Power Generation

A list of some of the power generation articles I have written about. Amongst the related topics I have covered include the challenges faced by stakeholders such as investors, regulators, governments, and operators in investing, trading, developing, distributing and generating power throughout the world.

Wyoming has big plans for California

These two very different states will soon be connected by fossil fuel billionaire Philip Anschutz, who plans to build a 3,000 MW wind-power farm on his ranch in Wyoming and export the power to California through a new 730-mile HVDC (High Voltage Direct Current) Transmission line.  https://www.eniday.com/en/human_en/wyoming-billionaire-renewables-profits/

Energy markets report: anaerobic digestion

As part of a series of articles on the energy sector, we look at the headwinds and opportunities for investors and operators in biomass energy. http://natwest.contentlive.co.uk/content/ef35e888-6c6b-9ad1-8c90-f0d75dbd8112

Ensuring renewables’ reliability

As renewable energy becomes cost-competitive with conventional power sources, its market share has grown from 22 percent in 2012 to 29 percent in 2040 worldwide. However, for renewables to truly close the gap between present capacity and potential, the challenge of intermittency must be addressed… https://www.eniday.com/en/sparks_en/ensuring-renewables-reliability/

A new future with hybrid power plants

We have probably all read of hybrid cars and buses powered by a combination of petrol or diesel with batteries. The same approach to making electricity is being taken in the operation of hybrid power plants. Such plants often combine renewables, such as solar or wind power with fossil fuel generation. They are designed to […] https://www.docuenergy.com/a-new-future-with-hybrid-power-plants/

Helping to close Africa’s power deficit

Africa has a severe power deficit. It is astonishing that the 48 sub-Saharan countries of Africa generate roughly the same amount of power as Spain. Negligible power generation in sub-Saharan Africa partly explains the small fraction of the population with access to electricity.  http://www.nicnewmanoxford.com/helping-close-africas-power-deficit/

Why it pays to feed into anaerobic digestion

‘Clean growth’ has been earmarked in the government’s modern industrial strategy, and anaerobic digestion has much to offer smaller farmers and the economy as a whole. http://lombard.contentlive.co.uk/content/4f60cc4f-1f20-a251-aa85-b17cdb22a6fa

Optimise your bio-gas production

Improve yield and boost efficiency with the latest research, technology and innovation for anaerobic digestion plants. http://lombard.contentlive.co.uk/content/d3c8e973-477b-87c6-998d-954a2a0b28ca

Renewables: lessons from Morocco

The only country in North Africa without commercial-scale reserves of oil or gas is Morocco, which depends on imports of variable priced (but usually expensive) fossil fuels to satisfy domestic demand. http://www.nicnewmanoxford.com/renewables-lessons-morocco/

Energy revolution for Latin America

Latin America already leads the world in clean energy. For almost seven months in 2016, Costa Rica was powered entirely by renewable power, and Uruguay came close to achieving that goal. In 2014, according to the International Energy Agency, Latin America produced 53 percent of its electricity from renewable sources […] https://www.eniday.com/en/technology_en/clean-energy-latin-america/

Muck is money

Reprocessing and trading waste is a valued business in mainland Europe. As Anna-Carin Gripwell, Swedish Director of Waste Management Communications, explains, “waste today is a commodity in a different way than it has been. It is not only waste, it’s a business.” All kinds of waste is traded for profit. https://www.eniday.com/en/education_en/muck-organic-waste/

Where there is waste there is energy

There are many different types of waste, whether from households, industry or agriculture, that can be converted into heat or power. http://www.nicnewmanoxford.com/where-there-is-waste-there-is-energy/

How your business can benefit from producing its own energy

One way to lower energy costs is to produce your own energy. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/business/energy-efficiency/how-to-reduce-business-energy-costs/

Solving the demand and supply equation

Only 7 of 48 sub-Saharan countries have electrification rates above 50 percent, with the remainder averaging just 20 percent notes EY, Power Transaction and Trends, Q 2m 2015.  http://www.nicnewmanoxford.com/solving-demand-supply-equation/

10 Energy Predictions for 2030

Nic’s round-up of forecasts on global energy.  The big theme of coming years will be the growth in smaller scale energy projects and new entrants. http://www.nicnewmanoxford.com/10-energy-predictions-2030/

Farms that can harness energy will reap the rewards

Agriculture is one of the most innovative and energy-intensive industries around, find out how farmers are embracing new ideas to help slash costs, minimise risks, and even generate capital. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/business/energy-efficiency/energy-efficient-farming/

Making energy out of rubbish and sewage

Around the world, growing cities and towns are having problems with the rubbish and sewage they collect. In the past, the solution was to dump such refuse in large holes in the ground. However, in the case of sewage after treatment to dump the resultant effluent into nearby […]http://www.nicnewmanoxford.com/making-energy-rubbish-sewage/

South Africa’s gas-to-power IPP dreams rest on shaky foundations

South Africa’s inexperienced energy authorities must make choices on building two IPP gas-to-power projects in the face of inadequate evidence and volatile markets, writes Nicholas Newman http://www.nicnewmanoxford.com/south-africas-gas-power-ipp-dreams-rest-shaky-foundations/

Are gensets the answer to Africa’s power problem?

Africa is at a tipping point. Millions face power shortages due to unreliability. Could gen sets be the answer to these African energy prayers? Nicholas Newman reports Africa is a big market for gensets, according to Price Waterhouse Coopers. It expects expenditure to increase by around 10 per cent per year in sub-Saharan Africa. The current global diesel generator market is expected to rise from US$14.7bn in 2016 to US$17.6bn by 2020, representing a compound annual growth rate of 4.5 per cent. http://www.nicnewmanoxford.com/gensets-answer-africas-power-problem/

China’s renewables revolution

China has for the last few years, led the world, in terms of exploiting renewables. It has achieved much innovation in the renewable technologies it produces. By 2020, it expects it solar power generating to be producing at least 200 GW in a year and 250 GW of wind power. https://www.eniday.com/en/sparks_en/chinas-renewables-revolution/

Continental Shift: Africa’s emerging gas to power revolution

Continental Shift: Africa’s emerging gas to power revolution, a report just published, concerned with the issues of investing in gas fueled independent power production in sub-Saharan Africa, with a focus on South Africa. http://www.nicnewmanoxford.com/continental-shift-africas-emerging-gas-to-power-revolution-2/

Gas power in South Africa

Industry experts suggest that the country could be facing a potential power supply gap of between 10 to 15 GW by 2025 in the country, caused by the planned closure of 6 to 10 GW of life- expired coal plants, maintenance issues, delays in completion of existing planned power generation and distribution projects. http://www.gastechnews.com/lng/options-for-gas-power-in-south-africa/


How British NIMBYS are sabotaging renewables

Across the land, we have seen protests at planning meetings against new hydro, wind and solar schemes and the construction of new power lines to link such projects to the customer. The British Nimbys (Not in my back yard) have used every trick in the book to slow down renewable development. https://www.eniday.com/en/how-british-nimbys-are-sabotaging-renewables/#sthash.3TTUszoM.dpuf

Islands of Energy Potential

It is not surprising that islands are seeking more affordable and reliable power generation and storage solutions. There is a variety of solutions out there; such as wind and solar, together with other solutions that combine both traditional power generation technologies with renewables, such as pumped storage and batteries.  http://issuu.com/alaincharles/docs/atr_feb_2016/32?e=4518041/30414309

Nicholas Newman interviewed on That’s Oxford TV

Energy specialist Nicholas Newman, speaks with Alex Iszatt @alexontv about the government’s energy policy impact on renewable projects in Oxfordshire. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O3h7duVkPro

Mekong river dilemma

There are plans to construct along the Mekong River and its tributaries, some 12 hydroelectric dams along the upper section of the river between Laos and Thailand. https://www.eniday.com/en/mekong-river-dilemma/

Options for gas to power in South Africa

South Africa’s is facing chronic electricity supply problems, which have resulted in the power system being extremely constrained and vulnerable, which has resulted in load shedding at times.  Its problems are occurring, in part due to problems experienced in completing new generating and distribution capacity to meet on-going growth in demand. http://www.nicnewmanoxford.com/options-for-gas-to-power-in-south-africa-2/  and For more see http://www.slideshare.net/NicholasNewman1/options-for-gas-to-power-in-south-africa

Shedding light on South African Renewables

South Africa’s 2010/2011 public-private procurement programme for renewable energy is amongst the fastest- growing energy programmes in the world and represents one of Africa’s largest infrastructure investments which is already providing energy, jobs, technology, foreign direct investment, rural development, community benefits and a working relationship between government and business… – See more at: https://www.eniday.com/en/shedding-light-on-a-renewable-future/#sthash.yCRXRm1Z.dpuf

Continental Shift: Africa’s emerging gas to power revolution

Just come back from participating at ‘Continental Shift: Africa’s emerging gas to power revolution’. It was a very interesting meeting held in Bowman Gilfillan Africa Group offices, Sandton Johannesburg South Africa. The issues debated concerned investing in gas fueled independent power production in sub-Saharan Africa, with a focus on South Africa. Participants included leading experts in legal, banking, technological, fiscal, policy, LNG, project management and operational issues. http://www.nicnewmanoxford.com/continental-shift-africas-emerging-gas-to-power-revolution/

MOROCCO Aims to become a solar superpower

Now this hot dusty mud brick ancient trading city, south of Marrakesh, also known as the “door of the desert”, is the centre for another epic – an ambitious plan to build $9bn (£6bn) complex of four linked solar mega-plants that, alongside hydro and wind, will help provide nearly half of Morocco’s electricity from renewables by 2020 http://www.nicnewmanoxford.com/morocco-aims-to-become-a-solar-superpower/ 

Ethiopia aims to build 8,700 MW of hydro projects

Nicholas Newman Afrelec  27 May 2015 Ethiopia-aims-to-build-8700-mw-of-giant-hydro-projects-by-2017 Ethiopia aims to build 8,700 MW of giant hydro projects by 2017, but it faces competition in East Africa for investment capital. http://www.nicnewmanoxford.com/ethiopia-aims-to-build-8700-mw/

General Electric enters Africa’s dash for gas

GE unveiled its new 9HA series gas turbine in May at its Belfort factory in France and has its eyes set on the African power market, where demand for gas-fired technology is set to rise. http://newsbase.com/publications/afrelec-africa-power-monitor file:///D:/Downloads/AfrElec%20Week%2026.pdf page 4

Energy Storage a game changer?

Electricity storage offers a practical solution to the chronic problem of intermittency in renewable energy supplies. It can promise lower energy costs and also serves to replace conventional standby fossil plants.


Could you cut your business electricity costs with DECC’s Electricity Demand Reduction Pilot?

DECC’s Electricity Demand Reduction Pilot opens a new avenue towards cutting business electricity bills. http://blog.energ-group.com/blog/bid/391496/Could-you-cut-your-business-electricity-bills-with-DECC-s-Electricity-Demand-Reduction-Pilot

National Grid Demand Side Balancing Reserve

The National Grid is introducing new schemes which encourages businesses to switch off electricity to save money. http://blog.energ-group.com/blog/bid/392578/National-Grid-Demand-Side-Balancing-Reserve

Japan’s Renewable Energy Surge

Following the Fukushima disaster in April 2011, Japan the world’s third largest economy, closed down all but two of its 50 main nuclear reactors responsible for providing around 30% of Japan’s electricity (World Nuclear Association, May 2013). In September 2013, Japan’s last operating nuclear reactor was idled for maintenance and Japan became nuclear free.  see page 41 http://content.yudu.com/Library/A2txsi/PetroleumReviewMay20/resources/41.htm

The Challenges of European Energy Infrastructure Finance

Energy infrastructure construction is expected to “take off” and undergo rapid growth in coming years. The world’s demand for global energy infrastructure investments is projected to reach some €421.14 billion in each year to 2030, of which 60% will be spent on electricity. Power generation as a whole will account for 46% and the remainder will be spread between transmission and distribution, according to the International  Energy Agency.1 Despite the European aspiration to decarbonize the power sector, coal-based power generation is increasing with some 1200 coal-fired power plants planned to be built in 59 countries. http://cornerstonemag.net/the-challenges-of-european-energy-infrastructure-finance/

Are Europe’s gas power generators turning into zombie companies?

It appears that Europe’s gas generators, are in danger of turning into zombie companies, suggests Hugh Sharman Owner, Incoteco (Denmark) ApS. They finding it increasingly difficult coping with the market created by uncontrolled expansion of “free” but heavily subsidised renewables and the dumping of cheap imported coal from the United States. Unfavourable market conditions and negative gas power generation are forcing companies to lose money hand over fist, suggests Guido Custer Managing Director a t Delta Energy. http://www.oxfordprospect.co.uk/Are-Europes-gas-power-generators-turning-into-zombie-companies.html

Storing the spark!

There is increasing concern about how to integrate renewable energy into the grid. One technology being examined is power storage as a method to overcome the intermittency issues of renewable power. The search for a solution is vital as worldwide, governments are setting evermore ambitious targets for sourcing of electricity from renewables.  http://www.oxfordprospect.co.uk/Storing-the-spark!-An-overview-of-the-current-state-of-energy-storage.html

Ready for a revolution? Japan

Drastic reforms are needed if Japan is to overcome its power crisis. Proposed remedies include unbundling transmission and distribution grids from the country’s ten major region power companies so that new entrants can enter the market. But Nicholas Newman asks if Japan is ready for such changes and will they work.  http://www.powerengineeringint.com/articles/print/volume-20/issue-8/power-report/ready-for-a-revolution.html

Energy storage technologies on the way

Wind and solar power present two major problems to electricity grid operators – intermittent operation and an inability to be dispatched. That’s where energy storage technologies may come in. Nicholas Newman reviews the technologies. http://www.energyinst.org/information-centre/ei-publications/energy-world/energy-world-jul-aug-2012

Great Expectations: India’s hopes for solar power growth

India is looking to solar power as part of its plans to mend its chronically dysfunctional power sector. Solar power is seen by both the federal government in Delhi and state governments as an essential contributor to help meet increasing demands for power. http://www.powerengineeringint.com/articles/print/volume-20/issue-6/features/great-expectations-indias-hopes-for-solar-power-growth.html

A question of how much energy storage does the UK need?

Many promoters of large-scale energy storage argue that the main case for it is to store excess renewable electricity for use during times of undersupply; for instance, when the wind does not blow or the sun fails to shine. The $64 thousand question lies in determining how much actual energy storage capacity is necessary to ensure secure back-up energy supplies.

From power-hungry to power for the people?

Nigeria is a perfect example of years of energy leadership failure — a situation currently being overturned with an ambitious power-sector reform plan. Under President Goodluck Jonathan, who came to power in 2010, ‘Vision for Nigeria’ targets achieving an output of 40 000 MW by 2020. This requires an investment in power-generating capacity alone of at least $10 billion a year over the next decade, as well as substantial investments in transmission and distribution.   http://www.powerengineeringint.com/articles/print/volume-20/issue-5/power-report/from-power-hungry-to-power-for-the-people.html

A crisis in leadership in Japan’s nuclear industry.

Failing to make the right decision is easy to do. Regrettably, despite years of technological progress and experience, governments and energy companies continue to make such mistakes. Nevertheless, due to the increasing scale of investment and environmental hazards that the industry faces, the world energy leadership needs to do better than it has in the past. http://www.oxfordprospect.co.uk/A-crisis-in-leadership-in-Japan’s-nuclear-industry.html

Latin America an uncertain place for investors

Last week was bad news for foreign investors in Argentina; the question is, will investors in other Latin American countries face similar uncertainties. Currently, countries such as Brazil, Chile and Colombia are experiencing rapid growth, which is viewed with envy by many Western governments. http://www.oxfordprospect.co.uk/Latin-America-an-uncertain-place-for-power-sector-investors.html

Sub-Saharan Africa hungers for power

In terms of its per-capita endowment of primary energy, sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) is close to the global average. Its 800 million people make up about 9 per cent of the world’s population and they are estimated to share 8 per cent of global gas reserves, 10 per cent of the world’s oil, and 13 per … 2011-10-01  http://www.powerengineeringint.com/articles/print/volume-19/issue-9/power-report/sub-saharan-africa-hungers-for-power.html

Norway: Europe’s Powerhouse?

Could Norway’s policy commitment to de-carbonisation of its economy, just mean it is exporting production of its CO2 emmissions abroad? www.oxfordprospect.co.uk/ Norway-Europe’s-Powerhouse.html

Are the Kremlin’s power market reforms in danger?

Did you know we could be seeing the end to Russia’s power sector liberalisation? Russia’s state controlled energy giant Gazprom and Ranova a private-sector investment fund are planning to merge their interests in the nation’s six largest generating companies   www.oxfordprospect.co.uk/ Are-the-Kremlin’s-power-market-reforms-in-danger .html

Australia’s Clean Coal Drive

Coal’s dominant share cent of Australia’s generation mix (around 80 per cent) is poised to halve over the coming decades as more gas and renewable generation come on-stream. 2011-07-01   www.powerengineeringint.com/…/issue-7/features/ australias-clean-coal-drive.html

Australian power politics

Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard faces stiff opposition from the public, business and politicians to her radical carbon tax policies. Her newly announced policies that will see the nation’s top 500 greenhouse-gas polluters, hit by a crippling new carbon tax. www.oxfordprospect.co.uk/ Australian-power-politics.html

East Asia – a nuclear hotspot?

By 2050, at least half the world’s new nuclear power plants are likely to be built in East Asia. Most of these planned plants will be built in China, Taiwan and South Korea. However, there are tentative proposals for other plants to be erected elsewhere in the region, including Thailand, Vietnam and Indonesia. http://newmanenergy.blogspot.co.uk/2011/12/east-asia-nuclear-hotspot.html

Berlusconi’s power problems

Italy has been moving steadily along the path towards liberalizing its power sector as part of Rome’s efforts to implement EU energy policy over the past decade. However, the challenges then facing the Italian power sector still remain today, not least the problem of providing affordable and secure … 2011-05-01  http://www.powerengineeringint.com/articles/print/volume-19/issue-5/power-gen-europe-focus/berlusconis-power-problems.html

Indonesia wrestles with its chronic electricity crisis

Crisis was the term Indonesia’s president Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono chose to describe his country’s electricity problems. Dahlan Iskan, CEO of state-owned power company PT PLN (Persero), has also admitted the country’s supply of electricity is very limited. PLN has encountered power shortages in 250 … 2010-10-01  http://www.powerengineeringint.com/articles/print/volume-18/issue-9/power-report/indonesia-wrestles-with-its-chronic-electricity-crisis.html

The Balkans: In need of a jolt

Problems including war-damaged infrastructure, unrealistic power prices and insufficient investment trouble southeast Europe. Although the EU is helping the region, will it be able to avoid a looming electricity crisis? 2010-05-01  http://www.powerengineeringint.com/articles/print/volume-18/issue-5/features/the-balkans-in-need-of-a-jolt.html

Decentralized energy aids Cuba’s power struggles

Cuba’s power generation capacity is hampered by a severe lack of investment and the continued trade sanctions imposed by the United States, but in typical style it has improvised to make the best of a bad situation. 2009-12-01  http://www.powerengineeringint.com/articles/print/volume-17/issue-12/power-reports/decentralized-energy-aids-cubarsquos-power-struggles.html

 Britain’s Renewable Energy Policy Questioned

Growing scepticism has led in recent months to a House of Lords inquiry into the economics of renewable energy, and into the practicability of achieving the government’s ambitions to dramatically increase the share that renewables plays in the UK energy mix, especially the usage of wind power in electricity generation.   http://www.oxfordprospect.co.uk/Britain’s-Renewable-Energy-Policy-Questioned.html

Italy Power Review

Italian consumers today, pay amongst the highest electricity prices in Europe reports Italy’s AEEG (Anti-trust Authority for Electricity and Gas). This is due, in part, to the high usage of natural gas and weak competition in the market. http://www.oxfordprospect.co.uk/Italy-Power-Review.html

Cuba’s Energy Future:

Cuba’s Energy Future is written by a team of policy makers, scholars and analysts at Washington’s Brookings Institute, led by Jonathan Benjamin-Alvarado. This book, poses the challenging question what steps can Cuba take to achieve both short term and long-term energy sustainability and self-sufficiency. http://www.oxfordprospect.co.uk/Cuba’s-Energy-Future.html