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The latest news, project announcements, reports, policy, legislation concerning electricity generation across global power and energy sectors, focusing on renewable energy news, fossil fuel, natural gas, hydrogen, clean energy, nuclear power and energy storage. This news will include digitalisation projects and smart grid developments in the power generation space.

Anti-corrosion bacteria

Scientists at the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) in the USA have developed a genetically engineered bacteria that can decrease the corrosion rate in the metals used in power plants.

Enhanced relay benefits

Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories Inc. has made a number of improvements to its SEL-300G generator relay in order to make it more flexible for application on any size generator.

Volvo Penta extends range

Volvo Penta has launched two new diesel engines for power generation applications, featuring intercoolers and electronic regulation of engine speed. The turbocharged, in-line engines extend the company`s existing 6 to 7 litre range and meet stringent emission limits.

Reforms pledge level playing field

The UK government has published its white paper on reforming the country`s electricity sector, identifying changes to improve competition and ensure a level playing field for different fuels.

UK

The electricity regulator has said that trading arrangements which allow Scottish regional electricity companies to manage the national grid as well as supply electricity to customers do not comply with the European directive on electricity competition.

Taipower privatization

The state-run power Taiwan Power Company will expand its capital base to NT$400bn ($11.5bn) from the current NT$300bn in line with privatization. The first issuance of shares is slated for 1999. The market price of stock will be set at NT$10 per share with three shares available to the public.

Boiler burners for chicken litter plant

UK-based company Hamworthy Combustion Engineering (HCE) has recently supplied burners and associated equipment to a Fibrowatt-owned power plant in Norfolk, UK, where chicken litter is used as the main fuel.

Fifth NFFO contracts

UK energy minister John Battle has published a list of projects which will generate electricity from renewable resources under the fifth round of the Non-Fossil Fuel Obligation (NFFO). A record 261 projects generating nearly 1200 MW will receive funding from the scheme.

Brazilian results

Electricity distributor Cemig has almost doubled its first half profits to Real175.2m, ($149m) from Real89m last year. The boost has been driven by new connections and increased consumption in the residential and commercial sectors. Meanwhile, Eletrobr?s, the Brazilian electricity generator holding company, saw earnings fall 14 per cent in the first half to Real1.25bn amid losses posted by its subsidiaries.

Bahrain

The government is planning to privatize the country`s power sector, and is currently evaluating its options. Electricity demand in the country is growing at five per cent per year, and the government estimates that it needs to spend BD100m ($296m) per year for the next seven years on the power sector to avoid electricity shortages.

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