GAS POWER Direct [December 14, 2016]

Natural Gas and Wind Are Cheapest Sources of Power in Majority of U.S.

In a finding that is likely to boost controversy over the future of U.S. energy policy, a comprehensive study of the full levelized cost of energy (LCOE) from various sources…

EPA Punts Fracking Impact Question to Trump Administration

As one of its last official acts, the Obama administration Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) backed away from making a definitive statement on the impacts of hydraulic fracturing, saying it lacked…

California Merchant Gas Generator, Lamenting Market Forces, Files for Bankruptcy

The owner of a merchant 1,022-MW combined cycle natural gas–fired power plant in California has filed for bankruptcy protection, citing regulatory policies and market forces that have depressed revenues. La…

Long-Stalled New York Repowering Project Is Revived

Plans to repower NRG Energy’s coal-fired 435-MW Dunkirk power plant near Buffalo, N.Y., to natural gas that have been stalled for years owing to a legal challenge may finally be…

Ontario Power Generation: A Clash of Politics and Power Planning

Ontario—Canada’s most populous province and its major economic engine—has an electric power supply system so driven by provincial politics that it has pushed the province’s utility generating arm, Ontario Power…

Coal-Fired Generation Projected to Surpass Natural Gas This Winter

Coal, the unchallenged leader in U.S. power generation for most of the past century, may regain its place at the top of the energy mix hierarchy this winter, according to…

South Australian Blackout Renews Debate on Renewables' Role in Reliability

The entire state of South Australia suffered a blackout on the afternoon of September 28. The cause of the event has been disputed, but it has left Australians in a…

Regulators’ Meeting Opens with Focus on Infrastructure Conundrum

“We’re at a very challenging time,” said former Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) Commissioner Tony Clark at the annual meeting of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC) on…