POWERnews [April 17, 2014]

EPA Breaches Legal Commitment to Issue Final 316(b) Cooling Water Rule

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) failed to issue a final rule governing power plant cooling water by April 17 as agreed with environmental groups. In court papers, the agency instead…

Water Shortages Threaten Global Coal Power

Water stresses in developing countries threaten to derail a massive build-out of coal capacity, according to a new analysis from the World Resources Institute (WRI). The WRI estimates that about…

DOE to Open $4B More in Loan Guarantees for Renewables, Energy Efficiency Projects

The Department of Energy (DOE) plans to make an additional $4 billion in loan guarantees available to help commercialize U.S. renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies that avoid, reduce, or…

[UPDATED] Federal Court Upholds Final MATS Rule, Thwarts Industry Challenges

A federal court on April 15 upheld the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA's) February 2012-finalized Mercury and Air Toxics Standards (MATS), ruling in a 2–1 decision that the agency is not…

Coal and Nuclear Nearly Invisible at Platts Global Power Markets

Gas, wind, and solar are it for any new generation in North America for the next five to 10 years (with a few one-offs), speakers at this year’s Platts Global…

It Blows in Texas!

According to recently released data from the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA), 80% of total wind generation in 2013 was produced in only 12 states. A little more than 21%…

Japan's Cabinet Formally Drops Zero-Nuclear Ambitions, Adopts New Basic Energy Plan

In a stark departure from the zero-nuclear future proposed by a previous administration, the cabinet of Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe Friday endorsed restarting the country's idled nuclear reactors as…

Canada’s Largest Wind Project Completed

The 270-MW South Kent Wind project has been completed in Ontario. The project includes 124 wind turbines and is the largest wind power facility in Canada. The wind farm utilizes…