ERC Price Benchmarks, Week Ending 5/26/17

ERC Price Benchmarks, Week Ending 5/26/17

    For the third week in a row, Energy Research Council’s (ERC) national average benchmark price for electricity rose, this time by 0.82% to $0.0760 per kilowatt hour.  Prices increased most in the District of Columbia (2.2%), Texas (1.7%), Massachusetts (1.6%), Ohio (1.3%), Connecticut … Read more…

Boston Medical Center’s $15M, 2-MW CHP Plant Goes Live

Boston Medical Center’s $15M, 2-MW CHP Plant Goes Live

Boston Medical Center, the busiest trauma and emergency services center in New England, went live on April 24 with a $15 million, natural gas-fired, 2-MW combined heat and power plant (CHP or cogeneration) that is expected to save the hospital about $1.5 million on its energy costs annually.

Duluth Intends to Oust ‘King Coal’

Duluth Intends to Oust ‘King Coal’

Mayor Emily Larson (DFL) and a cluster of Duluth, Minnesota, city officials announced a new $21 million energy initiative – geared to reduce coal consumption by 40 percent – at an April 12 press conference, while standing symbolically in an empty coal bin at the city’s steam plant.

Researchers: Power-to-Gas Storage Out-Performs Lithium-Ion Batteries

Researchers: Power-to-Gas Storage Out-Performs Lithium-Ion Batteries

Preliminary findings of research on power-to-gas storage conducted at the University of California, Irvine and funded by SoCalGas show that the technology conceivably could be used to stockpile substantial amounts of renewable energy, the academics reported on March 30. In fact, they believe it out-performs lithium-ion battery storage.

NorthWest Ohio Aggregation Coalition Saves $700K on New Gas Deal – Or $9 Per Customer Annually

NorthWest Ohio Aggregation Coalition Saves $700K on New Gas Deal – Or $9 Per Customer Annually

The Northwest Ohio Aggregation Coalition– a coalition of local governmental entities – has negotiated a new natural gas contract with an alternative gas provider that will save residential and commercial customers about $9 annually over the next two years, according to a March 15 report by The (Toledo) Blade.

In California, Power Is in Shorter Supply After Oroville Spillway Collapse

In California, Power Is in Shorter Supply After Oroville Spillway Collapse

As California officials rush to repair a huge sinkhole in the emergency spillway at the Oroville dam, the Hyatt Powerplant – an 819-MW hydropower plant located in the bedrock beneath the dam – remains shut until authorities judge it is safe to come back online.

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