Nine Utility Companies Suing Trump Over Emissions Rule

Credit to Author: Darrell Proctor| Date: Mon, 16 Sep 2019 22:37:38 +0000

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A coalition of nine utility companies is suing the Trump administration over its plan to replace the Obama-era Clean Power Plan. New York-based Consolidated Edison said the Affordable Clean Energy, or ACE, rule undermines efforts the companies already have in place to cut greenhouse gas emissions from power generation. The companies, who call their group […]

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Power Companies Advance Voluntary Avian Protection Without Threat of Liability for Incidental Take

Credit to Author: Aaron Larson| Date: Tue, 10 Sep 2019 18:54:57 +0000

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With shifts in political winds come shifts in agency legal interpretations. In January 2017, the solicitor of the U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI) issued a formal legal opinion interpreting the Migratory Bird Treaty Act (MBTA) to prohibit the incidental take (accidental injury or death) of migratory birds. This “midnight” legal opinion was widely viewed […]

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New York City to Get Eight Floating Aeroderivative Gas Turbines

Credit to Author: Sonal Patel| Date: Fri, 06 Sep 2019 15:09:47 +0000

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New York City may soon be powered with two new power barges outfitted with eight Siemens 76-MW aeroderivative gas turbines.  Under a Sept. 5-announced contract signed by Astoria Generating Co. (AGC) and Siemens, the power barges—a relatively new Siemens offering based on a concept it calls “SeaFloat”—will replace two of four existing power barges at […]

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2018 Exceptional Year for Nuclear Power Firsts

Credit to Author: Sonal Patel| Date: Thu, 05 Sep 2019 13:18:54 +0000

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Last year, five of the world’s 449 operable nuclear reactors reached 50 years of operation for the first time, four first-of-their kind reactor designs were brought online, and while the industry showed capacity factor impacts from load-following, the global nuclear fleet performed  at an average capacity factor of about 80%, says a new report from […]

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THE BIG PICTURE: Renewable Portfolio Standards

Credit to Author: Tracey Lilly| Date: Tue, 03 Sep 2019 04:00:14 +0000

As of August 2019, 29 U.S. states and the District of Columbia had renewable portfolio standards (RPSs), and eight others had non-binding renewable portfolio goals. Three states also had clean energy standards, which set targets for low-carbon non-renewables, like nuclear, and two had clean energy goals. Shown in the bars are the shares of generation by source for […]

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Vistra May Close 2 GW of Illinois Coal Power By Year’s End

Credit to Author: Sonal Patel| Date: Thu, 22 Aug 2019 14:53:13 +0000

Vistra Energy will shutter four coal-fired power plants—a total 2 GW—as required by Illinois’ recently revised Multi-Pollutant Standard (MPS) rule, but CEO Curtis Morgan noted the move was “inevitable” due to the changing regulatory environment and unfavorable economic conditions in the MISO market.  The company on Aug. 21 said it will close the 54-year-old 915-MW […]

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Power Sector CEOs Join Top Execs in Redefining Corporate Purpose

Credit to Author: Sonal Patel| Date: Thu, 22 Aug 2019 13:36:50 +0000

The list of 181 CEOs who earlier this week moved to publicly degrade shareholder value in a bid to redefine the “purpose of a corporation” includes several chief executives from power companies.  The Aug. 19 statement issued by the Business Roundtable, an association of CEOs “to promote a thriving U.S. economy and expanded opportunity for […]

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EPA’s Final Regional Haze Guidance Highlights State Discretion, Flexibility

Credit to Author: Sonal Patel| Date: Thu, 22 Aug 2019 13:27:45 +0000

New guidance issued by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on Aug. 20 to help states prepare for the second implementation period of the federal regional haze program puts emphasis on “discretion and flexibilities” they can use to comply with long-standing mandates to protect visibility in federal areas.   While it is not binding, the EPA’s […]

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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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The Power of a ‘Green’ Decommissioning, Remediation, and Redevelopment Plan

Credit to Author: POWER| Date: Thu, 01 Aug 2019 00:00:00 +0000

Economic pressures coupled with new and proposed regulations to reduce air emissions and regulate cooling water use and the management and disposal of coal combustion residuals (CCRs) continue to drive the

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