COAL POWER Direct [April 6, 2016]

Is a New Hybrid System the Cure for Coal Power’s Ills?

Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have combined two proven technologies to create a new hybrid system that could produce electricity, using coal as a fuel source, at…

Air Emissions Tampering Leads to Felony Charges at Power Plant

The owner and management company of the Berkshire Power Plant—a 252-MW natural gas–fired combined cycle plant located in Agawam, Mass.—agreed to plead guilty on March 30 to felony charges that…

Communication Was Essential to Alliant Energy's Successful Handling of Emissions Monitoring

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is obligated to review many different federal environmental standards on a recurring basis and update them if the agency deems it necessary for the protection of

Ohio PUC Approves FirstEnergy and AEP Subsidy Plans

Setting the stage for a drawn-out fight with ratepayer groups and other generators, the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) on March 31 approved proposals from FirstEnergy and American Electric…

Leveraging Drones and Robots for O&M Savings

If you’re still thinking of drones and robots as more toy than tool, think again. The drones now working in the power sector have gone far beyond remote-control hobbies and now resemble something closer to

Consumers Energy Shuts Down Seven Coal Plants

As it promised last May, Michigan-based Consumers Energy is shuttering seven of its oldest coal-fired plants, which make up more than two-thirds of its coal fleet. Consumers Energy made the…