May 15, 2021
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first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Bloomberg:A boom in solar power is threatening to wipe out $1.4 billion a year of summertime revenue for fossil-fuel generators in Texas.Almost 15 gigawatts of solar power may crop up in the Lone Star state in the coming years, and every gigawatt stands to shave about $2.76 a megawatt-hour from wholesale electricity prices there when demand peaks in the summer, an analysis by Bloomberg New Energy Finance shows.This could end up dealing a major blow to fossil fuel-burning generators that rely on those peak prices to weather the lulls in demand through the rest of the year. The Texas market is “especially vulnerable to the impact of solar penetration because the region relies so heavily on a handful of high-priced hours each year—and because those hours tend to align with solar production,” BNEF analyst Joshua Danial said in the report.The looming threat to natural gas- and coal-fired plants in Texas mirrors the shifts that renewable energy has brought on in other markets.To be sure, the solar surge in Texas won’t happen overnight. BNEF projects 1.8 gigawatts of new solar capacity by 2020.More: New Solar Capacity A Major Threat To Texas Coal Generators New Solar Capacity a Major Threat To Texas Coal Generatorslast_img read more

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first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享The Wall Street Journal ($):Who is the world’s largest operator of wind and solar farms? It’s also America’s most valuable power company. Still stumped? It’s by design.“That is a marketing problem…that we foster intentionally,” Michael O’Sullivan, NextEra Energy Inc.’s head of renewable development, told University of Notre Dame students in 2015.NextEra has been careful to build sites only after it has customers lined up, avoiding debt problems that sank rivals such as SunEdison Inc. And it has assiduously avoided the kind of claims of altruistic motives that are common among some green-energy companies.NextEra, as America’s most valuable power company, has a market capitalization of $74 billion. In 2001, the company, formerly Florida Power & Light, was the 30th largest U.S. power company, with a $10.2 billion valuation. It said in 2017 federal filings it produced more megawatt-hours of electricity from wind and solar farms than any company in the world; regulatory documents suggest it is, indeed, a bigger wind and solar producer than its largest global competitors, in Europe and China.The way it captured the lead in the renewables market has allowed NextEra to grow despite the fact that the electricity industry has struggled with flat demand for power. The U.S. government expects power companies to generate $4.8 billion in renewable-energy tax credits this year, and NextEra is poised to be the largest generator of them, selling some to other corporations interested in lowering their tax bills and using the rest to shrink its own.More ($): How a Florida utility became the global king of green power NextEra quietly builds world’s largest renewable energy companylast_img read more

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first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Bloomberg:A report commissioned by the Energy Department failed to reach conclusions favoring the Trump administration’s efforts to prop up coal and nuclear power — and remains under wraps six months after submission.“The report hasn’t seen the light of day,” the principal author, Michael Webber tweeted on Friday: “In separate news, @WebberEnergy wrote a report on grid resilience w/ @INL for @energy but the report hasn’t seen the light of day, yet. One of its main conclusions is that on-site fuel storage (e.g. coal) isn’t a critical factor for resilience, rather it’s one of many factors.”The analysis by the University of Texas’s Webber Energy Group was delivered six months ago and debunks the administration’s primary argument for taking extraordinary measures to keep coal plants operating, Webber said. “The three points the report makes are useful and counter to the narrative — and squashed,” he said in an interview.Supporters argue that the unprecedented steps are needed to preserve the dependability of the power grid. They say gas-fired power plants rely on pipelines that are vulnerable to attack while coal and nuclear plants generally store fuel on site, making them more reliable.But the Webber analysis said on-site fuel is only one factor in judging the resilience of power generators. There are at least a dozen other considerations, including the reliability of individual facilities.Although the report was supposed to focus on the role power plants play in resiliency, Webber also noted bigger issues with transmission lines — the wires and poles that help deliver electricity. “Power plants aren’t the big problem,” Webber said.More: Study that failed to back Trump’s coal rescue plan is kept under wraps DOE keeps critical coal report under wrapslast_img read more

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first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Longview Daily News:In a potentially fatal blow to the Longview coal project, a federal judge Tuesday upheld the state of Washington’s denial of a key water quality permit for the $680 million export dock.Judge Robert Bryan of U.S. District Court in Tacoma dismissed claims by Lighthouse Resources and BNSF Railway that the permit denial preempted the Interstate Commerce Commission Termination Act and the Ports and Waterways Safety Act. Bryan found the companies failed to prove that the federal acts should have barred the state Department of Ecology from denying the water permit.Millennium began the permitting process for the coal terminal in 2012. The state denied its application for a water quality certificate in September 2017, pointing to “significant unavoidable adverse impacts” outlined in the Final Environmental Impact Assessment for the project. The state also said it didn’t have reasonable assurance that the terminal would meet applicable water quality standards.Lighthouse Resources sued Gov. Jay Inslee’s administration over the decision in January. Six coal-producing states — Montana, Wyoming, South Dakota, Utah, Kansas and Nebraska — intervened in the suit on behalf of Lighthouse and the railroad, alleging that Washington was blocking interstate commerce by blocking the project.Bryan’s decision is another in a string of setbacks for Millennium, which is in other legal tangles with the state over the project. In addition, last month the company cut 15 percent of its Longview staff and announced the retirement of its CEO, Bill Chapman.The terminal would be the largest on the U.S. West Coast and would ship 44 million tons of Rocky Mountain coal to Asia, requiring eight round trips to the terminal site at the old Reynolds Metals Co. aluminum plant. Millennium says it would create 1,000 construction jobs to build and about 130 workers to operate at full development.More: Federal judge dismisses more Millennium claims against state Proposed Washington state coal export terminal loses another court battlelast_img read more

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first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享New Haven Register:State utility regulators have given final approval of five long-term power purchase contracts that will provide Connecticut with 252 megawatts of renewable energy.The Connecticut Public Utilities Regulatory Authority approved the contracts late Wednesday. The 20-year contracts with Eversource Energy and United Illuminating include the state’s first-ever offshore wind power procurement as well as four fuel-cell projects. The projects approved by PURA will produce enough power to account for 4.6 percent of Connecticut’s annual power consumption.The so-called Revolution Wind project will produce 200 megawatts of electricity from a wind farm that will be built in federal waters about halfway between Montauk, N.Y., and Martha’s Vineyard. That’s enough electricity to power 100,000 Connecticut homes.Offshore construction of the Revolution Wind project will begin in 2022, It will begin operating a year later, according to officials with Orsted US Offshore Wind, which is building the project.Jeffrey Grybowski, co-chief executive officer of Orsted US Offshore Wind, said approval of the contracts for the project makes Connecticut “an important player in America’s offshore wind industry. We’re ready to make major investments in our local workforce and in the Port of New London to ramp up this project,” Grybowski said in a statement.More: Connecticut regulators approve contracts for renewable energy projects Connecticut regulators approve state’s first offshore wind projectlast_img read more

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first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享AL.com:Alabama Power Company announced Wednesday that it was permanently retiring the William Crawford Gorgas Electric Generating Plant in Walker County due to “federally driven environmental mandates.” The facility, usually just called Plant Gorgas, has generated electricity since 1917 on the banks of the Black Warrior River near the town of Parrish, and is currently operating three coal-fired units.A combination of stricter federal environmental laws, growing concerns about the legacy of coal ash ponds and low natural gas prices since the expansion of fracking techniques in the early 2010s have led to dramatic coal plant retirements in Alabama and across the country.Jim Heilbron, Alabama Power senior vice president and senior production officer, cited the environmental laws and coal ash concerns in a news release announcing the closure. Heilbron said in the news release that it could take an additional $300 million to operate the plant in compliance with the latest environmental mandates.Alabama Power spokesman Michael Sznajderman said that approximately 180 people are currently employed at Plant Gorgas, and that no layoffs are expected. He said some workers will continue on at the site “indefinitely” beyond the closure period and that the activities to close the coal ash pond at Gorgas will take “several years.” Sznajderman said other employees will have opportunities at other Alabama Power facilities, and some longtime employees may elect to retire.The Alabama Public Service Commission, the state government body charged with regulating Alabama Power and other utilities in the state, issued a statement blaming the closure on former President Barack Obama specifically, and liberals generally.After Gorgas’s three remaining coal units are retired, Alabama Power will be operating just seven coal-fired generating units at three plants across its entire fleet, down from 23 coal units at its peak. The other units have either been retired or converted to run on natural gas.More: Alabama Power to shutter coal plant, cites environmental laws Alabama utility to close Gorgas coal plant in Aprillast_img read more

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first_imgSoutheast Asia becoming a center for renewable energy development FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享The Asean Post:Technological innovations and favourable government policies are among the four trends expected to drive Southeast Asia’s transition to renewable energy in the coming years.A report published by global auditing firm KPMG on Tuesday titled ‘The Renewable Energy Transition’ noted that while there are still 70 million ASEAN citizens without access to reliable electricity, the potential for renewable energy is huge in those markets and governments are increasingly turning to solar and wind energy to address the issue. Consumers driving the green agenda forward and the entry of new funds into the ASEAN renewable energy market are two other trends identified in the report.Each of ASEAN’s 10 members have set targets for renewable energy, and technological innovations such as better solar power efficiency and floating solar panels means that renewable energy is now more accessible than ever before.The establishment of RE100 in 2014 – a collaborative, global initiative uniting more than 100 influential businesses committed to 100 percent renewable energy – is a prime example of how consumers are helping to boost demand for renewable energy, especially since commerce and industry use up two thirds of the world’s electricity. Among the companies in the group include Google, Microsoft, Coca Cola and IKEA – all of which have a strong presence in ASEAN.The Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA) released a report last August which showed that the Philippines – where an estimated 20 million people lack constant electricity supply and 12 million have none at all –  can reduce its electricity costs to just 2.50 Philippine pesos (US$0.05) per kilowatt-hour (kWh) by installing rooftop solar. By comparison, diesel costs 15 Philippine pesos (US$0.28) per kWh and coal costs 3.8 Philippine pesos (US$0.07) per kWh.“Solar, wind, run-of-river hydro, geothermal, biogas, and storage are competitive, viable domestic options that can be combined to create a cheaper, more diverse and secure energy system,” said Sara Jane Ahmed, an IEEFA energy finance analyst and the author of the report.More: ASEAN fast becoming a renewable energy hublast_img read more

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first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享RTO Insider:U.S. wind capacity grew another 8% last year, helping the industry support a record 114,000 jobs, more than 500 domestic factories and more than $1 billion a year in revenue for states and communities hosting wind farms.AWEA projects a “record amount” of wind generation to come online in the near future. It says more than 35 GW of capacity is either under construction or in advanced development across 31 states.Wind energy now stands at 96.4 GW of cumulative installed capacity, more than double what it was in 2010. AWEA says the United States now has enough installed wind energy to power more than 30 million homes. According to the report, wind energy now “reliably delivers” more than 20% of the electricity produced in six states: Iowa, Kansas, Maine, North Dakota, Oklahoma and South Dakota.[AWEA CEO Tom] Kiernan attributed the growth to corporate and industrial purchases of wind energy — 11.3 GW of clean wind energy because “Americans want it” — and utility purchase agreements.AWEA says if Texas were a country, it would rank fifth globally in wind energy capacity, with nearly 25 GW of installed capacity. Texas is home to about a quarter of the nation’s wind capacity, and the 7 GW of additional projects under construction or in advanced development is more wind than all but two other states have installed.More: AWEA: Another record-breaking year for wind industry AWEA sees ‘record amount’ of new wind capacity coming online in the next couple yearslast_img read more

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first_imgCoal trader tells industry low prices are here to stay for a while FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Reuters:Commodity trader Noble Group sees thermal coal prices coming under pressure over the next few years given an oversupply and waning demand from Europe where natural gas and renewables are gaining a greater market share, analyst Rodrigo Echeverri said on Monday.“The coal market in Europe is on a very steep decline from which it is not likely to recover,” he said. Futures prices for coal and natural gas also point to gas remaining as a more economical source of power generation, further depressing the outlook for coal.In South Korea, coal and gas generation have both lost ground to nuclear generation. Nuclear energy has climbed back up to 14,000 Gigawatt hours. The Korea Coal and Gas demand should decline 3.7% decline year on year against 2018. That would mean an approximately 9,205 Gigawatt hours less supply of electricity generated from coal.China’s imports look pessimistic in light of macro slow-down and strong domestic output. Construction activity was very strong last year, but it is starting to slow-down again.India remains one of the few potential growth areas in the market. Power generation is growing at twice the rate of China.“Because of the magnitude of the oversupply” all coal producers have to consider cutting back output, Echeverri told participants at the Coaltrans conference in Indonesian island of Bali.More: Noble Group sees lower coal prices for next few yearslast_img read more

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first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Saur Energy International:In the efforts to achieve greater energy security, the Government of Pakistan through its Alternative Energy Development Board (AEDB) has signed implementation agreements and guarantees direct agreements with 11 wind independent power producers (IPPs) for 560 MW of new wind energy capacity to serve the Pakistan grid.These projects would provide more than 1.8 billion units of clean energy annually. The projects were agreed with the help of the private sector and development finance institution (DFIs) including the International Finance Corporation (IFC), CDC, FMO, and ICD, amongst others.Six out of eleven wind projects are financed by the IFC, which on November 15, signed agreements to finance the so-called Super Six project portfolio with USD 450 million in debt. Those power plants, with a combined capacity of 310 MW, will be installed in the Jhimpir wind corridor in Sindh province and will be able to generate enough electricity to cover the annual needs of 450,000 homes while offsetting around 650,000 tonnes of CO2 emissions annually, IFC said in a separate statement. It will provide some USD 86 million in funds from its own account and USD 234 million mobilised from other lenders.The government agency, which is tasked with promoting renewables installation in Pakistan, has signed the agreements for 560 MW wind capacity to help with the country’s objective of having 30 percent renewables nationally by 2030 and cutting its dependence on fossil fuel imports.In September, the Asian Development Bank (ADB) had decided to shortly approve a loan worth USD 350 million for reforms and financial sustainability programmes that aim to address fiscal, governance, technical and policy deficits in the Pakistan energy sector. These deficits have adversely impacted the sector’s quality and efficiency of services, and the sustainability of energy infrastructure and finances, thereby challenging Pakistan’s fiscal balance and macroeconomic stability.More: Pakistan signs deal for 560 MW of new wind energy capacity Pakistan signs deals for 560MW of new wind powerlast_img read more

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