Tucson Electric Power (TEP) plans to generate over 70% of its electricity from wind and solar resources, supported by gas generators and energy storage. In its 2020 Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) the Arizona-based utility also proposes to retire its remaining coal-fired units over the next 12 years.
Natural gas spot prices at the U.S. Henry Hub have fallen to historic lows despite rising gas-burn for power generation. Production keeps exceeding demand, with feedgas for liquefaction and export at low levels of around 4.0 billion cubic feet per day (Bcf/d) so far in June and storages filling fast.
Siemens has partnered with the Norwegian startup EnergyNest to jointly offer modularized energy systems to industrial customers. A heat battery, developed by EnergyNest, can be charged with waste heat from thermal power stations or renewable energy for use as backup power.
Cargo cancellations mount at US liquefaction terminals amid dwindling LNG prices, particularly in Europe. Analysts at Energy Aspects say forward prices at the TTF have fallen so low that it is now more economic for Asian buyers to reload European cargoes than to dip into the US spot market.
German utility RWE is adopting Optime, a new SCADA control system, at its trading and dispatch centre in Essen. Optime gives power plant operators second-by-second control of all assets and helps facilitate the integration of wind and solar farms as well as energy storage.
NorthWestern Energy has contracted Caterpillar to supply six Cat G20CM34 gas gensets to replace combustion turbines currently operating at the Huron Generating Station in South Dakota. Construction activities will begin in July, with a view to starting commercial operation at the end of 2021.
Saudi Electricity Company (SEC) has awarded 5 stars to the Waad Al Shamal integrated solar and combined cycle power plant (ISCC) project for environment, health and safety standards. The plant consists of 50 MW solar plus 1,000 MW thermal capacity (four GE 7F gas turbines) and is due to enter service this fall.
Drax Group and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Engineering, part of MHI, have agreed to implement a bioenergy with carbon capture and storage (BECCS) pilot project at Drax Power Station starting from this autumn. The 12-month pilot will capture 300kg of CO2 a day, running on biomass flue gases.
Energy demand in the UK has started to recover from a 15-20% plunge, incurred by coronavirus lockdowns. According to Cornwall Insight, transmission system electricity demand rose to just below 0.64 TWh on Friday, June 19, but is still below the 0.70 TWh recorded in 2019 on similar days in late June.
On-site power provider Cummins has entered a joint venture with the German startup NPROXX, focussed on hydrogen storage tanks and transportation. The JV is aimed at deepening Cummins’ capabilities in fuel cell and hydrogen production technologies.
GE has completed the first major inspection project in China since the coronavirus outbreak. Modernisation of two 9E.03 turbines at the 360 MW Baochang power plant, Guangdong province, was delivered safe and ahead of schedule on behalf of Shenzhen Baochang Power Supply Company.
Toshiba Energy Systems & Solutions (EES) has started to relocate its hydrogen production site from Yokohama to Kawasaki city in order to increase capacity and output. At the new facility, due completed in autumn 2020, Toshiba will produce fuel cell stacks based on its H2One energy supply system and its H2Rex hydrogen fuel cell.