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US utility solar power generation dominated by crystalline silicon panels

US utility solar power generation dominated by crystalline silicon panels

70% of U.S. utility-scale solar PV capacity used crystalline silicon modules rather than thin-film Most of the growing number of installations of utility-scale solar photovoltaic (PV) operating capacity across the United States have been systems that make use of crystalline silicon panels, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration. In 2016, 70 per cent of […]

By December 13, 2017 0 Comments Read More →
‘Refined’ coal accounts for 20% of US coal-fired power generation so far in 2017

‘Refined’ coal accounts for 20% of US coal-fired power generation so far in 2017

Refined coal was encouraged through tax credits in American Jobs Creation Act of 2004 The U.S. power sector consumption of coal is increasingly shifting to refined coal, even as coal-fired electricity generation decreases, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration. Refined coal has been processed to remove certain pollutants from raw, or feedstock, coal. Electricity […]

By December 12, 2017 0 Comments Read More →
Natural gas power generation share grew for decade in Southern states  as coal declined

Natural gas power generation share grew for decade in Southern states as coal declined

 Texas and Oklahoma in region with some of country’s best wind resources Coal’s share of total electricity generation in the South declined over the past decade, from 50 per cent in 2006 to 29 per cent in 2016, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration.As the use of coal has declined, the use of natural gas […]

By December 5, 2017 0 Comments Read More →
Biomass and waste fuels made up 2% of total US electricity generation in 2016

Biomass and waste fuels made up 2% of total US electricity generation in 2016

Biomass gas-generating plants typically operate at high utilization rates Biomass and waste fuels generated 71.4 billion kilowatthours of electricity in 2016, or 2 per cent of total generation in the United States, according to EIA’s recently released annual electric power data. Biomass fuels are defined as all non-fossil, carbon-based (biogenic) energy sources. Waste fuels are defined […]

By November 27, 2017 0 Comments Read More →
American CO2 emissions from coal fell by record amount in 2015, led by Texas and Midwest

American CO2 emissions from coal fell by record amount in 2015, led by Texas and Midwest

Most decrease in coal-fired electricity generation was replaced with increases in natural gas-fired generation Carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions associated with coal consumption in the United States fell by a record 231 million metric tons in 2015, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration. More than 60 per cent of the annual decrease occurred in 10 […]

By November 13, 2017 0 Comments Read More →
Coal stockpiles at US power plants have fallen since last year

Coal stockpiles at US power plants have fallen since last year

 57% of US coal-fired electricity generating capacity had over 60 days of burn In Aug. 2017, coal stockpiles at electric power plants were 144 million tons, the lowest monthly level since late 2014, according to EIA’s Electric Power Monthly. Coal stockpiles at U.S. coal-fired power plants typically follow a seasonal pattern of increasing during the spring […]

By November 9, 2017 0 Comments Read More →
EIA forecasts growth in world nuclear electricity capacity, led by non-OECD countries

EIA forecasts growth in world nuclear electricity capacity, led by non-OECD countries

 United States operates world’s largest nuclear fleet with 99 reactors The U.S. Energy Information Administration projects global nuclear capacity will grow at an average annual rate of 1.6 per cent from 2016 through 2040, led predominantly by countries outside of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). EIA expects China to continue leading world […]

By November 8, 2017 0 Comments Read More →
Repowering wind turbines adds generating capacity at existing sites

Repowering wind turbines adds generating capacity at existing sites

Annual U.S. wind repowering investment has potential to grow to $25 billion by 2030 Repowering older wind turbines, which involves replacing aging turbines or components, is becoming more common in the United States as the turbine fleet ages and as wind turbine technology advances, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration. Newer turbines tend to […]

By November 6, 2017 0 Comments Read More →
Texas and Saskatchewan have only carbon capture and sequestration plants in world

Texas and Saskatchewan have only carbon capture and sequestration plants in world

Kemper cost overruns led to construction costs in excess of $7.5 billion The Petra Nova facility, a coal-fired power plant located near Houston, Texas, is one of only two operating power plants with carbon capture and storage (CCS) in the world, and it is the only such facility in the United States, according to the U.S. […]

By October 31, 2017 0 Comments Read More →
Puerto Rico electricity service slow to return after Hurricane Maria

Puerto Rico electricity service slow to return after Hurricane Maria

2/3 of electricity generation located in south portion of island, most of population in north More than one month after Hurricane Maria made landfall, electricity service has not been restored to most residents of the U.S. territory of Puerto Rico, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration. As of Monday morning, the Puerto Rico Electric […]

By October 24, 2017 0 Comments Read More →