POWERnews [May 15, 2014]

Lawmakers, Stakeholders Assess Soundness of Nuclear Decommissioning Process

Three U.S. senators on Tuesday introduced a trio of bills to improve the safety and security of decommissioning reactors and the storage of spent nuclear fuel ahead of Wednesday's full…

Federal Court Hands EPA Legal Victory on Fine Particulate Matter

A three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia last week upheld the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA's) primary National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) for…

[UPDATED] Fire at Coal Power Plant Takes Facility Out of Service Indefinitely

[Update May 13] A serious fire at the Martin Drake Power Plant in downtown Colorado Springs will leave the facility offline for an indefinite period of time. The fire began…

Study Finds Existing Coal Fleet Is Vital for Meeting U.S. Power Needs

In late January, Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz requested a study of existing U.S. coal-fired power plants to assess options for enhancing capacity, efficiency, and emissions profiles of the present…

Gas and Solar to Ease California Hydro Shortage, Says CAISO

Substantial new gas-fired and solar generation that have been added to the California grid over the past year are expected to take up the slack this summer as an ongoing…

Duke Energy to Replace Florida Coal Units with Gas Generation

Duke Energy Florida will retire five coal-fired units in response to environmental rules, but it plans to replace them with new gas-fired generation, including a $1.5 billion combined cycle plant…

Commerce Backs Distributed Wind Growth

The U.S. Department of Commerce on May 13 awarded the Distribution Wind Energy Association (DWEA) a two-year grant to develop a roadmap to identify common manufacturing gaps for distributed wind…