POWERnews [Feb. 13, 2014]

NIST Issues Final Cybersecurity Framework, Version 1.0

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) today released its final version of a national framework for improving critical infrastructure cybersecurity. The "living" document will be updated as industry…

Fusion Research Milestone Reached

Scientists at the  U.S. Department of Energy’s Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) have achieved a significant milestone in the development of fusion energy: achieving fuel gains greater than 1 for…

CCS Could Increase Coal-Fired Electric Generation Costs By 70%–80%

The first generation of carbon capture and storage (CCS) technologies could increase wholesale power prices by 70% to 80%, but second generation technologies could halve those costs, an Energy Department…

EPA Considered Few Projects Not Funded by EPACT for CCS Determination

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is seeking comment on its interpretation of provisions in the Energy Policy Act of 2005 (EPACT 2005), which it claims do not alter the agency's…

Exelon May Shutter Some Reactors in 2014

Some of Exelon Corp.’s 10 nuclear power plants are unprofitable and may need to close in 2014 if “a path to sustainable profits” cannot be found, company President and CEO…

Every Megawatt Counts — Nuclear Plant Uprate Approved

While other companies contemplate early retirement for some nuclear plants due to economic woes, DTE Electric Co. is working to bump up the capacity of its nuclear unit. On Feb.…

What is the Future of Electric Utilities?

What's the utility of the future going to look like within two or three decades? That was a question put to former Duke Energy CEO Jim Rogers, Great Plains CEO…

Duke’s Dan River Station Suffers Coal Ash Spill [UPDATED]

[Update Feb. 10] Duke Energy workers have succeeded in permanently stopping the leak from its coal ash pond at the Dan River Steam Station, the company reported on Feb. 8.…

Without San Onofre, Drought-Stricken Calif. Is Crippled by Natural Gas Shortage

A natural gas shortage triggered by extreme cold weather in much of the U.S. and Canada has affected supplies to power plants in drought-stricken California and forced the California Independent…