POWERnews [March 23, 2017]

Holcomb Station Coal Plant Expansion Clears Legal Hurdle

A long-planned expansion of Sunflower Electric Power Corp.’s Holcomb Station is a little closer to fruition as of March 17 with a favorable ruling from the Kansas Supreme Court. The…

SLIDESHOW: Nuclear "Bailout" Trend Gains Traction in More States

Several U.S. states have passed, or are mulling, programs that expand state aid to financially distressed nuclear reactors in a bid to keep them open for economic and environmental reasons.…

AES Closing Two More Ohio Coal Plants

AES subsidiary Dayton Power & Light (DP&L) confirmed on March 20 that it will close two of its coal-fired plants by 2018 because they have become uneconomic. The Ohio utility…

PJM Market Monitor Backs Lawsuit Against Illinois Nuclear Subsidies

PJM Interconnection's independent market monitor is joining the pushback—spearheaded by a trade group and several generators that operate in competitive wholesale markets—against an Illinois law that props up financially distressed…

Tube Leaks Cause Latest Delay to Kemper Project

The Kemper County Energy Facility will not reach full operation by its latest mid-March deadline, project owner Southern Company subsidiary, Mississippi Power announced March 16 in a filing with the…

Japanese Court Awards Damages to Fukushima Residents

In a ruling that stunned the nation, a district court in Japan awarded damages to 62 plaintiffs who lived near the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant before the 2011 disaster,…

Beijing’s Last Coal Power Plant Ceases Operation, Air Pollution Still a Concern

Beijing, China—a city known for its dreadful air pollution—no longer has any large coal-fired power plants adding to the problem. The Huaneng Beijing Thermal Power Plant’s final unit suspended operations…

Deep EPA Budget Cuts Not What Americans Want, Former EPA Heads Say

President Donald Trump’s proposed budget, which cuts funding for the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) by 31%, will not be received favorably by the American people, former EPA Administrators Gina McCarthy…