Wind farm plan adds solar and battery energy storage in the Tri-Cities

BENTON COUNTY, Wash. – Scout Clean Energy (“Scout”), announced plans to add solar and battery storage components to a proposed wind farm that would be located just south of the Tri-Cities in Benton County, Washington. The innovative development will combine wind energy, solar energy, and battery energy storage in the same location – making more renewable energy available to customers during lower wind periods, and for short durations when the sun is not shining, and the wind is not blowing.  “Throughout the development process, our team has been diligently examining…

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Unutilized capacity of government LNG Regasification Terminals to be auctioned

ISLAMABAD: The government has decided to auction unutilized capacity of LNG Regasification Terminals not under government’s use on a short-term basis, Business Recorder reported on Wednesday. Currently two LNG Regasification Terminals are operational, one each under Sui Southern Gas Company Limited (SSGCL) and Pakistan LNG Terminals Limited (PLTL). While SSGCL terminal is operating near capacity, the PLTL terminal is under-utilized with an average utilization of only 51 percent in 2019-20. This excess and unutilized capacity is causing the tarrif to shoot up from the levelized tarrif which casued additional burden of…

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K-Electric’s licence should be suspended: SHC

KARACHI: The Sindh High Court (SHC) on Friday directed the K-Electric (KE) to end unscheduled load-shedding and remove illegal connections from across the city. A two-member bench, comprising Justice Khadim Hussain M Shaikh and Justice Arshad Hussain Khan, was hearing a plea seeking the disconnection of illegal connections and an end to power cuts in exempted areas. Justice Shaikh observed that everyone in Karachi was complaining about the power utility, adding that the lives of Karachi’s people had been rendered miserable by illegal connections and unannounced power outages. “In such…

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Thar Coal Block-II mine & power projects complete 1st year of successful operations

KARACHI – July 10, 2020:  Engro Powergen Thar (Private) Limited (EPTL) – a majority owned Company of Engro Energy – and Sindh Engro Coal Mining Company (SECMC) – a joint venture  of the Government of Sindh and Engro Energy with other corporate partners – have successfully completed one full year of commercial operations of both Block II mine and power plant.  SECMC successfully unearthed the first layer of coal in June 2018, completed all steady state production of on-specification coal and commenced commercial operations for 3.8 million tons per annum…

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Construction of the first solar + storage array for New York campus underway

The State University of New York at Fredonia (SUNY Fredonia) announced that construction is starting on its first solar/battery project. The New York Power Authority (NYPA), as the campus’ energy advisor, is overseeing the project. Selected in a competitive bidding process, the state’s strategic partners Oriden, a Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems venture, and Solar Liberty are designing, installing and financing the 1.4-MW ground-mount solar plus 500-kW, 3-hour energy storage system. The solar-plus-storage solution will provide about 1.7 gigawatt hours of energy and offset an average 432,000 pounds of carbon dioxide…

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Petroleum Division seeks incentives for LPG import

The Cabinet Committee on Energy (CCOE) on Saturday constituted a high-level committee that would review a set of incentives for the import of liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) by public sector companies in a bid to provide the fuel to remote and hilly areas. The Petroleum Division presented the incentives to the cabinet committee, in a meeting held on Saturday and headed by Federal Minister for Planning, Development and Special Initiatives Asad Umar, for approval. These included reduction in the upfront tax from the existing 5.5% to zero and 2% on…

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World leaders’ Call to Action on COVID-19

Water, sanitation and hand hygiene, together with physical distancing, are central to preventing the spread of COVID-19, and a first line of defence against this serious threat to lives and health systems. Handwashing with water and soap kills the virus but requires access to running water in sufficient quantities. Our response plans – at national, regional and global levels – must therefore prioritize water, sanitation and hygiene services. Leaders that recognize the role of water, sanitation and hygiene in preventing the spread of COVID-19, will save lives. Leaders that prioritize…

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Oil turns positive as Saudi Arabia says it will reduce output further

Oil prices reversed gains and turned positive on Monday after Saudi Arabia’s energy minister said the kingdom aims to provide additional voluntary cuts in an effort to support global markets. Brent crude futures gained 26 cents to trade at $31.23 per barrel, U.S. West Texas Intermediate crude futures gained 43 cents to trade at $25.18 per barrel. Gains were capped, however, as concerns over a persistent glut and economic gloom caused by the coronavirus pandemic combined to cancel out support from supply cuts at some of the world’s top producers.…

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CNG, Electricity & Gas Prices to Get a Major Cut as RLNG Prices Reduced by 20%

The government has reduced the prices of re-gasified liquefied natural gas (RLNG) by 21.63% or $2.0729/mmbtu for Sui Northern Gas Company (SNGPL) and 18.9% or 1.8061/mmbtu for end consumers of the Sui Southern Gas Company (SSGC) for May. According to the notification issued by the Oil and Gas Regulatory Authority (OGRA), the RLNG prices were decreased for the consumers of both the state owned gas distribution companies for the month of May. Due to the lockdown in the country with significant reduction in the international prices of Brent Oil, the prices…

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Govt slashes RLNG prices by up to 21.6pc for May

ISLAMABAD: The government on Thursday reduced price of re-gasified liquefied natural gas (RLNG) for May 2020 by 21.63 percent for Sui Northern Gas Pipelines Limited (SNGPL) and 18.9 percent for Sui Southern Gas Company (SSGC) over the previous month following a sharp decline in international crude oil price. The Oil and Gas Regulatory Authority (OGRA) notified the RLNG prices by setting the new prices at $7.5105/mmbtu for the consumers of SNGPL and $7.7521/mmbtu for Last month, the RLNG price for SNGPL was $9.5834/mmbtu and for SSGC, it was $9.5582/mmbtu. In…

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