The market for small scale generation in Asia Pacific is set to grow by 48% between 2013 and 2016 as increasing pressure on electricity grids spurs investment in localised gas and diesel-fired power solutions, according to Himoinsa, a Spanish manufacturer of reciprocating engines. "China, South Korea, Bangladesh, Myanmar, Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia and Australia are posting the highest demand for gas generators due to a huge lack of energy and rising per capita costs," Manuel Aguilera, sales support engineer for Himoinsa, told Gas to Power Journal.
Labour and the Green Party have criticised the central role of senior UK energy industry executives in shaping capacity mechanisms due to be launched as part of the Electricity Market Reform (EMR) but the Department for Energy and Climate Change (DECC) described the knowledge and expertise of such secondees as "vital" to the policy making process.
Natural gas is the cheapest and most widely used fuel in Russia, exceeding 70% of the of fuel balance of thermal power producers in Russia. However, regulated prices distort the generating mix, GCE-Group president and CEO Aleksander Moskalenko warned regulated prices distort the market and pose a risk to security of energy supply.
Up to 30 gigawatts of Japan’s mothballed nuclear power plants are expected to restart in 2014, displacing demand for natural gas power. “The power companies have actually already applied to restart 12 reactors with a total capacity of 11.2 GW, and others will come up over the next year or two no doubt,“ says Niall Trimble, managing director of the Energy Contract Company.
A staggering 96% of 22-gigawatt (GW) of planned combined cycle gas turbine (CCGT) projects in the UK have been cancelled or postponed as owners wait to see whether the economic and policy environment become "more favourable", according to Ernst & Young's 'Powering the UK 2013' report. The majority of gas-fired power in the country is deemed "increasingly un-economic to build and operate."
Turkey's current-account deficit is forecast to exceed $60 billion by year-end, propelled up by rising cost for energy imports. Keen to curb oil-indexed gas imports and reacting to a lack of spare capacity in import pipelines, the Turkish government is backing new nuclear power and incentivises the use of domestic lignite, instead of gas, as the fuel of choice for new power projects.
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has announced plans to integrate a concentrating solar power (CSP) plant at the existing 500-megawatt (MW) Cosumnes gas-fired power plant in California with the aim to expand output by 10 MW. The project will be led by the Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD) and is part of the DOE's strategy to build a diverse range of hybrid energy systems.
A greater reliance on gas instead of coal as a fuel for power generation has helped to slowdown the increase in global carbon emissions to just 1.1% in 2012, a new report from the Dutch Environmental Assessment Agency (PBL) shows. The findings, published as part of the organisation's "2013 Trends In Global CO2 Emissions" report, call the slowdown "remarkable" and singled out the changing energy mix in China and the U.S. are key factors for declining emission levels.