POWERnews [Feb. 4, 2016]

EPA, DOE Experts Upbeat on Regulatory Agenda

The Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) acting administrator of the Office of Air and Radiation, and the Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) head of clean coal and carbon management gave upbeat assessments…

Kemper IGCC In-Service Date Pushed to Q3, Costs Surge Again

Mississippi Power's lignite-fired Kemper County integrated gasification combined cycle (IGCC) power plant is seeing yet another delay and $110 million in new costs, a filing with state regulators shows. The…

German City to Sue Belgian Nuclear Power Plant

Reports out of Germany suggest that the city of Aachen plans to sue the Tihange nuclear power plant over what it claims is the plant’s failure to adequately address safety…

Dominion Resources Agrees to Acquire Questar, Adding to Its Natural Gas Portfolio

Richmond, Va.–based Dominion Resources announced on February 1 that it would add to its more than 12,000 miles of natural gas transmission, gathering, and storage pipeline, by acquiring Salt Lake…

Japan Restarts Third Nuclear Reactor, a MOX Unit

Following rigorous safety checks, Kansai Electric Power Co. on February 1 restarted a unit that uses a uranium-plutonium mixed oxide (MOX) fuel at its Takahama nuclear plant in Japan's Fukui…

German Battery Firm Sonnen Moves into U.S. Home Solar-Storage Market

  Look out Tesla, the Germans are coming. The U.S. residential energy storage market took another step forward on January 29 when German firm sonnen announced that it was partnering…