POWERnews [Jan. 9, 2014]

EPA Publishes Draft Carbon Pollution Rules

The EPA published the latest version of its new source performance standards (NSPS) for carbon pollution from new power plants in the Federal Register on Jan. 8, setting in motion…

Coal Plant Backers Support EPA Supplemental BART Rule for Navajo Plant

An option to curb NOx emissions from the Navajo Generating Station (NGS) near Page, Ariz., put forth by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) last October has been endorsed by a…

New Geothermal Plant Begins Serving California Through One Nevada Transmission Line

The Don A. Campbell geothermal power plant—a 16-MW base load complex located in Mineral County, Nev.—began full capacity operation on Dec. 6, 2013. The plant, named after the geologist who…

ISO-NE: Brayton Point Retirement Denied

Brayton Point’s non-price retirement (NPR) request was rejected in a Dec. 20 letter from ISO New England Inc. (ISO-NE) to EquiPower Resources Corp., owner of the 1530-MW fossil-fueled power station…

EIA: Gas Price Hikes Pushed Up Wholesale Power Prices Across U.S. in 2013

Increases in spot natural gas prices generally prompted wholesale electricity price hikes across the nation from in 2013, but power prices were the highest in the Pacific Northwest and New…

U.S. Electric Companies Brace for Extreme Winter Weather

A large part of the central and eastern U.S. was hit with some of the coldest weather in decades on Jan. 6 and 7. A polar vortex—a large low-pressure area…

La Ventosa Wind Farm Capacity Increased By 27.5%

Eleven new wind turbines have been added at the La Ventosa wind power complex in Juchitán de Zaragoza, Oaxaca, Mexico, raising the total capacity to 102 MW. Iberdrola, owner of…