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EPA Works Out Deal to Settle Lawsuit Over 2 PacifiCorp Coal Plants in Utah


The proposed consent decree establishes proposed and final deadlines for EPA to take action to meet its obligations with respect to Utah.

Firm Offers Regional Rundown of Clean Power Plan Impact


The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Clean Power Plan (CPP) affects every state differently based on the unique emissions profile of individual states, the K&L Gates law firm said in a Sept. 11 analysis of the EPA plan.

Texas Agency Nears Permits on 3,400-MW Gas-Fired Project


FGE Eagle Pines LLC is nearing issuance by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality of a State Air Quality Permit, Prevention of Significant Deterioration Air Quality Permit and a Greenhouse Gas PSD Air Quality Permit that would authorize construction of the FGE Eagle Pines Project, a natural gas-fired combined-cycle turbine power plant.

State Says Vermont Clean-Energy Sector Continues to Grow


Statistics compiled by the state show the "clean energy economy" grew by 6.2 percent last year.

Industry News


POWER Engineering Industry News September 2015

What You Need to Know About the Clean Power Plan


The minute the Obama administration unveiled its final plan to cut greenhouse gas emissions from U.S. power plants, opponents launched the first of many legal efforts to kill what some have described as the most prejudicial regulation ever proposed by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

New Simple-Cycle Plant Supports Renewables, Powers Irrigation in Texas


The Golden Spread Electric Cooperative today cut the ribbon on its Elk Station power plant near Lubbock, Texas. The 202-MW facility began commercial operation June 12, 2015 and now celebrates the successful validation of all technical metrics.

Federal Regulators Back Keeping Colorado Coal Mine Open


The Office of Surface Mining Reclamation Enforcement issued its decision Tuesday, five days before a court-imposed deadline that state and local lawmakers had urged it to meet to keep the Colowyo mine operating near Craig.

EPA to opponents: Wait for the absolutely final Clean Power Plan, then attack


Responding to an Aug. 13 notice of appeal from several states, including coal-reliant West Virginia and Kentucky, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency  Aug. 31 told a federal court that its Clean Power Plan can't be appealed because it is not final until it is published in the Federal Register.

DOE selects 8 projects to receive funding for reducing cost of CO2 capture and compression


The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) has selected eight projects to receive funding to construct small- and large-scale pilots for reducing the cost of carbon dioxide (CO2) capture and compression through DOE’s Carbon Capture Program.

EPA allows one claim to stand in Sierra Club appeal of Schiller air permit


U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Gina McCarthy signed a July 28 order partially granting and partially denying a petition to object to a state operating permit issued by the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services (NHDES) for the 150-MW, coal- and biomass-fired Schiller power plant.

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.

Local officials blame feds for delay in nuke dump reopening



Making claims that have been drawing sharp criticism, the federal government said this week that an underground nuclear waste repository in southern New Mexico can't reopen because of safety concerns and equipment setbacks.

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.

Gas industry, enviros weigh in on EPA's methane reduction plan


Industry and environmental groups sit on both sides of the fence after the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released potential greenhouse gas emissions regulations for the oil and gas industry.

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.

US proposes to cut methane from oil, gas by nearly half


The Obama administration is proposing to cut methane emissions from U.S. oil and gas production by nearly half over the next decade in an unprecedented step to curb climate change.

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.

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.

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.