Natural Gas Fired Electric Power Plants Coming On Rapidly

by Duane Nichols on August 23, 2017

Black = Proposed & Gray = Existing

More people’s electricity coming from natural gas

From an Article by Stephen Huba, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, July 27, 2017

Natural gas is on pace to either equal or exceed coal as a source of electricity for the second year in a row, says the U.S. Energy Information Administration.

Coal and natural gas generated 30 percent and 34 percent of U.S. electricity in 2016, respectively — the first year that natural gas-fired electricity generation exceeded coal-fired generation. EIA projections show that natural gas and coal will each generate 31 percent of the electricity in the United States in 2017.

The federal government report comes at a time of growth in the number of gas-fired power plants in Western Pennsylvania and Eastern Ohio. The 925-megawatt Tenaska Westmoreland Generating Station in South Huntingdon Township will supply power for up to 925,000 homes once it comes online in late 2018.

For the first four months of 2017, coal has provided 30 percent of electricity generation, while natural gas has provided 28 percent, the EIA said. The amount of natural gas used for electricity generation, known as power burn, from April 1 through July 25 averaged 27.1 billion cubic feet — or 7 percent lower than last year’s consumption over the same period, the EIA said.

Although power burn in 2017 is lower than in 2016, it is still relatively high compared with the previous five-year average for that period, the EIA said. Higher natural gas prices relative to last summer and reliance on renewable sources explain part of the decrease.

Power burn reached its highest daily level so far in 2017 during the past week, exceeding 41 billion cubic feet on July 20, according to data from PointLogic Energy. Natural gas-fired electricity generation typically peaks at the end of July or the beginning of August because of high demand for air conditioning during that period.

In addition to Tenaska in Westmoreland, several other gas-fired power plants are at various stages of development in the region. In January, Boston-based developer Clean Energy Future announced that it was building a second plant in Lordstown, Ohio, next door to the 940-megawatt plant that is scheduled to go into service in June 2018.

In Wellsville, Ohio, Advanced Power Services is building a 1,100-megawatt plant that will provide enough energy for an estimated 1 million homes once it comes online in 2020.

Also under development are plants in Renovo Borough, Clinton County (Bechtel Development Corp.); Cumberland Township, Greene County (Hill Top Energy Center); and Robinson Township, Washington County (Robinson Power Co.).


Pennsylvania NatGas-Fired Power Plant to Break Ground in 2018

From an Article by Jamison Cocklin, Natural Gas Intelligence, July 27, 2017

The developer of a 950 MW natural gas-fired power plant in central Pennsylvania is expected to break ground on the $800 million project sometime next year.

Clinton County officials said Renovo Energy Center, which was announced in 2015, is on track to start construction in 2018. Renovo two years ago filed an application with the state Department of Environmental Protection. Bechtel Corp.’s infrastructure and financing arm, Bechtel Development Co., is behind the project. The combined-cycle facility is to be a dual-fuel facility that would use ultra-low sulfur diesel to generate electricity during gas supply interruptions.

The plant is to be sited on a 68-acre former rail yard site in Renovo, PA. Construction is expected to employ up to 500 people, with another 30 employed full-time after it enters service. Construction is expected to take more than two years. Renovo Energy plans to sell electricity into the wholesale market.

In addition to the turbines and steam generators, the proposed facility would include two auxiliary boilers, two emergency generators, an emergency firewater pump and a natural gas heater. The boilers and heater would only burn pipeline quality natural gas, the company said in its plan approval application. The emergency firewater pump and emergency generator would utilize the diesel fuel oil.


Gas-fired power plant in Lawrence County back on track

From an Article by Sara Welch, Shale Gas Reporter, August 23, 2017

Following a long delay, a natural gas-fired poweplant in western Pennsylvania’s Lawrence County could be back on track.

A 900-megawatt Hickory Run Energy plant in North Beaver Township was first proposed by LS Power Development in 2013, costing $750 million. The project stalled and was purchased by a subsidiary of Japan’s ITOCHU Corp. in 2016.

After purchasing the facility Tyr Energy upped its plans to 1,000 MW, and hoped to have the paperwork and financing completed midway through 2017 to start construction. South Korea’s KB Asset Management has agreed to invest $150 million in the project which will now cost $863 million.

See also: More Places to Burn Natural Gas – A FracTracker Article

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Shale Reporter October 25, 2017 at 4:56 pm

Two natural-gas fired projects approved in Ohio

From Sara Welch, Shale Gas Reporter, October 23, 2017

Earlier this month, the Ohio Power Siting Board approved the construction of two natural gas-fired, combined-cycle projects totaling 1,950 MW in Guernsey and Trumbull counties.

In a joint project, Apex Power Group and Caithness Energy are developing a 1,100 MW Guernsey Power Station in Valley Township. Meanwhile, the privately-owned Clean Energy Future-Trumbull is developing 940 MW Trumbull Energy Center in Lordstown.

The Guernsey plant is scheduled to begin construction in December and be operational by October 31, 2020. The Trumbull Energy Center is on track to begin construction in November 2017 and come online by June 2020.



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