POWERnews [Jan. 23, 2014]

EU Proposes 2030 GHG Emissions, Renewables Mandates Based on Economic Concerns

The European Union (EU) should emit 40% less carbon dioxide than it did in 1990 and produce 27% of its energy from renewables by 2030, declares a new framework on…

The Coal to Gas Exodus Continues

Alabama Power Co., a subsidiary of Southern Co., has applied for air permits that would authorize the company to retrofit four coal-fired electric generating units, enabling them to add the…

UPDATED: Commerce to Begin New Antidumping Duty Probes of PV Products from China, Taiwan

The U.S. Commerce Department will begin fresh antidumping and countervailing duty investigations of imports of certain crystalline silicon photovoltaic products from China, as well as an antidumping duty investigation of…

DOE Formally Commits $1B to FutureGen 2.0 CCS Project

FutureGen 2.0, the government-backed but long-stalled carbon capture and storage (CCS) project proposed for Meredosia, Ill., will get about $1 billion in cost-shared federal funding, the Department of Energy (DOE)…

Safety Culture Scrutinized at U.S. Nuclear Plant

Officials from Wolf Creek Generating Station, a 1,200-MW nuclear plant located northeast of Burlington, Kan., met with the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) on Jan. 22 to review actions the company…

Federal Court Upholds FAA "No Hazard" Determination for Cape Wind

A federal court on Wednesday upheld the Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA's) 2012 determination that the 130-turbine Cape Wind offshore wind farm proposed for Nantucket Sound, south of Cape Cod, Mass.,…

New Lawsuit Challenging EPA Carbon NSPS Highlights EPACT 2005 Conflict

 The Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA's) proposed New Source Performance Standards (NSPS) for greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from new power plants violates the Energy Policy Act (EPACT) of 2005, a suit…

Former Nuclear Plant Supervisor Sentenced for Falsifying Records

A former chemistry manager at a nuclear power facility was fined $500 and sentenced to 18 months’ probation on Jan. 16 for engaging in deliberate misconduct in connection with a…