Archive: Environmental

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MHPS Will Convert Dutch CCGT to Run on Hydrogen

Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems (MHPS) in March said it would work with the Netherlands Carbon-Free Gas Power project to support the conversion of the country’s 1.32-GW Magnum gas-fired power plant to run

Transmission lines distribute power from Encina Power Plant to the regional electric utility grid supplying power to San Diego, Los Angeles and beyond, to Arizona and Las Vegas. (Photo: Chris Hunkeler/Flickr)

Power Mix Comes Down to Cost

It’s not a secret that the North American power mix is changing. Renewable energy and natural gas are picking up market share while coal-fired generation shrinks and nuclear power remains stagnant at best

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Upheaval and Innovation in Wastewater Management

Regulatory uncertainty, changing resources, and an industrywide drive to cut costs and boost flexibility and efficiency are among a growing list of challenges that are prompting new approaches to treat power

December 2000—Milledgeville, Ga.: About 35,000 gallons of wastewater laden with coal ash is released from Georgia Power’s Plant Branch into Lake Sinclair when a mechanical failure of an isolation valve causes water from an ash pond to be siphoned back and discharged through the cooling water tunnel system into the lake. Plant Branch has since been retired to meet environmental rules, though the EPA continues to scrutinize three of its five coal ash ponds, which have received a significant or high hazard rating. Courtesy: Lake Sinclair Blog

EPA Rampaging on Coal Ash Rule Despite Groundwater Concerns

Despite pleas by environmental groups for more time to review recent dumps of groundwater monitoring data from power companies, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is forging ahead to finalize a proposed overhaul of the Obama administration’s 2015 final Coal Combustion Residuals (CCR) rule. The EPA’s 45-day comment period for the agency’s March 1 proposed rule, […]

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EPA Declares Forest Biomass Is ‘Carbon Neutral’

Future regulatory actions issued by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will treat biomass from managed forests as carbon neutral when used for energy production at stationary sources, an agency policy statement declares. EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt, who revealed the policy statement  on April 23 during a meeting with Georgia forestry leaders, also said the […]

The Perry Nuclear Generating Station on Lake Erie, northeast of Cleveland, Ohio, is among the FirstEnergy plants struggling financially.

Costs and Emissions Will Increase If Nuclear Plants Close

A report released this week by The Brattle Group says that if four nuclear power plants in Ohio and Pennsylvania are allowed to retire early it will cause “substantially higher emissions of CO2 and other pollutants” and that there will be “a significant increase in electricity prices” not only in the two states, but also […]

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New Jersey Legislature Backs Nuclear Subsidies

New Jersey’s Assembly and Senate in separate actions on April 12 passed bills to ensure continued operation of PSEG’s Salem and Hope Creek nuclear power plants. Lawmakers also passed bills to modify the state’s renewable portfolio standards and for support of a pilot offshore wind farm. Legislation (S-2313/A-3724) directing the Board of Public Utilities (BPU) […]

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Under Competitive Pressure, Nuclear Industry Doing All It Can, NEI Head Says

The nation’s paramount nuclear power trade group has launched a wide-ranging strategy to help generators stay profitable in tight markets, the head of the Nuclear Energy Institute (NEI) told Wall Street analysts on April 12. In an address broadcast on Facebook, Maria Korsnick, NEI president and CEO, said that nuclear plants that operate in competitive […]