Xcel postpones coal-fired power plant conversion

Xcel Energy (NYSE: XEL) is postponing a planned $600 million conversion of its Black Dog Power Plant to natural gas at least until 2014.

The St. Paul Pioneer Press reported that project would have increased capacity at the plant from 253 MW to 700 MW and reduced emissions. Black Dog currently runs on coal- and natural gas-fueled units but would have been switched completely to natural gas.

Xcel Energy filed an update to its Resource Plan it filed with the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission Dec. 1 reportedly saying there were significant changes made, including plans to assess a $250 million uprate at its Prairie Island Nuclear Generating Plant from 1,100 MW to 1,264 MW. Xcel expected the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission to improve the increase, but the NRC wants to incorporate lessons learned from the Fukushima plant in Japan, pushing back the approval process to 2016, the article said.

Read more coal retrofits and upgrades news

 

Sponsored by FLSmidth

Related Articles

 Nuclear company Areva in turmoil after billions in losses

Nuclear company Areva in turmoil after billions in losses

Nuclear manufacturer Areva has announced a 4.8 billion euro loss for 2014, more than its entire market value, plunging the powerful French nuclear industry into turmoil.

 Electric utility Dominion flexes political muscles in Virginia

Electric utility Dominion flexes political muscles in Virginia

Virginia's 2015 legislative session was a good one for energy giant Dominion Resources Inc. (NYSE: D), the state's most politically influential company.

Follow Power Engineering on Twitter
Latest News

Wylfa nuclear power plant to restart in a week

The Wylfa nuclear power plant in the UK is expected to restart soon after being shut down sin...
Coal Ash

Power Engineering Photo of the Day

03/25 Henry Hub Average Natural Gas Spot Prices

03/25 Henry Hub Average Natural Gas Spot Prices

The Henry Hub is the pricing point for natural gas futures contracts traded on the New York M...

Westinghouse asked to take 49% share of Bulgaria nuclear power plant

Bulgaria has asked Westinghouse Electric Co. to take up a 49 percent stake in the country’s n...

Dominion Va. Power proposes $1 bn, natural gas-fired power plant

Dominion Virginia Power (NYSE: D) said the company is proposing to build a $1 billion, 1,600-...

Weekly Coal Production Report

The Weekly Coal Production Report has been updated for the week ended March 21, 2015.

Westinghouse, German companies to offer nuclear decommissioning services

Westinghouse Electric Co. signed an agreement with HOCHTIEF team to offer integrated decommis...

ENEC files for nuclear power plant operating licenses

The Emirates Nuclear Energy Corp. (ENEC) filed the operating license application for two nucl...

Power Engineering Current Issue

02/01/2015
Volume 119, Issue 2
1502PE-cover
Products Showcase
Dynamic Fluoride Ion cleaning DFIC of industrial natural gas turbines Hi-Tech Furnace Systems

Dynamic Fluoride Ion Cleaning of IGT Parts

The Dynamic Fluoride Ion Cleaning (DFIC) Process from Hi-Tech Furnace Systems is able to clean deep, narrow cracks of oxides by cycling between negative, atmospheric, and positive pressure.

Archived Articles

2000 | 2001 | 2002 | 2003 | 2004 | 2005 | 2006 | 2007 | 2008 | 2009 | 2010 | 2011 | 2012 | 2013 | 2014 | 2015

Power Industry Wire News

Murray Energy's Controlling Interest of Foresight Creates U.S. Coal Mining Giant, an Industrial Info News Alert

Murray Energy's Controlling Interest of Foresight Creates U.S. Coal Mining Giant, an In...

Canadian Overseas Petroleum Reports 2014 Year End Results

Canadian Overseas Petroleum Reports 2014 Year End Results

ISO Board Appoints New Member to EIM Transitional Committee

ISO Board Appoints New Member to EIM Transitional Committee

Technology Pioneer Brings Lifelong Passion for Innovation to BuildingDNA as New CTO

Technology Pioneer Brings Lifelong Passion for Innovation to BuildingDNA as New CTO

EVTN Announces Voraxial Order for Produced Water Treatment

EVTN Announces Voraxial Order for Produced Water Treatment

Power Engineering

Article Archives for Power Engineering Magazine

Continuing Education

Professional Development Hours

To access a course listing associated to a specific topic listed below, click on the topic of choice from the list below.

Latest Energy Jobs

View more Job Listings >>