The Energy and Environmental Research Center (EERC) at the University of North Dakota announced today that a major corporate partner, Midwest Energy Emissions Corporation, a research-oriented mercury emission capture company based in Grand Forks, North Dakota, is launching a new mercury control system. The sorbent enhancement additive (SEA) injection technology originally developed by the EERC is being installed at a major power utility on the West Coast and will be commissioned this fall.
Already the nation's largest municipally owned user of wind energy, San Antonio's CPS Energy last week signaled its intent to build what would be the largest solar installation in the U.S., if not the world, notifying bidders that an originally proposed 50-megawatt project has been expanded to potentially 400-megawatts.
The project would be four times larger than what is currently the largest solar installation in the world, a 97-megawatt project in Ontario, Canada.
Duke Energy Ohio anticipates it will retire all six coal-fired generation units at its W.C. Beckjord Station, southwest of Cincinnati, by Jan. 1, 2015, as a result of a proposed U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rule.
Kobelco Compressors Manufacturing (Shanghai) has increased production capacity at its compressor plant in Shanghai, China. A new 600 million yen ($756,000) manufacturing line has been completed and has started commercial operations.
Tennessee Valley Authority has negotiated an agreement to buy, subject to TVA board of directors' approval, the 968 MW Magnolia Combined Cycle Gas Plant in northern Mississippi from Kelson Limited Partnership, a wholly owned subsidiary of Kelson Energy Inc.
The three-unit, natural gas-fired electric generating plant is located on a 374-acre site in Benton County near Ashland, Miss., and has been a source of purchased power for TVA since the plant began operation in 2003. Kelson has owned the facility since 2005.
Over the past several months, Elliott Group has won contracts from Brazil's national oil company, Petroleo Brasileiro S.A. (Petrobras), to supply compressors for expansion projects at the company's REGAP and REMAN refineries as well as the new Northeast Refinery, RNEST. The projects will aid the company's efforts to increase domestic production of high quality diesel fuel.
Energy Technology Ventures – a GE, NRG Energy and ConocoPhillips joint venture – is providing capital to Emefcy Ltd, an Israeli company that can turn wastewater treatment from a huge energy drain to an electricity generator.
The EIA has responded to a recent The New York Times article "Behind veneer, doubt on future of natural gas," which said that the agency's optimistic estimates of future shale gas production and price are skewing current energy policy. Based on emails exchanged between staffers of EIA, the NYT article contended that optimistic assessments of shale gas reserves were based on high yield in one or two wells being extrapolated to future wells.