Fracking Industry Braces for a Wave of Regulation
The explosion of public attention directed at hydraulic fracturing in 2011 has led to heightened regulatory scrutiny. This year will likely see a range of new regulations rolling out at the federal, state, and local levels. Will this new oversight help clean up the industry—or choke it off?
However bright the future of gas-fired power may appear to be, the industry still needs good leadership to get there. It's not clear we're getting it, at least from Washington.
Saudi Arabia Makes Huge Push to Expand Gas Turbine Generation Capacity
A fast-growing population means skyrocketing electricity demand for the desert Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The government is trying to meet this demand head-on with a massive build-out of gas turbine generation capacity, but long-term success will hinge on its ability to produce reliable domestic supplies of natural gas—a problem for a country whose existence has long been tightly tethered to crude oil production.
Wärtsilä’s Latest Combustion Engine Offers New Options for Intermediate Capacity
Once primarily deployed for peaking and industrial use, gas-fired combustion engines are becoming an increasing part of the baseload fleet because of their flexibility and ease of operation. Wärtsilä's latest engine offers a new level of power and efficiency that can compete with gas-fired combustion turbines in baseload operations.