SwRI to Design Flameless, Low-Emission Coal Combustion Pilot 

Credit to Author: Sonal Patel| Date: Thu, 15 Aug 2019 14:28:22 +0000

San Antonio-based Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) said on Aug. 12 it will get $3 million from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), and another $760,658 from an assortment of industry giants to design a large-scale flameless pressurized oxy-fuel combustion pilot plant.  The announcement is a major boost for the promising, but yet unproven technology, that […]

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Southern Nuclear Adds New Power Plant Simulators

Credit to Author: Aaron Larson| Date: Thu, 15 Aug 2019 13:52:48 +0000

GSE Systems said it has delivered and commissioned three additional full-scope simulators for Southern Nuclear’s new Operations Training Centers. The simulators are for the Alvin W. Vogtle Electric Generating Plant, Edwin I. Hatch Nuclear Plant, and the Joseph M. Farley Nuclear Plant. Simulators provide efficient hands-on learning for power plant operators. While power plants of […]

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State Agencies Object to Xcel Energy, Southern Power Deal

Credit to Author: Aaron Larson| Date: Thu, 15 Aug 2019 13:43:44 +0000

Xcel Energy’s effort to purchase a 760-MW natural gas combined cycle facility in Mankato, Minnesota, from Southern Power, a wholesale energy provider and subsidiary of Southern Company, is meeting resistance from two state agencies. The Minnesota Department of Commerce (DOC) and the Minnesota Office of the Attorney General (OAG) recommended the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission […]

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22 States, Environmental Groups Mount Legal Challenges to EPA ACE Rule

Credit to Author: Sonal Patel| Date: Thu, 15 Aug 2019 13:40:12 +0000

A coalition of 22 states and seven local governments on Aug. 13 filed a lawsuit against the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) over its Affordable Clean Energy (ACE) rule, which the Trump administration finalized in June to replace the Obama administration’s legacy Clean Power Plan (CPP).  Separately, 10 public interest groups filed a petition on Aug. […]

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Feds Delay Environmental Permit for Vineyard Wind Project

Credit to Author: Darrell Proctor| Date: Tue, 13 Aug 2019 18:41:04 +0000

The developers of a multibillion-dollar wind farm off the Massachusetts coast said August 12 they would continue with the project, despite the federal government delaying an environmental impact statement needed for the offshore facility. Vineyard Wind, a joint venture of Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners of Denmark and Oregon’s Avangrid Renewables, on Monday in a statement said […]

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FES Will Close Mansfield Coal Plant Early

Credit to Author: Darrell Proctor| Date: Mon, 12 Aug 2019 16:17:51 +0000

FirstEnergy Solutions (FES) said it will close the Bruce Mansfield power plant in Pennsylvania in November, two years ahead of the previously scheduled closure for the facility’s remaining coal-fired unit. FES in a statement August 9 cited a “lack of economic viability in current market conditions” for the decision to shutter the 830-MW Unit 3, […]

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DOE Speeds Up Development of Experimental Fast Reactor, Sustain Flagging U.S. Nuclear Sector

Credit to Author: Sonal Patel| Date: Thu, 08 Aug 2019 14:06:33 +0000

The Department of Energy (DOE) officially launched development of its Versatile Test Reactor (VTR), an experimental fast reactor that will foster experiments with much higher neutron energy and flux compared to the nation’s existing 35 research reactors to develop advanced nuclear fuel for future nuclear power plants in the U.S. The facility, it says, is […]

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Next-Generation HRSGs Start Fast and Reduce Emissions

Credit to Author: Aaron Larson| Date: Thu, 08 Aug 2019 12:11:51 +0000

Today’s heat recovery steam generators (HRSGs) are suffering reliability problems, mainly because they’re being operated in the cycling mode instead of the baseload mode for which they were designed. The good news is HRSG suppliers are adapting to the market demands and are designing the next generation of HRSGs to have cycling-friendly—also called fast-start—features. One […]

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How Nevada Is Leading the Renewable Energy and Battery Storage Charge [PODCAST]

Credit to Author: Aaron Larson| Date: Mon, 05 Aug 2019 17:54:34 +0000

Renewable energy and battery storage are hot topics in the U.S. today. Lawmakers throughout the country debated various new energy policies during the 2019 legislative session. Nevada is among the states leading the way forward. Several new laws were passed in the state that will affect power companies and consumers for years to come. Curt […]

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PG&E Asks Bankruptcy Judge to Back Restructured Power Deals

Credit to Author: Darrell Proctor| Date: Fri, 02 Aug 2019 20:55:44 +0000

California utility Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) has asked the judge overseeing its bankruptcy case to support restructured deals with some of the utility’s power suppliers in an effort to reduce the price PG&E pays for those companies’ electricity. The fate of $42 billion worth of long-term power purchase agreements (PPAs) is a key component […]

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