Tag: Hydroelectric

Brazil gets 70%-plus of electric generation from hydro as Olympics boost demand

Brazil gets 70%-plus of electric generation from hydro as Olympics boost demand

Brazil plans to add non-hydro renewable (36 GW), natural gas(11 GW), nuclear (1.4 GW) by 2014 Olympic host Brazil generates the third-highest amount of electricity in the Americas, behind only the United States and Canada, and hydroelectricity provides more than 70% of Brazil’s generation, according to the US Energy Information Administration. During the Olympic Games, electricity demand in […]

Non-powered dams along Ohio River to be converted to hydroelectric dams in 2016

Non-powered dams along Ohio River to be converted to hydroelectric dams in 2016

As of 2012, non-powered dams had the potential to add 12,000 MW of additional generating capacity to US power grid According to the US Energy Information Administration, in 2016, nearly 300 MW of hydroelectricity generating capacity is expected to come online from dams that did not previously have electric generating units, commonly referred to as non-powered dams. […]

2013 construction costs for electric power plants released by EIA

2013 construction costs for electric power plants released by EIA

 In 2013, natural gas plants cost $965/kW to build, solar cost $3,705/kW, wind cost $1,895/kW The first US Energy Information Administration study on electricity generation construction costs has been released and it shows natural gas had the lowest costs and more than double the capacity of wind and solar installed during 2013. EIA expects to publish 2014 construction cost information […]

Solar, natural gas, wind make up most US 2016 power generation additions

Solar, natural gas, wind make up most US 2016 power generation additions

Top 5 states solar capacity additions: California (3.9 GW), North Carolina (1.1 GW), Nevada (0.9 GW), Texas (0.7 GW), Georgia (0.7 GW) Electric generating facilities expect to add more than 26 gigawatts (GW) of utility-scale generating capacity to the power grid during 2016. Most of these additions come from three resources: solar (9.5 GW), natural gas […]

Renewable electricity generation expected to grow 9% in 2016

Renewable electricity generation expected to grow 9% in 2016

In 2016 utility-scale renewables (wind at 5.2%, solar at 0.8%) will account for 14% of total electricity generated in USA Electricity generated from utility-scale renewable plants is expected to grow by 9 per cent in 2016, based on projections in the latest Short-Term Energy Outlook, according to the US Energy Information Administration.  Much of the growth […]

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Pacific Northwest electricity mix influenced by weather conditions, El Niño

Pacific Northwest electricity mix influenced by weather conditions, El Niño

Cycle of earlier-than-anticipated hydro power followed by more natural gas generation may be repeated this winter in Pacific Northwest In the summer of 2015, hydroelectric generation in Washington and Oregon, which provides the largest share of electricity generation in the Pacific Northwest, was lower than normal, causing an increased reliance on natural gas and other fossil generation […]

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California power grid holding up despite severe drought

California power grid holding up despite severe drought

California power grid bolstered by renewables, gas generation, imports Despite a severe drought that has lowered hydroelectric generation, the California power grid is expected to have plenty of capacity to handle peak summer demand, according to the US Energy Information Administration. The North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC)  expects more than 72 gigawatts (GW) of electric generating […]