Sunday, April 2, 2017

US To Add The Equivalent Of Fifty 250-MW Natural Gas Power Plants This Year (2017) -- April 2, 2017

The other day it was noted that Otter Tail Power would be building a 250-MW natural gas power plant in eastern South Dakota.

Yesterday the EIA noted that thirteen gigawatts of natural gas-fired power generating capacity would be added in the United States in 2017.

Curious: how many 250-MW natural gas power plants need to be constructed to generate 13 gigawatts of generating capacity? 13,000,000,000 divided by 250,000,000 = 52 power plants.

In 2017. One year. Making American great. Again.

Disclaimer: I often make simple arithmetic errors.

From the linked article:
In 2017, 13 gigawatts (GW) of natural gas-fired generating capacity is scheduled to come online in the United States, adding to total end-of-2016 natural gas-fired capacity of 431 GW. More than 90% of these capacity additions are coming from combined-cycle power plants, which offer improved efficiency over simple-cycle combustion turbines or steam turbines alone. So far in 2017, two combined-cycle facilities—over 1 GW in total—have been completed and put into service.
That is 2017. The data for 2016 is at this post.

Public Transportation

This isn't going to happen, but it's being talked about:
The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority is proposing to eliminate all weekend commuter rail service and thousands of door-to-door rides for disabled passengers for a year, part of a series of cost-cutting moves to close a $42 million budget deficit.
Public transportation is a frequent topic over at The Coyote Blog. This post was particularly illuminating.


  1. If Trump is ending the war on coal why all the gas fired power plants? How is this development going to help the coal industry?