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EIA : Wind to beat hydro as leading US renewable resource in next 2 years

EIA: Wind to beat hydro as leading US renewable resource in next 2 years Because the weather is hard to predict, so too are wind and hydro generation. “Because few new hydro plants are expected to come online in the next two years, hydroelectric generation in 2018 and 2019 will largely depend on precipitation and … Continue reading EIA : Wind to beat hydro as leading US renewable resource in next 2 years

January’s #cold_weather leads to record US natural gas demand, impacts generation mix

January’s cold weather leads to record US natural gas demand, impacts generation mix A recent analysis from the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) reported that the bomb cyclone weather event in January caused record levels of U.S. natural gas demand and increased wholesale natural gas and power prices across the country. The increased demand led … Continue reading January’s #cold_weather leads to record US natural gas demand, impacts generation mix

EIA Quantifies ‘Many Different’ Grid Functions Of Batteries

EIA Quantifies ‘Many Different’ Grid Functions Of Batteries Driven largely by installations over the past three years, the electric power industry has installed about 700 MW of utility-scale batteries on the U.S. electric grid, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA). As of October 2017, these batteries made up about 0.06% of U.S. utility-scale … Continue reading EIA Quantifies ‘Many Different’ Grid Functions Of Batteries

Higher coal and natural gas prices affect generator profitability, EIA report says

Higher coal and natural gas prices affect generator profitability, EIA report says Relative profits for some natural gas- and coal-fired generators in a number of Midwestern and Mid-Atlantic states have decreased since 2016 due to higher natural gas and coal prices and lower wholesale electricity prices, according to a recently released report from the U.S. … Continue reading Higher coal and natural gas prices affect generator profitability, EIA report says

EIA Data Reveals California’s Real and Growing #Duck_Curve

EIA Data Reveals California’s Real and Growing Duck Curve Midday solar surfeits, steep evening ramps, and the shifting of a state’s electricity demand-supply balance. We’ve covered the growth of the duck over the half-decade since the term was coined by California state grid operator CAISO, named after the shape of a grid with midday solar … Continue reading EIA Data Reveals California’s Real and Growing #Duck_Curve

Nuclear generation in April at lowest monthly level since April 2014, says EIA

Nuclear generation in April at lowest monthly level since April 2014, says EIA US Energy Information Administration (EIA) said that in March, and April, U.S. monthly electricity generation from utility-scale renewable sources exceeded nuclear generation for the first time since July 1984. What contributed to the rise? The report said it was “record generation from … Continue reading Nuclear generation in April at lowest monthly level since April 2014, says EIA

EIA : Natural gas, renewables squeeze nuclear capacity

EIA: Natural gas, renewables squeeze nuclear capacity Nuclear energy is reliable and its generation produces no carbon emissions, but EIA says the long-term outlook for the industry is dim. The plants “make up a disproportionately large share of generation compared with their share of electricity generating capacity,” EIA said in a research note. As more … Continue reading EIA : Natural gas, renewables squeeze nuclear capacity

EIA Predicts Nuclear Share of U.S. Generation to Fall Nearly 10% by 2050

EIA Predicts Nuclear Share of U.S. Generation to Fall Nearly 10% by 2050 In 2016, nuclear power accounted for about 20% of U.S. power generation, but that share is expected to fall to just 11% in 2050, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration’s (EIA’s) 2017 Annual Energy Outlook (AEO2017). According to the EIA, 25% … Continue reading EIA Predicts Nuclear Share of U.S. Generation to Fall Nearly 10% by 2050