Intermittency issues of wind and solar power supply are feared to jeopardize the stability of the U.S. power grid. To remedy this issue scientist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have developed an “air-breathing” battery storage that, at the cheapest, run about $100 per kilowatt hour (kWh) and function only in certain locations.
US manufacturers Koch Industries and Dow Chemical are lobbying against the plan of Energy Secretary Rick Perry to subsidize nuclear and coal as a fuel for power generation. In a letter to Congress, manufacturers dismissed the Department of Energy’s (DoE) plan as “anti-competitive” and said it could distort or “destroy competitive wholesale electricity markets and increase the price of electricity to all consumers.”
Events like major hurricanes lay bare the fragility of utility infrastructure and the value of adopting onsite distributed generation. With the resiliency of microturbines, most Capstone customers in the U.S. experienced minimal downtime, if any at all, and kept powering through Hurricane Harvey, Irma and now Maria.
The US Department of Energy (DoE) has announced to grant $50 million in funding for projects aimed at strengthening grid resiliency in the face of storms and cyberattacks. The lion’s share of the funds, or $33 million, is reserved for seven projects from the Modernization Laboratory Consortium (GMLC).
Banks are reluctant to give Nigeria’s Egbin Power new loan facilities as the utility is burdened with substantial debt. The company has been seeking to refinance N125 billion ($352bn) it owes to the Federal Government and now wants to raise another $1.2 billion to expand the Egbin Power plant by up to 1,500 MW by 2020.
“Market designs may be inadequate” to keep “traditional” power generation online, cautions a long-awaited report by the Department of Energy (DoE) on the security of the U.S. power grid. To alleviate risks, the study calls on regulators to facilitate easier permitting for coal, nuclear and hydropower plants.
Tenet, the Dutch-German transmission system operator, has handed a $39 million contract to ABB to to supply a stabilization solution that will enhance the reliability and quality of power as the grid absorbs more renewable energy. Germany’s “Energiewende” roadmap targets at least 80% renewable energy by 2050.
UK Power Reserve said it is “on track to deliver its 2014 capacity market obligations” with nine power stations built so far in 2017 and another nine set for completion by the end of the year. Once all 18 are commissioned and fully operational, UKPR will contribute 364MW of fast-ramp, flexible gas generation to the UK power grid.
National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) is collaborating with GE to deploy a 500kV power transmission backbone – as additional outgoing circuits from Hermosa to San Jose that will allow simultaneous maximum dispatch of existing power plants. Due for completion by Q4-2018, the project is meant to enhance the reliability of power supply to the Luzon grid.
Chung Hsin Electric & Machinery (CHEM), a Chinese EPC company, has ordered two MAN 51/60 gensets with selective catalytic reduction that will add 24.5 MW to the generating capacity to the Ta-Shan power plant in Taiwan. The plant, currently at 64 MW, is meant to operate with expanded capacity in the second half of 2018.