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EIA uses two simplified metrics to show future power plants’ relative economics

EIA’s long-term outlook for the electric power sector considers both the cost to build and operate power plants as well as the value those plants provide to the grid. A supplemental report to EIA’s Annual Energy Outlook 2018 (AEO2018) describes two simple measures of cost and value to show how certain technologies can be compared […]

Solar plants typically install more panel capacity relative to their inverter capacity

A solar photovoltaic (PV) system’s panel capacity is often reported in direct current (DC), while operating capacity in the United States is reported as it is delivered to the grid in alternating current (AC). For economic and engineering reasons, capacity values reported in DC typically are 10% to 30% higher than those reported in AC […]

New methanol and fertilizer plants to increase already-growing industrial natural gas use

July 29, 2015 Source: U.S. Energy Information Administration, based on Bentek Energy and industry reports Reversing a decline that lasted more than a decade, industrial natural gas consumption has grown steadily since 2009 as relatively low natural gas prices have supported use of natural gas as a feedstock for the production of , a 24% […]

Nigeria: Energy Crisis Worsens – ‘Only 5 of 23 Power Plants Functional’

Photo: Nigerians are sitting in long lines to purchase fuel for their cars and generators at high prices as the energy crisis in the country worsens. By Bassey Udo Nigeria’s energy crisis deteriorated Monday, as the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC), the government agency responsible for regulating operations in the electricity sector, reported that only […]

Japan plans to restart some nuclear plants in 2015 after Fukushima shutdown

February 11, 2015 Source: U.S. Energy Information Administration, International Energy Agency, METI Previously one of the world’s largest producers of nuclear-generated electricity, Japan has relied heavily on fossil fuels following the meltdown at Fukushima Dai-ichi and subsequent shutdown of the country’s nuclear fleet. In 2013, when almost all of Japan’s nuclear fleet was shut down, […]

Coal stockpiles at coal-fired power plants smaller than in recent years

November 6, 2014 Source: U.S. Energy Information Administration, Coal stocks at electric power plants, which totaled 121 million tons at the end of August, are relatively low in both absolute and days of burn terms relative to recent historical norms. This is true both nationally and in the Upper Midwest. About two-thirds of coal used […]

Nuclear Regulatory Commission resumes license renewals for nuclear power plants

October 29, 2014 Source: U.S. Energy Information Administration, based on U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission Following a two-year hiatus, the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) has resumed issuing license renewals for nuclear power plants. On October 20, the NRC renewed the operating licenses for Limerick Generating Station Units 1 and 2, located northwest of Philadelphia, extending […]

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