E.on, Europe's second largest power producer, has set up new venture-capital activities through co-investments in start-up companies like Munich-based Orcan Energy and California-based Bloom Energy with a view to exploring distributed and smart energy solutions.
Policy makers in Texas have signed new legislation into law with the aim of increasing cogeneration capacity in the state as an emergency power source in the event of a hurricane.
Long Island's gas-fired power plants and commercial gas consumers in New York are expected to receive much-needed shipments of natural gas if a new pipeline is approved from Port Ambrose – a deepwater LNG port import facility off New York's coast. New Long Island gas-fired projects "may be developed in the future," forecast project developer Liberty Natural Gas.
GE has been contracted to supply four LM2500+G4 aeroderivative gas turbine packages to Mitsui Ocean Development & Engineering Co. Ltd. to use on an FPSO destined for offshore Brazil.
Asia's rising hunger for coal and US power producers shifting from coal to gas has propelled up exports volumes of US coal to reach a record high in March 2013, totalling13.6 million short tons (mt), or nearly 0.9mt above the previous monthly export peak in June 2012.
The introduction of a capacity mechanism is not absolutely necessary to spur the building of new gas-fired power plants in the UK, Clare Duffy, General Manager UK at the Irish utility Electricity Supply Board (ESB) told Gas to Power Journal in an interview.
"ESB has always been equivocal about the need for a capacity mechanism in the GB market and has demonstrated that investments can be made in the absence of a capacity mechanism through our investments in Carrington CCGT," she said.
Norway's Statoil and Stadtwerke Düsseldorf have signed a 15-year gas supply agreement for the latter's upcoming 600-MW combined-cycle gas turbine power plant (CCGT) in Lausward near Düsseldorf, Germany. Deliveries of natural gas are planned to start in 2016.
GE is celebrating "20 years of powering progress around the world" as its LM6000 aeroderivative gas turbine that achieved more than 26 million operating hours.
The US president's Office of Management and Budget (OMB) has raised its estimate of the social cost of carbon emissions by 59% percent in a move likely to impact policy decisions favouring the use of natural gas over coal as a fuel for fossil power plants in the United States.
Dehumidification is key for keeping a mothballed power station operationally ready while protecting it from corrosion or degradation during its temporary closure, says Carl Webb who worked with Andrews Sykes when Barking Power Ltd. temporarily closed one 500MW unit at its gas-fired power plant.
Siemens has delivered and implemented an SGT5-PAC 2000E package for a 225-megawatt power plant unit and a SCC5-PAC 4000F/3000 package for the 385-MW combined-cycle unit of Bangladesh's second largest power station, operated by the Ashuganj Power Station Company Ltd. (APSCL).
With power prices 30 percent below the US average, the predominately gas-powered state of Louisiana ranks second among US states for low-cost electricity, costing industry and consumers $0.069 per kilowatt-hour (kWh), statistics published by the Institute for Energy Research (IER) show.