POWERnews [May 18, 2017]

Senate Committee Takes on Regulatory Reform

The Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Government Affairs May 17 advanced a number of bills that could have significant impacts on the future of energy regulation in the future.…

Virginia Governor Orders Power Plant Carbon Regulations 

Virginia’s governor has directed the commonwealth’s environmental quality agency to establish regulations to curb its carbon emissions from power plants via a carbon trading scheme by the end of this…

Georgia Power, Southern Nuclear to Take Over Plant Vogtle Work

As the dust from Westinghouse’s recent bankruptcy filing begins to settle, Georgia Power has reached a deal to take over work at its Plant Vogtle nuclear expansion project when the…

DTE Joins Growing Number of Power Companies with Carbon Goals

Detroit-based DTE Energy wants to slash its carbon emissions by more than 80% from 2005 levels by 2050, a reduction it said is in line with broad targets identified by…

India Approves 10 New Pressurized Heavy Water Reactor Nuclear Units

India’s government has given the state-owned Nuclear Power Corp. of India Ltd. (NPCIL) the green light to develop 10 new domestically designed pressurized heavy water reactors (PHWRs). The approval means…

Wärtsilä Acquires Major Energy Storage Player

  Finnish technology firm Wärtsilä has acquired Greensmith Energy Management Systems, a firm that specializes in energy storage optimization and integration software, for an undisclosed amount. Greensmith, which has designed…

Is Fuel Diversity a False God?

Fuel diversity is a topic that comes up often in discussions of electricity policy, generally thought to be a worthwhile, even indispensable, attribute in an energy system. A new analysis…