POWERnews [March 17, 2016]

Rise of Populist New Right Party AfD May Trump Germany’s Energiewende

On March 13, three of Germany’s 16 states held regional elections that were largely seen as a referendum on Chancellor Angela Merkel’s increasingly controversial refugee policies as well as the…

A Review of Supreme Court Nominee Merrick Garland's Power-Related Cases at the D.C. Circuit

Merrick Garland, chief judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, is President Obama's nominee to the U.S. Supreme Court. Here's a roundup of Garland's more…

South Africa’s Eskom Applies for Nuclear Site Licenses in Eastern and Western Capes

South Africa’s National Nuclear Regulator (NNR) announced on March 15 that it has received two nuclear installation site license applications from Eskom Holdings, the only designated, cabinet-confirmed majority owner and…

Coal Refuse Emissions Bill Passes House, Garners Veto Threat

The U.S. House of Representatives has passed, with bipartisan support, a bill that slackens emissions limits for power plants that burn coal refuse. The Satisfying Energy Needs and Saving the…

Hinkley Point on the Brink as EDF Seeks French Support

The proposed expansion of the Hinkley Point nuclear plant in the U.K., a joint project between French-based EDF and Chinese firm CGN, was thrown into fresh doubts this month as…

Five Years after Fukushima in Five Infographics

It's been five years since the Great Tohoku Earthquake and tsunami prompted a crisis at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant in Japan, but the world's nuclear power sector is still…

Duke Energy Tries First-of-Its-Kind Hybrid Energy Storage System

Duke Energy is testing a hybrid ultracapacitor-battery energy storage system (HESS) at its Rankin Substation in Gaston County, N.C., in an effort to find a more effective way to integrate…