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  1. Capacity problem looms as main UK interconnector damaged

    Storm Angus, which struck British shores last week, is suspected of having had a damaging impact on the UK ’s biggest energy interconnector . The National Grid has confirmed that the Interconnexion France-Angleterre (IFA) interconnector with France is set to run at 50 per cent of its capacity until the end of February after investigations revealed four of its eight subsea cable were severed during the storm. The news means less overall capacity for the country at a time when the capacity margin is already tight. “We experienced a trip of the IFA interconnector on the morning of Sunday 20 November,” National Grid said in a statement. “After further investigation, the fault has been identified and we can confirm that four of IFA’s eight cables have been damaged. This will result in a reduction of IFA’s maximum capacity to 1000MW until the end of February 2017. “Investigations are ongoing and teams on both sides of the channel are working to restore IFA to full availability. We will issue regular updates regarding progress.” A spokesman said the company was investigating whether the damage was caused by a ship’s anchor dragging along the sea floor during Storm Angus.  National Grid predicted a capacity margin of 1.1 per cent during peak hours this winter, rising to 6.6 per cent once of the Supplemental Balancing Reserve. However, both these figures assumed 2GW of net imports from continental Europe, partly through the IFA link. UK day-ahead power prices rose sharply on Monday, when the news broke, amid steady wind and higher power demand forecasts, sparking supply concerns. Platts reports that at around midday Monday, wind power supplies stood at 1.5 GW, accounting for less than 4% of the UK energy mix, while no French imports were flowing through the IFA link, the grid data showed. Gas-fired power generation reached 22 GW, representing more than half of the electricity supplies, while coal and nuclear power production was at 5.6 GW and 8.3 GW respectively.

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    Tue, 29 Nov 2016

  2. IEA study: Global LNG markets are less flexible than many think

    Today’s low natural gas prices and abundant supplies do not reflect inherent inflexibilities in global LNG markets, according to the International Energy Agency’s first Global Gas Security Review.

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    Mon, 28 Nov 2016

  3. Politicians slow to react to EU power reality - ETN

    The head of Europe's main gas turbine association says politicians are failing to react quickly enough to the realities of the bloc’s power sector, leading to coal power continuing to hold sway in certain countries.

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    Wed, 23 Nov 2016

  4. Gibraltar signs up Shell supply for gas -fired power generation

    The government of Gibraltar and Shell have signed an agreement for the supply of liquefied natural gas (LNG) for use in a new gas-fired power plant.

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    Mon, 22 Aug 2016

  1. NEORI outlines priorities in memos to presidential transition teams

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    Tue, 8 Nov 2016

  2. FuelCell Energy and ExxonMobil announce location for fuel cell carbon capture pilot plant

    FuelCell Energy, Inc. and ExxonMobil announced the selection of a location to test novel fuel cell carbon capture technology under development by the companies.

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    Thu, 27 Oct 2016

  3. Alstom boots its gas turbine portfolio to address growth in gas -fired power generation

    In upgrading its gas turbines for the 50 Hz and the 60 Hz electricity markets, Alstom intends to respond to the increasing demand for gas - fired power generation

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    Wed, 14 Sep 2011

  4. Global power investment down 8 per cent in 2015 - IEA

    Global investment in the energy sector fell by 8 per cent in 2015, the International Energy Agency’s latest report has found.

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    Wed, 14 Sep 2016

  5. Power imports into UK hit lowest point in three years

    Imports of electricity into the UK hit a three year low last month but were offset by increased domestic wind, coal and gas - fired power generation .

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    Thu, 6 Oct 2016

  6. Independent review to examine Australian power blackout

    The Australian government is to conduct an independent review to examine the causes of power blackout in South Australia State last week.

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    Fri, 7 Oct 2016

  7. Tesla battery to help beat California blackouts

    Tesla is to supply 20 MW of grid scale energy storage to Southern California Edison as part of a comprehensive effort to prevent blackouts by replacing coal and gas - fired power generation with lithium-ion batteries.

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    Mon, 19 Sep 2016

  8. Gas -fired power generation to see price hikes in China

    China will increase on-grid prices paid to power generators that use natural gas, according to a notice from the National Development and Reform Commission.

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    Wed, 16 Oct 2013

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