POWERnews [Jan. 25, 2018]

Experts: Innovative Financial Models Bolstering Rapid Growth of DERs

The rapid growth of distributed energy resources (DERs) is spawning new financing models that could send growth for the fledgling sector soaring, upending the power sector at an even more…

SCANA Sale in Doubt as Questions Swirl

Several possible suitors for SCANA Corp. emerged last fall when it became evident the South Carolina utility needed a lifeline, after SCANA subsidiary South Carolina Electric and Gas Co. (SCE&G)…

Trump Slaps 30% Tariff on Solar Imports

The Trump administration on January 22 said it would impose a 30% tariff on imports of solar modules and solar cells, in a high-profile trade case in which two struggling…

AES and Siemens, Two Power Giants, Join Forces on Energy Storage 

Underscoring energy storage’s new vital role in power company operations, Siemens and AES Corp. have launched a joint company, Fluence Energy, that provides technology solutions paired with engineering and services capabilities.…

Challenge to N.Y. Nuclear Subsidies Will Go to Trial

A lawsuit challenging subsidies for New York’s nuclear plants will head to trial after the state’s  Supreme Court rejected motions to dismiss it. The measure deals a small setback for…

SCOTUS Sends Controversial WOTUS Rule into More Legal Limbo 

The U.S. Supreme Court unanimously reversed and remanded a rule the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers rolled out in 2015 that asserts federal authority…

South Korea Will Fight Solar Tariffs; Others Will Wait

The global solar industry on January 23 reacted to President Trump’s announcement on Monday that the U.S. will enact a 30% tariff this year on imports of solar cells and…

Exercise Proves Hacking a Threat to Nuclear Power Plants

Cybersecurity is a topic covered frequently in the pages of POWER magazine, and one that all power plants need to take seriously. A recent simulation proved that the consequences of…

Test Your Knowledge: Improving Plant Efficiency

Power plants are designed to operate at their highest efficiency. However, once a plant goes into operation, real life takes over and design outcomes are not always realized, which can seriously…