POWERnews [Jan. 7, 2016]

Vogtle Expansion Owners, Contractors, Settle All Claims

Georgia Power (GP) announced on Jan. 4 that the owners of the expansion project at the Vogtle nuclear power plant (GP, Oglethorpe Power Corp., the Municipal Electric Authority of Georgia,…

NRC Trumps Local Authorities, Authorizes Weapons for Nuclear Plant Security

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) has granted preemption authority to nuclear facilities in New York and California, allowing plant security forces to possess and use certain firearms and related devices…

Malware Campaign Reportedly Prompts Large-Scale Blackout in Ukraine

Malware has apparently been used for the first time to prompt a large-scale power blackout. An attack was tied to a Dec. 23 blackout affecting about 1.4 million Ukrainians living…

California Muni Says No to Coal Power

Silicon Valley Power (SVP)—Santa Clara, Calif.’s municipal electric utility—has decided to stop importing out-of-state electricity from the San Juan Generating Station, completely eliminating coal from its power supply. San Juan…

State RPSs Provide Significant Economic Benefits, DOE Study Says

State renewable portfolio standards (RPSs) provide around $7.4 billion in annual economic benefits and substantial reductions in water withdrawals and consumption, according to a new study from the Department of…