More Power Plant Emissions News

Judge rejects most claims in federal NSR lawsuit against Luminant

08/27/2015

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.

Xcel Energy reduces greenhouse gas emissions by more than 20 percent in past decade

08/26/2015

Xcel Energy has become the first utility in the country to register nearly a decade’s worth of greenhouse gas emissions data with The Climate Registry.

POTUS announces $1 billion in Department of Energy initiatives aimed at innovative technologies

08/25/2015

The president’s Clean Power Plan permits the Department of Energy’s Loan Programs Office to guarantee up to $1 billion for commercial-scale distributed energy projects like rooftop solar, smart grid technology and methane capture for oil and gas wells.

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

08/24/2015

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."

Local officials blame feds for delay in nuke dump reopening

08/24/2015

 

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.

Water's Journey

08/21/2015

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.

FEEDing the Permitting Beast

08/21/2015

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.

SunEdison breaks ground on 156-MW solar project in Colorado

08/20/2015

SunEdison, Inc. the world’s largest renewable energy development company, today announced it has closed financing and begun construction on one of its largest solar power plants to date, the 156-megawatt (MW) Comanche Solar project in Pueblo, Colo. When completed, the Comanche Solar project will be the largest solar power plant east of the Rocky Mountains.

 

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

08/19/2015

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.

REC Solar and Windset Farms interconnect 1-MW solar array

08/19/2015

REC Solar, a national provider of commercial solar and energy solutions, today announced the interconnection of a 1 MW solar energy system for Windset Farms.

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

08/19/2015

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

08/18/2015

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

08/17/2015

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

08/17/2015

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

08/14/2015

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.

 

GE upgrades increase output at UK power plant while reducing costs

08/14/2015

Calon Energy has selected GE to upgrade its Sutton Bridge Power Station in Lincolnshire with a broad range of hardware and software technologies to increase power production, improve efficiency and flexibility, and reduce its operating costs. The 800-megawatt (MW) natural gas-fired combined-cycle power plant provides electricity to the East Anglian region of the United Kingdom, and the upgrades will help increase the competitiveness of the plant in the country’s challenging power industry.

 

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

08/13/2015

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.

Arkansas firm to provide solar energy for Oklahoma co-op

08/12/2015

A subsidiary of Arkansas Electric Cooperatives, Inc., has reached an agreement to provide a one-megawatt solar array for Tri-County Electric Cooperative of Hooker, Oklahoma.

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

08/12/2015

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.

Coal storage expansion causes dust concerns at Wisconsin power plant

08/10/2015

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.