POWERnews [Feb. 11, 2016]

Electric Co-ops Launch “Community Storage” Initiative

Electric cooperatives are poised to increase their use of electric water heaters as a demand response (DR) and energy storage tool in their service territories.

Fortis’ $11.3B Acquisition of ITC Holdings Marks Foray into U.S. Regulated Markets

Canadian utility Fortis wants to acquire ITC Holdings Corp., the largest independent electric transmission company in the U.S., to benefit from "low-risk" regulated power markets. The deal valued at about…

Supreme Court Stays Implementation of Clean Power Plan

Dealing a major blow to the Obama administration’s climate agenda, the U.S. Supreme Court by a 5-4 vote stayed implementation of the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) Clean Power Plan (CPP)…

More Headaches for Indian Point Nuclear Plant, Radioactive Water Found in Wells

Entergy Corp.—owner and operator of the Indian Point nuclear power plant located in Buchanan, N.Y.—announced on February 6 that it had discovered elevated levels of tritium in samples from three…

California Utility Axes Big Pumped Storage Project

The 400-MW Iowa Hill pumped storage project, planned for a site east of Sacramento as a means of dealing with ever-growing renewable generation in the area, has been canceled by…

Obama's National Action Plan for Cybersecurity Seeks Boosts in Personnel Awareness, Protections

A national action plan issued by the White House seeks to take near-term actions to enhance cybersecurity awareness and protections, including investing more than $19 billion in resources for cybersecurity. The…

Duke Energy Mulls Sale of International Power Plants

Duke Energy is considering the sale of all or most of its international power plants, about 4,400 MW dispersed throughout Central and South America. The company's international business segment, Duke…

Duke Energy Fined $6.6 Million for Dan River Coal Ash Spill

The North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality (NCDEQ) issued a $6.6 million fine to Duke Energy on February 8 for environmental violations related to the February 2014 coal ash spill…