POWERnews [May 22, 2014]

U.S. Charges Chinese Hackers for Attacks on Nuclear and Solar Firms

For the first time ever, the U.S. has filed criminal charges against known state actors for hacking U.S. interests. A grand jury in the Western District of Pennsylvania indicted five…

EPA Issues Final Cooling Water Intake 316(b) Rule

A final rule released by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today will affect cooling water intake structures at 544 U.S. power plants and provide those plants with lower-cost compliance options…

Flooding Threatens Coal-Fired Power Plant

While the rainfall has stopped for now, the risk of flooding continues for the Nikola Tesla coal-fired power plant located on the Sava River near Obrenovac, Serbia (Figure 1). 1.…

Russia, China Ink Major Gas Supply Deal

Ending a decade of often-contentious negotiations, Russia and China on May 21 signed a 30-year, $400 billion deal that will initially send around 38 billion cubic meters (bcm) of natural…

NEI: NRC Proposal to Collect More Fees from Nuclear Generators is “Unjustified"

The $930.7 million proposal by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) to recover 90% of its budget authority through licensing, inspection, and annual fees to be charged to U.S. nuclear generators…

New York Mulls Requiring Utilities to Address Climate Change Risks

New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman on Tuesday announced his office would propose legislation that would require electric and gas utilities to assess and document their systems' vulnerability to climate…

DOE Continues to Push Concentrating Solar Power Systems

The Department of Energy (DOE) released a report on May 21 highlighting progress at five concentrating solar power (CSP) projects in the southwestern U.S. In the report, “2014: The Year…

DOE Suspends $750M Annual Nuclear Waste Fee

As of May 16, the Department of Energy (DOE) will no longer collect the one-tenth-of-a-cent fee per kilowatt-hour of power generated by nuclear plants that was set by the Nuclear Waste…