POWERnews [March 20, 2014]

Dan River Ash Spill Could Lead Duke to Retire 932 MW of Coal Generation

The Dan River coal ash spill has forced some serious discussions about the future of Duke Energy’s North Carolina coal fleet. Duke Energy President and CEO Lynn Good said in…

S.C.: DOE’s Hold of MOX Facility Construction Is Illegal

In a lawsuit filed on Tuesday, South Carolina has charged the Department of Energy (DOE) with "flouting" the law when it indefinitely suspended the mixed oxide (MOX) fuel fabrication facility…

Earth Dodged Grid-Destroying Solar Storm in 2012, Says Study

A massive coronal mass ejection (CME)—commonly known as a solar storm—in July 2012 could have rivaled the worst recorded event from 1859 had it hit the Earth, according to a…

Federal Court Denies DOE's Waste Fee Appeal

A federal court has denied the Department of Energy's (DOE's) petition for the full court's review of a November 2013 decision suspending payments into the Nuclear Waste Fund.  The decision…

Legal Wins for Cape Wind, Rejection for Atlantic City Offshore Wind

In the past week, as the Cape Wind project planned for offshore Massachusetts saw crucial legal victories, New Jersey's Board of Public Utilities (BPU) on Wednesday rejected a  $188 million…

NuScale Gains Partner for Small Modular Nuclear Reactor

NuScale Power LLC and Enercon Services Inc. have joined forces, announcing a strategic partnership to support deployment of NuScale’s small modular reactor (SMR) technology. Enercon got its start in 1983,…