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FERC Commissioner Stepping Down


Phillip Moeller, a commissioner with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), announced he is leaving the agency at the end of October.

Regulators OK NatGas Contract for Duke Energy's Proposed $750 Million Combined-Cycle Plant


North Carolina regulators have given the OK for Charlotte-based Duke Energy to purchase natural gas from PSNC Energy for a proposed $750 million combined-cycle power plant.

Areva Picked for Spent Nuclear Fuel Storage at Xcel Nuclear Plants


Xcel Energy picked Areva TN to provide dry fuel storage management services to the Prairie Island and Monticello nuclear power plants in Minnesota.

National Forest Service Approves Expanded Surveying Plan for Mountain Valley Pipeline


Mountain Valley Pipeline has received approval from the U.S. Forest Service to conduct expanded surveying in areas of the Jefferson National Forest as part of research into a potential interstate natural gas pipeline.

Xcel Suggests Early Retirement of 2 Sherco Coal Units, Combined-Cycle Replacement


Xcel Energy (NYSE: XEL), due in part to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's almost-final Clean Power Plan, has shifted gears and now wants to retire its coal-fired Sherco Units 1 and 2 early to mid-next decade, instead of around 2030 as it originally planned.

Georgia Power Permanently Closing All 29 of Company's Ash Ponds


Georgia Power is preparing to permanently close all 29 of the company’s ash ponds in response to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Coal Combustion Residual Rule and the new Effluent Limitation Guidelines.

EPA Announces New, Tougher Smog Standards


Based on the review of more than 2,300 scientific studies, the EPA strengthened the National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) to 70 parts per billion (ppb) from 75 ppb in an effort to reduce Americans’ exposure to ozone and improve public health.

EPA Finalizes Steam Electric Effluent Limitation Guidelines


The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today finalized a rule reducing the discharge of toxic pollutants from steam electric power plants into the country’s waterways. New mandates will decrease permissible discharge of toxins including mercury, arsenic, lead and selenium by 1.4 billion pounds annually, as well as reduce the withdrawal of water by 57 billion gallons per year. 

Mule Train Used to Haul Equipment to Remote California Hydro Plant


There are no roads leading to SMUD’s 688-MW Upper American River Project hydroelectric system, so recent projects at Rubicon Dam and Buck Island Reservoir saw SMUD engineers and contractors join 20 pack mules and their four handlers on a more than 6-mile trek with three tons of construction equipment, tools and camping supplies.

Sequoyah Nuclear Reactors Can Operate Another 20 Years: NRC


The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) approved the license renewals for units 1 and 2 of the Sequoyah nuclear power plant.

GE's New High-Efficiency HA Gas Turbines Bound for Projects in New Jersey, Korea


GE’s new high-efficiency gas turbines will soon provide clean, reliable power for projects on opposite sides of the globe.  The 7HA.02 gas turbines are replacing aging plants in New Jersey and Korea.

NRG Permits Coal-to-Gas Conversion at Shawville Plant in Pennsylvania


NRG REMA LLC has applied to the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) for a proposed natural gas addition to the utility boilers at the coal-fired Shawville Generating Station located in Clearfield County, said the DEP in a notice published in the Sept. 26 Pennsylvania Bulletin.

Engineering Student Develops Prototype That Stores 'Mechanical Spillage' from Wind Turbines


Jie Cheng, a Ph.D. candidate in electrical engineering, has developed a system that captures and stores wasted energy for later use.

China Plans to Launch National Cap-and-Trade Program


China is preparing to announce plans to launch a national system to limit greenhouse gases and force industries to purchase pollution credits, Obama administration officials said Thursday.

TVA Completes Safety Testing at Watts Bar 2 Nuclear Site


The Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) completed week-long tests on the safety features system for Watts Bar 2 in Tennessee.

Capstone Microturbine to Power Silica Manufacturer in Italy


California microturbine manufacturer Capstone Turbine has finalized an order for a C1000 microturbine, which will upgrade the processing plant at a silica manufacturing facility in Italy.

Mexico Had More Than 54 GW of Electric Generating Capacity in 2014


Power generation is growing in Mexico with more than three-quarters of the nation’s electricity and capacity coming from fossil fuels, according to a report from the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) Sept. 21.

Sierra Club Sues EPA Over Haze from Louisiana Coal Plants


The Sierra Club is suing the Environmental Protection Agency to force the regulator to make sure Louisiana's coal-powered plants cut down on haze-causing pollution, and thereby clear up the skies above wilderness areas in Louisiana and Arkansas.

Coal-Fired Unit at Kentucky's Elmer Smith Power Plant Set to Retire in Coming Years


Owensboro Municipal Utilities will shut down Unit 1 of the Elmer Smith Power Plant sometime between 2019 and 2021.

Siemens Sets 15-Year Goal to Become Climate Neutral


Siemens has announced plans to become the world’s first major industrial company to achieve a net-zero carbon footprint.