Tag Archives: Power

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 […]

Nigeria: Drama As Power Failure Disrupts Senate Probe On Power

By Henry Umoru Abuja — The ongoing probe of the power sector from 1999 till date by the Senate ad hoc committee was characterized by drama and confusion yesterday, as the proceeding was disrupted by power failure eight times. Yesterday’s proceeding started at about 11:30a.m. and ended abruptly at 4p.m. due to about 15 minutes […]

Nigeria: Nigeria: ‘Power of One’ Sets a Nation on Track

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Photo: President Buhari guest column By Jean Herskovits Nationwide-wide electrical outages nearly shut down Africa’s largest economy before the inauguration of President Muhammadu Buhari in late May. But now the lights are on, the miles-long petrol queues are gone, and oil refineries, if not fully operational, are showing signs of life. Banks and automatic teller […]

Alaska increases wind power capacity in utility- and distributed-scale projects

September 1, 2015 Source: Source: U.S. Energy Information Administration, Although wind power provided less than 3% of Alaska’s electric power generation in 2014, Alaska’s wind power capacity has increased 20-fold between 2007 and 2014, growing from 3 megawatts (MW) to 60 MW. This increase is notable in light of the challenges of installing and connecting […]

Nigeria: Vandals Cut N40 Million NIPP Power Transmission Tower in Abia

By Chineme Okafor Abuja — The Niger Delta Power Holdings (NDPHC) Plc, which is handling the 10 National Integrated Power Project (NIPP) plants, on Thursday said that vandals attacked and cut its transmission lines and tower worth N40 million in Abia state. NDPHC also stated that the development has ensured that 1,397 megawatts (MW) of […]

Waterjetting 36b – Katrina anniversary and the power of water

When I began to write these posts, I wrote about the difference between overall jet force and the focussed effects of a very high-pressure but small diameter jet. At the time I made reference to the relatively low pressure, but huge flow rate effects when Katrina hit New Orleans. I specifically wrote about the damage […]

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 […]

Nigeria: Buhari – I’ve Identified Critical Problems in Power Sector

By Isiaka Wakili The Federal Government has said that the monthly fixed charges component of the electricity tariff collected from Nigerian consumers is not “a very good thing”. The Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Power, Ambassador Godknows Igali, stated this on Wedesday while addressing State House journalists after briefing President Muhammadu Buhari on the […]

South Africa: Power Shortage Causes Gautrain Delays

By Genevieve Quintal, News24 The Gautrain service between Midrand and Hatfield on Monday evening was experiencing delays due to a short in one of the two lines, a spokesperson for the high-speed link said. “There was a foreign object which fell onto the catenary (overhead line) which caused a short and actually cut the electricity […]

Monthly power sector carbon dioxide emissions reach 27-year low in April

August 5, 2015 Source: U.S. Energy Information Administration, Note: Data exclude emissions from biomass energy consumption. The electric power sector emitted 128 million metric tons of carbon dioxide (MMmt CO2) in April 2015, the lowest for any month since April 1988, according to the most recent estimates in EIA’s . In any year, April is […]

Kenya: Kenya Signs Sh220 Billion Solar Power Deal

By Joshua Masinde Kenya will Saturday sign a Sh220 billion deal to develop a 1000MW solar power project over the next five years with the support of Canadian energy firm, SkyPower. The move is in a bid to increase the share of renewable energy onto the national grid. The landmark deal will be signed Sunday […]

Kenya: Solar Microgrid Firm Vies for Last-Mile Power Customers

By Maina Waruru Nairobi — Kenya’s renewable energy sector is set for a boost in September when a solar microgrid company plans to become the country’s first licensed private utility to sell power to the public, ending a half-century monopoly by the state electricity firm. Earlier this year, the government granted Powerhive East Africa, an […]

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 […]

Efficiency moderates effects of higher electricity prices under proposed Clean Power Plan

June 11, 2015 Source: U.S. Energy Information Administration, Republished June 11, 2015, 9:30 a.m. to clarify expected electricity generation differences in certain regions. EIA’s of the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed Clean Power Plan (CPP) rule finds that electricity prices are expected to rise. However, efficiency and price-induced conservation moderate the projected increase in consumer electricity […]

Proposed Clean Power Plan rule would reduce coal production, especially in the West

June 10, 2015 Source: U.S. Energy Information Administration, EIA’s analysis of the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed Clean Power Plan rule shows U.S. coal production falling after the proposed rule takes effect. In 2024 in the Base Policy case, coal production falls to a level last seen in the late 1970s. Total production recovers gradually thereafter, […]

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