Since the start of the February billing cycles, customers of the Dominion Energy subsidiary SCE&G are enjoying a 15% drop in their expenses for electricity. Dominion had to commit to lower energy bills to get approval from South Carolina’s state regulators for the $7.9 billion SCANA takeover.
The Italian utility A2A Group has contracted GE to deploy hardware and software solutions at its Chivasso, Sermide, Cassano and Monfalcone power plants with a combined capacity of 3,420 MW. A Predix upgrade at the 1,179-MW Chivasso plant allows the operator to start up the facility in a range from 90 to 120 minutes in every condition.
State-owned utility Taiwan Power Company (Taipower) has signed two non-binding LNG supply deals, seeking to start shipments from 2023. The imported fuel is designated for Taipower’s combined-cycle gas power project at Taichung, where unit 1 of 2 is scheduled to start up in early 2024.
Electricity consumption in the United States will continue to grow but at a slower pace than in recent years, the EIA forecasts, as global trade tension have an adverse effect on economic growth and reduce electricity demand from the manufacturing sector. Though net U.S. electricity output rose 4% last year to a record high of 4,178 million MWh, the EIA attributes this to a one-off weather related effect.
Caterpillar Energy Solutions’ new Cat G3512 generator series set is now EPA-certified for use at 1 g/bhp-hr NOx emissions. Rated for standby or continuous power at 750 ekW, or 1000 ekW at 60 Hz, the new genset series conforms to ISO 8528-5 G3 load acceptance criteria, improving transient and steady state performance.
The American family-owned independent power producer NOVI Energy has selected two GE’s 7HA.02 gas turbines to drive its Charles City combined-cycle power plant. The 1,100-MW project is planned for construction in Charles City County, Virginia.
Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority (PREPA) has agreed with NFEnergía, the local New Fortress Energy affiliate, to supply LNG and convert Units 5&6 of the San Juan power plant. The diesel-to-gas conversion of these two combined-cycle power units is expected to generate about $750 million in fuel cost savings.
Edison has signed a 300 million Euros contract with Ansaldo Energia to create a new H-class GT36 gas turbine for use in combined-cycle mode at the Marghera Levante power station, striving to turn it into the most efficient plant in Europe. The new turbine will have a total capacity of 780 MW and an energy performance of 63%.
Fortress Transportation and Infrastructure Investors has selected GE’s HA gas turbine technology for its Long Ridge Energy Generation project in Hannibal, Ohio. Kiewit Power Constructors will break ground on the project immediately, as the 458-MW plant is due for completion by November 2021.
Alarmed by an air pollution crisis in Seoul and other key cities, the South Korean government is proposing measures to help utilities to convert their power plants from coal to natural gas in order to reduce worsening levels of toxic fine dust and mercury emissions in Seoul and other northern cities.
South Korean conglomerate Hynix has announced plans to invest over 1.68 trillion won ($1.49 billion) to build LNG-fuelled power stations adjacent to its semiconductor plants in Icheon, Gyeonggi Province, and Cheongju, North Chungcheong Province. The two plants are scheduled to start up by 2022.
Norway’s state energy group Statkraft says its new 1GW virtual power plant (VPP) in Britain will help bridge the intermittency challenge and aims to double capacity by the summer. Connecting gas engine-driven power units, energy storage and renewables, the VPP can react to market demand within seconds.
The Swiss equipment manufacturer ABB has expanded its portfolio of source-to-socket electrification following its $2.6 billion acquisition of GE Industrial Solutions. ABB said the takeover helps boost its competitiveness in the North American market and strengthens its position in electrification.
U.S. Democrats have voiced concern that Andrew Wheeler, the new head of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), will undermine the Obama-era Clean Power Plan by rolling back regulation on power plant emissions. President Trump-nominee Wheeler was instated at the top of the EPA after winning a vote in the Senate by 52-47.
Striving to achieve universal electricity access, utilities invested $500 million globally in off-grid energy access last year. Though investments in energy access grew another 22% in 2018, after surging 37% the year before, Wood Mackenzie says “total volumes still fall well short of the estimated financing needed to reach universal electricity access globally by 2030.”