Unabated growth in energy consumption prevails in Texas: The Lone Star State has consumed the most energy in every year since 1960, the earliest year for which EIA has data. By year-end it is estimated to exceed 12,998 trillion Btu. California ranked second, consuming about 8% of U.S. total energy use.
The Louisiana Public Service Commission has approved construction of the Lake Charles Power Station, a 994-MW combined-cycle gas power plant in Westlake. Entergy Louisiana called the Lake Charles CCGT is a “key element of its plan to provide the clean, efficient energy” – the operator also said expects to issue full notice to proceed to construction by August 1.
Entergy Louisiana has received approval from the Louisiana Public Service Commission to build a new natural gas-fired, combined-cycle power plant in St. Charles Parish.
Jan 27 – Energy Corp has fired up a new $655 million gas-fired unit at its Ninemile power plant in Westwego, Louisiana. The new unit, known as Ninemile 6, replaces the two oldest units at the facility, which have been retired.
June 13 –The U.S. city of Alexandria in Louisiana has contracted Wärtsilä to deliver and install a gas-fired power plant for long-term supply of 60 MW peaking power from seven 34SG engines.
The project – an extension of the D.G. Hunter Generating Station – comes shortly after Alexandria has become part of MISO, the Midwest Independent System Operator.
Franco-Belgian energy company GDF Suez has signed a 20 year agreement to supply 0.27 million tonnes per annum (mtpa) of LNG to Japanese utility Tohoku Electric to help meet growing gasneeds for power generation. Tohoku reported that electricity demand grew 1.2% year on year in March, reaching 7,164 GWh.
Finnish engine manufacturer Wärtsilä has been commissioned to supply seven of its 34SG gas-fired engines to power a plant in the southern U.S. state of Louisiana. The project will add 60 MW of fast-ramping flexible capacity to the existing D.G. Hunter Generating Station.
Proven reserves of natural gas in the U.S. dropped in 2012 as lower gas prices reduced the amount of economically recoverable gas available, according to new figures from the Energy Information Administration (EIA). In the first drop after 14 consecutive years of increases, proven reserves fell 7% to 323 trillion cubic feet (Tcf).
With power prices 30 percent below the US average, the predominately gas-powered state of Louisiana ranks second among US states for low-cost electricity, costing industry and consumers $0.069 per kilowatt-hour (kWh), statistics published by the Institute for Energy Research (IER) show.
US government approval for the Freeport LNG Terminal on Quintana Island, Texas to export LNG to countries with which the US does not have a Free Trade Agreement (FTA) have brought Japan a step closer to realising cheaper supplies of natural gas for power generation. Osaka Gas and Chubu Electric have already signed liquefaction tolling agreements with Freeport LNG, back in July 2012, to each acquire a 2.2mtpa production capacity of the first train at Freeport, potentially as early as in 2017.