UK energy regulator has revised legislation governing the use of biogas in non-domestic power generation. The UK’s Office of Gas and Electricity Markets (Ofgem) published the changes which increase biogas capacity limits for on-site combustion at scales above 200 kW, large biomass projects and biomass combined-heat-and-power (CHP).
The federal government of Nigeria has set up an emergency committee tasked with ensuring the country receives 6,000 MW of power supply by December. Nigeria has a total nameplate capacity of over 13,000 MW, of which 70% is gas-fired, however, supply shortages mean that actual power output in 2013 was only 3,563 MW.
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.