Dirty king coal is still on track to surpass natural gas generation for 2017, with total shares of almost 32 % and 31%, respectively, the latest short-term energy outlook from the Energy Information Administration (EIA) shows. That near-tie comes after natural gas generated 34% of the nation’s electricity needs in 2016, with coal finishing at 30%.
Turning his back on former President Obama’s clean energy aspirations, the new FERC chairman Neil Chatterjee calls for coal to be “properly compensated” for baseload power and “recognized as an essential part of the fuel mix.” Asserting his commitment to the “resilience and reliability” of the US electric system, he said in a podcast released by FERC this week that ensuring security of supply would merit keeping even uneconomic coal and nuclear power plants operational. “These are essential to national security,” he claimed.
A tender for the procurement of LNG for 500 MW decentralized power in Indonesia will be opened by Singapore in due course. Maritime minister Luhut Pandjaitan announced the LNG cargoes will be shipped to small-scale, decentralized power plants (25-50 MW) in seven locations in close proximity to Singapore.
Aluminium Bahrain (Alba), one of the world’s largest aluminum producers, has raised financing for a 1,792 MW combined-cycle gas turbine power plant in Bahrain – supported by GE Energy Financial Services. SERV, a Swiss Export Credit Agency (ECA), agreed to back $310.4 million and €314.3 million loans with reinsurance from BpiFrance and Italy’s SACE.
Aug 4 – Italy’s Ansalso Energia has won a service agreement for the Glow Energy Phase-5 gas power plant, some 200km southeast of the Thai capital Bangkok. The 328 MW plant produces electricity and also up to 160 tonnes/hour of process steam that gets used by local industries.
Plans for another FRSU with 17 mtpa regas capacity and an onshore LNG terminal show the government of Bangladesh “is clearly in support to boost its LNG supply,” Wood Mackenzie comments. Already, private capital is being attracted to this sector with Summit Power, Reliance Power and Petronet looking to invest in these terminals.
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.
C600S, Capstone’s signature microturbines, will provide decentralized electricity for an American oil & gas driller in the Ohio Utica Shale region. The onsite power unit will be commissioned in October. “As crude oil trades near two-month highs on the back of the reported drop in U.S. stockpiles, we are seeing increased activity in the U.S. shale market,” commented Darren Jamison, Capstone’s president and CEO.
Falling costs for renewables and energy storage will squeeze out gas-fired generation in South Australia as early as 2025, Wood Mackenzie and GTM Research find. By then, wind, solar and battery costs are seen decline by 15%, 25% and 50% respectively – hence they offer a “lower cost alternative” to CCGTs, which cover the bulk of South Australia’s base load power today.
At events, particularly major sporting shows, there is need to fast-track power solutions and maintain a stable, continuous supply. RnRMarketResearch has singled out the sector as the growth driver for rental power solution: Expanding at over 8% per annum, the global power rental market is estimated to be worth $20.64 billion by 2022.