POWERnews [May 21, 2015]

Lawmakers Work to Make PRB Coal Less Attractive in Illinois

A group of Illinois state lawmakers are proposing legislation to discourage the import of Powder River Basin (PRB) coal into the state, making locally mined coal more appealing to power…

Carbon Challenge Will Require More Than Just Renewable Boost, Moniz Says

Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz lauded the wind industry's immense growth since 2008 at the American Wind Energy Association's (AWEA's) WINDPOWER 2015 Conference and Exhibition in Orlando, Fla., but he cautioned…

Energy Dept.: Taller Wind Turbines, Longer Blades Will Make Wind Power Ubiquitous in the U.S.

Taller wind turbines and longer blades could increase the technical potential for wind deployment in the U.S. by 54%, Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz said today as he unveiled a new…

Duke Announces Plan to Retire Asheville Coal Plant, Replace with CCPP

Duke Energy announced on May 19 that it will construct a new 650-MW natural gas–fired combined cycle power plant (CCPP) and retire its 375-MW Asheville coal power plant by early…

Public Power “Big Dog” TVA Takes Fresh Approach to Resource Planning

At Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA), repeated generation transitions have marked the giant public power utility’s long history, from hydro, to coal, to nuclear. The latest resource plan points to natural…

ARPA-E Announces $60 Million in New Funding

The Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) on May 14 announced $60 million in funding for 23 new projects to foster new technologies in dry cooling and…

Experts: More Nuclear Power Is Needed

“You can’t take a clean source of energy off the table.” That was the conclusion that a panel of four experts came to as they discussed the role that nuclear…