Platts Global Energy Awards winners have demonstrated that forging partnerships, developing technologies and thinking outside the box are central to meeting the challenges of geopolitical tensions, price volatility, changing trade flows and ever-evolving environmental considerations and climate change agendas.
While many voices have been heard blasting EPA's proposed emissions rule, the organization representing rural electric coops may have been one of the hardest hitting. When the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA) described the proposed rules as an "ill-advised proposal," it was being relatively nice.
Quarterly solar photovoltaic (PV) demand in the Asia-Pacific (APAC) region is expected to reach 10 GW for the first time in the fourth quarter of 2014, according to Solarbuzz, now a part of IHS, Inc., with annual APAC PV demand in 2014 forecast to grow 19 percent over the previous year-- driven mainly by a year-end installation rush in China, as well as strong growth in Japan.
Tucson Electric Power Company (TEP) is purchasing a 413 MW share of the natural gas-fired Gila River Power Station in Gila Bend in an ongoing effort to diversify its generation portfolio. Built in 2003, Gila River Power Block 3, features combined cycle technology that improves fuel efficiency by capturing waste heat and using it to help generate additional electricity.
A comprehensive agreement supported by utilities, solar organizations and businesses, and environmental groups has been filed by the Office of Regulatory Staff (ORS) with the Public Service Commission of South Carolina (PSCSC). Duke Energy Carolinas and Duke Energy Progress support the proposal which outlines a balanced plan for solar net metering in the state.
Arizona's Salt River Project has some not so good news for customers who want to generate their own electricity with solar power installations, and it follows that it applies to the solar leasing companies that provide the service as well.