POWERnews [Jan. 19, 2017]

State Opposition to Wind Power Spikes as Trump Prepares to Take Office

Amazon’s latest wind farm in coastal North Carolina has completed construction and is weeks from beginning operations—and state legislators have just asked the incoming Trump administration to shut it down.…

UPDATED: Senators Renew Push for Return to Analog in Grid Cybersecurity Bill

A bill to protect the U.S. power grid from cyber-attacks reintroduced by members of the U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee urges a "retro" approach to cybersecurity using a novel analog "disrupter"…

As Temperatures Plummet, France’s Nuclear Reactors Get the Green Light to Resume Service

As France’s grid operator Réseau de Transport d'Électricité (RTE) warned the public that they need to start taking measures to conserve energy as temperatures plummet or face rolling blackouts, the…

Struggling to Compete with Natural Gas, Pennsylvania Coal Plant Files for Bankruptcy

Homer City Generation, operator of a three-unit, 1,884-MW coal-fired generating station about 45 miles northeast of Pittsburgh, Pa., has initiated a voluntary, pre-packaged Chapter 11 case in the U.S. Bankruptcy…

China to Halt or Cancel More Than 100 Coal-Fired Projects

China's National Energy Administration (NEA) has ordered the cessation or postponement of 104 coal-fired power projects in 13 provinces scattered around the country. The body responsible for formulating and implementing…

Duke Energy Settles Florida Power Plant Lawsuit

While admitting no wrongdoing or liability, Duke Energy reached an agreement with the U.S. government to resolve a lawsuit related to its acquisition of a Florida gas-fired power plant. The…