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4.	Coal stockpiles grow. U.S. coal-fired power plants saw their stockpiles grow as more electricity came from gas-fired units over the past few years. Many moved to stop shipments of coal to their facilities in order to deplete the large stockpiles on hand. Courtesy: LMB Photography

DOE Set to Support Small Modular Coal Units

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) wants to know whether small-scale, modular coal-fired power plants are feasible. The DOE this week put out a request for information on how to accomplish such projects, following on its announcement earlier this year that it wants to establish funding opportunities for new coal technologies in an effort to […]

3.	Added gas. Gas fuels 810 MW of Seminole Electric Cooperative’s units: 500 MW of combined cycle power and 310 MW of peaking capacity from five aeroderivative combustion turbine units, all at the Midulla Generating Station. Courtesy: Seminole Electric Cooperative

New Gas-Fired Plants Planned in Florida, South Carolina

Florida regulators have given the green light to a pair of new natural gas-fired power plants that will add nearly 1,700 MW of generation capacity in the state, and a Florida-based energy project developer has announced a 1,000-MW gas-fired facility project in South Carolina. The Florida Public Service Commission (PSC) on May 8 gave approval […]

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Gas-Fired Generation Will Top 2018 Capacity Additions

The U.S. Energy Information Administration’s (EIA’s) latest report on the nation’s power generation inventory expects 32 GW of new capacity will enter commercial service this year, the most in at least at decade. And for the first time in five years, renewable energy sources will not make up the majority of that new generation. Nearly […]

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Siemens Plans Temporary Shutdown of Power & Gas Division

Siemens, one of the world’s largest turbine manufacturers, said it plans to temporarily shut its Power & Gas (PG) division operations worldwide in an effort to cut costs. The Germany-based energy giant in a May 7 news release said, “The shutdowns are part of a comprehensive package of measures, which also includes issues such as […]

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MHPS Tops GE, Siemens in Gas Turbine Market

A report from Barclays Plc said Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems (MHPS) received more than half of all global orders for gas-fueled turbines in the first quarter of 2018, the company’s best-ever performance in a market that has seen traditional gas turbine manufacturers struggle in recent months. The market report from the London, UK-based multinational investment […]

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DOE Steps Up Investments into Electric Generation Technology Research

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) over the past two weeks has made a string of funding announcements, including nearly a half-billion dollars of new investment in power-related initiatives. The funding backs advancements in cybersecurity, advanced nuclear, solar, bioenergy, fuel cells, geothermal, and energy storage. $25 Million for Cybersecurity.On April 16, the DOE’s Office of […]

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Sufficient Blackstart Capability Exists on Grid, Say NERC, FERC

  Despite the recent retirement of “blackstart” units, grid operators have sufficient resources to quickly restore systems in the event of widespread outages, suggests a new report by staff at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) and the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC). The report—“FERC-NERC-Regional Entity Joint Review of Restoration and Recovery Plans”—released May […]

Scotland’s First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon MSP, delivering the keynote in the opening plenary session during All-Energy 2018 Glasgow.

Commitment to Cutting-Edge Renewable Energy Solutions on Display in Scotland

All-Energy 2018 Glasgow, the UK’s largest renewable and low-carbon energy exhibition and conference, began on May 2 having broken a record even before the doors opened. For the first time in the show’s history, four government ministers were scheduled to speak with Scotland’s First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon MSP, delivering the keynote in the opening plenary […]

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 Sets Schedule for Potential ELG Rule Revision

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has issued an official timeline for rulemaking that would potentially revise the Obama administration’s 2015 effluent limitations guidelines and standards (ELGs) for steam electric power plants. In its May 2-released Final 2016 Effluent Guidelines Program Plan, the EPA said it will potentially revise the stringent Best Available Technology (BAT) effluent […]

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Kentucky Coal Plant’s Future in Doubt

An electric cooperative that provides wholesale power and services to customers in 22 counties in western Kentucky has told state regulators it intends to end an operating agreement at a 312-MW coal-fired plant in Henderson, which could lead to the plant’s retirement. Big Rivers Electric on May 1 told the state Public Service Commission (PSC) […]