Renewables can`t compete with coal or gas at today`s prices. With coal and gas fueling electricity generation at about 4 cents/kWh, even wind, renewable energy`s low-cost leader, falls short at 5 to 8 cents/kWh. It will take more than tax incentives to rescue renewables in a competition-based market.
The City of Colorado Springs, Colo., has awarded Sulzer USA Inc., San Francisco, Calif., a $4.4 million equipment contract to supply one complete 25-MW vertical Pelton turbine unit for the new powerhouse Tesla with commercial operation scheduled for June 1997....Illinois Power has partnered with Integrated Business Systems Inc., Springfield, Ill., to market and support a new gas compliance system software package....PECO Energy Co. has been named to Computerworld magazine`s 1995 "Global 100" lis
The U.S. Energy Information Agency (EIA) reports that proximity to transmission lines, a previous obstacle to wind development, should no longer hinder the technology. EIA said there are 240,000 square miles of land in the country with wind development potential that lie within 10 miles of an existing transmission facility. EIA projects that land area could accommodate 734,000 average MW of wind energy capacity. "EIA`s findings are very encouraging at a time when wind energy technology is beginn
A new study from the Center for Energy and Economic Development (CEED) states "decades of promises and billions in subsidies" have not and will not bring significant amounts of affordable renewable energy in coming years. "This study totally exposes the reality of `free` energy from renewables," said Steve Miller, CEED president. "Only hundreds of billions in subsidies will substantially boost the share of renewables in America`s energy mix. That makes no economic or environmental sense." The s
The public favors electric utility deregulation only if competition doesn`t boost individual rates or benefit business uses at the expense of residential users, according to an independent national public opinion survey undertaken by Cambridge Energy Research Associates and Opinion Dynamics Corp. A report on the survey, U.S. Public Opinion and the Electric Power Industry: Challenges of Competition, states the public appears "fairly satisfied" with established utility companies but consumers woul
Delano Energy Co., a subsidiary of Thermo Electron, turns waste wood into electricity to power southern California homes and businesses. The plant is licensed to deliver power to the Southern California Edison grid at levels below 50 MW. Higher levels require compliance with public utilities regulations, so Delano must monitor output to keep it at or below 49.9 MW. Operators constantly monitor output and many other aspects of the facility, including transformer and motor loads to keep the plant
Corrosion from constant mist and humidity of Niagara`s Horseshoe Falls along with ultraviolet damage and aesthetic considerations forced Ontario Hydro to perform rigorous protective maintenance on one of its two control gates along the Niagara River in Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada.
Waste wood goes into landfills in many parts of the United States; a loss of a potentially valuable energy source. However, Savannah Electric reports successful completion of basic research into methods for using discarded wood as boiler fuel. Aided by a consulting firm, Fiber Fuel International, Savannah`s staff mixed pulverized wood and coal and fired it in a boiler at the company`s Plant Kraft. An initial three-day test burn, conducted more than a year ago, consumed 5,500 pulverized, nonreusa
Houston Lighting & Power Co. (HL&P) recently faced and overcame problems transferring trash and fish from filter screens that sift objects from its cooling water, drawn from Galveston Bay.
Rolls-Royce Industrial & Marine Gas Turbines? industrial RB211 is the world?s first aero derivative dry low-emissions engine to enter service. The engine entered operation at Pacific Gas Transmission Co.?s (PGT) natural gas pumping station near Spokane, Wash.