Mark Wilson Evansville Courier & Press Published 5:26 PM EDT Oct 9, 2018 EVANSVILLE, Ind. — Vectren officials argued to the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission on Tuesday that the company needs its proposed natural gas plant to diversify its sources of power generation away from coal. Vectren CEO Carl Chapman, during questioning at the hearing, said the new plant would increase the utility's overall reliance on fossil fuels, although it would reduce its total carbon emissions by 60 percent. The Evansville-based utility is seeking the commission's approval for the project via a certificate of public convenience and necessity. Vectren needs that approval to build it. The state commission is charged with ensuring utilities provide reliable service and fair rates. At a hearing Tuesday in Indianapolis, the commission and other interested parties cross-examined Vectren officials about written testimony filed in the case. The hearing will continue … [Read more...] about Vectren argues need for proposed natural gas power plant
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NEW CARLISLE, Ind. -- State and local officials in Indiana are expecting a new natural gas-fired power plant in St. Joseph County to bring an economic boost to the area. The County Council approved a 15-year, $60 million tax abatement for the project's first phase. Project officials are expected to ask for a similar tax break for their proposed phase two, which would double the plant's capacity by adding two turbines.The plant is a joint venture owned by a private equity group Ares EIF and Japan-based Toyota Tsusho Corp.___Information from: South Bend Tribune, http://www.southbendtribune.com … [Read more...] about New Indiana natural gas power plant to bring economic perks
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By Steve Scauzillo | [email protected] | San Gabriel Valley TribuneApril 9, 2018 at 1:40 pm Rebuilding an electricity-generating plant in the city of Glendale would be a significant step in that city’s future, but the decision facing its City Council on Tuesday has broader implications. For Glendale, it means becoming a test case to measure the state’s resolve to move toward 100 percent renewable energy and further reduce greenhouse gases that cause global warming. While Glendale Water and Power sees a need for a revamped, natural-gas fired Grayson Power Plant to provide the city with a reliable source of electrical power, the forces lining up against it are growing. These include a coalition of environmental and neighborhood groups who oppose the project, favoring more solar and battery storage that produce fewer emissions. But opposition comes from within as well. The city’s utility commission voted 5-0 last week to halt the project and find cleaner energy … [Read more...] about What is the future of gas power plants in California? Grayson Power Plant in Glendale might be a test case
Advancements in next-generation energy technologies can make for a confusing landscape where it can be difficult to distinguish valid potential from overblown hype. But given the fact that wind and solar are now cost-competitive with fossil fuels, and energy storage costs are coming down dramatically, it's reasonable to forecast that the current series of innovations will upend the energy industry as we know it. One such innovation is the virtual power plant, which ties hundreds or thousands of small energy-storage systems together and allows them to behave like a power plant for the grid. If deployed effectively, the concept could save the grid operators money, make homeowners money, and create a massive new market for companies like Tesla (NASDAQ: TSLA). And the market for virtual power plants may finally be opening up. Image source: Tesla. The virtual power plant Elon Musk is building in Australia The most notable example of a virtual power plant was just announced in … [Read more...] about What Is a Virtual Power Plant, and Why Is Elon Musk Building One?