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

Portland General Electric reports Carty plant 60% complete

07/29/2015

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

07/29/2015

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

07/28/2015

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

07/27/2015

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

07/27/2015

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

07/24/2015

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

07/24/2015

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

07/24/2015

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

07/23/2015

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.

NC state lawmaker plan to delay action on EPA rules Clean Power Plan

NC state lawmaker offers plan to delay action on EPA rules

07/22/2015

A North Carolina senator introduced legislation on Wednesday to block state agencies from taking action on expected Environmental Protection Agency rules to cut carbon emissions on power plants until the rules complete what will likely be a lengthy legal challenge.

State regulators look at cost of retiring coal plants

07/22/2015

Washington utility regulators say they are looking into how much it would cost to retire Puget Sound Energy's two older coal-fired electric generating plants in Colstrip, Montana.

Vattenfall’s nuclear, coal assets push company in the red

07/21/2015

Swedish utility Vattenfall AB took a hit to its bottom line after a huge write-down on its nuclear and coal assets.

Oklahoma's lawsuit over the Clean Power Plan crashes and burns at federal court

07/20/2015

The ink was barely dry on a July 1 lawsuit that the Oklahoma Attorney General filed against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency over the proposed Clean Power Plan when a federal judge on July 17 gave the suit a quick heave-ho, saying the suit was premature and filed in the wrong court.

Weekly Coal Production Report

07/16/2015

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

Inslee struggled to pass climate bills, blames Republicans

07/16/2015

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee has gained national attention for rolling out some of the most ambitious climate initiatives in the country, signing pacts with other Western states and speaking at an international summit.

Mississippi Power seeking PSC approval for Kemper cost recovery move

07/16/2015

Southern (NYSE:SO) utility subsidiary Mississippi Power has asked the Mississippi Public Service Commission for interim rates, subject to refund, connected with deployment of the coal gasification power plant being developed in Kemper County, Miss.

Company to settle coal-fired plant emissions violations for $7M

07/15/2015

Interstate Power and Light, a subsidiary of Alliant Energy, agreed to install emissions controls and meet emissions reduction rates from seven coal-fired power plants in Iowa.

U.S. utilities reduce power plant emissions since 2008, report says

07/14/2015

A report from MJ Bradley & Associates LLC says that most of the largest electric utilities in the U.S. have significantly reduced power plant emissions in recent years.

TVA wants more renewables & natural gas in energy plan

07/13/2015

The Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) said it could use more renewable energy, natural gas and energy efficiency, according to the final 2015 Integrated Resource Plan.

Natural gas surpasses coal as biggest US electricity source

07/13/2015

Natural gas overtook coal as the top source of U.S. electric power generation for the first time ever earlier this year, a milestone that has been in the making for years as the price of gas slides and new regulations make coal more risky for power generators.

Minnesota Power to end operations at coal-fired power plant

07/10/2015

Minnesota Power, a unit of Allete (NYSE ALE), said it planned to cease operations at a coal-fired power plant by the end of 2020.

Dynegy’s CEO says company will exit from California market

Dynegy’s CEO says company will exit from California market

07/10/2015

Dynegy Inc. will eventually exit California’s market and focus on investing into New England and the mid-Atlantic states.

Ohio Valley Electric names new VP, COO

07/10/2015

Ohio Valley Electric Corporation (OVEC) has named Robert A. Osborne vice president (VP) and chief operating officer (COO), effective July 18. Osborne will succeed Mark Peifer, who is retiring.

Hassan signs law allowing sale of former PSNH power plants

07/09/2015

Gov. Maggie Hassan has signed into law a plan allowing New Hampshire's largest utility to sell its fleet of power plants.

Report: Power gen industry will adapt to comply with Clean Power Plan

07/09/2015

A report from the Advanced Energy Economy Institute (AEE Institute) says the power generation industry will come up with options to comply with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Clean Power Plan under potential market-based mechanisms.

Weekly Coal Production Report

07/09/2015

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

Braving the Heat: The Importance of Gas Turbine Coatings in Modern Combined-Cycle Plants

07/09/2015

The quest for higher efficiencies in modern combined-cycle power plants is relentless.

The Power of Flexibility: Turbine Inlet Air Chilling Benefits from Leading Edge Control Technology

07/09/2015

Today, Operations Management in the power industry faces difficult challenges.

The Future of Gas-Fired Generation in North America

07/09/2015

Natural gas-fired generation is projected to grow 3.1 percent a year through 2038.

PJM Capacity Performance Market to Shake up Power Market

07/09/2015

On June 9, The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) largely accepted PJM's Capacity Performance (CP) Filing of Dec. 12, 2014, as amended in April 2015.

Duke Energy begins demolition of smoke stacks at N.C. plant

07/09/2015

Duke Energy this week announced it will begin to demolish the smokestacks at its L.V. Sutton Plant in Wilmington, N.C. as part of its continuing effort to decommission the aging coal-fired facility.

Natural Gas: The Preferred Choice

07/09/2015

There is no global market for natural gas. That's why the gap between natural gas prices in Europe and North America is so wide.

Idaho Power submits 20-year plan to Idaho and Oregon

07/08/2015

Idaho Power officials say a key part of the company's plan for supplying a growing number of customers in southern Idaho and eastern Oregon over the next two decades is maintaining 17 hydroelectric projects.

Regulators ask APCo to keep infrastructure at closed plant

07/08/2015

West Virginia regulators have asked Appalachian Power to maintain infrastructure at a closed coal-fired power plant that could one day be used to convert the facility to natural gas.

A Journey to Improve Condenser Performance

07/08/2015

While there is an industry-wide understanding that compromised condenser tubes reduce unit performance in the short term, the long-term effects of this neglect can be detrimental, forcing unplanned outages and loss of revenue.

VIDEO: EPA chief says climate plan on track despite mercury ruling

07/08/2015

A Supreme Court ruling that undermined a federal rule targeting mercury pollution will not affect the Obama administration's plan to limit greenhouse gas emissions to slow the effects of global warming, the head of the Environmental Protection Agency said Tuesday.

Natural gas-powered unit goes online at Ky. power plant

07/07/2015

Kentucky's largest electric power utility says a new natural gas-powered generating unit that has gone online is the first of its kind in the state.

PNM files ownership plan, coal supply deal with regulators

07/02/2015

New Mexico's largest electric provider says it's on track to meeting a deadline for submitting to regulators key documents related to the future of the coal-fired San Juan Generating Station.

Oklahoma attorney general challenges EPA's clean-air plan

07/02/2015

A plan by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to reduce emissions from coal-fired power plants would threaten the reliability and affordability of electricity and cause substantial economic injury to the state, Attorney General Scott Pruitt claims in a federal lawsuit filed Wednesday.

GAO looks at reliability impacts of changing power generation mix

07/01/2015

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) on June 29 released a study provided a month before to members of Congress that looks at how the mix of energy sources for electricity generation has changed, and the growth in electricity consumption has slowed.

On the day after MATS decision, Bernstein sees only a limited reprieve for coal units

07/01/2015

In light of the U.S. Supreme Court ruling against the EPA's Mercury and Air Toxics Standards (MATS), Bernstein is saying that the coal plant retirement bloodletting by 2020 won’t be quite as bad as previously forecast.

Pence says Indiana will not comply with coal plant regulations

07/01/2015

Indiana will not comply with President Barack Obama's plan to battle climate change by requiring reductions in emissions from coal-fired power plants, Republican Gov. Mike Pence said Wednesday.

After mercury ruling, higher scrutiny of Obama climate rules

06/30/2015

Sweeping pollution limits at the center of President Barack Obama's climate change plan are facing increased scrutiny in the wake of a Supreme Court ruling that showed that the justices aren't afraid to thwart perceived overreach by Obama or his Environmental Protection Agency.

Coal plant operator says Colstrip remains profitable for now

06/30/2015

The formation of a new company to run Montana's largest power plant has raised questions among analysts and plant detractors about how long it can keep going, as pollution control costs rise and coal's share of the electricity market crumbles.

Appeals court backs MSHA on plan for mine serving Prairie State

06/29/2015

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit has agreed with a branch of the Labor Department in finding that Prairie State Generation must show that the U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) was “arbitrary and capricious” when it cited the company for problems with the mine safety and ventilation plan for an underground coal mine in Lively Grove, Ill.

Appalachian Power explains lack of more coal-to-gas conversions

06/29/2015

The Appalachian Power Co. (APCo) unit of American Electric Power (NYSE:AEP) told the West Virginia Public Service Commission on June 24 that it never did it a complete study on the costs of converting several recently-shut coal units to natural gas, but such conversions are generally too expensive and that this capacity isn't needed anyway.

Court rules against limits on power plant mercury emissions

06/29/2015

A divided Supreme Court on Monday ruled against federal regulators' attempts to limit power plant emissions of mercury and other hazardous air pollutants.

Critics: Dominion Virginia jumping gun on coal ash cleanup

06/29/2015

Environmental and water protection groups say Dominion Virginia Power is jumping the gun on the closure of coal ash impoundments at a northern Virginia power plant and they're asking state and federal regulators to step in.

Wyoming carbon-capture lab planning moves ahead

06/29/2015

Officials are studying researcher's requirements as they deliberate where a laboratory to test out carbon-capture technology at a Wyoming coal-fired power plant should be located.