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FP&L to buy and sell Cedar Bay coal-fired power plant

FP&L to buy, close coal-fired power plant


Florida Power & Light will buy and shut down a coal-fired power plant under a settlement agreement with the Office of Public Counsel.

The Weekly Coal Production Report has been updated for the week ended Aug 22, 2015.

08/22 Weekly Coal Production Report


The Weekly Coal Production Report has been updated for the week ended Aug 22, 2015.

Moody’s affirms Southern ratings, but changes outlook to negative

Deal for AGL comes at time of increasing "risk profile" for Southern, Moody finds


Now that Southern (NYSE:SO) has announced plans to buy AGL Resources (NYSE:GAS), Moody’s Investors Service has affirmed the Southern rating for commercial paper, but changed its outlook to “negative” on the utility holding company.

Federal judge dismisses most coal-fired emissions claims against Luminant

Judge rejects most claims in federal NSR lawsuit against Luminant


A federal judge on Aug. 21 dismissed most of the claims of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in a Clean Air Act case against Luminant Generation Co. LLC over coal-fired emissions, but left two of the claims in place for further review.

China US talks clean coal

China, US to talk "clean coal" as industry struggles


U.S. officials and the governors of coal-rich Western states are meeting with Chinese energy officials in a bid to advance so-called clean-coal technologies that have struggled to gain traction.

Shale, MATS, Clean Power Plan has companies burning more gas, less coal


American Electric Power Senior Vice President Timothy Light captured the current situation for many generators on Aug. 18 when he said "we are burning more gas and less coal."



Water's Journey


More so than at any other time in the power plant era, water from the beginning of its journey through a plant to its discharge must be viewed holistically.

Valves & Actuators


A single power plant uses hundreds of valves to control almost every aspect of its operation.

The Fall of the F-Class Turbine


For the first time in over 20 years, F-Class turbine technology no longer commands majority share in the North America 60 Hz heavy duty gas turbine market

FEEDing the Permitting Beast


The battle for a good permit begins well before the application is submitted, with the initial Front End Engineering Design (FEED) and development of conceptual engineering information used as inputs to permit modeling and development.

Economy from Thin Air


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EIA Weekly Coal Production Report

08/15 Weekly Coal Production Report


The Weekly Coal Production Report has been updated for the week ended Aug 15, 2015.

Tokyo Electric Power co. restructuring company nuclear thermal fuel transmission and distribution

TEPCO announces company restructuring


Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO) said it is restructuring the company April 1, 2016.

Kemper County IGCC coal gasification power plant Mississippi Power Southern Co.

To stave off bankruptcy, PSC grants rate hike to Mississippi Power


With the undisputed evidence showing that Mississippi Power "stands on the brink of bankruptcy," the Mississippi Public Service Commission on Aug. 13 granted a temporary rate hike to this Southern Co. (NYSE: SO) subsidiary that allows cost recovery on the over-budget Kemper coal gasification project.

Moody's downgrades Mississippi Power over Kemper IGCC power plant cost recovery

Moody's downgrades Mississippi Power over Kemper IGCC cost recovery


Moody's Investors Service has downgraded Southern (NYSE:SO) utility subsidiary Mississippi Power over lingering questions over rate recovery for the Kemper integrated gasification combined-cycle (IGCC) power plant.

Greenidge power plant air permit biomass natural gas waste oil

Greenridge coal plant in NY to be revived - without coal


The New York Department of Environmental Conservation is out for public comment until Sept. 11 on an air permit change that would allow the revival of Unit 4 of the Greenidge power plant, shut since 2011, with coal no longer an allowed fuel.

San Juan plan moves forward as PNM reaches settlement with key parties


PNM Resources’ New Mexico Utility, Public Service Co. of New Mexico (PNM), today filed with the New Mexico Public Regulation Commission (NMPRC) a settlement agreement regarding the plan to retire two units at San Juan Generating Station (SJGS). Following discussions, PNM and several key parties agreed on modifications to the original stipulation filed in October 2014. The agreement requires approval by the NMPRC.


Tucson power plant to stop using coal, switch to natural gas


As part of its plan to diversify the resources it relies on to generate electricity, Tucson Electric Power (TEP) said Thursday it will stop burning coal at its largest local power plant.

08/08 EIA Weekly Coal Production

08/08 Weekly Coal Production Report


The U.S. Energy Information Administration released its latest U.S. weekly coal production report.

Entergy Arkansas looks at end of coal use at White Bluff plant late next decade


The Sierra Club said Aug. 10 that the Entergy Arkansas (EAI) utility of Entergy Corp. (NYSE: ETR) has indicated plans for a proposed phase out of coal use at its White Bluff power plant in Redfield, Ark.

PacifiCorp clears way for permanent shutdown of Deer Creek coal mine in Utah


Due to quality issues with the coal reserves at PacifiCorp's Deer Creek mine in Utah and rising costs at PacifiCorp's wholly owned subsidiary, Energy West Mining, PacifiCorp believes the Deer Creek coal reserves are no longer able to be economically mined, said PacifiCorp parent Berkshire Hathaway Energy in its Aug. 7 quarterly Form 10-Q report.

Coal storage expansion causes dust concerns at Wisconsin power plant


With plans to increase the coal storage capacity at its Oak Creek power plant near Milwaukee, We Energies has recently raised concerns about human health and the environment. As reported in the Milwaukee Wisconsin Journal Sentinel, residents have been joined by environmental organization Clean Wisconsin to request that state regulators force the utility to better control coal dust drifting from the plant into nearby neighborhoods.

Arch Coal EPA water pollution settlement

Arch Coal settles water pollution violations at coal mines


Arch Coal Inc. and 14 of its subsidiaries under the International Coal Group Inc. (ICG) have agreed to upgrade operations to reduce coal-mine discharges into waters in several states.

Medway Generating Station

Simple-cycle natural gas-fired power plant breaks ground


Gemma Power Systems LLC received a limited notice to proceed to begin turnkey engineering, procurement and construction contract with Exelon West Medway II LLC for a simple-cycle natural gas-fired power plant in Massachusetts for $100 million.

EIA Weekly Coal Production Report

08/01 EIA's Weekly Coal Production Report


The Weekly Coal Production Report has been updated for the week ended Aug 1, 2015.

Power plant carbon emissions down

U.S. carbon pollution from power plants hits 27-year low


The Energy Department says heat-trapping pollution from U.S. power plants hit a 27-year low in April.

Carbon capture project at Parish coal-fired power plant slated for 2016 start

Commercial start eyed for late 2016 on Texas carbon capture project

Dominion Brunswick County power plant almost finished

Brunswick combined-cycle power plant is 75% complete, Dominion says


Dominion (NYSE:D) Chairman, President and CEO Thomas Farrell II said Aug. 5 that construction of the 1,400-MW Brunswick combined-cycle natural gas power plant in Virginia is 75% complete and there are roughly 1,400 workers on site.

Big Bend power plant to host solar power project

Tampa Electric to build largest solar project in Tampa Bay


Tampa Electric Co. has announced plans to build the largest solar array in the Tampa Bay area.

Fuel Tech supply air emissions control contacts ESP SCR SCNR

Company to supply emissions control equipment for $4.7M


Fuel Tech Inc. (Nasdaq: FTEK) received multiple air emissions control contracts totaling $4.7 million for customers in the U.S., Europe and China.

States to fight EPA carbon emissions rule

Nebraska to join other states challenging new EPA rules


Nebraska Attorney General Doug Peterson says the state will join others in a legal fight against new federal rules designed to cut greenhouse gas emissions from U.S. power plants.

Mitsubishi Hitachi group launches precipitator unit

Mitsubishi Hitachi companies launch emissions control unit


Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems Ltd. (MHPS), Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Mechatronics Systems Ltd. (MHI-MS), and Hitachi Plant Construction (HPC) will integrate the precipitator business of MHI-MS and HPC and launch a new MHPS group company.

Winners and losers in Clean Power Plan Associated Press

Who wins and loses under Obama's stricter power plant limits


President Barack Obama is mandating even steeper greenhouse gas cuts from U.S. power plants than previously expected, while granting states more time and broader options to comply.

Alpha Natural Resources files for bankruptcy

Coal mining and production company files for bankruptcy


Alpha Natural Resources Inc. and some of its wholly owned subsidiaries filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Virginia in Richmond.

Black & Veatch report says IPPs distributed generation net metering to change electric landscape

Report: IPPs, DG, and net metering to alter generation landscape in coming years


Independent power producers (IPP), distributed generation (DG), and net metering are among the factors that will most significantly alter the electricity generation landscape in the coming years.

Obama Clean Power Plan nuclear gas wind solar energy efficiency carbon capture and storage

Final EPA Clean Power Plan seeks 32% CO2 cut by 2030


The Obama administration said over the weekend that the revised Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Clean Power Plan will seek a 32% reduction of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions by 2030.

Reid Gardner coal-fired power plant settle lawsuit

Vegas-area coal plant owners to pay $4.3M to settle lawsuit


Operators of a coal-fired power plant outside Las Vegas are agreeing to pay $4.3 million to settle a lawsuit and clean up contamination that neighboring Native Americans blame for health problems and water pollution.

07/30 Weekly Coal Production Report

07/30 Weekly Coal Production Report


The U.S. Energy Information Administration has released its U.S. coal production report for the week ending July 25.

Walker says EPA should be limited 'umbrella organization'


Republican presidential candidate Scott Walker said Monday he would shift most of the responsibilities of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to state-based regulators, leaving the EPA to serve as an "umbrella organization" that would resolve disputes between them.

Report presents case for Wyoming wind power to California


California regulators could achieve savings in water use, electricity rates and greenhouse emissions by turning to Wyoming wind power to help offset the natural ups and downs of wind and solar power in their state, according to a University of Wyoming report released Monday.

Portland General Electric says natural gas-fired power plant is 60% complete

Portland General Electric reports Carty plant 60% complete


Portland General Electric Co. (NYSE:POR) said July 28 that construction of the 440-MW Carty natural gas-fired Carty baseload power plant near Boardman, Ore., is 60% complete.

PSEG Fossil natural gas-fired generating facility proposed

PSEG Fossil pursues new gas-fired capacity to replace deactivated Edison units


PSEG Fossil LLC has proposed a natural gas-fired generating facility located in Edison, New Jersey, under PJM Interconnection Queue Position #AA2-125.

EPA must redo air pollution limits in 13 states

Court orders EPA to redo air-pollution limits in 13 states


A federal appeals court on Tuesday ordered the Environmental Protection Agency to relax some limits it set on smokestack emissions that cross state lines and taint downwind areas with air pollution from power plants.

East Kentucky Power Cooperative

East Kentucky Power Cooperative wants to buy lease on 594-MW Bluegrass plant


East Kentucky Power Cooperative applied July 24 with the Kentucky Public Service Commission for approval to acquire and operate the existing simple-cycle combustion turbine facilities in LaGrange in Oldham County, Kentucky, from Bluegrass Generation Co. LLC and for approval to assume certain evidences of indebtedness related to this acquisition.

Paying for Kemper power plant dominates PSC primary races


For seven candidates contending in three primaries for seats on Mississippi's Public Service Commission, the issues in the race really boil down to one word: Kemper.

Commission expects no major Michigan power shortfall in 2016


The Michigan Public Service Commission says it's unlikely there will be a significant power shortage in the state next year.

Colorado officials ready for new carbon emission air rules


Colorado officials say they're ready for an expected EPA rule by next month that would require a 30 percent reduction in carbon-dioxide emissions nationwide by 2030.

Weekly Coal Production Report


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

Environmental groups ask judge to dismiss part of Duke suit


A coalition of environmental groups is supporting Duke Energy's effort to dismiss part of long-running lawsuit over pollution leaking from the company's coal ash dumps.