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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.

Regulators inch closer to final decision on coal power plant

04/23/2015

New Mexico regulators are moving closer to a final decision on a plan by the state's largest electric provider to replace part of an aging coal-fired plant with a mix of more coal, natural gas, nuclear and solar power.

Weekly Coal Production Report

04/23/2015

The Weekly Coal Production Report has been updated for the week ended April 18, 2015.

Residents near Duke ash dumps told not to drink well water

04/22/2015

North Carolina officials are advising dozens of residents near Duke Energy coal ash dumps not to drink or cook with water from their wells after tests showed contamination with toxic heavy metals.

Utility defends plans to replace power from San Juan plant

04/21/2015

New Mexico's largest electric provider is defending its plan to replace part of an aging coal-fired power plant with a mix of more coal, natural gas, nuclear and solar power.

Judge upholds sale of coal-fired power plant stake

04/20/2015

A judge affirmed a Kentucky Public Service Commission ruling that approved a utility’s plan to buy half of a 1,560-MW coal-fired power plant in West Virginia.

Dominion Virginia Power to close coal ash ponds in state

04/20/2015

Dominion Virginia Power is closing all its coal ash ponds in the state to comply with new state and federal standards, the utility announced Friday.

Hearing examiner rejects utility's plan to raise rates

04/20/2015

A state hearing examiner on Friday rejected a plan by New Mexico's largest electric provider that called for raising rates for residential and business customers and charging more for new solar customers to connect to the grid.

Six coal units in PJM deactivated between April 1 and April 16

04/20/2015

Five coal-fired units in Ohio of FirstEnergy (NYSE: FE) have been deactivated so far in April, up until the issuance of an April 16 version of PJM Interconnection's unit deactivation list.

MATS dubbed ‘one of the most draconian environmental regulations ever’

04/20/2015

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Mercury and Air Toxics Standards (MATS) have now taken effect and MATS represents one of the most draconian environmental regulations ever promulgated,” according to AllianceBernstein.

Power district converting coal plant unit to use hydrogen

04/20/2015

Nebraska Public Power District and a California-based manufacturer said they will collaborate on a project that will provide cleaner-burning hydrogen to a nearby power plant that will convert one of its coal-fired units, the district announced on Friday.

EIA: Coal-fired generation alive and well in the coming decade

04/17/2015

Coal-fired power generation from existing plants will increase through 2025, this according to the Annual Energy Outlook 2015 (AEO2015) report published by the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) this week.

PacifiCorp considers joining California ISO

04/17/2015

PacifiCorp signed a memorandum of understanding to explore full participation in the California Independent System Operator Corp. (ISO) as a participating transmission owner.

Ga. utility shutters power units to meet state regulations

04/17/2015

Georgia Power is shuttering coal and oil powered units throughout the state as part of a plan that was approved by the Georgia Public Service Commission.

Apple invests in China solar project, US forest conservation

04/17/2015

Apple is expanding its environmental efforts by investing in a new Chinese solar power project and preserving 36,000 acres of "sustainable" timberland in Maine and North Carolina.

Weekly Coal Production Report

04/16/2015

The Weekly Coal Production Report has been updated for the week ended April 11, 2015.

Conco to upgrade tubing at 1,400MW coal-fired power plant in Australia

04/16/2015

Conco Systems Pty. Ltd. in Heatherbrae, New South Wales, Australia, has received a contract to provide comprehensive retubing services for four units at the Stanwell Power Station, a 1,460-MW coal-fired power plant in Queensland, Australia.

Climate change plan faces high-profile legal test

04/16/2015

The centerpiece of the Obama administration's effort to tackle climate change is facing a high-profile legal test as a federal appeals court considers a plan that has triggered furious opposition from Republicans, industry figures and coal-reliant states.

Environmental groups sue TVA over Gallatin plant pollution

04/16/2015

Two Tennessee environmental groups claim toxic pollution from a coal-burning power plant is seeping into the Cumberland River and state regulators are not doing enough to stop it.

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04/15/2015

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Piping Prefab: Boosting Efficiency with Grooved Systems

04/15/2015

According to the Government Accountability Office, just over 42 GW or about 13 percent of coal-fired capacity has been retired since 2012 or is planned for retirement by 2025. The coming years will bring a boom in gas-fired plant construction as power producers rush to replace the retiring units. Indeed, there are currently more projects in the planning and design stage than we've seen in the last 15 years. With so much capacity to replace in a small window, strategies that reduce construction time will be vital, and the availability of skilled labor will be critical.

Optimizing Turbine Performance and Longevity through a Proactive Maintenance Approach

04/15/2015

Today, gas turbine owner/operators are under great pressure to advance operational productivity by optimizing equipment performance and longevity while minimizing downtime.

Security in Real Life: Two Case Studies

04/15/2015

The following describes two cases of "security in real life." The first is the security approach deployed at the Xcel Energy Pawnee plant, which was not subject to compliance regulations but was interested in developing a strong security posture using industry best practices. The second case is the approach deployed at Grant County PUD's Wanapum and Priest Rapids sites, which was geared towards achieving both a strong security posture and meeting NERC Critical Infrastructure Protection (CIP) version 3 compliance regulations to ensure WECC audit readiness for March 2014.

Repowering a Shuttered Plant: A Feasible Alternative for Decommissioning

04/15/2015

As regulatory restrictions have increased and renewable and cleaner sources of energy have become more available, smaller, less-efficient coal fired power plants are being forced to close.

The CCR Rule and FGD Ponds

04/15/2015

As has widely been reported, the U.S. EPA signed the final coal combustion residuals or CCR rule on December 19, 2014. The rule affects coal-fired power plants of electric utilities and independent power producers that use landfills or surface impoundments for the storage of their CCRs.

Invest In Coal: It's the Answer, Not the Problem

04/15/2015

Energy from fossil fuels is the lifeblood of modern society. Coal, oil and natural gas provide 85 percent of our energy and support an ever improving quality of life for billions across the world.

EPA's Clean Power Plan

White paper looks at state compliance with Clean Power Plan

04/15/2015

Cost-effectiveness, electric system reliability and achievement of the environmental goal “with integrity,” are key factors that state must consider in light of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Clean Power Plan, according to a recent white paper distributed by the Bipartisan Policy Center.

Georgia Power's coal-fired Plant Branch

Coal-fired power plant to close April 15

04/15/2015

Georgia Power said its coal-fired Plant Branch will close for good before an April 16th deadline.

FirstEnergy to close 3 northeast Ohio coal-burning plants

04/14/2015

FirstEnergy will close three coal-burning power plants on Wednesday as part of a company plan to comply with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency regulations on emissions of mercury and other air pollutants.

Judge blocks Navajo coal mine expansion in northwestern NM

04/13/2015

A federal judge has blocked efforts by a Navajo Nation coal mine to expand operations within its permitted area in northwestern New Mexico.

Duke Energy appeals $25M fine imposed by N.C. regulators

04/10/2015

Duke Energy (NYSE: DUK) appealed a $25.1 million penalty imposed by the North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources (NCDENR), on April 9.

MSU to phase out coal use at power plant, end it in 2016

04/09/2015

Michigan State University says it will phase out use of coal at its East Lansing power plant by the end of next year.

Weekly Coal Production Report

04/09/2015

The Weekly Coal Production Report has been updated for the week ended April 4, 2015.

Bloomberg adds $30 million to anti-coal campaign

04/08/2015

Billionaire Michael Bloomberg announced Wednesday that he is donating an additional $30 million to a Sierra Club initiative working to reduce U.S. use of coal.

Fuel Tech receives emission control contracts worth $2.2M

04/08/2015

Fuel Tech, Inc. — an engineering solutions company focused on combustion systems and emissions control in utility and industrial applications — has secured multiple air pollution control (APC) contracts from customers in China and the US, valued at approximately $2.2 million.

Western Energy Partners to develop gas, solar project in New Mexico

04/08/2015

Western Energy Partners, an energy development company, announced plans to develop, permit, construct and operate a 750-MW electricity generation project, near Waterflow, New Mexico.

Lawsuit challenging power plant's restart with gas dismissed

04/08/2015

A state judge has dismissed an environmental group's lawsuit challenging the restart of a Hudson Valley power plant using natural gas instead of coal.

San Juan Generating Station Albuquerque withdraws support for power plant plan

Albuquerque moves to withdraw support for power plant plan

04/07/2015

A plan by New Mexico's largest electric provider to replace part of an aging coal-fired power plant with more coal generation and a mix of natural gas, nuclear and solar power has run into another roadblock.

Celanese Corporation completes coal-to-gas conversion

Coal-to-gas conversion completed in Virginia

04/07/2015

A coal-to-gas power plant conversion was completed at a plant in Virginia.

FERC, EEI, DOE officials weigh in on EPA Clean Power Plan

04/06/2015

A member of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), the deputy secretary with the Department of Energy (DOE) and a vice president of the Edison Electric Institute (EEI) on April 2 offered differing perspectives on challenges posed by a federal plan to slash power sector carbon emissions.

TVA proposes new dewatering facility at Kingston Fossil Plant

04/06/2015

The Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) is proposing to design and build a new facility that would dry byproduct streams of bottom ash and pyrite at the Kingston Fossil Plant, as part of a commitment to change the way ash and coal products are handled.

AEP prepares to close 6 coal-fired plants in 4 states

04/06/2015

American Electric Power is preparing to close six coal-fired power plants in four states on May 31 to comply with stricter federal emissions standards.

Dynegy buys coal-, gas- and oil-fired power plants from Energy Capital Partners

04/02/2015

Dynegy Inc. (NYSE: DYN) finalized the acquisition of EquiPower Resources Corp and Brayton Point Holdings LLC from Energy Capital Partners (ECP).

Weekly Coal Production Report

04/02/2015

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

Groups oppose call by New Mexico utility for higher rates

04/01/2015

A proposal by New Mexico's largest electric provider to raise its rates is running into opposition.

Alliant subsidiary advances emissions projects at Iowa coal plants

04/01/2015

Interstate Power and Light (IPL), which is a subsidiary of Alliant Energy (NYSE: LNT), told the Iowa Utilities Board that it is undertaking a number of emissions-control projects for coal-fired capacity under its approved Emission Plan and Budget (EPB).

White paper explores idea of BLM imposing carbon tax on federal coal

04/01/2015

A just-released discussion paper from Resources for the Future (RFF), a Washington, D.C. think tank, floats the idea of imposing a carbon charge on coal extracted on federally-managed lands.