Archive: Synfuel

Laramie River Station coal power plant Source: LMB Photography

Analysts: Coal Generation Will Plummet More Than 70%

About half the world’s power will be generated by wind and solar resources by 2050. Generation from coal will drop more than 70% from today’s levels. That’s according to research from energy analysts published June 19 in the “New Energy Outlook 2018” (NEO) from Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF). The NEO report outlines information from […]

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Investments in Renewables Dwarf New Coal, Gas Generation

A report from groups including the United Nations environmental arm and Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF) shows renewable energy installations were responsible for 61% of the world’s net power capacity additions in 2017, more than double the new-builds from fossil fuel-powered generation. The Global Trends in Renewable Energy Investment 2018 report, compiled by BNEF, the […]

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Seven Software Tools for Energy Managers

There are many tools available to assist companies as they gain a better grasp on how their energy is being used, and what that means for the goal of efficient energy management. Not all solutions are created

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Overcoming IIoT, Edge Networking Challenges

As power plants and substations become more connected, the need for rugged networking equipment built to withstand tough conditions is amplified. The military has already gone through the growing pains, so

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Utilities Prepare for Simulated Attack on U.S. Power Grid

Utilities across the country are gearing up for an attack on the power grid November 15 and 16. Thankfully, it’s only a drill. But in the event of an actual emergency, a real physical and cyberattack on the U.S. electricity infrastructure, GridEx IV—a biennial exercise conducted by the North American Electric Reliability Corp. (NERC)—will help […]

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PJM: Can the Big Dog Deal with State Interference?

The PJM Interconnection, the largest regional transmission operator in the U.S., faces many problems: adapting to state policies designed to skew power markets in the face of natural gas and renewable

Mississippi Power’s Kemper County energy facility reached a major milestone on July 14, 2016, with the production of the first syngas. The syngas is being flared as part of the start-up testing operation. Courtesy: Mississippi Power/Southern Co.

Kemper County IGCC Plant Generates First Syngas-Fueled Power

Mississippi Power’s integrated gasification combined cycle (IGCC) plant in Kemper County, Miss., on October 12 has begun generating its first power using a combination of syngas (produced from locally mined lignite) and natural gas. The milestone is a major one, said Thomas Fanning, CEO of Mississippi Power’s parent company Southern Co. “After decades of research […]

Mississippi Power’s Kemper County energy facility reached a major milestone on July 14, 2016, with the production of the first syngas. The syngas is being flared as part of the start-up testing operation. Courtesy: Mississippi Power/Southern Co.

Kemper IGCC In-Service Date Pushed Back by a Month

Mississippi Power has pushed back the in-service date of its much-delayed Kemper County integrated gasification combined cycle (IGCC) plant by a month, to October 31, 2016. Initial production of syngas at the plant began on July 14, and testing continues of gasifier B and related lignite feed and ash systems. “The schedule extension provides for […]

Mississippi Power’s Kemper County energy facility reached a major milestone on July 14, 2016, with the production of the first syngas. The syngas is being flared as part of the start-up testing operation. Courtesy: Mississippi Power/Southern Co.

Amid Scrutiny, Kemper IGCC Project Marks Big Syngas Production Milestone

Southern Co.’s Kemper County energy facility—the only carbon capture and storage (CCS) integrated gasification combined cycle (IGCC) power plant that is under construction—is producing syngas using lignite. The plant marked its most significant milestone to date on July 14, said Southern Co.’s Mississippi Power. It means that the first-of-its-kind technology to convert locally mined lignite […]