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  1. Gas power topped UK power mix in 2016

    A sharp rise in gas-fired power generation fuelled Britain’s electricity sector last year as coal power 's contribution fell to an all-time annual low, as older coal plants continue to be phased out. The latest GB Electricity Market Summary by EnAppSys shows levels of gas-fired output jumped by 51 per cent to 126.98TWh in 2016, with this source of fuel providing more than 40 per cent of Britain’s overall power. The sharp increase was attributed partly to the continuing fall in coal generation, which plummeted from 76.46TWh in 2015 to 27.92TWh last year following several coal plant closures. Lower gas prices and higher carbon taxes, which made it more expensive to produce power at coal stations, pushed up gas output close to peak levels last recorded in 2010. Meanwhile, although growth in renewable generation slowed as subsidies for green energy schemes were axed, renewables still contributed 22 per cent of Britain’s overall output in 2016 – more than any other electricity source apart from gas. Levels of biomass and solar capacity continued to see significant growth last year, with the last new-build solar plants under the Renewable Obligation Scheme coming onto the system, offsetting reductions in wind and hydro output. Despite this, wind farms broke half-hourly, daily and weekly records towards the end of the year, according to data from the National Grid [1] . Overall Britain’s fuel mix during 2016 was derived from: CCGT plants (41.2%), renewables (22.3%), nuclear (21.6%), coal (9.1%) and interconnectors (5.8%). Against this changing fuel mix picture, levels of overall electricity demand have continued to decline slowly. Demand totalled 305.2TWh in 2016, down 2% on 2015 levels and 9% from the peak in 2010. Paul Verrill, director of EnAppSys, said: “The high carbon taxes that have pushed coal-fired stations to the periphery of the market have had a considerable impact on the make-up of Britain’s fuel mix and many coal stations have now shut down ahead of Government indications that they will have to close by 2025 anyway. “Coal has dominated the electricity market in Britain throughout the full history of the electricity market. However, with gas-fired plants generating 41.2 per cent of power last year and renewables and nuclear also making significant contributions, the fuel mix in 2016 had the lowest carbon intensity since the early market’s formation. “The transition from coal to gas has created challenges for the market in terms of ensuring sufficient security of supply, but with the Capacity Mechanism kicking off from next winter the market should now start to move towards increased levels of stability.” “The carbon strategy for the British power market has contrasted starkly with other European nations but it does appear that carbon pricing has done the job and resulted in a cleaner yet reliable fuel mix. “However, 2016 marks the end of the easy wins in terms of carbon savings with all the low-hanging fruit having been collected by the market. The challenges ahead will make it more difficult to achieve the same volume of savings and how these challenges are dealt with will determine the future of the market.”  

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    Thu, 5 Jan 2017

  2. 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

  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. 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

  1. Capacity problem looms as main UK interconnector damaged

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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. NEORI outlines priorities in memos to presidential transition teams

    The National Enhanced Oil Recovery Initiative (NEORI) listed extension of the Section 45Q Tax Credit for Carbon Dioxide Sequestration as an immediate priority in memorandums to the Democratic and Republican presidential transition teams.

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    Tue, 8 Nov 2016

  4. 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

  5. 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

  6. Natural gas fired power generation leads new generation sources in 2013

    Natural gas was the leading source of new power generation in the U.S. in 2013, installing 7,270 MW of capacity, according to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s recently-released Energy Infrastructure Update for December 2013.

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    Mon, 27 Jan 2014

  7. EIA: Natural gas -fired power generation down 14% for first 7 months of 2013

    Natural gas - fired power generation is down 14 percent during the first seven months of 2013 compared to the same period in 2012.

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    Wed, 25 Sep 2013

  8. Australia’s gas -fired power generation on the rise

    Gas-fired power is set to challenge coal’s dominance in Australia after new research found that investment in gas power new builds has risen by 54 per cent.

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    Mon, 1 Jul 2013

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