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Energy storage is out competing backup gas power to provide peaking power in some markets within California. A total of 264 MW was selected by utility Southern California Edison (SCE) in recent tenders as strict air-pollution controls make gas peaking plants more expensive than batteries in some cases.

Finnish engine developer Wärtsilä has won a contract to supply 11 industrial power plants in Russia on behalf of the Eurocement group. The plants will feature a total of 36 of Wärtsilä’s 34SG engine.

Israeli energy company AORA is planning to develop a new hybrid gas-solar power plant plants in Ethiopia. The plant relies on the company’s Tulip technology, which utilises 100kWe modular base units.

The UK’s first capacity auctions have concluded with provisional results release by the Department for Energy and Climate Change (DECC). The government confirmed it has procured 49.26GW of capacity at a clearing price of £19.40kW.

Energy firm GDF Suez has announced plans to build a new 375 MW gas plant in Mejillones, Chile along with transmission infrastructure and LNG supply via its subsidiary company E-CL. The agreement is part of a 15 year contract with Chile’s central electricity operator SIC which will see E-CL deliver 5,040 GWh per year from 2018.

Japan’s Nuclear Regulation Authority (NRA) has preliminarily approved the restart of nuclear capacity in the country, potentially reducing demand for gas power. The authority approved restart of 1,740 MW of capacity at units 3 and 4 of the Takahama nuclear power plant in the Fukui prefecture.

Official data released by the UK’s Department of Energy & Climate Change (DECC) shows that the natural gas provided 36.6% of electricity generation by major power producers in for the 3 month period from August to October, as compared to coal at 28.7%.

Turbine manufacturer Rolls-Royce has opened a new gas turbine testing centre at Filton, Bristol, U.K. The new facility includes a WR-21 Test Cell, and will service and test both WR-21 and MT30 gas turbines.

Mozambique’s state oil and gas company ENH has signed a two year contract for the supply of natural gas to the Ressano Garcia power plant, the largest power plant in the country.

Finnish power plant developer Wärtsilä has won a contract to supply three of its 34SG engines to expand capacity at the Goodman Energy Center in Kansas. The extension will increase capacity from 75 MW to 104 MW and is expected to be complete by October 2015.

Pakistani power producer K-Electric has announced plans to convert two gas plants in the country to combined cycle at a cost of $100 million. The proposed upgrade work on the two open cycle plants is part of a $2 billion investment strategy by the firm.

Japanese power plant developer Mitsui & Co has acquired a 44% stake in Myanmar firm Myanmar Power Pte Ltd (MPPL) with a view to expanding its presence in the developing country.

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Gas power accounts for 42% of capacity at Southern Company

Dec 22 - U.S. energy firm Southern Company has seen gas power increase in importance to account for 42% of its installed capacity.

The company cited the "cheap availability of natural gas following the shale boom" in recent years as a driving factor for greater adoptance. 

Pakistan marks coal-to-gas milestone at UCG

Dec 22 - Pakistan has produced the first gasified coal from its novel Underground Coal Gasification (UCG) plant. The UCG plant is set to start producing power from gas created from the Thar Coal field in April 2015.

Rosneft and Transneft sign ESPO agreement

Dec 19 - Rosneft and Transneft have signed a long-term Tariff Agreement to develop the East Siberia Pacific Ocean (ESPO) pipeline project.

The ESPO pipeline is currently under construction and will deliver 8 Mt/year of oil to the Komsomolsk Refinery. The commissioning of the first pipeline section is targeted for late 2018.

Regulators to hold vote on Wisconsin Energy Corp

Dec 19 - State energy regulators in Wisconsin are to retain their previous timeline for voting on Wisconsin Energy Corp.'s bid to become one of the largest utility companies in the Midwest.

Customer groups and large manufacturers had put pressure on the regulator to delay the vote.

DECC cuts biomass subsidies in UK

Dec 18 - The UK government is set to reduce subsidies for certain biomass energy projects in a bid to prevent budget overspend.

Changes to the Renewable Obligation (RO) scheme are likely to affect co-firing plants, according to the Department for Energy and Climate Change (DECC).

Siemens utilizes superconductors for grid development

Dec 18 - Technology conglomerate Siemens has announced plans to use superconductors to build next-generation power grid prototypes in Augsburg Siemens is installing a superconducting fault current limiter (SFCL) of the so-called resistive type at Stadtwerke Augsburg, the municipal utility in Augsburg, Germany.

InterGen start operations at Altamira gas station

Dec 17 - Energy firm InterGen has started transporting up to 1.3 billion cubic feet per day (BCFD) of natural gas in Mexico’s pipeline system via its Altamira Compression Station in Altamira.

The 40,000 horsepower (HP) compression station is located in Tamaulipas, Mexico.

 

PG&E demonstrates grid-scale battery system

Dec 17 - Califronian utility PG&E is set to demonstrate a novel grid-scale battery system at its Smart Grid Lab in San Ramon, California.

The system was developed by Eos Energy Storage and supprted by a $2.1 million award from the California Energy Commission.

National Grid selects three plants for SBR

Dec 16 - National Grid, the UK's transmission operator, has chosen two power plants owned by Centrica and one owned by Corby Power for its Supplemental Balancing Reserve (SBR) system.

The Centrica plants are the South Humber Bank facility and Barry facility along with the Corby plant operated by Corby Power.

Hitachi forms HVDC partnership with ABB

Dec 16 - Japanese technology firm Hitachi is to form a partenrship with Swiss firm ABB to develop strategic power solutions for the High Voltage Direct Current (HVDC) market in Japan.

The new joint venture will be based in Tokyo andwill be responsible for the design, engineering, supply and after-sales services related to the DC system of HVDC projects.

Eskom completes Commissioning Peer Review

Dec 15 - South Africa's Eskom has comlpeted its Commissioning Peer Review at the Medupi, Kusile and Ingula sites.

The reviews were conducted with VGB Tech and focused on the analysis of schedules, project structures, human resources and sequencing in the area of commissioning. 

Eaton launches new CSM 02 multi-analysis system

Dec 15 - Power management company Eaton has introduced its new CSM 02 multi-analysis system to help measure contiminants in hydraulic and lubrication fluids.

The CSM 02 system analyzes parameters including: water saturation, temperature, viscosity and relative dielectric constant in stationary or mobile applications.

California faces changing net load shapes - EIA

Dec 12 - Increased solar and wind electricity generation in California is driving demand for more dispatchable natural gas resources, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA).

Changing generation patterns in California have caused California Independent System Operator (CAISO), the electric grid operator to report peaked net load shapes.

Calpine selects 7F.05 turbines for York 2 Energy Center

Dec 12 - Calpine Corp has selected GE's 7F.05 gas turbines to power its 760 MW, dual-fuel York 2 Energy Center power plant.

The plant will feature two turbines in a 2 x 1 combined-cycle configuration with GE’s Dry Low NOx 2.6+ dual-fuel combustion system and will be located near York, Pennsylvania, U.S.A.

EIA revises down STEO forecast

Dec 11 - The U.S. Energy Information Adminstration (EIA) has revised down its Short-Term Energy Outlook (STEO) for March 2015 storage projection.

New figures predict 1,431 Bcf at $3.98/MMBtu

TEP acquires 550 MW Gila River Power Station

Dec 11 - Power producer Tucson Electric Power (TEP) has announced that it has finalised the purchase of the 550 MW Gila River Power Station Power Block 3.

TEP acquired the plant with sister utility UNS Electric for $219 million, as part of moves to cut reliance on coal.

ABB and CLEVER to add 100 Terra DC fast chargers in Denmark

Power and automation specialist ABB is to team with Danish mobility operator CLEVER to add 100 multi-standard Terra 53 DC fast chargers in Demark and Sweden.

The network will be installed in a collaboration with Öresundskraft and support of the European TEN-T funding program.

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