POWERnews [Feb. 23, 2017]

FirstEnergy Looks to Exit Competitive Business, Shutter or Sell Ohio Nuclear Plants

Financially hemorrhaging in 2016 due to uneconomic power plants in its fleet, FirstEnergy Corp. said it may exit the competitive generation business by mid-2018, and shutter its nuclear plants in…

Kemper IGCC, Delayed Again, May Not Be Economically Viable

Southern Co.'s Kemper County integrated gasification combined cycle (IGCC) project, stricken by steep cost increases and an in-service date delayed again to mid-March, isn't economically viable in the face of…

Emails Withheld by Oklahoma AG's Office Made Public as Pruitt Begins Role as Head of EPA

More than 7,500 pages of emails and other records released by the Oklahoma attorney general's office to the Center for Media and Democracy (CMD) reveal a "close and friendly" relationship…

DOE Selects Seven Projects for CO2 Utilization Funding

The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Office of Fossil Energy has awarded a total of $5.9 million to seven projects focused on novel uses of carbon dioxide (CO2). The projects…

Pruitt Confirmed as Head of EPA

In a final 52–46 vote, the Senate on Friday confirmed Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt as Donald Trump's nominee to lead the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The vote was mostly…

Judge Orders Release of EPA Nominee Scott Pruitt’s Emails with Industry

A state court ordered Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt to turn over more than 2,500 emails his office withheld from open records requests relating to communications with coal, oil, and…