NET Power Pioneers “Zero-Carbon” Gas-Fired Electric Plants

In 2017 and again in 2018 we brought you news about a Texas-based company called NET Power (see The World’s First Zero-Emissions Natgas-Fired Power Plant and Natural Gas with Zero Emissions? This Will Give Antis Heartburn). It seems a group of smart people at NET Power have figured out a way to capture all, as in 100%, of the carbon dioxide that comes from burning natural gas to produce heat to turn a turbine. There are no CO2 emissions that escape into the atmosphere. A company spokesman teased at a workshop held yesterday by the National Academy of Sciences that the company now has multiple plants under development around the world.
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Connecticut Approves New Natgas-Fired Electric Plant in Killingly

The State of Connecticut’s “Siting Council” has changed its mind. In 2016, NTE Energy proposed building a 650-megawatt natural gas-fired electric plant in Killingly. The Siting Council said NTE couldn’t justify the plant and refused to issue a certificate. In February, we reported the Siting Council was once again actively considering the project (see CT Wisely Reconsiders, Allows NatGas Power Plant to Proceed). Good news: the Siting Council has approved the project.
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Antis Ask NY DEC to Shut Down Operating Gas-Fired Plant

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo tried to stop a fully built, brand new natural gas-fired electric generating plant in Orange County from going operational last year by instructing his Dept. of Environmental Conservation (DEC) to deny renewing an air permit it had approved just five years earlier (see Cuomo Strikes Again: Blocks Completed Gas-Fired Plant from Starting). Fortunately a judge stepped in to prevent the DEC from shutting down the now-operational Competitive Power Ventures (CPV) 680-megawatt Valley Energy Center in Wawayanda (see Judge Refuses to Shut Down Orange County, NY Gas-Fired Plant). Cuomo’s corrupt DEC is just conducted public hearings on the air permit.
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CPV Marcellus-Fired Power Plant in Cambria “Ahead of Schedule”

Competitive Power Ventures (CPV) finally broke ground and began to build a new Marcellus gas-fired power plant in Cambria County, PA in October 2017 (see CPV Marcellus-Fired Power Plant in Cambria, PA Breaks Ground). Located 60 miles east of Pittsburgh, the CPV Fairview Energy Center is a 1,050-megawatt natural gas and ethane-fueled two-by-one combined-cycle electric generating plant expected to begin commercial operations in early 2020. It looks like that schedule may actually move up.
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LS Power Threatens to Pull $500M OH Project if Nukes Get Subsidies

LS Power, which owns a number of competitive power generation projects including the 700 megawatt dual-fuel simple cycle Troy Generating Facility located in Luckey, OH, is threatening to pull a $500 million plan to expand the Troy facility if Ohio proceeds to pass a new law subsidizing the state’s two nuclear plants. The subsidies would create an uneven playing field for natural gas-fired electric plants like the Troy facility.
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SWPA Gas-fired Electric Plant Project Gets French Investment

A project we’ve been tracking since 2017, a 620 megawatt Marcellus-fired electric plant in Greene County called Hill Top Energy Center (see our stories here), has just gotten a new investor–from France. Investment firm Ardian, based in Paris, announced it has purchased a 41.9% stake in the project. The price of the deal was not disclosed, although it’s easy to guess the number is in the hundreds of millions of dollars.
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1200 MW Chicago-area Gas-Fired Power Plant Begins Construction

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A gas-fired power plant project near Chicago not previously on our radar screen has just begun construction. Jackson Generation, a subsidiary of J-POWER USA, has begun construction of a huge new 1,200 megawatt natural gas-fired combined cycle facility in Will County, Illinois. In something of a change from the normal way these projects are built, J-POWER USA owns 100% interest in “Jackson” and is the sole developer of the project.
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Salesforce, Microsoft, LinkedIn, Apple Go Anti-Fossil Fuel

It may be time to boycott the products and services of Salesforce.com, Microsoft, LinkedIn (owned by Microsoft), Apple and other Big Tech firms who are attempting to force Dominion Energy to abandon plans to build clean-burning, natural gas-fired electric plants in Virginia to power data centers. To which we say, go find your electricity somewhere else, you fools. Go build your own solar farms and windmills, see how far you get in supplying your huge electric demands. And tell your customers “Oops, sorry!” when the electricity cuts out and the data centers go dark when the sun doesn’t shine and the wind doesn’t blow.
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Indiana Co Sets Up Shop in W PA Thx to Marcellus-Fired Gas Plants

Competitive Power Ventures (CPV) finally broke ground and began to build a new Marcellus gas-fired power plant in Cambria County, PA in October 2017 (see CPV Marcellus-Fired Power Plant in Cambria, PA Breaks Ground). Located 60 miles east of Pittsburgh, the CPV Fairview Energy Center is a 1,050-megawatt natural gas and ethane-fueled two-by-one combined-cycle electric generating plant expected to begin commercial operations in early 2020. An Indiana company supplying scaffolding to work on that plant was so impressed with the project, and others like it popping up in PA, that the company has decided to establish a branch operation in Johnstown, PA.
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Long Ridge Scores New OH Data Center for Utica-Fired Elec Plant

Long Ridge Energy Terminal

Nearly a month ago MDN told you the Long Ridge Energy Terminal in Monroe County, OH (transloading facility) has begun to build a 485-megawatt Utica gas-fired electric plant (see Work Begins on Gas-Fired Elec Plant in Monroe County, OH). The new Utica-fired plant will be up and running in “late 2021.” We now know at least one customer for that electricity: DP Facilities Inc.
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Antis Try to Block Baltimore Power Plant from Converting to NatGas

Global warming fundamentalists (our new term for radical environmentalists who irrationally hate all fossil fuels) are ramping up to oppose a plan to prevent a now-closed coal-fired electric power plant in Baltimore from reopening powered by natural gas. Because you know, global warming. And because we MUST dump the use of all fossil fuels by 2050 (the new “it” date) or earth will explode. This plant would have a useful life much longer than 2050. Can’t have that.
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Rhode Island Commits Energy Suicide – Rejects Gas-Fired Plant

Last September MDN told you that a new natgas-fired electric plant planned for the People’s Republic of Rhode Island in Burrillville was on life support, with antis reaching to pull the plug (see Proposed Rhode Island Gas-Fired Plant on Life Support). In March we told you the project wasn’t dead quite yet (see Proposed Rhode Island Gas-Fired Plant Still has a Pulse). But in May, the patient took a turn for the worst, going into arrhythmia (see Future of Invenergy’s Rhode Island Gas-Fired Power Plant “Uncertain”). We’re sorry to report the patient has died–at the hands of the RI Energy Facility Siting Board.
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New York Pulls the Trigger, Commits Energy Suicide with New Law

If you haven’t already, it’s probably time to get out of New York State. The State is about to implode economically and people will be leaving in even larger numbers than they already are, due to obscene taxes and (now) electric rates that will rival and surpass those in New England to become the highest rates in the Lower 48. NY’s fascist Democrats in the NY “legislature” (i.e. Politburo) are about to pass a law that will be signed by Dictator-in-Chief Andrew Cuomo, a law killing most electric generation from fossil fuels by 2045 (in 25 years). Which means no new natgas-fired power plants will get built in the state from this day forward, and some (most?) of NY’s gas-fired plants in operation will have to close.
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It’s Time to Launch the “Beyond Mike Bloomberg” Campaign

Michael Bloomberg, the billionaire former mayor of New York City who owns 12 houses, a private jet and a helicopter and has a bigger “carbon footprint” than some small states, presumes to know more about how you should get your electric power than you do. Cause, you know, he’s just smarter than you. Bloomberg has partnered with two of the absolute worst of the leftist/Communistic “environmental” organizations on the planet–the odious Sierra Club and Earthjustice–spending $500 million to launch a new “Beyond Carbon” campaign–to deny you the right to buy electricity from either coal OR natural gas-fired plants.
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