POWERnews [Jan. 2, 2014]

Ownership Change Results in Closure of Three Coal Units

Arizona Public Service (APS) has purchased Southern California Edison’s (SCE’s) ownership share in the Four Corners Power Plant Units 4 and 5. The two units—located on Navajo land in Fruitland,…

Wind Production Tax Credit Expires with Uncertain Impact

The controversial federal production tax credit (PTC) bestowed on new wind farms of $0.023/kWh for the first 10 years of their operation expired on Tuesday, but the impact of that…

Puerto Rico Issues Energy Storage Mandate

Developers of renewable energy projects in Puerto Rico must incorporate energy storage into new installations under recently approved standards. The Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority and the island territory's government-owned…

New EU Air Pollution Package Adopted to Slash Power Plant Emissions

A new major air pollution policy package adopted by the European Union (EU) on Dec. 18 updates existing legislation to further curb air emissions from power plants.    The so-called…

NRC Issues Notice of Violation for San Onofre

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) on Dec. 24 formally issued a Notice of Violation to Southern California Edison (SCE) for failing to properly vet the design of replacement steam generators…

Duke’s H.F. Lee Plant: Another One Bites the Dust

Demolition specialists imploded the H.F. Lee Steam Plant stacks on Dec. 20, changing the landscape of Wayne County, N.C., forever. The 382-MW facility began commercial operation in 1951 and was…

Fracking May Cut Total Water Use From Increase in Gas-Fired Power

Those enormous amounts of water used in hydraulic fracturing may not be the environmental headache they appear to be. That’s because of the downstream effects of more abundant, less expensive…

New Finnish Nuclear Plant Moves Forward

JSC Rusatom Overseas and Fennovoima have signed a plant supply contract to construct a nuclear plant of the AES-2006 pressurized water reactor design (Figure 1) in northern Finland, the companies…

Acquisition Makes Westmoreland 6th Largest Coal Producer in North America

The acquisition of Sherritt International’s Prairie and Mountain coal mining operations will push Westmoreland Coal Co. well into the top 10 of North American coal producers. The purchase helps Westmoreland…