POWERnews [April 3, 2014]

OSHA Revises Standards for Line Work and Electrical Protective Equipment

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) on Tuesday issued a final rule that revises a 42-year-old construction standard for electric power line work to make it more consistent with…

Duke Energy Cited for Significant Crack in Cape Fear Coal Ash Dam

North Carolina state officials on Friday cited Duke Energy for a 40-foot-long crack in an earthen dam at the 2012-retired Cape Fear Plant's ash impoundment, to which the company last…

Utilities Reach Agreement on San Onofre Closure Costs

Avoiding what could have been a nasty, expensive fight over costs stemming from the early retirement of the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station (SONGS) last year, plant co-owners Southern California…

Senate Leaders Call for Investigation into FERC Leaks

In a letter to Department of Energy Inspector General Gregory Friedman, U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources Chair Mary Landrieu (D-La.) and Ranking Member Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) requested…

Happy Anniversary, Three Mile Island!

On the 35th anniversary of the most serious accident in U.S. commercial nuclear power plant operating history, it seems fitting to take a look back at the Three Mile Island…

FPL Proposes Voluntary Community-Based Solar Partnership

Florida Power and Light (FPL) on Wednesday asked the Florida Public Service Commission (PSC) to approve a unique pilot program through which the company will build new solar facilities and…

EEI Report: Investment in Transmission Infrastructure Set to Soar

Investor-owned electric utility companies spent $14.8 billion in 2012 to upgrade transmission infrastructure, and investments in 2013 and 2014 are expected to soar even more, peaking at about $17.5 billion,…

Control Room Operational at First AP1000 Nuclear Plant

When Sanmen Nuclear Power Co. and State Nuclear Power Technology Corp. declared the main control room at the Sanmen Unit 1 nuclear power plant—currently under construction in China—operational on March…

APS: Arizona to See Dramatic Changes in Energy Mix Within 15 Years

By 2029, renewable sources in Arizona's energy mix will double and natural gas's share will surpass coal's and nuclear's, the state's largest utility, Arizona Public Service (APS) projects in its…