POWERnews [Feb. 26, 2015]

Duke Fined $102.2 Million for Mishandling Coal Ash

Duke Energy has been charged by federal authorities with nine misdemeanor counts of violating the Clean Water Act and other federal regulations stemming from improper disposal of coal ash at…

EPA and Utilities Are “On the Wrong Track,” Say Experts

Speaking to a sparsely filled room as the last of four presenters during the keynote plenary session at the Energy, Utility & Environment Conference in San Diego, Calif., Feb. 16,…

France Mulls Nuclear Overhaul as AREVA Reports $5.6B Loss

France will look at all options in an attempt to overhaul its state-run nuclear industry, French Energy Minister Ségolène Royal told reporters on Monday, after AREVA reported a $5.6 billion…

Palo Verde Nuclear Station Sets U.S. Production Record

It’s no surprise that the Palo Verde Nuclear Generating Station led the nation in electrical generation in 2014—it has done that for 23 consecutive years—but with a total output of…

NRC to Inspect Damage to Summer Unit 2 Containment Vessel

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) on Monday began a special inspection of damage to the containment vessel at Unit 2 of SCANA's Summer nuclear plant, which is under construction in…

Ginna Nuclear Power Plant Gets a Lifeline

On the verge of being mothballed as a result of a challenging market for its power, the R. E. Ginna Nuclear Power Plant in western New York got a three-and-a-half-year…