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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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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A Brief History of GE Gas Turbines

Credit to Author: Sonal Patel| Date: Mon, 08 Jul 2019 11:39:47 +0000

July marks two important milestones that set gas-fired generation on its course to becoming a dominant form of power generation: commercial operation of the world’s first industrial gas turbine in Neuchâtel, Switzerland, in 1939, and commercial operation of the first gas turbine in the U.S. used to generate electric power—a 3.5-MW General Electric (GE) unit […]

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Power Plant Emissions Down Substantially in U.S. Since 1990

Credit to Author: Aaron Larson| Date: Wed, 19 Jun 2019 23:21:45 +0000

Power plant SO2 and NOx emissions have decreased 92% and 84%, respectively, since Congress passed major amendments to the Clean Air Act in 1990. Meanwhile, mercury air emissions from power plants have decreased 90% since 2000, as federal limits on mercury and other hazardous air pollutants from coal-fired power plants went into effect in 2015. […]

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The POWER Interview: GE Unleashing a Hydrogen Gas Power Future

Credit to Author: Sonal Patel| Date: Thu, 30 May 2019 22:04:11 +0000

Since the 1940s, when General Electric (GE), launched its gas turbine operations, the company has pioneered and commercialized a lengthy list of gas turbine technologies, large and small. As the decarbonization movement gains pace and more renewables flood the landscape, the company’s gas turbines have taken on new crucial roles to provide dispatchability and flexibility. […]

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EPA to Retain Primary NAAQS for Sulfur Dioxide

Credit to Author: Sonal Patel| Date: Thu, 28 Feb 2019 14:32:15 +0000

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will refrain from amending the National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) for sulfur dioxide (SO2), retaining a 2010 rule, which it said adequately protects public health.  The agency on Feb. 25 said in a notice that a periodically required review of the primary—or health-based—rule concluded no revision was necessary. The […]

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