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 MS Power coal-to-gas conversion nearly complete

MS Power coal-to-gas conversion nearly complete

02/27/2015

A coal-to-gas conversion project at a power plant operated by Mississippi Power is nearly complete.

 Weekly Coal Production

Weekly Coal Production

02/26/2015

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

 North Dakota coal production increases 4 percent in 2014

North Dakota coal production increases 4 percent in 2014

02/26/2015

North Dakota is known for its booming oil fields, but coal mining in the state also is a healthy industry.

 Ohio utility regulators reject AEP plan for coal plants

Ohio utility regulators reject AEP plan for coal plants

02/26/2015

Ohio utility regulators have rejected an American Electric Power proposal to guarantee profitability from two of its aging coal plants.

 First two units at El Paso power plant due for completion by March 31

First two units at El Paso power plant due for completion by March 31

02/26/2015

El Paso Electric (NYSE:EE) said in a Feb. 25 earnings report that it is nearing completion of the first two 88-MW units at the gas-fired Montana power plant in Texas.

 Siemens to supply equipment to coal-fired power plant in Kazakhstan

Siemens to supply equipment to coal-fired power plant in Kazakhstan

02/25/2015

Siemens (NYSE: SI) will supply two steam turbine units for the Balkhash coal-fired power plant, located in Kazakhstan, for operator Balkhash Thermal Power Plant Joint Stock Co.

 Toshiba steam generator in operations at Kemper IGCC power plant

Toshiba steam generator in operations at Kemper IGCC power plant

02/25/2015

A Toshiba steam turbine is now operational at the Kemper county Integrated Gasification Combined Cycle Plant in Mississippi.

 Siemens to supply natural gas-fired turbines for Michigan power plant

Siemens to supply natural gas-fired turbines for Michigan power plant

02/24/2015

Siemens (NYSE: SI) is supplying two natural gas-fired turbines and one steam turbine for a combined-cycle power plant in Michigan.

 US charges Duke with illegal pollution from 5 coal ash dumps

US charges Duke with illegal pollution from 5 coal ash dumps

02/23/2015

Federal prosecutors filed multiple criminal charges against Duke Energy on Friday over years of illegal pollution leaking from coal ash dumps at five North Carolina power plants.

 Capital Power has gas and wind projects due for operation this year

Capital Power has gas and wind projects due for operation this year

02/23/2015

The in-construction gas-fired Shepard Energy Centre and the K2 Wind project are both expected to commence commercial operations in 2015 and to have a positive impact on earnings and funds from operations, said Capital Power Corp. (TSX:CPX) in a Feb. 23 earnings statement.

 Illinois lawmakers push renewable energy proposal

Illinois lawmakers push renewable energy proposal

02/23/2015

Lawmakers want to increase the share of clean energy consumed in Illinois with a bill they say will bring jobs to the state.

U.S. utilities will adapt to energy policy changes

02/20/2015

A report says utilities in the U.S. will be able to adapt to changing market conditions, regulatory procedures and emerging trends and technologies.

The U.S. Energy Information Administration's Weekly Coal Production Report

02/19 Weekly Coal Production Report

02/19/2015

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

 Consumers Energy says it will have needed capacity in Michigan's Lower Peninsula

Consumers Energy says it will have needed capacity in Michigan's Lower Peninsula

02/19/2015

Consumers Energy assured its customers on Feb. 17 that it has the electric power they need, despite an electric supply shortfall forecast by a federal reliability organization for Michigan's Lower Peninsula in 2016.

Ameren offers modifications to the EPA’s Clean Power Plan

02/18/2015

Ameren Corp. has proposed one of the first alternatives to the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Clean Power Plan (CPP), publishing a white paper asserting that constructive and common-sense alterations to the CPP are needed to avoid the imposition of staggering costs on utility customers and significant risks to electric grid reliability.

Panda Power to develop third combined-cycle power plant in Pa.

02/18/2015

Panda Power Funds signed a joint venture agreement with Sunbury Generation LP to develop, finance, construct and operate a 1,000-MW natural gas-fired power plant in Pennsylvania.

Job losses inevitable at Avon Lake NRG Energy power plant

02/16/2015

In a development that could cost several dozen people their jobs, NRG Energy is contemplating the conversion of its Avon Lake coal-fired power plant to natural gas—this according to an article from the Chronicle-Telegram in Elyria, Ohio.

Proposal tries to help wean Washington off coal-fired power

02/16/2015

Lawmakers hoping to wean Washington state off coal power are trying to ease the way for the state's utilities to end the electricity it gets from coal.

Products

02/13/2015

Collection of new products for the power generation markets.

Cost Benefits of Critical Valve Repair in the Heat Recovery Steam Generator

02/13/2015

Advances in gas turbine technology and efficiency have placed enormous demands on critical valves in thermal generation systems. Learn more about the cost of repair and replacement.

Best Boiler Cleaning Practices

02/13/2015

Maintaining a clean boiler is important to a plant's operating efficiency. Here's a review of some the techniques and strategies available to power producers.

The Coal Ash Rule: How the EPA's Recent Ruling Will Affect the Way Plants Manage CCRs

02/13/2015

Learn how the Environmental Protection Agency's recent ruling will affect the way power plants manage coal combustion residuals.

CHP: Energy Independence Offers a Competitive Edge

02/13/2015

Combine heat and power is a highly efficient form of generation used to power a wide range of industries. Learn more about this emerging market from experts who specialize in CHP. 

A Short History of the Evolving Uses of Natural Gas

02/13/2015

Like most people in the power industry, we editors at Power Engineering magazine spend a lot of time looking forward.

Mississippi Power must refund $281mn to customers for Kemper IGCC project

02/13/2015

TVA announces gas-fired, solar power additions to energy portfolio

02/12/2015

The Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) board of directors held a meeting on Feb. 12 to discuss the company’s financial and operational performance, and the addition of cleaner generating sources to TVA’s energy portfolio.

EIA Weekly Coal Production Report

Weekly Coal Production Report

02/12/2015

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

Otter Tail working on repairs at Coyote coal plant

02/11/2015

Otter Tail (NASDAQ:OTTR) said it will take a few months before a 430-MW lignite coal plant in North Dakota that experienced significant equipment damage during a December fire can resume full-scale power generation.

Delegation: EPA reaffirms approval of North Dakota haze plan

02/11/2015

North Dakota's congressional delegation says the federal Environmental Protection Agency has reaffirmed its earlier approval of North Dakota's plan to address haze caused by coal-fired power plants.

Montana coal-fired power plant is latest to shut down

02/10/2015

The J.E. Corette coal-fired power plant in Billings will shut down in August, its owner said Tuesday, making it the latest casualty in a wave of closures across the country that have left the coal industry reeling.

Judge dismisses suit over Paradise plant's switch to gas

02/10/2015

A federal judge says the Tennessee Valley Authority conducted a proper environmental impact study when it decided to install natural gas burning units at a western Kentucky coal-fired power plant.

Gulf Power to retire two coal-fired units at Plant Smith by 2016

02/09/2015

Gulf Power, a subsidiary of Southern Co. (NYSE: SO), announced plans to retire coal-fired generating Units 1 & 2 at the Plant Smith power plant by March 31, 2016.

Illinois power plant at center of Midwest rate fights

02/09/2015

High electric bills and environmental skepticism in towns across the Midwest are causing customers to wonder if they've been duped as power suppliers work to recoup investments in a financially troubled Illinois generating plant and coal mine.

West Virginia state carbon plan OK House bill passes EPA Environmental Protection Agency

WVa House passes bill letting lawmakers OK state carbon plan

02/06/2015

The House of Delegates has passed a bill letting lawmakers approve state plans to meet proposed federal carbon emission standards.

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TECO amends deal to sell coal business unit

02/06/2015

TECO Energy (NYSE: TE) said it has entered into a second amendment of its agreement with Cambrian Coal Corp. to modify terms related to the sale of TECO Coal.

Weekly Coal Production Report January 31 Energy Information Administration

Weekly Coal Production Report

02/05/2015

The Weekly Coal Production Report has been updated for the week ended January 31, 2015.

Employment in power sector declines, except for renewable generators

02/04/2015

According to the latest data available from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) as published on the website of the U.S. Energy Information Administration (eia), the electric power generation sector lost more than 5,800 jobs from January 2011 to June 2014, despite a gain of nearly 1,800 non-hydro jobs in the renewable energy sector.

FutureGen 2.0 National Mining Assocation American clean Coal Coalition Illinois futureGen Alliance Department of Energy GenerationHub Barry Cassell

Obama Administration decision deals a fatal blow to FutureGen 2.0 project

02/04/2015

The National Mining Association (NMA) said Feb. 4 that $1bn in funding for the long-running FutureGen 2.0 coal repowering project in Illinois has been terminated by the U.S. Department of Energy.

Kemper County integrated gasification combined cycle power plant IGCC

Kemper power plant overruns climb another $45 million

02/04/2015

Southern Co. (NYSE: SO) said it will spend at least another $45 million to finish the power plant it's building in eastern Mississippi's Kemper County, pushing total costs to nearly $6.2 billion.

U.S. Department of Energy DOE ends FutureGen 2.0 carbon capture and sequestration CCS project Meredosia Illinois Ameren retrofit coal-fired power plant unit FutureGen Alliance EPA permits

Reactions swift after DOE ends FutureGen 2.0

02/04/2015

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced late Tuesday that it was ending work on the FutureGen 2.0 clean coal project in Illinois.

FutureGen suspended Department of Energy DOE Ameren Meredosia Illinois carbon capture and sequestration stimulus

Department of Energy suspends FutureGen

02/03/2015

The Department of Energy says it has suspended the long-planned FutureGen clean-coal project in western Illinois.

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Missouri justices send coal ash case back to circuit court

02/03/2015

Plans are on hold for a coal ash landfill next to an Ameren Corp. power plant in eastern Missouri following a ruling by the state Supreme Court.

Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant closure Entergy EIA generation mix supply fuel ISO-NE

Vermont Yankee closure likely to change New England fuel mix

02/02/2015

Grid operators in New England are expected to use several options to replace the generation lost from the closure of the 604-MW Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant.

NCC Report: DOE must develop stronger policy to foster adequate carbon capture and storage

01/30/2015

The National Coal Council (NCC) today released a new study in response to a request by Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz.

Weekly Coal Production Report

01/29/2015

The Weekly Coal Production Report has been updated for the week ended January 24, 2015.

Dominion seeks rate freeze against opposition on many fronts

01/29/2015

Virginia's biggest electric utility wants to weaken state oversight of its rates, saying the move will help protect its customers from possible steep increases in their electric bills brought on by federal efforts to curb carbon emissions.

FERC chair says EPA CO2 plan will affect infrastructure planning

01/28/2015

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Clean Power Plan will have a big impact on infrastructure planning Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) Chairman Cheryl LaFleur told a Washington, D.C. gathering at the National Press Club on Jan. 27.

Longview Power files amended, and maybe final, reorganization plan

01/28/2015

Longview Power LLC and its affiliates, including coal producer Mepco LLC, on Jan. 26 filed a second amended reorganization plan with the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware.

W.Va. bill requires lawmakers to OK state carbon plan

01/27/2015

A West Virginia Senate panel is considering requiring lawmakers to approve state plans to comply with proposed federal carbon emission standards for coal-fired power plants.

GRDA Breaks Ground on Western Hemisphere’s First 501 J Series Gas Turbine

01/26/2015

What will likely be the first Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems 501 J combined-cycle gas turbine (CCGT) in the Western Hemisphere to be connected to the grid is one step closer to becoming a reality.