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Coal piles up at power plant as cheap natural gas wrecks Eastern #Kentucky ’s economy

Coal piles up at power plant as cheap natural gas wrecks Eastern Kentucky’s economy A utility that serves Eastern Kentucky and burns coal to produce electricity has sold $17.6 million worth of coal it didn’t need, offering yet another example of how the relatively low cost of natural gas has undermined the region’s economy. The … Continue reading Coal piles up at power plant as cheap natural gas wrecks Eastern #Kentucky ’s economy

Gas-fired Power Edging Closer to 40 percent of U.S. Generation mix, EIA says

Gas-fired Power Edging Closer to 40 percent of U.S. Generation mix, EIA says Natural gas-fired power plants will supply 37 percent of U.S. electricity generation this summer, putting it close to the industry record achieved last year. The U.S. Energy Information Administration’s July report forecasts that the gas-fired portion of the national electric power produced … Continue reading Gas-fired Power Edging Closer to 40 percent of U.S. Generation mix, EIA says

#PG-E Plans Largest-Ever Storage Project at 300 MW Natural Gas Plant

PG&E Plans Largest-Ever Storage Project at 300 MW Natural Gas Plant Pacific Gas and Electric Co. (PG&E) has filed plans with the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) to launch a 570 MW, four-project effort with lithium-ion batteries, the largest tied to an existing natural gas-fired generation plant at Moss Landing. A 300 MW battery is … Continue reading #PG-E Plans Largest-Ever Storage Project at 300 MW Natural Gas Plant

Winter 2017-2018 Cold Snap Has PJM Analyzing Natural Gas / Electric Contingencies

Winter 2017-2018 Cold Snap Has PJM Analyzing Natural Gas/Electric Contingencies Extreme cold weather in December and January has PJM Interconnection performing a contingency analysis of the relationship between its natural gas and electricity systems. The analysis was triggered by cold weather alerts issued on 10 days between Dec. 27 and Jan. 17, according to Brian … Continue reading Winter 2017-2018 Cold Snap Has PJM Analyzing Natural Gas / Electric Contingencies

PJM Auction Adds More Natural Gas Capacity Versus Year Ago

PJM Auction Adds More Natural Gas Capacity Versus Year Ago Natural gas continued to gain in PJM Interconnection’s annual capacity auction held this month. The auction cleared 1,000 MW more gas-fired generation than last year’s event, when 2,350 MW of gas-fired power cleared. Another new combined-cycle plant cleared in the latest auction, which procured power … Continue reading PJM Auction Adds More Natural Gas Capacity Versus Year Ago

Battery energy storage on verge of competing with natural gas, but questions remain

Battery energy storage on verge of competing with natural gas, but questions remain The degree to which energy storage can compete economically with natural gas peaking plants is still being determined, but better price signals are needed to incentivize the most cost-effective reliability solutions regardless of technology, experts and analysts said Monday. Related video: Platts … Continue reading Battery energy storage on verge of competing with natural gas, but questions remain

#Dominion ’s New Grid Plan Overlooks Energy Storage in Favor of Gas Peakers

Dominion’s New Grid Plan Overlooks Energy Storage in Favor of Gas Peakers While other utilities launch full-scale grid battery projects, Dominion calls for gigawatts’ worth of new gas peakers. High-tech grid resources that have become commonplace in some utility territories aren’t even considered in others. California utilities are already deploying energy storage in place of … Continue reading #Dominion ’s New Grid Plan Overlooks Energy Storage in Favor of Gas Peakers

We still don’t need #fracked_gas: New report shows ISO got it wrong

We still don’t need fracked gas: New report shows ISO got it wrong A new report shows that ISO-New England used unreasonable assumptions in its Operational Fuel Security Analysis released on January 17, 2018. ISO’s original analysis demonstrated “significant grid reliability issues and rolling blackouts under almost all scenarios studied.” But when the analysis was … Continue reading We still don’t need #fracked_gas: New report shows ISO got it wrong