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Business leaders throw support behind coal plant proposal

05/22/2015

Business leaders on Thursday outlined the economic devastation they say could come if New Mexico regulators fail to approve a plan to shut down part of a decades-old coal-fired power plant to meet a federal mandate.

TVA seeks public comment for future coal ash storage at Bull Run

05/22/2015

The Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) is asking for public input on plans to expand dry onsite storage of ash and other coal combustion products generated at Bull Run Fossil Plant.

Callaway Energy Center's Replacement Reactor Vessel Closure Head Project

05/21/2015

Replacing heavy equipment is one way utilities can extend the life and increase the reliability of their existing nuclear plants. As part of investing in its Callaway Energy Center, Ameren Missouri worked with AREVA Inc. to replace the reactor vessel closure head (RVCH) during a scheduled outage in fall 2014.

Achieving Optimal Economic Benefit from Air Inlet Cooling

05/21/2015

Gas turbines have been widely deployed in industrial applications for decades and are used to produce the power to drive propellers, pumps and compressors.

Who Owns the 'Risk' in First-of-a-Kind Gas Turbine Technology?

05/21/2015

Over the past decade there have been tremendous advances in gas turbine technologies that boost both unit size and efficiency.

Sealing the Deal to Great Performance

05/21/2015

Today, more than ever, peaking power demands are on the increase across the country. Due to substantial growth in renewable generation, grid reliability strategy has become considerably more complex.

Electrical cooperative pulls out of Kemper power plant deal

05/21/2015

The entity that procures power for many Mississippi electric cooperatives Wednesday pulled out of a deal to buy 15 percent of the $6.2 billion Kemper County power plant, blowing a hole in Mississippi Power's financing plan for the project.

Solvay and Enirgi Chemicals form joint venture

05/20/2015

Solvay and Enirgi Chemicals have created a 50-50 joint venture to speed up the development and offering of sodium bicarbonate based products and solutions to reduce airborne emissions from power plants in North America.

Obama frames global warming as national security threat

05/20/2015

President Barack Obama is framing the challenges of climate change as a matter of national security that threatens to aggravate poverty and political instability around the globe and jeopardize the readiness of U.S. forces.

Hickenlooper rejects GOP call to ignore EPA coal rules

05/20/2015

Gov. John Hickenlooper rejected Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's call for states to defy new federal pollution controls on coal-burning power plants, saying Colorado has a long history of protecting its environment - despite its heavy reliance on coal.

'Sunshine State' or not, Florida badly behind on solar power

05/19/2015

Residents of the Sunshine State are finding that harnessing Florida's abundant solar power is no simple task. With its bounty of sunny days, Florida ranks third in the nation in rooftop solar energy potential but 13th in the amount of solar energy generated, according to industry estimates.

Duke plans to build natural gas-fired plant in Asheville

05/19/2015

Duke Energy said Tuesday it will build a $750 million natural gas plant to replace its troubled coal-fired Asheville plant as the company turns to cleaner energy to generate electricity.

Board of Arizona utility OKs purchase of power plant share

05/19/2015

Officials with the Salt River Project have approved a $10 million purchase of a share in a coal-fired power plant on the Navajo Nation.

Environmental groups, EPA settle suit over Sherco emissions

05/18/2015

Clean air advocates, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and a subsidiary of Xcel Energy have reached a settlement that will reduce emissions from the Sherco plant in Sherburne County.

 DOE issues analysis of revamped Texas Clean Energy coal gasification project

DOE issues analysis of revamped Texas Clean Energy coal gasification project

05/18/2015

The U.S. Department of Energy on May 13 released a final supplemental analysis on the Texas Clean Energy Project (TCEP) of Summit Texas Clean Energy LLC, which covers some major changes to this coal gasification project, including a reduction in planned coal feed and the addition of options to fire the facility with regular natural gas.

Cheryl LaFleur addresses changes at FERC and in wider energy world

05/18/2015

There are plenty of changes taking place both at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) and the wider power and natural gas industry it regulates, FERC Commissioner Cheryl LaFleur told a May 15 gathering sponsored by ICF International in Washington, D.C.

Xcel Energy says more time needed for Clean Power Plan targets

05/18/2015

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) proposed Clean Power Plan (CPP) will cause a big shift in the country’s generating resources and will serve as an opportunity for job creation, but more time is needed to meet the plan’s goals, according to panelists at TransmissionHub’s TransForum West in Denver.

Duke pleads guilty in federal court for coal ash crimes

05/14/2015

Duke Energy pleaded guilty in federal court Thursday to environmental crimes and agreed to pay $102 million in fines and restitution for illegally discharging pollution from coal-ash dumps at five North Carolina power plants.

VIDEO: Executives call for electric markets fix

05/14/2015

An executive panel at an annual nuclear conference said reforms must be made to the electric market in order to recognize the value of baseload power sources such as nuclear and coal.

Consumers Energy closing second highest number of coal plants in nation

05/14/2015

 Consumers Energy plans to retire its seven oldest coal-fired generating plants by April 2016. These plants represent 32 percent of the company’s fleet and mean that only one other energy provider in the country is retiring a larger percentage of its coal plants.

PPL Montana VP Simonch to retire; Baker to head spinoff business

05/14/2015

Pete Simonich announced his retirement as vice president and Chief Operating Officer of PPL Montana effective June 1.

Weekly Coal Production Report

05/14/2015

The Weekly Coal Production Report has been updated for the week ended May 9, 2015.

EIA says gas generation could nearly catch up with coal this season

05/13/2015

The Energy Information Administration (EIA) released its Short-Term Energy Outlook on May 12 and it suggests that the amount of domestic electricity generated from natural gas could essentially catch up with coal’s share this spring.

W.Va. PSC staff wants APCo to justify plant closures

05/12/2015

The Public Service Commission's staff says Appalachian Power has given the regulatory agency little information justifying its decision to close three coal-fired power plants in West Virginia.

Patriot Coal files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection

05/12/2015

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - Patriot Coal Corp. filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection Tuesday for the second time in three years.

Democrats roll out revised plan to cap carbon emissions

05/12/2015

Washington state Democrats are re-crafting Gov. Jay Inslee's ambitious plan to make industrial polluters pay for their greenhouse gas emissions, hoping their version could win over some businesses and others wary of its impacts.

Genscape report says 8,700 MW to retire in PJM during May and June

05/11/2015

The already significant pace of coal plant retirements in PJM Interconnection is about to kick into high gear over the next couple of months, according to a new study by Genscape.

Santee Cooper begins work demolishing coal generating plant

05/11/2015

Work is getting underway this week on demolishing Santee Cooper's old Grainger generating station near Conway.

Savings from Indiana energy-efficiency law could be small

05/11/2015

A new law aimed at decreasing energy usage in Indiana might not save consumers money as advertised and could leave the state at risk of violating federal emissions rules, environmentalists say.

Hawaii lawmakers mandate 100 percent renewable energy by 2045

05/07/2015

Hawaii lawmakers voted 74-2 this week to pass the nation's first state-wide requirement for 100 percent renewable energy generation.  

Weekly Coal Production Report

05/07/2015

The Weekly Coal Production Report has been updated for the week ended May 2, 2015.

Maxim Power breaches financial covenants; sounds 'going concern' warning

05/06/2015

Maxim Power Corp. (TSX:MXG) said in a May 5 financial report that as of March 31, it has breached various financial covenants in relation to its Canadian bank facilities.

More people near coal ash pits told not to drink their water

05/06/2015

North Carolina officials are warning more residents living near Duke Energy's coal ash pits that it's not safe to drink or cook with their well water after tests showed contamination levels that is raising health concerns.

Duke seeks delay in suit over North Carolina coal ash spill

05/06/2015

A Delaware judge is considering Duke Energy's request for a six-month halt of a shareholder lawsuit prompted by a massive coal ash spill in North Carolina while the company tries to resolve related lawsuits and finalize a $102 million settlement of a federal criminal investigation.

Kansas Senate advances bill on state response to EPA rule

05/06/2015

A bill approved by the Kansas Senate would require legislators to sign off on the state's plan for complying with a federal rule aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions from power plants.

Dominion CEO: More power plants will be needed in Virginia

05/05/2015

Dominion (NYSE:D) is developing a lot of new generating capacity, especially natural gas, in its regulated Virginia territory, and that’s likely to continue, Dominion Chairman, President and CEO Thomas Farrell II said during a first quarter earnings call May 4.

Energy-producing states blast Obama climate change plan

05/05/2015

The Obama administration's far-reaching plan to address climate change would cause job losses and lead to higher electricity prices and even power outages, attorneys general from two energy-producing states said Tuesday.

EIA: Natural gas, renewables to meet increased electricity demand

05/04/2015

Natural gas and renewable energy generating sources are expected to meet all of the increase of electricity use between 2013 and 2040, according to a report from the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA).

Entergy Arkansas sees too many known unknowns to file a resource plan this year

05/04/2015

Citing uncertainties in areas ranging from clean-air compliance for coal-fired capacity and a pending deal to buy an existing gas-fired unit, Entergy Arkansas Inc. (EAI) on May 1 asked the Arkansas Public Service Commission for a delay of up to one year on its Oct. 31 deadline to filed its latest Integrated Resource Plan (IRP).

Dominion reports that Brunswick County combined-cycle plant is 60% complete

05/04/2015

Dominion (NYSE:D) has recently been developing a lot of new generating capacity, especially natural gas, in its regulated Virginia territory, and that’s likely to continue, Dominion Chairman, President and CEO Thomas Farrell II said during a first quarter earnings call May 4.

Oklahoma governor vetoes bill similar to her executive order

05/04/2015

Gov. Mary Fallin has vetoed two bills, including a Senate bill that requires the state to develop a plan to comply with Environmental Protection Agency rules regarding carbon emissions from coal-fired power plants.

Agreement would ensure coal supply for NM power plant

05/01/2015

The owners of a power plant that provides electricity to more than 2 million customers throughout the Southwest have reached an agreement that will ensure the plant is supplied with coal through 2022.

Weekly Coal Production Report

05/01/2015

The Weekly Coal Production Report has been updated for the week ended April 25, 2015.

Duke Energy to build lined coal ash landfills at Dan River, Sutton power plants

04/29/2015

Duke Energy (NYSE: DUK) announced plans to submit permits to construct lined onsite landfills at the Dan River Steam Station and the Sutton Plant in North Carolina to provide a permanent storage solution for more than 6 million tons of coal ash.

DOE projects captures, stores 10 million metric tons of CO2

04/28/2015

According to the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), a group of carbon capture and storage (CCS) projects supported by the DOE have safely captured 10 million metric tons of carbon dioxide (CO2).

AEP points out various issues as FERC responds to proposed Clean Power Plan

04/27/2015

American Electric Power Service Corp., on behalf of various other American Electric Power (NYSE: AEP) subsidiaries, told the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on April 24 that the commission must keep a lot of factors in mind, mainly grid reliability, in responding to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Clean Power Plan.

Coal ash recycling company successfully repurposes pond ash

04/24/2015

The SEFA Group Inc. recently opened a stand-alone Staged Turbulent Air Reactor (STAR) facility in Georgetown, S.C., at the Santee Cooper Winyah Generation Station.

Nuclear to generate up to 22% of Japan’s electricity under proposed plan

04/24/2015

Japan’s Economy, Trade and Industry ministry set a potential target for 20 to 22 percent of the nation’s electricity generation to come from nuclear power by 2030.

Callaway Energy Center's Replacement Reactor Vessel Closure Head Project

04/23/2015

Replacing heavy equipment is one way utilities can extend the life and increase the reliability of their existing nuclear plants. As part of investing in its Callaway Energy Center, Ameren Missouri worked with AREVA Inc. to replace the reactor vessel closure head (RVCH) during a scheduled outage in fall 2014.

NRC approves safety report for Westinghouse small modular nuclear reactor

04/23/2015

The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) approved Westinghouse Electric's testing approach for its small modular nuclear reactor (SMR) design.