POWERnews [March 12, 2015]

FPL Seeks to Acquire and Phase Out Coal-Fired Power Plant

Florida Power and Light (FPL) wants to buy a 250-MW coal-fired facility in Florida to shut it down. The Juno Beach, Fla.–based company filed a petition with the Florida Public…

Four Years After Fukushima

Four years after the massive earthquake and ensuing tsunami heavily damaged the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant in Japan, cleanup efforts continue amid new challenges, while Japan has made little progress…

New Nuclear Reactor Plant Designs: One NRC Review Begins, One Is Suspended

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) announced on Mar. 4 that, after completing an acceptance check, it has concluded that an application to certify the Advanced Power Reactor 1400 (APR1400) reactor…

Wind, Natural Gas, and Solar Continue to Nudge Coal to the Curb

The U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) released 2015 scheduled capacity additions and retirements on Mar. 10, and the news was not good for the coal industry. As has been the…

TVA’s Draft Strategy Hints at Future Energy Efficiency Boosts, Coal Retirements

The Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) may further reduce its coal-fired capacity and scrap its unfinished Bellefonte nuclear power plant, the utility's long-awaited draft power generation strategy unveiled on March 9…

German Offshore Wind Capacity Surging

While developers in the U.S. celebrated financial closing for the 15-MW Block Island Wind Farm off Rhode Island—the would-be first offshore wind farm in the U.S.—Germany said this month that…

Texas Leads the Nation in Power Sector CO2 Emissions

The U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) released state electric power sector CO2 emissions data on Mar. 4 exposing Texas facilities as the largest emitters of CO2 gases in the country—more…