A power failure on Sunday plunged major cities in Pakistan, including the capital Islamabad, into darkness. Blackouts were caused by the breakdown of a key 500 kV power transmission line in the south of the country, carrying electricity from Hubco power plant.
Mexico aims to add a huge 66 GW of power capacity over the next 15 years, according to energy minister César Hernández. Natural gas is expected to provide 72% of the total electricity generated in Mexico by 2017, with supply set to come mostly from the U.S. via pipelines until the time when domestic reserves are fully developed.
The government of the Philippines has set aside $37 million to procure diesel oil for the 1,200 MW Ilijan combined cycle power plant, backing a switch from natural gas to liquid fuel. This rather unusual plant conversion is caused by depleting domestic gas supplies, so diesel has to be used to avert the risk of power shortages.
Atlantic Power Corp has struck a deal with the Ontario Power Authority and its successor, the Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO), to operate the Tunis power plant for a 15-years period, starting from November 2017. The contract requires the plant to end baseload power supply and to become fully dispatchable.
California-based Bloom Energy has reportedly raised an additional $130 million to fund expansion of its fuel cell technology, adding to the $1.2 billion raised earlier to develop its Energy Server system.
Peru's power utility EnerSur has placed an order with Siemens for three SGT6-5000F gas turbines to be installed in the project Nodo Energético del Sur - Planta N° 2. Start of commercial operation is scheduled for March 2017.
The North American Electric Reliability Corporation's (NERC) has declared a number of regions in the U.S. at risk of supply outages this winter due to demand increases but believes capacity should be sufficient to meet normal peak loads.
Two GE 7HA.02 gas turbines are set to replace three coal-fired units at the 55-years old Thomas H. Allen Fossil Plant to help the operator Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) meet emission reduction agreements with U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
Shortfalls of electricity during winter are set to continue in the New England power grid for the next three or four years. ISO-New England's head Gordon van Welie said the region faces at least three or for more winters in which gas pipeline constraints are likely to create volatility in the pricing of electricity and “serious reliability challenges.”
Mexico's Federal Electricity Commission (CFE) has awarded Spain's Abengoa a $1.55 billion contract to build and operate a 924 MW combined-cycle power plant in the northern Mexican border city of Ciudad Juárez as part of the Norte III project.
When integrating renewable energy sources into their conventional fleet, utilities should examine the costs and characteristics of flexibility options at hand. This can substantially reduce investment needs, said Jon Pietruszkiewicz, Project Manager, Black & Veatch.
French energy and construction conglomerate Bouygues has won a contract worth €100 million to design and build an 80 MW gas-fired power plant on the island of Gibraltar.
The transformation of the energy sector to meet low carbon policy objectives in OECD countries requires novel approaches to capacity planning and better geographic deployment of renewables, Bain & Company said in a report compiled on behalf of the World Economic Forum (WEF) ahead of the Davos summit in Switzerland.
Sigmar Gabriel, Germany's minister of economic affairs and energy, has joined Chancellor Angela Merkel in opposing proposals for capacity payments to prop up loss-making fossil power plants.