Electricity generation from fossil fuels has been an integral component of our generation portfolio since commercial electricity’s inception in the late nineteenth century. Today, fossil fuel plants account for nearly two thirds of the world’s electricity production.
As a reliable source of baseload power with low operating costs, fossil fuels remain an attractive option for the electricity industry. Environmental performance and emissions controls have now ushered in a new age of fossil fuel generation that strives towards a low-carbon future. Research and development efforts can help utilities reduce emissions from current assets and build new and increasingly efficient generating units with advanced emission control technologies.