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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. FPL shuts down Cedar Bay coal-fired power plant

    Prior to the acquisition, FPL had been obligated to purchase power from the plant under a 1988 power purchase agreement with the power plant's previous owners

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    Wed, 28 Dec 2016

  3. GenForum panel sees lots of low-carbon options available to Sun Belt

    The Sun Belt states, with their mild weather, have plenty of options for lower-carbon power generation

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    Tue, 20 Dec 2016

  4. GenForum Panel Sees Lots of Low-Carbon Options Available to Sun Belt

    The Sun Belt states, with their mild weather, have plenty of options for lower-carbon power generation.

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    Tue, 20 Dec 2016

  1. TRC’s Top 12 Predictions for the Energy Industry in 2017

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    Tue, 13 Dec 2016

  2. Groups want Trump to weigh in on breaching Snake River hydropower dams

    Dozens of organizations and decision-makers that oppose breaching of the Lower Snake River Dams in Washington State said Dec. 6 that they are urging the incoming Trump Administration to directly intervene and/or convene a "God Squad" committee to protect the Lower Snake River Dams and put an end to ...

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    Fri, 9 Dec 2016

  3. Oxair contracted to power Australian gas facility

    Oxair Gas Systems, specialist in the supply of on-site gas generation equipment to the Australian and international markets, has been awarded a key contract to provide technical support for the world’s largest floating liquefied natural gas facility, anchored about 200km off the western coast of ...

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    Wed, 30 Nov 2016

  4. Natural gas generation and electricity imports used to follow load in California

    Because of differences in the hourly output of certain electricity generators output from thermal generators (mainly natural gas) and electricity imports from other regions are used to balance overall electricity supply and demand in the region.

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    Fri, 9 Sep 2016

  5. Natural Gas Generation Rises to New High in July

    Power produced with natural gas reached an all-time high in July, the U.S. Energy Information Administration said Tuesday.

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    Thu, 11 Aug 2016

  6. NRG Looks at Options, Including Bankruptcy and Asset Sales, for GenOn

    NRG said that $703 million of GenOn's Senior Notes outstanding are current within the GenOn consolidated balance sheet and are due on June 15, 2017.

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    Mon, 7 Nov 2016

  7. E.ON, Promat Partner on 4-MW Cogeneration Plant in Belgium

    E.ON will bulid, own and operate the plant, which will include a gas turbine and a heat recovery steam generator.

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    Wed, 23 Nov 2016

  8. Japan looks to district heating and microgrids

    The Japanese government is actively considering greater development of its decentralized energy resources in a bid to make its power infrastructure more resilient following the damage caused by recent natural disasters

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    Tue, 8 Nov 2016

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