Enhanced energy efficiency, putting a realistic price on carbon emissions and greater research and development of low-carbon energy production are what the International Energy Agency (IEA) singles out as 'imperatives' for producing electricity in a climate-constrained world.
A decision to re-start generation at the 1,967-megawatt Dabhol power plant will be taken later today. "We hope to restart with at least a pair of turbines," a Ratnagiri Gas and Power Private (RGPPL) spokesman told Gas to Power Journal.
The energy industry in Europe still has to come to grips with "substantial challenges" Vattenfall's CEO Øystein Løseth said today, after posting a record 7.3% increase in the group's electricity generation in 2012.
The U.S. Department of Energy (DoE) and the Treasury have made available $150 million in Advanced Energy Manufacturing Tax Credits for clean energy and energy efficiency manufacturing projects. The gas industry, however, criticizes President's Obama's 'all-of-the-above approach' to American energy sources.
GE's trailer-mounted, TM2500+ aeroderivative gas turbine – dubbed "Power Plant on Wheels" - has been selected for Evolution Well Services' onsite unconventional gas demonstration project in Canada.
Competition for gas supplies between electric power producers and industrial end-users is forecast to rise in the U.S. amid shrinking domestic production growth and a downward trend in net imports, analysts from PIRA energy group said.
Deployment of carbon capture storage (CCS) technology is 'vital' for gas to remain classified as a low-carbon fuel and will allow for more coal and gas to be used for power generation than without CCS, Sean McCoy, analyst at the International Energy Agency (IEA) told Gas to Power Journal.
Developing a blueprint for an EU-wide capacity remuneration mechanism (CRM) is "premature", Eurelectric said, suggesting that, if developed, CRM should guarantee the availability of peak-load capacity and not promote flexibility.
Seattle-based Summit Power Group and German technology company Linde have teamed up to develop commercial-scale natural gas-fired power plants that will capture up to 90% of carbon emissions.
Operators of power plants in Germany are facing a classic 'prisoner's dilemma' in economic terms and should prefer upgrading less efficient thermal capacity over plant closures which would let competitors enjoy higher returns, says IHS advisory services.
Electricite de France (EdF) is close to entering a deal with the Cambodian government to build a gas-fired power plant at the country's coast, adjacent to Total's offshore hydrocarbon block in disputed waters.
Sales of gas turbine inlet filters is forecast to rise to over $400 million this year, amid a surge in new-builds and coal-to-gas power plant conversions in U.S., spurred by record low gas prices. The gas segment will account for 6% of the $7 billion air filter market, McIlvaine analysts estimate.
Inlet air filters protect the high speed elements within the gas turbine from excessive wear. "As turbine performance has increased, so has the need to remove smaller and smaller particles," analysts stated in the Air Filtration and Purification World Markets report.
Ratnagiri Gas & Power Private Ltd (RGPPL) in India had to again stop producing electricity at its Dahbol power plant (1,967 MW) due to inadequate gas supplies, however an official was quick to say that the plant closure would not led to load-shedding.
To help cash-strapped operators of gas-fired power plants, Jürgen Tzschoppe, managing director at Statkraft Markets has called for capacity payments of as much as €15/kW per year as a 'temporary solution'.
Wärtsilä has won an order to supply generating sets and auxiliary equipment for new gas-fired power plant being build on behalf of the Portland General Electric Company, an investor owned utility.