POWERnews [May 26, 2016]

Watts Bar Unit 2 Reactor Goes Critical (and That’s a Good Thing)

The Tennessee Valley Authority’s (TVA’s) newest nuclear plant, Watts Bar Unit 2, achieved initial criticality on May 23 at 2:16 a.m. Although that may sound ominous to anyone untrained in…

AGs Tell EPA to Halt Aid to States Planning Clean Power Plan Compliance

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) must halt its drive to help states supportive of the Clean Power Plan to comply with the rule because it defies the Supreme Court stay,…

Colstrip Power Plant Operator Talen Looks Toward the Exits

Talen Energy, which owns a portion of the Colstrip Power Plant in Montana and operates the plant for the five other utilities and holding companies that also own shares, told…

Two Exelon Nuclear Plants Fail to Clear PJM Auction

Exelon's Quad Cities and Three Mile Island nuclear plants have failed to clear the PJM capacity auction for the 2019–2020 planning year, and the future looks grim for at least…

Fire Is Latest Hurdle for Ivanpah Concentrating Solar Power Plant

Misaligned mirrors at the Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System in California caused electrical cables to catch fire about two-thirds of the way up the Unit 3 tower on May 19,…

DOE Poised to Pull Out of Texas Clean Energy Project

The Department of Energy (DOE) is ready to end its involvement with the Texas Clean Energy Project (TCEP), a carbon capture, utilization, and storage (CCUS) facility under development in west…

Moniz: Incentives Needed to Alleviate Nuclear Power Woes

U.S. Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz said the time will come—perhaps 10 to 15 years from now—when “nuclear power is going to have to see a substantial resurgence.” Moniz was…

Repurposed: Coal Gasification Plant Will Be Used to Produce Fertilizer

Phibro—an independent commodity merchant company based in Stamford, Conn.—through its affiliate Philipp Brothers Fertilizer, recently announced that it is acquiring a clean coal gasification plant just outside of West Terre…

Trump Picks North Dakota Lawmaker as Key Energy Advisor

Donald Trump, presumptive Republican nominee for president, has chosen a back-bench Republican congressman with a lot of experience in state energy regulation as his advisor on energy issues