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Russell Biomass Plant Cancelled: The Start of an Industry Trend?


On the heels of the recent biomass regulations imposed by the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources (DOER), the 50-MW Russell Biomass plant, which has been in the works since 2005, has been terminated.

NRG Bluewater receives lease for planned offshore wind project


The U.S. Department of the Interior and the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) announced that BOEM reached an agreement on a lease for a 450 MW commercial offshore wind project in federal waters off the coast of Delaware.

License approved for 3.3 GW hydroelectric plant in Brazil


Brazil's environmental regulator Ibama has granted an operating license for the 3.3 GW Jirau hydroelectric plant in the Amazon basin.

Regulators begin hearings to discuss nuclear power plant license renewal


Three judges of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s (NRC) Atomic Safety and Licensing Board Panel (ASLBP) will conduct an evidentiary hearing starting on Oct. 15 to address 10 technical and environmental challenges to the pending Indian Point nuclear power plant license renewal application.

EPA permit received for natural gas-fired power plant


Black Hills Corp. said that its subsidiaries Black Hills Power and Cheyenne Light, Fuel & Power were issued an air permit by the EPA to begin construction of a $237 million, 132 MW natural gas-fired power plant in Wyoming.

UniStar asks NRC to review denial of nuclear power plant


UniStar Nuclear Operating Services LLC and Calvert Cliffs 3 Nuclear Project LLC has asked the NRC to review the ASLB's denial of a license to build a third unit at the 1,750 MW Calvert Cliffs nuclear power plant in Maryland.

Eaton wins approvals for proposed merger


Eaton Corp. announced Sept. 25 that its previously announced acquisition of Cooper Industries plc has received clearance from South Korea’s Korean Fair Trade Commission and the Turkish Competition Authority.

NRG, GenOn merger plans move forward


NRG Energy Inc. and GenOn Energy Inc. received approvals Sept. 21 from the FTC and the Department of Justice for their previously announced plans for a merger.

Plans for natural gas-fired peaking power plant denied in California


The San Diego City Council rejected a rezoning plan to build a 100 MW natural gas-fired power plant near a regional park.

Chile scraps renewables target


Chile has scrapped its target of generating 20 per cent of its power from renewables by 2020.

Work to resume at Brazil's 11.2 GW Belo Monte electric plant


Just two weeks after a federal court shut down progress on the 11.2-GW Belo Monte hydropower project, a Supreme Court decision has overturned this work stoppage.

License for new nuclear power plant in Maryland denied


UniStar Nuclear Operating Services LLC and Calvert Cliffs 3 Nuclear Project LLC cannot build a third unit at the Calvert Cliffs nuclear power plant in Maryland.

Dynegy creditors approve reorganization plan, new Board of Directors


Dynegy Inc. and Dynegy Holdings LLC on August 27 said their creditors voted in support of their joint Plan of Reorganization, with creditors holding approximately $3.5 billion of claims, or over 99 percent of the value of claims that voted, approving the plan.

Two hydroelectric power projects receive approval in Brazil


The Brazilian energy minster approved two hydroelectric power plants totaling 485 MW of generating capacity.

Wind energy project in Brazil granted regulatory approval


Brazil’s Mining and Energy Ministry (MME) approved the independent production of power from four wind farms with a combined capacity of 120 MW.

New nuclear power plant receives EC approval in the UK


EFD Energy on August 6 said the European Commission has approved the construction and operation of a new nuclear power station at Hinkley Point in Somerset in south England.

UPDATE: NRC freezes new nuclear power plant licenses, license renewals


The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) on August 7 voted to put a hold on making final decisions on combined construction and operating licenses (COLs) for new nuclear power plants, and 20-year license renewals for existing plants in response to the Waste Confidence Rule decision of June 8th by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit.

Shaw Group one step closer to closing merger with Technip


The Shaw Group Inc. said that it was informed by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) of the early termination of the waiting period under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976 relating to the pending sale of its Energy & Chemicals business.

Nuclear fuel manufacturer has licensed renewed


The Nuclear Regulatory Commission renewed the operating license of Nuclear Fuel Services Inc. in Erwin, Tenn., for an additional 25 years.

Texas to cut red tape in CHP permitting


The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality approved a new permit by rule for combined heat and power systems that is expected to reduce regulatory delays and terminate some equipment costs associated with CHP systems.