The US could be home to up to two new energy-transfer stations in the next few years, with one of the biggest coming by 2030.
The US Department of Energy said on Thursday that it expects a total of 10,000 megawatts (MW) of electricity generated by wind, solar, geothermal and biomass to be transported to the country by 2030, a figure that’s expected to rise to around 25,000 MW.
New technologies are expected to increase that number to 50,000MW.
Energy Transfer Partners (ETP) is the US energy giant behind the Keystone XL pipeline that would connect the oil-rich Gulf of Mexico to the Canadian border.
In the US, the biggest single energy-transmission project is the Dakota Access Pipeline, which would transport oil from North Dakota to Illinois and Illinois to Nebraska.
But the pipeline is far from finished, with the project’s owners and construction workers facing a lawsuit over safety concerns.
ETP has been working on an alternative pipeline that it claims would be more environmentally friendly, but it hasn’t yet been built.
It has already completed the first phase of construction of the pipeline, but that’s still a long way from completion.
Its next big energy project is Energy Transfer Partners Energy East, which will connect the Atlantic coast of the US to the Gulf of St Lawrence, and which is expected to be completed in 2022.
Meanwhile, the Southern California Edison (SCE) utility, which owns Southern California Gas and Electric (SCLG), is working on plans to build two new gas pipelines, one for California and one for the New York and New Jersey.
As part of the project, the two new pipelines would be connected to the existing California-New Jersey-New York line, the San Onofre gas pipeline and the Lago Agrio pipeline.
According to the company, the new gas pipeline would bring gas from the Gulf Coast to the East Coast by 2025.
“The project is expected be completed by 2030 and would bring nearly 7.6 billion cubic feet (bcf) of gas to the market, according to SCE.
That means it will produce about the same amount of gas as the existing Lago San Marcos gas pipeline, which supplies about the US as a whole.”
We are in the final stages of our permitting process and will complete construction in 2019, but the final design for this project has not yet been announced,” SCE said in a statement.
More: The US has about 7.2 trillion cubic feet of natural gas, or around 4,000 billion cubic metres of gas equivalent per day.
US oil production peaked in 2010 at 5.7 billion barrels per day (bpd), but the decline has accelerated in recent years, and US production is forecast to peak in 2023.
China has been building its own gas pipelines to the Asia-Pacific region.
Earlier this month, China announced plans to increase its gas production to more than 5.2 bpd by 2030 to meet demand in the Middle East and Africa.