POWERnews [May 14, 2015]

Siemens Restructures to Bolster Troubled Power and Gas Division

Siemens AG has completed a company reorganization to respond to the "persistently difficult environment" in the global power generation market. The global technology company, which had around 357,000 employees in…

Murkowski Introduces Array of Energy Bills

In the opening move of what is certain to be a long and contentious process, Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), chairman of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources (ENR) Committee, introduced…

U.S. Senators: Biomass Should Not Be Compliance Method for Clean Power Plan

Biomass combustion should not be an approved compliance method under the Clean Power Plant because burning trees is not carbon neutral, both senators from Massachusetts told the Environmental Protection Agency…

Fire in Main Transformer Forces Shutdown of Indian Point 3 Nuclear Plant

A fire in one of the Indian Point nuclear plant main electrical transformers resulted in the forced shutdown of Unit 3 at the facility on May 9. The fire started…

Consumers Energy Shuttering a Third of Its Coal Fleet

Michigan utility Consumers Energy formally announced on May 11 that it was closing seven of its oldest coal-fired units, which together represent 32% of its coal capacity. The units, representing…

DGR Is Preferred Nuclear Waste Solution for Canada, Scary for U.S.

A Canadian joint review panel issued an environmental assessment report on May 6 for a deep geologic repository (DGR) for long-term management of low- and intermediate-level radioactive waste (L&ILW), concluding…

NARUC Promotes State Coordination for Clean Power Plan Compliance

The National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC) and the Eastern Interconnection States Planning Council have released a resource guide to help states overcome institutional barriers and coordinate on Clean…

GE Hitachi Enters Pressurized Water Reactor Services Market

GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy (GEH), the manufacturer of more than 60 of the world's 81 existing boiling water reactors (BWRs), is making a foray into the pressurized water reactor (PWR)…