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Federal Court Vacates Parts of Obama EPA’s ELG Rule 

Credit to Author: Sonal Patel| Date: Thu, 18 Apr 2019 14:06:55 +0000

In a legal victory for environmental groups, a federal court has vacated key portions of the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) November 2015–promulgated effluent limitations guidelines (ELGs) for steam electric power plants, deeming them “unlawful.”  The decision adds a dramatic new element of uncertainty for the rule’s timeline, which the Trump administration has said it expects […]

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GE Marks ‘Ultra Low’ NOx Gas Turbine Technology Triumph

Credit to Author: Sonal Patel| Date: Thu, 18 Apr 2019 12:49:01 +0000

In a significant technical triumph, GE has completed first installation of a new gas-fired power plant technology that it says can reduce nitrogen oxide (NOx) emissions to 5 parts per million (ppm).  GE on April 11 completed combustion upgrades on nine GE 9E gas turbines at five power generation enterprises in Shenzen, a major industrial […]

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Duke Energy Projects Lead Carolinas’ Solar Expansion

Credit to Author: Darrell Proctor| Date: Wed, 17 Apr 2019 14:06:32 +0000

Duke Energy on April 17 announced it will develop six utility-scale solar power projects in North Carolina, among 14 solar projects chosen as part of the state’s Competitive Procurement of Renewable Energy (CPRE) program. The 14 projects—10 in North Carolina and four in South Carolina—could cost as much as $772.5 million to build according to […]

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Leadership Shakeup at ABB Amid Power Grids Business Overhaul

Credit to Author: Sonal Patel| Date: Wed, 17 Apr 2019 12:15:58 +0000

Only months after ABB announced Hitachi would acquire a majority stake in its flagship power grids business for $11 billion, the company’s board of directors ousted CEO Ulrich Spiesshofer and officially launched a search for a new leader.  The Zurich-based technology giant said on April 17 that the board of directors and Spiesshofer “mutually agreed […]

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Holtec Adds Indian Point Nuclear Plant to Decommissioning Portfolio

Credit to Author: Darrell Proctor| Date: Tue, 16 Apr 2019 20:41:43 +0000

Entergy on April 16 said it will sell its Indian Point Energy Center to Comprehensive Decommissioning International, a Camden, N.J.-based jointly owned subsidiary of Holtec International, a company buying nuclear plants that are closed or scheduled for retirement. Holtec in the deal will receive funds that Entergy has invested in a decommissioning trust, currently worth […]

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Dominion Brokers 10-Year Deal to Keep Millstone Nuclear Plant Open

Credit to Author: Darrell Proctor| Date: Tue, 16 Apr 2019 20:22:44 +0000

Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont on April 15 announced the Millstone Nuclear Power Station will stay open for at least another decade, thanks to a deal between Dominion, the plant’s owner, and utilities Eversource and United Illuminating, a subsidiary of Avangrid. Millstone, like other U.S. nuclear power plants, has been challenged by rising operating costs and […]

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Nuclear Subsidy Dispute Now Rests with FERC, Competitive Generators Say 

Credit to Author: Sonal Patel| Date: Tue, 16 Apr 2019 16:41:28 +0000

The U.S. Supreme Court’s refusal to reconsider industry-led challenges to state nuclear subsidy programs in New York and Illinois leaves the contentious matter to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC).  The high court on April 15 declined to accept petitions for review of decisions by the Second Circuit and Seventh Circuit, dealing a major blow […]

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Ohio Lawmakers Announce Plan to Subsidize Nuclear Plants

Credit to Author: Darrell Proctor| Date: Sun, 14 Apr 2019 16:28:09 +0000

Ohio lawmakers on April 12 announced a plan to provide financial support to the state’s two nuclear power plants by adding a surcharge to customers’ electric bills. The bill’s supporters said it also would generate as much as $300 million annually for clean power generation in Ohio, though the measure calls for abolishing mandates for […]

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Storage ITC Bill Gains Key Industry Backers

Credit to Author: Sonal Patel| Date: Thu, 11 Apr 2019 13:37:26 +0000

Legislation recently introduced in the U.S. House that would expand the federal solar investment tax credit (ITC) to energy storage technologies has gained the backing of major trade groups  representing the solar, hydropower, and wind sectors. The Energy Storage Tax Incentive and Deployment Act (H.R. 2096), introduced on April 4 by Reps. Mike Doyle (D-Pa.), […]

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