Auto-producers of combined heat and power (CHPs) in Germany are adamantly opposing a government proposal that would have them pay up to 70% of the renewable energy levy under the EEG law. A counterproposal by the Green Party, supported by the industry, suggests auto-producers should merely pay a 20% of the EEG levy which is imposed on all power producers to support Germany's Energiewende policy, Aldi Goldbach, founder of the German CHP association 'KWK kommt' told a conference in Brussels today.
The economic potential for new CHP in the Netherlands ranges between 2.3 – 3.4 GWe in 2020, assuming CO2 prices between 15-50 €/t, according to a report commissioned by the Ministry of Economic Affairs. However, a triple whammy of unfavourable gas spark spread, a lack of stimulus from EU ETS and the absence of a comprehensive Dutch CHP or energy efficiency policy are hampering investment in new CHP installations.
A move to apply “export-parity pricing” for natural gas sales in Nigeria is being planned by the government for 2016 in a bid to boost output from gas-fired power plants in the country, according to the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC).
Growing demand for power in Oman is set to drive gas consumption to 10 billion cubic metres (bcm) per year by 2020 from a current level of 6.7 bcm, according to the state-run power company Oman Power and Water Procurement Company (OPWP).
Reviewing the EU Energy Efficiency Directive by July, the Commission is likely to set more stringent targets after the European parliament voted for 40% improvements in efficiency by 2030. "The parliament is expecting an ambitious energy efficiency target from us," Mechthild Wörsdörfer, Director Energy Policy at DG Energy said in Brussels today.
Keen to boost functionality of the European Emission Trading System (EU ETS) to promote low-carbon generation, Siemens Energy Sector CEO Michael Süss has suggested a CO2 price floor of €15/t and a ceiling of €45/t from 2020, rising to €50/t and €100/t by 2035.
Enefield, a partially EU-funded trial – worth over €26-million – is placing 1,000 micro fuel cell CHP units in homes across Europe. Led by the Brussels-based cogeneration association COGEN Europe, Enefield aims to have a residential CHP product ready for wide-scale commercialisation before 2017.
French equipment manufacturer Alstom has secured a €400 million contract to build the 740 MW Zubair gas-fired power plant, near Basra in southern Iraq. The turnkey project will be delivered for Eni Iraq B.V and will feature four high reliability GT13E2 gas turbines.
A pioneering $3.5 billion U.S. coal-gasification plant generated only 1% of its power capacity in February due to ongoing technical issues with equipment, according to project developer Duke Energy. The 618 MW plant is one of the world's largest coal-gasification plants and can also run on natural gas.