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  • The Autowende Is Here: Electric Cars Are The Next Trillion Dollar Industry

    In the next 60 months the automotive industry will see more change than in the last 60 years. European car manufacturers should commit to electric cars now or Europe will be in economic trouble Once in a while a new technology comes along that profoundly changes the way humans relate to energy and transport. Wheels, steam engines and airplanes are all step changes that put humanity on a new trajectory. When I first drove the full electric Nissan Leaf back in 2011, I realized I was sitting in such a technological breakthrough. An internal combustion engine peaks at ~30% efficiency....
  • Russia accuses Kiev of playing politics with Crimea blackout

    11/24/2015 1:32:21 PM PST · by Berlin_Freeper · 7 replies
    ft.com ^ | Nov 24, 2015 | Roman Olearchyk
    Russia has denounced Kiev’s failure to restore power supplies to Crimea as politically motivated and threatened economic retaliation against its southern neighbour, days after suspicious explosions cut transmission lines from mainland Ukraine and left the Kremlin-annexed peninsula with almost no electricity.
  • Crimea without power from Ukraine after electricity pylons 'blown up'

    11/22/2015 11:06:15 AM PST · by amorphous · 40 replies
    Reuters ^ | 22 Nov 2015 | Jason Bush and Alessandra Prentice
    Crimea was left without electricity supplies from Ukraine on Sunday after pylons carrying power lines to the Russia-annexed peninsula were blown up overnight. It was not immediately clear who had damaged the pylons, but a Russian senator described the move as an "act of terrorism" and implied that Ukrainian nationalists were to blame. Crimea receives the bulk of its electricity from the Ukrainian mainland and its seizure by Russia last year prompted fury in Kiev and the West, which then imposed economic sanctions on Russian companies and individuals. Russia's Energy Ministry said emergency electricity supplies had been turned on for...
  • Premier's new 'electric' cars run on coal

    11/20/2015 6:29:02 AM PST · by rktman · 8 replies
    americanthinker.com ^ | 11/20/2015 | Viv Forbes
    Greens are hailing this as the spear-point of their green energy revolution. But the Premier’s green cars will run on...coal. Electric cars need large batteries, which have to be recharged. Maybe the Premier has a large subsidized solar panel on the roof of her garage, so that when she comes home, she can recharge the big battery? But the sun does not shine at night, so the car will still rely on electricity from coal.
  • Will 2016 Be The Year Of Wireless Energy?

    11/19/2015 9:06:06 AM PST · by bananaman22 · 30 replies
    Oilprice.com ^ | 19-11-2015 | Maccie
    Wireless power has been a dream of mankind’s for decades, but the technology finally appears to be gaining some traction. Theoretically, numerous studies have shown that wireless power is possible through a variety of aerial transmission modalities. Yet the problem with wireless power has been getting the technology to work at a reasonable range. So far, commercial use of wireless power has been limited, but progress is being made. For instance, Samsung now has a commercially available wireless charger for its cell phones. With the charger, consumers do not need to plug their phone into the wall for it to...
  • UK to Close All Coal-Fired Power Plants by 2025

    11/19/2015 5:08:30 AM PST · by thackney · 24 replies
    Power Engineering ^ | 11/18/2015 | Aaron Larson
    In a major speech setting out the future direction of the UK's energy policy, Energy and Climate Change Secretary Amber Rudd announced plans to restrict the use of the country's coal-fired power stations by 2023 and close all of the facilities by 2025. "Frankly, it cannot be satisfactory for an advanced economy like the UK to be relying on polluting, carbon intensive 50-year-old coal-fired power stations," Rudd said while speaking in London before the Institution of Civil Engineers. "We need to build a new energy infrastructure, fit for the 21st century." Rudd said that even with huge growth in its...
  • Propane Power Is Grabbing Growing Share of Gas-Fired Market

    11/18/2015 4:22:53 PM PST · by thackney · 13 replies
    Power Magazine ^ | 11/10/2015 | Thomas Overton
    As liquefied natural gas (LNG) continues to draw attention in the gas market, with the first new U.S. LNG export terminal in decades coming online next year, another liquefied gas--propane--is beginning to expand its share of the mix as propane power options continue to grow. While propane-powered engines and microturbines have been around for a long time, they've always taken a back seat to diesel for a variety of reasons--primarily cost. Diesel has historically been less expensive than propane, but a combination of higher crude oil prices, a glut in the natural gas liquids market, and growing environmental regulation of...
  • Rochester Gas & Electric Works on Plans for a World Without Ginna Nuclear Plant

    11/17/2015 11:49:50 AM PST · by thackney · 4 replies
    Power Engineering ^ | 11/16/2015 | Barry Cassell
    Rochester Gas & Electric filed with the New York State Public Service Commission on Nov. 10 a heavily-redacted copy of an Oct. 27 report on what it is doing, and plans to do, in case the Ginna nuclear plant of Exelon (NYSE: EXC) is retired later this decade. Since last year, Exelon has been working at the New York PSC and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to extend the life of Ginna, which the company says is not economic to operate in the current power market following the expiration last year of a long-term contract to supply power to...
  • SCE Plans $12 Billion Investment Over 3 Years to Modernize the Grid

    11/13/2015 6:15:23 AM PST · by thackney · 2 replies
    Power Engineering ^ | 11/09/2015 | Power Engineering
    Southern California Edison (SCE) plans to spend $12 billion over the next three years in an effort to adjust to new technologies. Most of the investment will be on upgrades to electric poles, transformers, wires and cables, but about $240 million a year will go toward new power generation. The California Public Utilities Commission is expected to vote in November on SCE's proposal for three new gas-fired power plants, which would help replace power generation lost when San Onofre nuclear plant was shuttered after a faulty replacement steam generator leaked. The plants are part of SCE's plans to buy 2,211...
  • N. Korea: NK tries out solar-powered bus

    11/08/2015 6:27:41 PM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 27 replies
    Korea Times ^ | 2015-11-02 | Kim Hyo-jin
    Posted : 2015-11-02 16:29 Updated : 2015-11-02 20:33 NK tries out solar-powered bus North Korea's solar-powered bus / Yonhap By Kim Hyo-jin North Korea is operating a solar-powered bus in the western city of Nampo, the North's state media said Monday. "Nampo created a bus powered by solar energy and it is now being used for public transport," the state-run Korean Central Television (KCTV) said, quoting a member of the city's science and technology committee, Jeong In-sung. According to Jeong, the bus uses 32 100-watt solar panels, 50 batteries and a direct-current motor. "It has run 800 kilometers so far,...
  • A Texas Utility Offers a Nighttime Special: Free Electricity

    11/08/2015 8:03:39 PM PST · by Timpanagos1 · 65 replies
    New York Times ^ | 11/8/15 | By CLIFFORD KRAUSS and DIANE CARDWELL
    DALLAS — In Texas, wind farms are generating so much energy that some utilities are giving power away. Briana Lamb, an elementary school teacher, waits until her watch strikes 9 p.m. to run her washing machine and dishwasher. It costs her nothing until 6 a.m. Kayleen Willard, a cosmetologist, unplugs appliances when she goes to work in the morning. By 9 p.m., she has them plugged back in.
  • Obama Leads But No One Follows In Climate Change Fight

    11/08/2015 6:20:09 AM PST · by george76 · 48 replies
    Energy: The resident wants to decarbonize the planet by killing fossil-fuel production and its high-paying jobs. Almost no other nation is following his lead despite the promises that will be made at the Paris climate summit. Last week we learned in a Reuters report that Asia will build 500 coal-burning electric generation plants this year alone. An additional 1,000 are planned in China, India, Japan, Indonesia and other countries. The latest projections are that 40% of the added power generation in Southeast Asia by 2040 will be coal-fired. Does this sound like a continent that's taking the alarm bells of...
  • UK's National Grid Suffers 'Multiple Plant Breakdowns'

    11/04/2015 9:01:42 AM PST · by Strategy · 44 replies
    Financial Times ^ | November 4, 2015
    Britain's National Grid has asked for more power generation capacity to come online between 4.30pm and 6.30pm on Wednesday to balance supply and demand, after "multiple plant breakdowns". The Grid said in a statement it had issued a notice to the industry at 1.30pm "asking for more generation to be brought onto the system."
  • After decades of shipments, last coal ship scheduled to arrive in Muskegon

    11/02/2015 7:17:23 AM PST · by thackney · 32 replies
    MLive ^ | November 01, 2015 | Stephen Kloosterman
    The last shipment of coal to a soon-to-be shuttered Consumers Energy Plant in Muskegon is scheduled to arrive Nov. 8. For more than 25 years, 1,000-foot ships have been regularly rolling into the Port of Muskegon with coal for Consumers' B.C. Cobb energy plant. The last such ship to deliver coal to Consumers in Muskegon will be the James R. Barker, a spokesman wrote in an email. "The Barker is scheduled to be loaded with 58,000 tons of coal in Superior, Wisconsin, on Nov. 5," wrote Consumers spokesman Roger Morgenstern. "After the ship is loaded and underway, we will have...
  • Ontario sees hydro rates jump — again

    11/02/2015 6:29:50 AM PST · by ilovesarah2012 · 18 replies
    cbc.ca ^ | November 1, 2015
    Electricity prices in Ontario officially increased Sunday and the rate hike is expected to push up the average household hydro bill by 3.4 per cent. The Ontario Energy Board (OEB) announced the rate increase on Oct. 15 for winter months, which will impact most households and small businesses. Effective Sunday: The price for off-peak hours goes up 0.3 cents to 8.3 cents/kWh. The price for mid-peak hours goes up 0.6 cents to 12.8 cents/kWh. The price for on-peak hours goes up 1.4 cents to 17.5 cents/kWh. Sunday's rate hike means the on-peak price of electricity has jumped 77 per cent...
  • Fracking topples old King Coal

    10/28/2015 6:50:27 AM PDT · by thackney · 12 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 10/26/15 | JOHN SICILIANO
    King Coal may be losing its throne sooner than expected, as the U.S. goes through a change in how it gets the bulk of its electricity. The change is not coming from solar and wind as environmental groups would like to believe, although renewables are growing. The big switch is coming from natural gas produced from fracking shale rock deep underground. Natural gas is replacing coal as the dominant way Americans receive electricity to power everything from their lights to their iPhones to the big screen televisions. It is cheaper than coal, which is why natural gas power plants are...
  • Californias Hidden Coal Use

    10/25/2015 8:14:52 AM PDT · by thackney · 15 replies
    Institute for Energy Research ^ | OCTOBER 22, 2015 | Institute for Energy Research
    Californias politicians would like you to believe that their electricity comes from non-coal sources. However, while there are very few coal plants in California, making up only 0.4 percent of the states generation in 2014[i], California imports electricity from neighboring states and as much as half of Southern Californias electric generation comes from coal-fired generating plants in Utah, New Mexico, and Arizona.[ii] Although California is pushing electric vehicles, wanting 1.5 million on the road by 2025,[iii] the greenhouse gas savings from their use will be minuscule if electricity continues to be generated mainly from imports of coal-fired generation and natural...
  • India aims to reduce high electricity transmission and distribution system losses

    10/22/2015 6:05:22 AM PDT · by thackney · 8 replies
    Energy Information Administration ^ | OCTOBER 22, 2015 | Energy Information Administration
    Despite considerable improvement since the turn of the century, India has one of the highest levels of electricity transmission and distribution (T&D) losses in the world. T&D losses represent electricity that is generated but does not reach intended customers. India's T&D losses are almost 20% of generation, more than twice the world average and nearly three times as large as T&D losses in the United States. Electricity losses are the result of technical inefficiency and theft. Technical losses occur because of the resistance of wires and equipment as electricity passes through. Some loss is inevitable, but in places with good...
  • New England's Power Shortage Gets Worse

    10/16/2015 6:59:53 AM PDT · by thackney · 34 replies
    Real Clear Energy ^ | October 16, 2015 | William Tucker
    There they go again. New England authorities are passively accepting the closing of the Pilgrim Nuclear Reactor, one of the regions four remaining reactors, which Entergy announced it will shutter up by 2019. The loss is 685 megawatts or 5 percent of New Englands electricity. Once again a reactor has been deemed too expensive to operate because nuclear gets absolutely no credit for delivering clean, emissions-free energy. As it happens, Pilgrim was delivering 84 percent of the clean energy in the state of Massachusetts. The closing leaves only the Seabrook reactor in New Hampshire and Connecticuts two Millstone reactors, which...
  • U.S. justices question Obama administration electricity markets rule

    10/14/2015 2:48:09 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 7 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 10/14/15 | Lawrence Hurley - Reuters
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Conservative U.S. Supreme Court justices on Wednesday expressed doubt about whether the Obama administration had the authority to issue a regulation aimed at encouraging efficiency in the electricity market by having electrical grid operators pay users to reduce consumption at peak times. The court heard oral arguments in an appeal filed by the U.S. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission seeking to reverse a May 2014 ruling by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit that threw out the rule. The case pits the government's energy regulator against power companies that are fighting a regulation...
  • Massachusetts nuclear power plant to close by 2019

    10/14/2015 6:00:42 AM PDT · by thackney · 29 replies
    PennEnergy ^ | October 13, 2015 | Associated Press
    The owners of the Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station in Plymouth have announced that they will close the plant by June 2019. Entergy Corp. said Tuesday it is closing the only nuclear power plant in Massachusetts because of "poor market conditions, reduced revenues and increased operational costs."... ...The plant needs millions of dollars in safety improvements. The plant was relicensed in 2012 for 20 years....
  • On-site power from Tesla batteries for US buildings

    10/14/2015 5:09:16 AM PDT · by thackney · 24 replies
    Cogeneration & On-Site Power Production ^ | 12 Oct 2015 | Tildy Bayar
    A US realtor has announced plans to create a fleet of hybrid-electric buildings powered by battery energy storage systems from Tesla Energy. California-based Irvine Company has signed a memorandum of understanding with microgrid firm Advanced Microgrid Solutions (AMS) to install the battery systems at each building. The batteries will be charged during non-peak hours and will be used for on-site power during peak daytime hours or in the event of a power failure, Irvine Company said. The projects first phase is planned to include up to 24 office buildings in the city of Irvine, and is expected to reduce the...
  • Why the new DC sewage treatment plant that is "turning poop into power" is kind of a huge waste...

    10/08/2015 9:36:01 AM PDT · by The Looking Spoon · 15 replies
    American Irony ^ | 10-8-15 | The Looking Spoon
    From the Washington Post:The next time you flush in the nations capital, you might consider this: You or, more precisely, whatever you have flushed will help generate clean energy. D.C. Water, which also treats sewage from much of the Maryland and Northern Virginia suburbs, recently became the first utility in North America to use a Norwegian thermal hydrolysis system to convert the sludge left over from treated sewage into electricity. Yes, to put it bluntly, the citys sewage treatment plant is turning poop into power. It's actually a pretty interesting system, which you can see here.I'm reminded of...
  • Gas power passes coal for the second time ever

    10/08/2015 5:32:05 AM PDT · by thackney · 29 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | Jordan Blum
    The amount of electricity generated from natural gas surpassed the share of coal-fired production in July in the U.S. for the second time. The first time was for the month of April, according to U.S. Energy Information Administration. The EIA reported Wednesday that the share of electricity coming from natural gas-fired power plants hit 35 percent in July. It was 34.9 percent from coal plants. The shift comes as the ongoing domestic shale boom produces lots of natural gas at relatively cheap prices. At the same time, few new coal plants are being built nationally because of increasing federal regulations...
  • California governor signs aggressive climate change bill

    10/07/2015 11:27:37 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 25 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Oct. 7, 2015 2:19 PM EDT | Michael R. Blood and Judy Lin
    California Gov. Jerry Brown signed an ambitious bill on Wednesday to combat climate change by increasing the states renewable electricity use to 50 percent and doubling energy efficiency in existing buildings by 2030. Brown approved the measure after losing a political battle against oil interests as he also tried to cut petroleum use by half in the state. [] Many moderate Democrats were concerned that the petroleum mandate would hurt Californias working-class residents. The lawmakers sought greater oversight of state regulators, but Brown refused to give up what he viewed as executive authority.
  • Household heating costs are expected to be lower than previous two winters

    10/06/2015 8:11:44 AM PDT · by thackney · 18 replies
    Energy Information Administration ^ | OCTOBER 6, 2015 | Energy Information Administration
    Most U.S. households can expect lower heating expenditures this winter (October through March) compared with the past two winters. In most regions, the decline in expenditures is attributed to the combination of warmer weather and lower fuel prices. According to EIA's Winter Fuels Outlook, average household expenditures for homes heating primarily with natural gas will total $578 this winter, a $64 decline from last winter's average. Homes primarily using propane are expected to spend $1,437 this winter ($322 less). Homes heating primarily with heating oil are expected to spend $1,392 ($459 less). Homes heating primarily with electric heat are expected...
  • Lafayette Parish President candidates field questions on coal-fired plant, traffic signals

    10/05/2015 6:15:58 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 1 replies
    The Advocate ^ | October 1, 2015 | Richard Burgess
    City-parish president candidates Joel Robideaux and Dee Stanley navigated questions on coal-generated power, the disruption an elevated interstate might cause in Lafayette and whether the city has too many traffic signals all posed at a Thursday evening forum sponsored by the local chapter of the Sierra Club. In a campaign season where the candidates have often found themselves repeatedly addressing the same issues in the string of debates and forums leading up to the Oct. 24 election, Stanley and Robideaux covered some new ground at the environmental groups forum at the Lafayette Public Library downtown. Robideaux, a longtime state...
  • More layoffs hit Bowie coal mine ( Colorado, Utah, and )

    09/30/2015 7:43:51 AM PDT · by george76 · 22 replies
    Grand Junction Media ^ | September 29, 2015 | Dennis Webb
    Bowie Resource Partners plans to lay off nearly 100 people at its Bowie #2 Mine near Paonia in the latest setback to coal employment in the North Fork Valley. The company said Tuesday that it anticipates laying off 78 workers and 19 contractors from the mine, where 181 full-time employees and 19 contractors work now. ... it is continuing to evaluate the market for the mines coal after losing a contract to sell to the Tennessee Valley Authority a year ago. The loss of that contract caused Bowie to eliminate about 150 jobs at that time. Bowie operates three underground...
  • US rejects protections for greater sage grouse across West

    09/22/2015 7:19:05 AM PDT · by george76 · 22 replies
    Townhall ^ | Sep 22, 2015 | Gruver
    The Interior Department said Tuesday that the greater sage grouse, a ground-dwelling bird whose vast range spans 11 Western states, does not need federal protections ... The fight over whether to list the bird as endangered or threatened recalled the battle over the spotted owl 25 years ago, where federal protection greatly impeded the logging economy. ... could help defuse a potential political liability for Democrats heading into the 2016 election; ... House Natural Resources Committee Chairman Rob Bishop said Tuesday's announcement was a "cynical ploy" intended to mask the fact that the Obama administration has imposed limits on development...
  • The Impossible Just Happened In Texas (Spot Price Of Electricity Goes Negative For Hours)

    09/20/2015 10:59:50 PM PDT · by blam · 30 replies
    BI - Slate ^ | 9-21-2015 | Daniel Gross
    Daniel GrossSeptember 21, 2015 In the wee hours of the morning on Sunday, the mighty state of Texas was asleep. The honky-tonks in Austin were shuttered, the air-conditioned office towers of Houston were powered down, and the wind whistled through the dogwood trees and live oaks on the gracious lawns of Preston Hollow. Out in the desolate flats of West Texas, the same wind was turning hundreds of wind turbines, producing tons of electricity at a time when comparatively little supply was needed. And then a very strange thing happened: The so-called spot price of electricity in Texas fell toward...
  • The Night They Drove the Price of Electricity Down

    09/19/2015 2:03:35 AM PDT · by Timpanagos1 · 46 replies
    Slate ^ | Daniel Gross
    Wind power was so plentiful in Texas that producers sold it at a negative price. What? Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images In the wee hours of the morning on Sunday, the mighty state of Texas was asleep. The honky-tonks in Austin were shuttered, the air-conditioned office towers of Houston were powered down, and the wind whistled through the dogwood trees and live oaks on the gracious lawns of Preston Hollow. Out in the desolate flats of West Texas, the same wind was turning hundreds of wind turbines, producing tons of electricity at a time when comparatively little supply was needed....
  • Valley fire consumes five Calpine power plant towers

    09/17/2015 5:14:34 AM PDT · by thackney · 5 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | September 16, 2015 | Jordan Blum
    The ongoing California Valley fire sweeping across communities has destroyed or badly damaged five of Calpines power plants that part of the companys large geothermal complex. The wildfire has taken out several of the 14 geothermal power plants in the complex known as The Geysers, said Calpine Corp. spokesman Brett Kerr, but some of the remaining plants are still contributing electricity to the northern California region. The cooling towers at five of the plants are damaged or destroyed, Kerr said, but the steam turbines are unharmed, which should allow for quicker repairs and replacements. We are confident we will have...
  • Another Colorado coal mine to undergo federal environmental review

    09/12/2015 7:46:11 AM PDT · by george76 · 9 replies
    Denver Business Journal ^ | Sep 11, 2015 | Cathy Proctor
    A second northwestern Colorado coal mine will undergo a review of the mine's environmental impact following an agreement reached by the federal government, the mine's owners and WildEarth Guardians.. The agreement between the U.S. Department of Interiors Office of Surface Mining (OSM), Trapper Mining Inc. and WildEarth Guardians was filed Thursday with the U.S. District Court in Denver. The agreement gives the federal government until the end of April to complete a new review of the mines operations. ... Our miners must be allowed to keep working to supply Craig Station with the coal thats needed to supply the grid...
  • Last union mine in Kentucky closes ( War on Coal )

    09/08/2015 1:20:23 PM PDT · by george76 · 6 replies
    ap ^ | Sept. 5, 2015
    The union era's death knell sounded in Kentucky on New Year's Eve, when Patriot Coal announced the closing of its Highland Mine. The underground mine in western Kentucky employed about 400 hourly workers represented by the United Mine Workers of America. ... Union membership remains substantial in West Virginia, with more than 30,000 members, largely because that state wasn't affected by the environmental regulations on high-sulfur coal that essentially halted mining in western Kentucky in the 1990s. Smith said those western Kentucky mine shutdowns led to the loss of about 20,000 union members in two years.
  • Hawaiian Electric ponders next move after governor opposes use of LNG: source

    09/01/2015 6:09:15 AM PDT · by thackney · 25 replies
    Platts ^ | 31 Aug 2015 | Mary Powers
    Comments by Hawaii Governor David Ige this week has left Hawaiian Electric in a quandary regarding its plan to burn regasified LNG shipped from Canada in its oil-fired power plants, a source at the utility said Friday. "We're in a bit of a stew at the moment," the source, who asked not to be identified, said. Ige previously supported using LNG as a transitional fuel as the state moved to 100% renewable generation by 2045. "When it was first proposed, I was willing to support it as a transitional fuel because it had some clear advantages for Hawaii," Ige said...
  • Solyndra autopsy: Did Inspector General go too easy on Department of Energy?

    08/31/2015 7:36:55 AM PDT · by george76 · 5 replies
    Watchdog ^ | August 31, 2015 | Rob Nikolewski
    An Inspector General of the Department of Energy report that picked over the bones of the Solyndra green energy fiasco placed most of the blame on Solyndra executives for losing more than $500 million in taxpayer money. But a close reading shows DOE made plenty of mistakes as well. The report authored by DOE Inspector General Gregory H. Friedman came just short of calling Solyndras highest officials liars, saying their actions during the loan process were at best, reckless and irresponsible or, at worst, an orchestrated effort to knowingly and intentionally deceive and mislead the Department. While the 13-page report...
  • Hawaii Gov. Ige reveals opposition to utility LNG import plans

    08/28/2015 5:38:05 AM PDT · by thackney · 8 replies
    Utilitiy Dive ^ | August 26, 2015 | Robert Walton
    Dive Brief: With a 100% renewable goal now on the table and oil prices falling, Hawaii Gov. David Ige (D) has revealed he opposes plans to import liquefied natural gas as a bridge fuel to cleaner and less expensive power. At a business and policy conference this week in Honolulu, Ige, a keynote speaker, said the state does not need LNG and should be moving forward on its renewable goals instead. Both Hawaiian Electric (HECO) and Hawaii Gas have floated plans to construct import terminals, with gas deliveries beginning to reach the state in 2019. HECO has pledged to push...
  • As natural gas replaces coal, U.S. utilities invest big in the future

    08/27/2015 5:45:42 AM PDT · by thackney · 9 replies
    Fortune ^ | AUGUST 26, 2015 | Katie Fehrenbacher
    Southern Company isnt alone in spending billions to position itself for the natural gas future. One of the largest companies that owns utilities in the U.S., Southern Company, announced a big deal this week that highlights just how aggressively power firms are looking to boost their natural gas power resources at the expense of the declining coal industry. On Monday, Southern Company SO 2.61% said it plans to buy natural-gas distributor AGL Resources GAS -0.08% for $8 billion in cash. The deal, which is for $12 billion but includes $4 billion in debt, offers AGL shareholders a 38% premium over...
  • Three Exelon nuclear power plants do not clear PJM auction

    08/25/2015 8:02:54 AM PDT · by thackney · 13 replies
    Power Engineering ^ | Aug 24, 2015 | Power Engineering
    Exelon said three of its nuclear power plants did not clear the PJM capacity auction for the 2018-19 planning year. The Quad Cities nuclear plant in Illinois, Oyster Creek in New Jersey, and Three Mile Island nuclear power plant in Pennsylvania will not receive capacity revenue from this auction, according to The Wall Street Journal. PJM said it would increase payments to power generators by 37 percent beginning in June 2018, increasing to $164.77 per megawatt per day. The increase is an almost $45 jump over the previous amount reached in auction last year. Power producers bid for long-term contracts...
  • Texas Sets Record for Gas Power Burn, Still Barely Enough

    08/19/2015 3:18:10 PM PDT · by thackney · 13 replies
    Power ^ | 08/18/2015 | Thomas Overton
    The Electricity Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) on August 10 set a record for electricity demand, topping 69,000 MW twice during the afternoon. The peak came as the Energy Information Administration (EIA) noted that Texas also set a record for gas power burnnatural gas usage in its power sectorreaching an average 4.5 Bcf/d through August 11. The peak came during a recent heat wave, with temperatures across the state topping 100F. Though reserves briefly fell below 2,500 MW, ERCOT was able to weather the episode without any system emergencies. Wholesale prices peaked at $2,250/MWh during the hour period of greatest...
  • Texas electric grid serves record-high power demand

    08/18/2015 4:23:50 AM PDT · by thackney · 11 replies
    Energy Information Administration ^ | AUGUST 17, 2015 | Energy Information Administration
    During the recent heat wave in Texas, the Electricity Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT), the operator of the electric grid covering most of the state, set a new record for electricity use when demand for electricity reached 69.8 gigawatts (GW) between 4:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. on August 10. ERCOT has been able to handle this extremely high demand without any system emergencies. In its summer 2015 reliability assessment, the North American Electricity Reliability Corporation (NERC) had forecasted a higher reserve margin for Texas's electric grid this summer (16.24%) compared with previous years (14.98% in 2014). Reserve margins reflect the...
  • Watts Bar Unit 2 reactor passes key equipment tests

    08/12/2015 10:56:50 AM PDT · by Purdue77 · 14 replies
    Times Free Press ^ | 8/12/2015 | Dave Flessner
    Nearly 43 years after construction began on the Watts Bar Nuclear Plant, the Unit 2 reactor at the Spring City, Tenn., plant is nearly ready to begin power production. The Tennessee Valley Authority, which has spent more than $6 billion on the 1,150-megawatt reactor during a series of starts and stops in construction since 1973, said Tuesday the unit is 99 percent complete and key operating systems have been tested and proven to be in good working order.
  • Jeb Worked With Bloomberg Amid $50 Million Anti-Coal Campaign

    08/11/2015 4:37:48 AM PDT · by george76 · 21 replies
    Daily Caller News ^ | 08/10/2015 | Michael Bastasch
    Presidential candidate and former Gov. Jeb Bush got into some hot water recently over his past work with a foundation run by former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg for its funding of Planned Parenthood. What went unnoticed, however, was that Bush worked with Bloomberg as he gave millions to environmental groups to take down the coal industry. Bush, whos looking to win the Republican presidential nomination, served as a founding director of the Bloomberg Family Foundation now called Bloomberg Philanthropies from 2010 through 2014. During Bushs second year with the organization, Bloomberg donated $50 million to the...
  • Will EPAs Clean Power Plan doom Colorados coal industries?

    08/08/2015 1:57:16 PM PDT · by george76 · 8 replies
    Watchdog ^ | July 30, 2015 | Marjorie Haun
    Gov. John Hickenlooper has pledged that Colorado will comply with the EPAs Clean Power Plan, but this effort to cut so-called CO2 pollution could come at a dear price to the states coal industry. ... Colorado is among the top states in coal production and consumption. In the year 2013, 64 percent of energy produced in Colorado came from coal, 20 percent from natural gas, and around 15 percent from various renewables including hydroelectric, biomass, solar and wind. The history of Colorados coal mining industry stretches over the past two centuries. Not to mention, coal jobs have a multiplier effect...
  • Shut down coal mines, group urges ( WildEarth Guardians : Colorado)

    08/07/2015 11:33:14 AM PDT · by george76 · 27 replies
    Grand Junction Media ^ | August 6, 2015 | Dennis Webb
    Industry blasts suggestion as harmful to the country. A conservation group that has succeeded in dealing recent legal setbacks to western Colorado coal mines called Thursday for a phase-out of federal coal leasing to help combat climate change. Its time for the Interior Department to shut it down, Jeremy Nichols, Climate and Energy Program director for WildEarth Guardians, said in a news release. The group outlined a plan for ending the federal coal program over 10 to 25 years through a moratorium on leasing publicly owned coal, retiring existing leases that arent producing, honestly reporting the climate impacts of the...
  • Texas breaks another record for power use for the second time in two days

    08/07/2015 9:49:02 AM PDT · by thackney · 51 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | August 6, 2015 | Joshua Cain
    Texas power users broke a record for the second time in two days this week after electric demand peaked at 68,912 megawatts on Thursday between 4 and 5 p.m. The Electric Reliability Council of Texas, which runs the states electric grid, said the preliminary estimate for power demand during that hour was the highest it has ever recorded. Thursdays peak was just ahead of the record set on Wednesday, when demand registered 68,538 megawatts. ERCOT noted that one megawatt is enough to power 200 homes during peak demand. Much of Texas is under a heat advisory this week, with triple-digit...
  • Protective shells may boost silicon lithium-ion batteries

    08/06/2015 12:48:35 PM PDT · by Red Badger
    phys.org ^ | August 6, 2015 | Provided by: Argonne National Laboratory
    Lithium ions react with silicon to form a new compound, which causes the electrode to expand. Researchers found that flouroethylene carbonate molecules produce a rubber-like protective layer that can accommodate the electrode expansion. Credit: Sana Sandler/Sarah Schlieder _________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Imagine a cell a phone that charges in less than an hour and lasts for three to four days or an electric car that runs for hundreds of miles before needing to be plugged in. Researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy's Argonne National Laboratory are working to make this dream a reality by developing lithium-ion batteries containing silicon-based materials. The most...
  • Crushing the Poor & Middle Class with the EPA

    08/05/2015 2:51:01 AM PDT · by markomalley · 21 replies
    Frontpage ^ | 8/5/15 | Matthew Vadum
    President Obama is surreptitiously colluding with radical anti-growth environmentalists to force ideologically driven carbon-emission controls on the energy industry that will devastate the U.S. economy, congressional investigators have discovered. As the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) drew up rules aimed at limiting carbon emissions from power-generation plants, "key stakeholders including the American public had little to no influence over the debate while powerful environmental activist groups were given unprecedented access to and influence over administration officials," the Washington Times reported yesterday. Collusion between the EPA and the green's isn't exactly breaking news. They've been doing it for years, but...
  • Germanys Neighbors Rankled by Its Energiewende

    08/05/2015 5:42:54 AM PDT · by thackney · 20 replies
    The American Interest ^ | Aug 04, 2015 | The American Interest
    The German energy mix has been radically changed in recent years, predominantly driven by two forces: a desire to expand renewables market share (a task accomplished by generous state subsidies called feed-in tariffs), and an aversion to nuclear power following the 2011 Fukushima disaster. Within Germany these changes have had a number of perhaps unforeseen and certainly unfortunate consequences, including jacked-up power bills for businesses and households and, somewhat bizarrely, an increased reliance on the particularly dirty type of coal called lignite. But the ripple effects of Berlins energiewende are expanding past national boundaries, and, as Politico reports, Germanys neighbors...
  • Solar Modules Cause More Greenhouse Gas Emissions Than Modern Coal Power Plants! (WTF)

    08/04/2015 8:32:39 AM PDT · by Titus-Maximus · 32 replies
    NotrickZone ^ | 3/25/3014 | P Gosselin
    It turns out that because of the emissions of extraordinarily potent greenhouse gases NF3 and SF6 and energy during the manufacture of solar modules, solar energy ends up being worse for the climate than burning coal (assuming the global warming hypothesis is valid). A Swiss engineer has made a thorough analysis of the greenhouse gas emissions caused by the manufacture, transport and operation of solar panels. His conclusion: Ferrucio Ferroni writes here how China is the number 1 manufacturer of solar panels globally and that the production of solar panels there requires immense amounts of electricity, which in China is...