POWERnews [Jan. 26, 2017]

Southern California Braces for Possible Natural Gas Constraints

Though Southern California weathered last summer without major natural gas supply constraints that were feared as a result of the 2015–2016 leak from the Aliso Canyon storage field, a blast…

Crane Collapse at Nuclear Power Plant Adds to Safety Concerns

A crane boom collapsed under heavy winds at the Takahama nuclear power plant in Japan, landing on the Unit 2 reactor building and fuel handling building at around 9:50 p.m.…

FirstEnergy Unloading Five Plants in Virginia and Pennsylvania

As part of its ongoing drive to exit competitive power markets, FirstEnergy Corp. said on January 23 that it has agreed to sell four natural gas–fired power plants in Pennsylvania…

Petitioners File Briefs in NSPS Case Days after Change of Administration

Having been denied a request for an extended schedule, petitioners in an ongoing lawsuit challenging the merits of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) New Source Performance Standards (NSPS) for…

Retirement Process for Oldest French Nuclear Reactor Stalled Until After Elections

The board of French utility EDF has approved a compensation package for the closure of France's oldest nuclear reactor, the 39-year-old Fessenheim nuclear plant, but it delayed making a final…

Trump Moves on Plans to Scrap Climate Initiatives

The Trump administration will scrap executive actions to curb U.S. carbon pollution from power plants and other climate measures outlined in the Obama administration's landmark Climate Action Plan, according to…