POWERnews [Jan. 16, 2014]

McCarthy Defends EPA Tactics to Tamp Down Power Plant Carbon Pollution

Witnesses from four federal agencies, including Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Gina McCarthy, answered pointed questions about the president's June 2013–released Climate Action Plan (CAP) and associated rules at an…

Colorado Legislature Kills Effort to Repeal Renewable Energy Mandate

The Democrat-controlled Colorado Senate on Jan. 15 blocked a bill that would have reversed the state’s controversial renewable energy mandate for rural electric cooperatives. Colorado has had a renewable portfolio…

Will the Nuclear Industry Bite on Indiana’s Bait?

A new bill authored by state Sen. James Merritt, R-Indianapolis, is designed to promote nuclear power development in Indiana, which doesn’t currently have any operating nuclear power plants. Senate Bill…

Fitch: California Drought to Take a Toll on Hydropower Generators

A years-long drought afflicting California could put financial pressure on a number of the state's hydropower generators, a ratings agency warns.  Fitch Ratings on Friday said that while the financial…

EPA's Final Regional Haze Rule for Wyoming Proves Costly for Coal Plants

Three Wyoming coal-fired power plants will be required to install costly controls to curb nitrogen oxide (NOx) emissions under a regional haze rule that was finalized by the Environmental Protection…

EPA to Miss Legal Deadline to Finalize 316(b) Cooling Water Rule

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will today miss a legally set deadline to issue finalized standards for cooling water intake structures for all existing power generating facilities under Section 316(b)…

Nuclear Revival in the UK—Should the U.S. Take Notice?

With 16 reactors providing roughly 18% of the UK’s electricity needs, nuclear power is a vital part of the country’s energy supply. The trouble is that all but one of…