POWERnews [Jan. 22, 2015]

State of the Union Address Light on Energy Issues

President Obama’s State of the Union (SOTU) address on Tuesday night held no surprises about energy issues. The word “energy” only appeared twice in the president’s speech—once in mention of…

European Power Markets Force Changes at RWE, E.ON, and Vattenfall

Persistently low prices on the wholesale electricity market are forcing RWE—the third-largest electricity provider in Europe, serving 16 million customers—to consider dismantling some gas-fired power plants and shipping them abroad,…

Japan Mulling $800 Million Stimulus for Battery Storage and Efficiency

The Japanese Ministry of Economy, Trade, and Industry (METI) is considering a proposal for a stimulus package that would allocate ¥93 billion (about $779 million) to support installations of energy…

China Cuts National Energy Intensity by Nearly 5% in 2014

Continuing a drive to reduce its energy intensity 16% between 2010 and 2015, China’s State Council announced on Jan. 20 that the country had managed a 4.8% reduction in 2014,…

U.S. Electric Utility Toxic Releases Decrease 49% During the Past Decade

On Jan. 14, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) published its Toxics Release Inventory (TRI) report for 2013 showing that electric utilities have cut toxic releases to the environment 49% since…

Desert Sunlight PV Plant Comes Online

The 550-MW Desert Sunlight solar photovoltaic (PV) plant near Riverside, Calif., which matches MidAmerican’s Topaz Solar project for the largest solar plant in the world, began commercial operations in December,…