The erosion of the Italy's gas use for power generation is forecast to intensify, leading to a 11.7 percent drop in market share by 2020 as the sector is squeezed by the growth in wind and solar power supply and low electricity demand in the prolonged recession, a paper authored by Dr. Anouk Honore, senior researcher at the Oxford Institute for Energy Studies (OIES) finds.
Scenarios calculated by the author, based on Italy's National Energy Strategy, forecast the use of gas in the power sector to drop from 30 Bcm in 2010 down to lows of 22.8 Bcm by 2020.
Loccioni, a developer of automated control systems, has launched a Smart Carbon project that allows operators of fossil power plants to monitor and regulating the coal combustion process to add economic value to operations and reduce their carbon footprint.
Two GE biogas engines have arrived onsite at Agrivert and Green Renewable Energy (GRE)'s £10 million, 2.4MWe biogas CHP plant in Wallingford, Oxfordshire in the UK. Clarke Energy has installed, commissioned the tested the engine's grid connection, making the upgraded plant ready for use.
Criticising the UK government's slow delivery of introduction capacity payments as part of a wider Electricity Market Reform (EMR), Tony Cocker, chief executive of E.on UK said "there needs to be greater transparency in discussion about the costs and implications of energy policy decisions."
What surprises forecasters at National Grid "is the segment of unabated coal generation, which has seen many coal plants close earlier than expected as they have already used up their allotted runtime hours," said Chris Train, Operations Director at National Grid. The British power transmission system operator had come up with three 2012 UK Energy Scenarios to evaluate the pathways towards meeting the country's renewable integration and carbon reduction targets.
A shortage of natural gas in Egypt and subsequent constraints in electricity supply over the last 4 months has forced the country's cement industry to reduce production by 20 percent. Peaking electricity use in the summer months is expected to aggravate the decline.
Financing setbacks have forced Alberta-based EmberClear Corp to push back the start of construction of a 300MW gas-fired combined-cycle power plant (CCPP) in in Good Spring, Tennessee. The operator had intented to sell the electricity produced at the proposed plant to the PJM Interconnection – the largest electric market in the US.
A combination of adding new fossil power generation capacity and upgrading the power grids and substations will help California's Independent System Operator (CASIO) meet peak electric demand this summer.
Siemens has won a contract to supply power plant components, including six F-class gas turbines, to the Korean engineering and procurement companies Daewoo E&C Co and Hyundai Engineering Co. that are building two combined cycle power plants (CCPPs) for Algeria's state-run energy provider Sociéte Algérienne de Production de l'Electricité (SPE).
Alstom's environmental measures, on both new plants and retrofits of existing power plant facilities, have helped its customers save a total of 207 million tonnes (mt) of carbon emissions annually over the last decade.
APR Energy, a global supplier of fast-track power solutions, has started commercial operation of its 200MW temporary power generation project in Uruguay, divided across two sites in La Tablada and Punta del Tigre.
As high-performance, newly built power plants are not running sufficiently to earn back investment, Lothar Balling, Siemens' Head of Gas Turbine Power Solutions, is calling on policy makers to change Germany's power market design and adopt capacity mechanisms. "Support for rapid response and reliable gas turbines and CCGTs are required to keep the power flowing," he said with reference to this year's motto of PowerGen Europe.