POWERnews [April 21, 2016]

Supreme Court Strikes Down Maryland Power Plant Subsidies

In a unanimous ruling, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld a lower court decision that a program Maryland initiated in 2012 to subsidize power plant construction impermissibly invaded the Federal Energy…

Senate Passes Comprehensive Energy Bill, Future Uncertain

By an 85-12 vote, the U.S. Senate passed the first comprehensive energy bill in nearly a decade, bringing a successful conclusion to months of legislative effort and overcoming a series…

Mergers and Acquisitions in the Power Sector Soar in 1Q 2016

The volume and value of mergers and acquisitions (M&A) in the first quarter of this year have soared, according to the accounting and financial consulting firm PwC. According to PwC’s…

Five Takeaways From the ELECTRIC POWER Executive Roundtable 

Executives from power companies operating in different markets revealed how their firms are being affected by low natural gas prices, pressures to achieve fuel diversity, distributed energy generation, and lax…

Environmental Experts Underscore Clean Power Plan Uncertainty

  Even if the Clean Power Plan (CPP) doesn't overcome legal challenges, it is likely that many states will implement carbon-curbing measures set down by the rule, some panelists said…

Resilience and Change in a Digital Future

Two senior power sector executives opened the 2016 ELECTRIC POWER Conference and Exhibition in New Orleans April 19 with a message that generators need to “think big” and embrace possibilities…

[UPDATED] EPA Stands Ground on MATS with Final Cost Consideration

Public benefits offered by the Mercury and Air Toxics Standards (MATS) far outweigh the costs, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) said as it released a review of the 2012-finalized rule's…