A new report from the Oxford Institute of Energy Studies (OIES) suggests that Mexico’s energy reforms are overly optimistic in the short term and proposes an alternative commercialisation path for the Comision Federal de Electricidad (CFE). The report suggests CFE should be retained as a state-owned enterprise but limited to serving household customers below a certain annual demand at regulated prices.
Within weeks, U.S. President Barack Obama's administration is set to unveil emission limits for operational fossil power plants, in a move that might hurt fellow Democrats who are running for election in energy-producing states. But Obama can't hold off as he wants to get the cornerstones of his policy to curb climate change enshrined in law before he leaves office.
As gas-fired plants are hit by shrinking spark spreads and decreasing load factors, industry association Eurelectric warns that widespread shutdown may lead to a lack of sufficient gas back-up capacity. Steve Rose, Chairman of Eurelectic's working group 'Gas to Power' called on policy makers to put "the right conditions in place to ensure that gas can support the further growth of variable renewables."
A day after the U.S. Supreme Court voted in new regulation to limit pollution crossing state borders, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has moved to close a contentious coal-fired power plant. The San Juan Generating Station in New Mexico is located in the Four Corners region at the juncture of New Mexico, Colorado, Arizona and Utah.
Two nuclear power projects in Turkey, once operational, are estimated to help the government save $7.2 billion by reducing gas imports by one-third in addition to generating 32% of the country's electricity. The government is keen to fast-track a Rosatom-led reactor in Akkuyu, Mersin province, and aims to realise a further reactor on the Black Sea cost through a Japanese-French consortium by 2023.
Mounting pressure is placed on the U.S. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to enact reforms in East and Midwest power transmission areas to create stronger capacity markets to strengthen electric grid reliability. Industry has been pushing for regulatory changes ahead of the next base residual power auctions on May 12.
The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has recognized the key role played by combined heat and power (CHP) in reducing greenhouse gas emissions from energy supply. Industry association COGEN Europe consequentially calls on EU member states to reconsider cuts in national support schemes for cogeneration.
Power producers in the United States like American Electic Power, Duke Energy and Southern Co. must abide by federal limits on mercury and other power plant plants, a U.S. appeals court ruled, upholding the EPA's Mercury and Air Toxic Standards (MATS) regulation that was heavily criticized by the industry.
Dangerous levels of greenhouse gas emissions could be mitigated by replacing existing carbon-intensive coal plants with modern gas-fired combined cycle plants, according to new findings from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). The report shows that gas power generation without CCS acts as a bridge technology towards greater renewable energy use with the aim of achieving 450 ppm CO2eq concentrations by 2100.
Japanese ministers voted today to reinstate some of the country's nuclear power plants in a bid to reduce crippling gas import costs for power producers. The government made no comment on how many plants will be restarted, but the new plan is hoped to alleviate the estimated $50 billion losses incurred by nuclear operators as they have been forced to switch to costly fossil fuel imports.