Vogtle Loan Guarantees Praised, Criticized

Credit to Author: Darrell Proctor| Date: Sat, 23 Mar 2019 15:39:51 +0000

Energy Secretary Rick Perry on March 22 said his department will guarantee up to $3.7 billion in additional loans to finance continued construction of two new nuclear reactors at the Vogtle plant in Georgia. While Perry and other government officials stressed the importance of the project to the U.S. nuclear industry, critics called it a […]

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Bipartisan Senators Urge EPA to Drop Proposed Changes to Mercury Rule

Credit to Author: Sonal Patel| Date: Mon, 18 Mar 2019 22:17:16 +0000

A bipartisan group of U.S. senators are urging the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to withdraw a proposed rule that they said could “lead to the undoing” of the Obama administration’s Mercury and Air Toxics Standards (MATS).  In a March 18 letter to newly appointed EPA administrator Andrew Wheeler, the group led by Sens. Lamar Alexander […]

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POWER Notebook: Wyoming Moves to Save Coal Plants

Credit to Author: Darrell Proctor| Date: Sun, 10 Mar 2019 22:28:08 +0000

A Wyoming bill designed to keep coal-fired power plants operating in the state was signed into law by the state’s governor last week, one of several developments worldwide that impacted the power generation landscape in early March. Also in the U.S., the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) defended its hiring of a contractor that led the […]

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States Take Lead with Plans for 100% Carbon-Free Energy

Credit to Author: Aaron Larson| Date: Thu, 07 Mar 2019 14:44:24 +0000

Minnesota and Wisconsin recently joined the list of states aiming for a 100% clean-energy future, while some Illinois lawmakers are pushing for not only carbon-free power, but also 100% renewable energy. Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz (D) was the latest to announce a set of policy proposals designed to lead his state’s electricity sector to 100% […]

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Carbon Capture Proposed to Save New Mexico Coal Plant

Credit to Author: Darrell Proctor| Date: Sun, 03 Mar 2019 18:43:20 +0000

The New York-based hedge fund aiming to take over New Mexico’s San Juan Generating Station (SJGS), targeted for closure by state lawmakers, wants to refit the 46-year-old, coal-fired plant to use carbon capture and sequestration (CCS) technology. Acme Equities LLC said last week that retrofitting the 847-MW plant with CCS technology would cut carbon emissions […]

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THE BIG PICTURE: Japan’s Nuclear Comeback

Credit to Author: Sonal Patel| Date: Fri, 01 Mar 2019 05:00:38 +0000

After the Great Tohoku Earthquake and tsunami, and ensuing crisis at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant in March 2011, Japan issued stringent safety regulations and reviews that affected its entire 50-reactor fleet. It meant that as each Japanese nuclear reactor entered its scheduled maintenance and refueling outage, it could not returned to operation until restart […]

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Germany’s Coal Exit Bound to Be Complicated

Credit to Author: POWER| Date: Fri, 01 Mar 2019 00:00:00 +0000

Eight years after Germany decided it would halt nuclear power production by 2022, the country that relied on lignite and hard coal for 38% of its generated power in 2018 will phase out coal by 2038 or earlier

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Andrew Wheeler Confirmed as EPA Administrator

Credit to Author: Sonal Patel| Date: Thu, 28 Feb 2019 22:25:30 +0000

The Senate on February 28 officially confirmed Andrew Wheeler to be administrator at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on a 52–47 vote, mostly along party lines. The nomination of Wheeler, a former coal lobbyist, was controversial, with many lawmakers and environmentalists criticizing his ties to the coal industry.  Wheeler has held the role in an acting […]

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Georgia PSC Backs Additional Costs for Vogtle Nuclear Project

Credit to Author: Darrell Proctor| Date: Tue, 19 Feb 2019 23:34:54 +0000

Georgia regulators on February 19 approved another $526.4 million in expenditures by Georgia Power related to the long-delayed Vogtle nuclear power plant expansion near Waynesboro, Georgia. Georgia Public Service Commission (PSC) members voted 4-1 to approve a settlement agreement for the 19th Vogtle Construction Monitoring (VCM) Report, which covers the first six months of 2018. The […]

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Pennsylvania Is Newest Nuclear Subsidy Battleground

Credit to Author: Sonal Patel| Date: Thu, 14 Feb 2019 14:29:40 +0000

Pennsylvania, the nation’s second-largest nuclear power-producing state, is now definitively a battleground for nuclear power subsidies.  Last week, in two memos that were circulated in the state House and Senate, seven lawmakers signaled they would soon introduce legislation that would update a 2004 state law—the Alternative Energy Portfolio Standards (AEPS)—to include nuclear power. The law […]

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