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Weekly Coal Production Report

03/26/2015

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

B&W lands $40M emission control contract for Colorado Springs Utilities

03/25/2015

Babcock & Wilcox Power Generation Group, Inc. (B&W PGG, NYSE: BWC) has been awarded a contract valued at $40.3 million by Colorado Springs Utilities (CSU) to engineer, procure, construct and commission an emissions control project for the Ray D. Nixon Power Plant, south of Colorado Springs.

Ankney proposes fees for companies that close coal plants

03/25/2015

A Republican senator has proposed fees be levied against companies that shut down coal-fired power plants in Montana.

House GOP wants to give states a break while the Clean Power Plan is fought out in court

03/25/2015

House Energy and Power Subcommittee Chairman Ed Whitfield, R-Ky., on March 23 unveiled a discussion draft of the Ratepayer Protection Act, which would empower states to not have to comply with the Clean Power Plan while inevitable lawsuits over it are fought out in court.

Justices to hear arguments over EPA mercury limits

03/25/2015

The Supreme Court is taking up a challenge by industry groups and Republican-led states that want to roll back Obama administration environmental rules aimed at reducing power plant emissions of mercury and other hazardous air pollutants that contribute to respiratory illnesses, birth defects and developmental problems in children.

New Mexico House votes to roll back renewable energy standard

03/24/2015

A measure reducing the amount of renewable energy sources utilities would have to tap to provide electricity for their customers by 2020 has narrowly passed the New Mexico House.

Duke Energy to appeal $25M fine by N.C. environmental regulators

03/24/2015

Duke Energy (NYSE: DUK) will appeal a $25.1 million penalty, imposed by North Carolina environmental regulators, over groundwater violations at the retired L.V. Sutton Steam Electric Plant.

Duke Energy utility customers could see lower electric bills

03/23/2015

People in eastern North Carolina may see lower electric bills as early as this fall if legislation filed in the House and Senate on Tuesday is approved quickly.

Indiana joins 10 states in opposing tougher EPA ozone limits

03/23/2015

Indiana Gov. Mike Pence and 10 other Republican governors are urging the federal government to drop a push for stricter standards on smog-forming pollution linked to asthma and respiratory illnesses, warning the proposed limits would harm their states' economies.

Senate leader urges all 50 governors to not comply with EPA's Clean Power Plan

03/23/2015

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., in a March 19 letter, called on the nation’s governors to reject the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed regulation that requires states to dramatically restructure their electricity systems based on how the agency thinks electricity should be produced and used in each state.

Brookings Institution finds coal cheap, abundant and controversial

03/23/2015

The Brookings Institution, the famous Washington, D.C. think-tank, is examining the coal industry in a series of publications, with the first being titled “Coal Markets in Motion.”

California first to feel hydro-power crunch of drought

03/23/2015

This winter's record-low snowfall means less hydroelectricity for California.

Natural gas may be considered for new UAF power plant

03/20/2015

The University of Alaska may consider natural gas for its proposed new power plant at UA Fairbanks after an initial design for a coal-fired plant came in well over budget.

RWE, E.On losing money on fossil-fueled power plants

03/20/2015

German utilities RWE and E.On released their 2014 Annual Earnings Statements, finding that the companies’ are not making a profit on its fossil-fueled power plants.

Economic study says EPA regulations threaten Wyoming coal

03/20/2015

A new economic study says pending federal regulations to limit carbon emissions from existing coal-fired power plants threaten to hit Wyoming's coal industry hard in coming years.

Energy efficiency might slow coal’s bleeding under EPA CO2 plan

03/19/2015

Natural gas combined-cycle generation is destined to benefit under the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Clean Power Plan, although the dash-to-gas won't be quite as severe if states make energy efficiency part of their compliance plan.

Weekly Coal Production Report

03/19/2015

The Weekly Coal Production Report has been updated for the week ended March 14, 2015.

San Juan Generating Station coal-fired New Mexico regulators shut down

New Mexico regulators to hear from public about power plant

03/18/2015

New Mexico regulators are scheduled to take more public testimony on a plan to shutter half of an aging coal-fired power plant that supplies communities around the Southwest.

Milwaukee medical center plans to buy power plant, convert to natural gas

03/18/2015

Milwaukee County Regional Medical Center is negotiating to buy a coal-burning power plant currently owned by We Energies in Wauwatosa, and plans to convert it to natural gas before the 2015 heating season, reports the Milwaukee, Wisconsin Journal Sentinel.

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GE to supply water treatment system at coal-fired power plant

03/18/2015

GE (NYSE: GE) said it will commission a reverse osmosis (RO) mobile water filtration system at a coal-fired power plant in Alaska.

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Duke Energy Progress purchase of Electrocities generating capacity could result in price decrease for utility customers

03/18/2015

People in eastern North Carolina may see lower electric bills as early as this fall if legislation filed in the House and Senate on Tuesday is approved quickly.

Martin Drake coal-fired power plant resumes operations after fire

03/17/2015

Products

03/16/2015

Collection of new products for the power generation markets.

Small Punch Testing Validates Steam Turbine for Continued Service

03/16/2015

EPRI's testing technique for evaluating fracture toughness behavior through small punch testing has been exercised to determine if a 60-plus year old low pressure steam turbine rotor has been supposedly degraded by age.

Transporting Coal Combustion Residues Using Pipe Conveyors

03/16/2015

Coal Combustion Residues (CCR), such as fly ash, are generated during the burning of coal.

A Wind Turbine that Looks Like a Tree… Kind Of

03/16/2015

To some, the hulking wind turbines used to generate about 4 percent of the electricity consumed in the U.S. are eye-sores. Some argue they are a blight on America's most majestic plains, hills and ocean views.

Upgrading Your ESP Performance

03/16/2015

Poor electrostatic precipitator performance can often be traced to an underperforming high voltage power supply. Learn how to boost the performance of your ESP and increase its particulate removal capacity.

Making the Blade: How and Where Wind Turbines Get Their Swoosh

03/16/2015

Advancements in wind turbine technology have led to taller wind towers, longer blades, and increased reliability. Read about the latest innovations related to wind turbines, turbine components, and other technological advances in the wind power industry.

Combined Cycle: The Preferred Option

03/16/2015

Power Engineering examines the benefits of modern gas turbine combined cycle systems and their uses in several new projects across North America.

Predictive Maintenance in Action

03/16/2015

After years of relying on preventive maintenance, the power generation industry is moving into new maintenance territory.

The Clean Power Plan, FutureGen, EPA and Jumbo Shrimp

03/16/2015

The Obama administration's policy on coal is like "jumbo shrimp." It's full of irony and contradictions.

Fire at coal- and natural gas-fired power plant injures one

03/16/2015

A fire at the Black Dog coal- and gas-fired power plant in Minnesota injured one person and forced 50 others out of the plant.

Rockport coal-gasification project canceled

03/16/2015

The Indiana Department of Environmental Management rescinded an air-quality permit for Leucadia National Corp.’s planned Rockport coal gasification plant.

IEA: Global CO2 emissions stalled in 2014

03/16/2015

The International Energy Agency (IEA) said global carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions in 2014 stalled, the first time in 40 years there was a halt or reduction in greenhouse gas emissions not tied to an economic downturn.

W.Va. governor signs bill touted by state's coal industry

03/13/2015

Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin has signed a bill lauded by the struggling coal industry and called dangerous by the miners' union.

Wash. bill to study impacts of closing Montana coal plant

03/13/2015

Washington lawmakers say they want to study the impacts of closing a huge coal-fired power plant in southeastern Montana that provide powers to the Northwest.

Utility to sell power plants, save customers $300M 


03/12/2015

New Hampshire's largest utility on Thursday announced it will sell off its fleet of power plants after months of negotiations with state officials, saying it will save customers at least $300 million.

Alberta’s largest natural gas-fired facility reaches operations

03/12/2015

ENMAX Corp. (ENMAX) and Capital Power Corp. (TSX: CPX, Capital Power) announced that the Shepard Energy Centre — an 800-MW natural gas-fired, combined-cycle facility located in east Calgary, Canada — is now fully operational.

Weekly Coal Production Report

03/12/2015

The Weekly Coal Production Report has been updated for the week ended March 7, 2015.

Power plant emissions control developer signs contracts in U.S. & China

03/12/2015

Fuel Tech Inc. (Nasdaq: FTEK) received $4.8 million worth of air emission control projects in the U.S. and China.

Duke Energy fined $25 million over coal ash pollution

03/10/2015

North Carolina environmental officials say they're fining Duke Energy $25 million over pollution that has been seeping into groundwater for years from a pair of coal ash pits at a retired power plant.

Miss. Power Co. announces start of gasifier at Kemper plant

03/10/2015

Mississippi Power Co. announced Monday that it had fired up gasifiers at its Kemper County power plant for the first time.

TVA plan outlines intent to shut more coal capacity in next couple of years

03/09/2015

A new draft environmental impact statement (EIS) released March 9 by the Tennessee Valley Authority outlines how the federal utility ot shutting down coal-fired power and shifting its generating mix toward cleaner sources, including gas, nuclear and solar.

FPL to acquire, retire coal-fired power plant

03/09/2015

Florida Power & Light Co. (FPL) filed a petition with the Florida Public Service Commission (FPSC) to acquire the 250-MW Cedar Bay Generating Plant, then retire the facility within two to three years.

Bills would guarantee dominance by 2 big Michigan utilities

03/06/2015

Michigan would end 15 years of competition in the electricity market and its 10 percent renewable power requirement would be left intact - but not rise - under a rewrite of the state's energy law proposed Thursday by a key Republican.

SwRI receives $9.9Mn from DOE to improve solar plant efficiency

03/05/2015

Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) has been awarded $4.9 million by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) as part of a $9.9 million continuation contract to manufacture and test high-efficiency supercritical CO2 (sCO2) hot gas turbo-expander and compact heat exchangers for concentrating solar power (CSP) plants.

Public to weigh in on plan to close part of coal-fired plant

03/05/2015

New Mexico regulators are set to take testimony on a plan by the state's largest electric provider to shut down part of an aging coal-fired power plant that serves customers throughout the Southwest.

Weekly Coal Production Report

03/05/2015

The Weekly Coal Production Report has been updated for the week ended February 28, 2015.

W.Va. gov signs bill letting lawmakers OK state carbon plan

03/04/2015

Democratic Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin has signed a bill letting lawmakers approve state plans to meet proposed federal carbon emission standards.

 W.Va. lawmakers clears bill touted by state's coal industry

W.Va. lawmakers clears bill touted by state's coal industry

03/02/2015

West Virginia lawmakers have approved a proposal lauded by the struggling coal industry and criticized as dangerous for worker safety by the miners' union.