POWERnews [May 28, 2015]

Clean Power Plan Will Cut CO2 Emissions to 1980s Levels, Says EIA

The Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) proposed Clean Power Plan (CPP) will cut power CO2 emissions to levels not seen since the 1980s in addition to giving a big boost to…

EPA Takes Action to Eliminate Startup, Shutdown, and Malfunction Emissions Exemptions

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a state implementation plan (SIP) call action to 36 states directing them to correct specific startup, shutdown, and malfunction provisions in their SIPs…

Kemper Project Loses Key Power Buyer Due to Delays, High Costs

South Mississippi Electric (SME), an electric cooperative that has been Mississippi Power Co.'s (MPC's) long-time backer in the development of the Kemper energy facility, has pulled out of the project,…

Wind Is Mainstream, and Other Insights from WINDPOWER 2015

Wind is no longer a niche alternative energy industry, American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) CEO Tom Kiernan told attendees at WINDPOWER 2015.  Despite policy hurdles, the wind sector has seen…

Only Pre-Service Inspections Remain Before First Nuclear Plant Restarts in Japan

The Japanese Nuclear Regulatory Authority (NRA) approved Kyushu Electric Power Co.’s operational safety programs for Sendai Nuclear Power Station Units 1 and 2 on May 27. The approval is the…