Thermoelectric generation in France continued to see sharp year on year increases in January, rising some 71% to 8.3 TWh, according to data from grid operator Rte.
The trend was on the back of the ongoing spell of cold weather affecting the country, and as thermoelectric power plants compensated lower output from nuclear plants (-2.6% at 40.5 TWh), and wind installations (-29% at 2 TWh).
A glut of LNG supplies in the coming years as new liquefaction projects come online at global level might lead to increased coal-to-gas switching in European markets, a recent paper by the Oxford Institute for Energy Studies (OIES) suggested.
Natural gas demand for power generation was down 13.2% year on year in December 2016 in the US, standing at 669 billion cubic feet (Bcf), or 21.6 Bcf/day, according to data from the US Energy Information Administration (EIA).
However, gas consumption posted increases in all other sectors, with residential consumption being up 34.9% at 797 Bcf or 25.7 Bcf/day; commercial deliveries increasing by 31.8% to 464 Bcf, or 15.0 Bcf/day, their highest level for December since 2013 and industrial deliveries gaining 8.3% year on year at 731 Bcf, or 23.6 Bcf/day.
Mexico should pursue an “active competition policy” in order to harness the benefit of the reform of its energy market initiated in recent years, the International Energy Agency (IEA) said.
Polish Oil and Gas Company (PGNiG) has signed a long-term agreement to supply natural gas to steelmaker ArcelorMittal in Poland.
Failures at gas-fired power plants in New South Wales during a heatwave affecting eastern Australia at the beginning of February contributed to an overload in the electricity system in the state, according to a report of the Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO).
Injections of biomethane into the national gas grid rose 162% year on year in 2016 in France, standing at 215 GWh.
It emerged from a report published by grid operators Tigf, GrDF and GRTGaz, together with renewable and gas associations Ser and Spegnn.
Economic growth and an expanding population are going to pose a challenge for New Zealand from an energy perspective, requiring increased efforts in terms of both technology and policy, the International Energy Agency said.
In its latest New Zealand 2017 review of energy policies in the country, IEA stressed that despite New Zealand having long been “a global leader in developing effective energy markets, renewable energy and establishing robust policies for electricity security”, over the past decade its growing energy needs have “outpaced improvements in energy efficiency, mainly because of the country’s expanding economy and growing population.”
The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) is to provide financial support to help Latvian energy service companies (ESCOs) obtain long-term financing for energy efficiency upgrades.
ABB, through its venture capital unit ABB Technology Ventures, is investing in Canada-based Enbala Power Networks, a developer of software for managing power distribution networks.
GE is to supply a Jenbacher J316 gas engine for to Agrocam, a poultry hatchery in Douala, Cameroon.
The technology is to help the company address challenges related to long-term power outages, GE said, noting the “severe shortage of essential electrical infrastructure” being experienced in sub-Saharan Africa.
Siemens has received a $400 million order for five F-class gas turbines for a combined heat and power (CHP) plant in Saudi Arabia.
With a generating capacity of about 1,500 MW, the plant will supply about 400 MW of electricity and process steam to a new natural gas extraction plant in Fadhili, 100 km northwest of Dammam in the Eastern Province of the Kingdom, Siemens said.
A rebound in CO2 emission allowance prices in Europe in the second part of 2016 was among the factors contributing to the increase in competitiveness and output for gas-fired generation, according to Italy's Gestore Servizi Energetici (GSE).
Implementation of gas network codes by European countries as part of the gas regional initiative (GRI) showed a disconnect between progress in the south region and the south-southeast region, with the latter showing a somewhat slower progress in 2016.
It emerged from the Gas regional initiative status review report 2016 published in February by the Agency for the cooperation of energy regulators (ACER).