POWERnews [April 16, 2015]

EIA: Reports of Coal’s Death May Have Been Greatly Exaggerated

Electricity generation from existing coal-fired power plants will increase from 2012 levels through 2025, according to the Reference case presented in the U.S. Energy Information Administration’s Annual Energy Outlook 2015,…

Japanese Court Blocks Nuclear Plant Restarts

A Japanese court has blocked plans to reopen two reactors that had been previously cleared to resume operations by the Nuclear Regulation Authority (NRA).  Local residents in western Japan's Fukui…

First Power-to-Gas Projects in U.S. Launched

Southern California Gas Co., the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), and the National Fuel Cell Research Center (NFCRC) have teamed up to launch the first power-to-gas demonstration projects in the…

Fukushima Mitigation Strategies: Is Progress Being Made at U.S. Nuclear Plants?

The chairman and ranking member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works (EPW) presented conflicting progress reports on the status of Fukushima task force recommendations during a…

CAISO and PacifiCorp to Explore Adding Firm as Transmission Owner

The California Independent System Operator (CAISO) and Portland, Ore.­–based utility PacifiCorp announced on April 14 that they had signed a memorandum of understanding to explore the possibility of PacifiCorp joining…

Short- and Long-Term Economic Impact of the Clean Power Plan on Texas Debated

 While fuel switching may be the easiest option for hitting the 2020 and 2030 goals set by the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) proposed Clean Power Plan, it may impede reaching…

Fabrication Begins for ITER Fusion Reactor Central Solenoid

Workers at San Diego’s General Atomics (GA) on April 10 began the years-long process of winding the 1000-ton superconducting electromagnet that will power the ITER fusion reactor under construction in…