Archive: Environmental


Kemper IGCC In-Service Date Pushed to Q3, Costs Surge Again

Mississippi Power’s lignite-fired Kemper County integrated gasification combined cycle (IGCC) power plant is seeing yet another delay and $110 million in new costs, a filing with state regulators shows. The company’s December 2015 monthly status report for the nation’s first commercial power plant that will capture and store carbon dioxide anticipates that it will now […]

Janet McCabe, the Environmental Protection Agency’s acting administrator of the Office of Air and Radiation, speaking at the 2016 EUEC conference in San Diego, February 3. Source: POWER/Thomas W. Overton

EPA, DOE Experts Upbeat on Regulatory Agenda

The Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) acting administrator of the Office of Air and Radiation, and the Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) head of clean coal and carbon management gave upbeat assessments of the Obama administration’s regulatory agenda and power sector priorities speaking at the EUEC 2016 conference in San Diego on February 3. Janet McCabe of […]


Coal Ash Mapping Using Electromagnetic Technology

The identification and containment of coal ash has risen to the top of the priority list for plant managers across the U.S. after inadvertent releases of coal ash into unintended areas resulted in adverse


TransAlta Plays Defense with Coal Out, Renewables In

When it comes to a transition away from coal, TransAlta Corp. is playing political defense. The Canadian province of Alberta contains among the richest fossil energy resources in the world, including oil (and

A small British Columbia substation on a winter day, December 2015. Courtesy: Gail Reitenbach

Winter Storm Wallops East Coast, Disrupts Power

The historic winter storm that buried the Eastern U.S. in snow over the weekend shut the lights off for more than a million customers from Arkansas to Massachusetts as it downed power lines and hampered operations at some power plants. According to the Department of Energy’s Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability, at one […]

Front facade of the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington, D.C.  Source: Commons

[UPDATED] Halt the EPA’s Clean Power Plan Now, 26 States Urge Supreme Court

Following the D.C. Circuit’s denial of motions for stay, 26 states have petitioned the U.S. Supreme Court to immediately block the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) contentious Clean Power Plan from taking effect. The January 26 application, directed to Chief Justice John Roberts Jr., notes that the states filed petitions for review of the carbon rule […]