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Experts Debate Carbon Pricing, Leasing Federal Lands

The Donald Trump administration can look to the energy sector to increase federal revenue and offset the national debt in numerous ways, but there are pros and cons to everything, according to a panel presenting at the Cato Institute February 22. Carbon pricing has long been the preferred economic means of mitigating carbon emissions. A […]


Kemper IGCC, Delayed Again, May Not Be Economically Viable

Southern Co.’s Kemper County integrated gasification combined cycle (IGCC) project, stricken by steep cost increases and an in-service date delayed again to mid-March, isn’t economically viable in the face of projected long-term natural gas prices, the company said. Southern Co. subsidiary Mississippi Power reported that integrated operation of the facility’s two gasifiers and combustion turbines […]


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The scope and complexity were enormous to retrofit FirstEnergy’s W.H. Sammis power plant with state-of-the-art air-quality-control systems was compounded by a very confined work area and the need to maintain normal power generation during construction. Working with two other companies and acting as the owner’s agent, Bechtel in 2010 successfully installed such a system for the 2,220-MW coal-fired power complex, which dramatically reduced gas emissions and met stringent federal standards. Courtesy: Bechtel

FirstEnergy Looks to Exit Competitive Business, Shutter or Sell Ohio Nuclear Plants

Financially hemorrhaging in 2016 due to uneconomic power plants in its fleet, FirstEnergy Corp. said it may exit the competitive generation business by mid-2018, and shutter its nuclear plants in Ohio, even though it will back legislation to subsidize nuclear power. In a fourth quarter earnings call on February 22, officials from the Akron, Ohio–based […]

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DOE Selects Seven Projects for CO2 Utilization Funding

The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Office of Fossil Energy has awarded a total of $5.9 million to seven projects focused on novel uses of carbon dioxide (CO2). The projects were selected under the DOE’s carbon storage program. “This portfolio will develop and test novel approaches that convert CO2 captured from coal-fired power plants to […]

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Pruitt Confirmed as Head of EPA

In a final 52–46 vote, the Senate on Friday confirmed Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt as Donald Trump’s nominee to lead the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The vote was mostly along party lines. Every Republican present except Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) voted for Pruitt (Sen. John McCain [R-Ariz.] did not vote because he is at […]

The 2,250-MW Navajo Generating Station near Page, Arizona. Courtesy: Gail Reitenbach

Utility Owners Vote to Shut Down 2.2-GW Navajo Generating Station

The utility owners of the Navajo Generating Station (NGS) in Arizona have voted to shut down the 2,250-MW coal-fired power plant in December 2019. The decision to close the plant on tribal land near Page along the border with Utah was based on the “rapidly changing economics of the energy industry,” which has seen natural […]


2017 Will be the Year for North American CCS, Expert Says

Carbon capture and storage (CCS) in North America is about to have its year, Julio Friedmann, senior adviser for energy innovation at the Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, said during the February 8 Global CCS Institute’s annual Americas Forum. “We are just now like fully deployed and hopefully that will finally quash […]

A macro view of coal. Source: Kai Schreiber (Genista)

DONG Energy to Phase Out Coal Use in Power Plant Fleet

Denmark’s DONG Energy is the latest in a string of power companies that are shunning the use of coal in future generation fleets. The company said on February 8 it will stop burning coal completely by 2023 in its power stations, replacing it with sustainable biomass. The measure is part of a company-wide transformation towards […]

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As Trump Takes Over, Who Wields Power?

What do we know as of February 1 about key Trump appointees responsible for administering White House policies affecting the power generation industry? Not much. As the Trump administration settles in, how his teams at energy and environment agencies will implement his policy agenda remains unclear, as does his agenda. At the end of January, […]

2.	A renewables surge. A draft national electricity plan published by the Indian government in December outlines a capacity expansion from 302 GW in March 2016 to 523 GW by the end of 2022. The expansion will be characterized by a surge in renewables capacity. The government anticipates non-hydro renewables will comprise 33% of installed power capacity by 2022, while coal will have a much smaller 47.5% share. Source: Central Electricity Authority

India to Freeze Coal Construction, Focus on Expanding Renewables

A draft national electricity plan published in December by India’s Central Electricity Authority (CEA)—a statutory organization that is overseen by the Ministry of Power—looks to add 101,645 MW of new conventional capacity during the current 12th Five-Year Plan (2012–2017), nearly 85% of which will be coal-fired. But after that, through 2022, the country will refrain […]