POWERnews [March 3, 2016]

U.S. Cybersecurity Super Team Reveals How Attackers Prompted Ukraine Blackouts

External malicious actors deployed a "synchronized and coordinated" cyberattack to prompt the large-scale blackout in Ukraine last December, a U.S. interagency team has confirmed. The event on December 23, 2015— the…

Solar PV Capacity Factors a Mix of Insolation and Design

Utility-scale solar photovoltaic (PV) generation has exploded over the past few years. From nearly nothing in the late 2000s, the U.S. now has more than 10 GW of utility-scale solar…

Did the D.C. Commission Issue a Stealth Exelon-Pepco Merger Approval?

The District of Columbia Public Service Commission (PSC) on Friday (Feb. 26) rejected a restructured $6.8 billion merger proposal between Exelon and local electric utility Pepco, but offered a counter…

Lessons Learned from Fukushima Nuclear Accident: Human Aspects Still Need Work

“The one thing that is most difficult to enhance is one of the most important components of a nuclear power plant and that is the people,” said William D. Magwood…

Gas-Fired Generation Pulled Nearly Even with Coal in 2015, EIA Says

Battered by stubbornly low natural gas prices and regulatory headwinds, coal-fired generation fell into a near-tie with natural gas in 2015, according to data released on Feb. 26 by the…

New Reports Say CPP and Renewable Tax Credits Have Big Implications for the Power Sector

New reports released this week see big growth in renewables from the recently extended federal tax credits, but big uncertainty due to the possible end of the Clean Power Plan…

A Brief History of U.S. Coal Ash Since the Kingston Spill

The disposal of coal ash, a combustion byproduct from coal-fired power plants, was propelled into the national conversation on December 22, 2008, when the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) Kingston power…

Notable Coal Ash Spills [Slideshow]

The coal ash spill in December 2008 at the Tennessee Valley Authority's coal-fired Kingston power plant may have triggered regulatory action, but it wasn't the first or the most devastating…