts

Trump’s 25% Tariff on Chinese Imports Includes Offshore Drilling Parts

In another sign of a developing international trade war, the Trump administration has enacted a 25% tariff on a host of products imported from China, including parts used for offshore oil and natural gas drilling and production platforms.

June 15, 2018

Trump Tariff on Solar Could Hamper Its Competitiveness

The Trump administration slapped a four-year tariff on imported solar cells and modules on Monday, a move that could hamper solar’s competitiveness against cheap natural gas while also giving a boost to the coal industry, and which analysts say could signal that the White House is stepping back from more aggressive trade policies.

January 24, 2018
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