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U.S. electricity generation from renewables surpassed coal in April

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June 26, 2019 In April 2019, U.S. monthly electricity generation from renewable sources exceeded coal-fired generation for the first time based on data in EIA’s Electric Power Monthly. Renewable sources provided 23% of total electricity generation to coal’s 20%. This outcome reflects both seasonal factors as well as long-term increases in renewable generation and decreases Read More

Four states updated their renewable portfolio standards in the first half of 2019

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June 24, 2019 Source: U.S. Energy Information Administration, based on states’ renewable portfolio standards As of the end of 2018, 29 states and the District of Columbia had renewable portfolio standards (RPS), or polices that require electricity suppliers to source a certain portion of their electricity from designated renewable resources or eligible technologies. Four states—New Read More

Wind park extension becomes Vestas’ first merchant project in Italy

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News release fromVestas MediterraneanMadrid, 24 June 2019 Vestas has signed an 18 MW contract with VRG Wind 060 for the extension of the Mazara del Vallo wind park in Sicily, Italy. Utilising Vestas’ industry-leading technology and the operation data from the site’s existing wind turbines to boost energy production and mitigate production uncertainties, Vestas and Read More

Dr. Siegel on why teens are ‘growing horns’ from prolonged cellphone use

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New research suggests that teens are sprouting “horns” at the base of their neck, and Fox News medical contributor Dr. Marc Siegel argued that it’s likely connected to prolonged cellphone use. Because teens are constantly hunched over on their phones texting or on social media, the muscles in the neck become overused, causing what’s called “text neck,” Read More

Energy products are key inputs to global chemicals industry

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June 21, 2019 Source: U.S. Energy Information Administration, based on World Input-Output DatabaseNote: Dollar values are expressed in 2010 U.S. dollars, converted based on purchasing power parity. The industrial sector of the worldwide economy consumed more than half (55%) of all delivered energy in 2018, according to the International Energy Agency. Within the industrial sector, Read More

The Strait of Hormuz is the world’s most important oil transit chokepoint

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June 20, 2019 Source: U.S. Energy Information Administration and ClipperData, Inc. The Strait of Hormuz, located between Oman and Iran, connects the Persian Gulf with the Gulf of Oman and the Arabian Sea. The Strait of Hormuz is the world’s most important oil chokepoint because of the large volumes of oil that flow through the Read More

Saudi Arabia responsible for ‘premediated execution’ of Khashoggi – UN

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Riyadh bears responsibility for the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, a UN investigator said, calling for a further probe into Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s role in the crime. Khashoggi was a victim of “a deliberate, premediated execution, an extrajudicial killing for which the state of Saudi Arabia is responsible,” Agnes Callamard, the UN special Read More

More new natural gas combined-cycle power plants are using advanced designs

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June 19, 2019 Lower natural gas prices in recent years have spurred the construction of new natural gas-fired power plants in the United States. Of the new U.S. natural gas capacity added since 2016, 31% use advanced natural gas-fired combined-cycle (ANGCC) units. Greater use of the new, larger ANGCC designs has led to efficiency gains Read More

NERC report highlights potential summer electricity issues for Texas and California

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June 18, 2019 The North American Electric Reliability Corporation’s (NERC) recent 2019 Summer Reliability Assessment finds that enough resources are available to meet this summer’s projected peak electricity demand in all areas of the country except the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT). ERCOT typically has one of the lowest anticipated reserve margins in the Read More

Mixed water supply conditions affect hydropower outlook in Pacific Northwest

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June 17, 2019 On June 6, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Northwest River Forecast Center (NWRFC) released its final Pacific Northwest water supply projection of 2019. The forecast through September, the end of the current water year, shows above-average water supply in the southern half of the Columbia River Basin and below-average supply in Read More