POWERnews [Jan. 21, 2016]

Calpine to Take Uneconomic CCGT Plant Offline in Calif. 

Calpine Corp. will idle a 578-MW natural gas–fired combined cycle (CCGT) power plant in northern California for likely the remainder of the year. The Houston-headquartered company told POWER on January…

Entergy Sues New York for New Attempt to Shut Down Indian Point Nuclear

Entergy has asked a federal court to invalidate a November 6 New York state (NYS) objection to a certification needed for the 20-year license extension of its Indian Point nuclear…

Power Generation Industry Faces Fundamental Changes

New energy technologies, decreasing renewable energy costs, and low natural gas prices are forcing changes in the way traditional power companies must plan for the future. “A fundamental rethink is…

Advanced Nuclear, Solar-Storage Projects Get DOE Funds

The Department of Energy (DOE) announced on January 15 that it was awarding up to $40 million each in cost-shared funding to Southern Co. and X-Energy to “support work to…

DOI to “Modernize” Coal Program, Halts New Leases in Meantime

Acting on President Obama’s desire to improve fossil fuel resource management and push the country toward a “clean energy” economy, the U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI) announced on January…

DOE Releases Grid Modernization Blueprint

A new grid modernization blueprint released by the Department of Energy (DOE) on January 14 seeks to integrate conventional and renewable power sources with energy storage and efficiency measures, while…