Tag Archives: Electric

Electric generator capacity factors vary widely across the world

September 8, 2015 Source: U.S. Energy Information Administration, Note: Capacity factors reflect actual generation as a percent of continuous operation at full capacity. The technologies used to generate electricity are similar across regions of the world, but the pattern of use for those generating technologies can be significantly different. Analysis of electric generating plant utilization […]

Texas electric grid serves record-high power demand

August 17, 2015 Source: EIA, based on Note: Data for 2015 are preliminary. During the recent heat wave in Texas, the Electricity Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT), the operator of the electric grid covering most of the state, set a new record for electricity use when demand for electricity reached 69.8 gigawatts (GW) between 4:00 […]

Ethiopia: Electric Power Prepares Draft Master Plan for Electricity Distribution At $3.5m

By Lucy Kassa The plan which will improve supply to Addis Abeba and its environs, was financed by an AfDB loan The Ethiopia Electric Power (EEP) has developed the final draft of a master plan for electric power distribution in Addis Abeba and its surrounding areas, at the cost of 3.5 million dollars, financed through […]

Levelized cost comparisons help explain value of various electric generation technologies

June 3, 2015 Source: U.S. Energy Information Administration, Note: Costs reflect utility-scale systems and include federal tax incentives for renewables as applicable in 2020 under current law. IGCC is integrated gasification combined cycle; CCS is carbon capture and sequestration. Capacity additions reflect electric power sector additions only, and include planned capacity already under construction as […]

Projected electric capacity additions are below recent historical levels

May 11, 2015 Source: U.S. Energy Information Administration, Annual Energy Outlook 2015 Reference Case and Annual Electric Generator Report ()Note: Other includes hydropower, geothermal, biomass, municipal solid waste, and other gaseous fuels used in end-use sectors. In the coming decades, additions to U.S. electricity generation capacity are expected to be lower than in the recent […]

Hawaii’s electric system is changing with rooftop solar growth and new utility ownership

January 27, 2015 Source: U.S. Energy Information Administration, is an independent electric cooperative. In December, (FPL). While FPL does not rely heavily on solar photovoltaics (PV) and other forms of renewable energy to serve its Florida customers, solar PV already plays a large role in Hawaii, and that role is expected to grow significantly over […]

Northern Maine considers options to gain direct access to New England electric grid

January 22, 2015 Source: U.S. Energy Information Administration, Form EIA-860; Republished January 22, 2015, 2:45 p.m. to correct an error in the text. Northern Maine is a unique power market: unlike any other part of the Lower 48 states, this region is connected to one of the three main power grids serving the United States […]

Several states are adding or increasing incentives for electric vehicle charging stations

December 11, 2014 Source: U.S. Energy Information Administration, based on During the past few years, several models of plug-in electric vehicles (PEVs), including battery electric vehicles (EVs) and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs), have been introduced in the light-duty vehicle market. PEVs are , which is related to battery capacity, and can usually travel between […]

California leads the nation in the adoption of electric vehicles

December 10, 2014 Source: U.S. Energy Information Administration, based on Federal Highway Administration data and R.L. Polk & Company In 2013, there were about 70,000 battery electric vehicles (EVs) and 104,000 plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs)—small numbers compared to around 226 million registered vehicles in the United States. Total U.S. sales of plug-in electric vehicles […]

Ethiopia: Sixteen SNNP State Towns Get Electric Power

By Zerihun Getachew Construction of the Sawla-Key Afer Electric Power Installation Project which cost more than 418 million birr has gone operational, according to Ethiopian Electric Power (EEP). EEP indicated that the project, which is part of the Growth and Transformation Plan (GTP), is benefiting 16 towns and rural areas in 4 woredas/districts/ of Gamo […]

Minimum efficiency standards for electric motors will soon increase

September 26, 2014 Source: U.S. Energy Information AdministrationNote: TEFC is a totally enclosed, fan-cooled motor. EISA is the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007. EPAct is the Energy Policy Act of 1992. Nearly half of the electricity consumed in the established this year by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) for electric motors will […]

Ethiopia: Electric Services Installs Transformers to Reduce Power Cuts

By Kaleyesus Bekele In a bid to curb the recurrent power cuts, the Ethiopian Electric Services has installed 248 transformers in Addis Ababa and the regional states. The new transformers are believed to augment the existing old transformers which can hardly cope with the ever- increasing power load. In an exclusive interview with The Reporter, […]

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