POWERnews [March 10, 2016]

Construction Begins on Project to Demonstrate Entirely New Natural Gas Power Cycle

Construction of a 50-MWt plant that will demonstrate a novel oxyfuel natural gas power system using Allam Cycle technology with zero atmospheric emissions has kicked off in La Porte, Texas.…

Gas-Fired Generation Will Beat Coal in 2016, EIA Says

The Energy Information Administration (EIA) said in its March 8 Short-Term Energy Outlook that natural gas would supply the largest share of U.S. electricity in 2016, continuing its rise against…

Oregon Legislature Passes Bill to Eliminate Coal from State Power Supply

The Oregon Senate passed a bill on March 2 that will require electric companies in the state to eliminate coal-fired resources from their electrical supplies by January 1, 2030. The…

EIA: 13.7 GW of Coal Capacity Was Retired in 2015

Of nearly 18 GW of U.S. generating capacity permanently shuttered in 2015, 77% was conventional steam coal–fired. About 30% of that 13.7 GW in coal capacity was retired in April…

Vivint Halts Pending Merger with SunEdison Citing "Willful Breach" of Agreement 

Distributed energy firm Vivint Solar has terminated an agreement under which it would have merged with renewables giant SunEdison in a $2.2 billion deal. The Lehi, Utah–based company told investors…

Chief Justice Roberts Rejects Bid to Suspend MATS Rule

U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts rejected the plea of 20 states to stay the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) Mercury and Air Toxics Standards (MATS) rule while the agency…

China Looks to Small CHP to Cut Air Pollution

China has been struggling for years with endemic air pollution in major cities like Shanghai, and the nation’s traditional heavy reliance on coal has been challenged head-on by new government…

Palo Verde Nuclear Plant Shatters Own Generation Record in 2015

The 4-GW three-unit Palo Verde Nuclear Generating Station has broken its own generation record, producing the highest electricity output of any nuclear plant in the world. APS, the Arizona utility…

Entergy Subsidiaries Buy Four-Unit CCGT Power Plant

Entergy Corp. announced on March 4 that three of its subsidiaries had closed on a transaction to purchase the 1,980-MW Union Power Station near El Dorado, Ark. The plant includes…