Archive: Environmental

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, […]

Wheelabrator Shasta power plant

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 […]

Carbon molecule NCAR/UCAR http://spark.ucar.edu/imagecontent/carbon-dioxide-molecule

Are Energy Companies Practicing Good Product Stewardship?

The Product Stewardship Institute—a consumer advocacy group—defines product stewardship as “the act of minimizing the health, safety, environmental, and social impacts of a product and its packaging

Prairie Island nuclear power plant

Minnesota May Be Next to Support Nuclear Plants

Following the lead of Illinois and New York, which have enacted policies supporting nuclear power plants, the Minnesota Legislature is weighing a bill that could help the owner of two nuclear facilities within its borders. Minnesota is home to the single-unit 671-MW Monticello nuclear plant and the dual-unit 1,100-MW Prairie Island plant (Figure 1). Xcel […]

Auf der Heimfahrt aus Berlin während der Autofahrt entstanden. Nachbearbeitung mit Darktable. EIn tolles Programm. :)

Arised on the way home from Berlin during the car trip. Post processing with Darktable. A great programme. Courtesy: Florian Richter

Germany’s New Coalition Government Agrees to Phase Out Coal, but Will Miss 2020 Emissions Targets

Germany’s Social Democratic Party (SPD) members agreed to join their longtime rival and governing partner, the Christian Democratic Union (CDU), and reluctantly entered into a third grand coalition government on March 4. While this ended months of anxious handwringing following September’s national elections, the entire process was mired in frustration as the prospect of yet […]

A panel at CERAWeek by IHS Markit on March 7, 2018, discussed the role of coal and gas in American power. From left to right: Jim Thompson, IHS Markit; Paul Bailey, ACCCE; David Ownens, TVA; David Khani, CONSOL Energy; and Samuel Andrus, IHS Markit. Source: POWER

Experts: Warfare Between Coal and Gas Is Nonexistent

Markets may currently favor natural gas, but coal, which has been diminished for “good reason,” will likely have a significant place as a reliable fuel for power generation, a diverse panel of U.S. coal experts—including a generator, a supplier, and a market analyst—suggested at CERAWeek by IHS Markit in Houston on March 7. Coal lost […]

Public Service Co. of New Mexico (PNM) closed Unit 2 and 3 of the four-unit San Juan Generating Station (SJGS) near Farmington, New Mexico, in December 2017. Unit 2 came online when the plant opened in 1973 and is the oldest unit at San Juan. Unit 3 began operation in 1979. The shutdown of these two units will result in the reduction of energy generation of approximately 836 MW. PNM plans to replace the loss in generation with a diverse mix of increased renewable energy, existing nuclear power, natural gas generation, and increased power capacity from Unit 4. 

Courtesy: Kip Malone/PNM

More Coal and Nuclear Can Replace Retired Generation, State Supreme Court Rules

The Supreme Court for the state of New Mexico affirmed a final order by state regulators to allow Public Service Company of New Mexico (PNM) to replace lost generation from two shuttered units at its 1,800-MW coal-fired San Juan Regional Generation Station with coal and nuclear resources. The case stems from a petition filed by […]