Archive: Gas

China’s Shale Gas Development Outlook and Challenges

Thanks to sustained and rapid development of China’s economy, demand for natural gas has been increasing. From 2000 to 2010, China’s demand for natural gas increased from 24.7 billion cubic meters (bcm) to

MISO Sees Growing Role for Natural Gas in Midwest

Lower gas prices, expanding infrastructure, and coal retirements are likely to drive a much greater role for natural gas in the Midwest, according to a new study by the Midcontinent Independent Service Organization (MISO). The study, released Dec. 6, is the third phase of ongoing assessment that MISO initiated in 2010 after recognizing the impending […]

Fracking May Cut Total Water Use From Increase in Gas-Fired Power

Those enormous amounts of water used in hydraulic fracturing may not be the environmental headache they appear to be. That’s because of the downstream effects of more abundant, less expensive natural gas unlocked by the process, known as “fracking,” according to a new study from the Bureau of Economic Geology (BEG) at the University of […]

EIA: Natural Gas to Overtake Coal by 2035

The latest projections from the Energy Information Administration (EIA) are unlikely to quell concern in the coal industry, as the EIA has increased its projections for natural gas production and power burn, while continuing its gloomy outlook for coal. The EIA’s Annual Energy Outlook Early Release, posted Dec. 16, boosts its estimates of natural gas […]

FERC Addresses Industry Change in House Hearing

“No industry stays static over time. Change is inevitable,” said the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s (FERC) John Norris in a house subcommittee hearing today. For the electric sector, he said in prepared remarks, “The time of incremental change is clearly over.” The Dec. 5 hearing before the House Energy & Commerce Committee, Subcommittee on Energy and Power was […]

EIA: Gas Power Burn Down from 2012—But Coal Hasn’t Recovered

According to the latest data from the Energy Information Agency (EIA), while gas power burn is down from its peak last year, generation from coal has not recaptured much of what it lost. EIA estimates show that electric power sector gas consumption was, on average, down 13% through November compared to the same period in […]

California Builds a High Efficiency CHP Plant for Its Capital Complex

When the State of California needed a new Central Utility Plant (CUP) to provide electricity, steam, chilled water, and compressed air to its 5.5 million square foot, 23-building campus in downtown Sacramento, the requirements were stiff. The original CUP was sending as much as 15 million gallons of heated water per day to a spray […]

Coal-Fired Power Continues Dramatic Decline in Southeast

Once the dominant fuel in the southeastern U.S., coal has been hammered by plummeting gas prices and more efficient gas-fired plants, according to the most recent figures from the Energy Information Administration (EIA). Though the region has seen a steady increase in gas-fired capacity over the past decade, as recently as 2008, coal still provided […]

POWER Digest (December 2013)

First Kundankulam Unit Synchronized to Grid. The state-owned Nuclear Power Corporation of India Limited (NPCIL) on Oct. 22 synchronized to the grid the first of two units at the Kundankulam Nuclear Power

Defining the Future: Time to Get Real

Christoph Frei The global energy environment is increasing in complexity and uncertainty. We are in a much more challenging world than previously envisaged. The World Energy Council’s (WEC) analysis has