POWERnews [May 29, 2014]

Report: Power Plant Emissions Down Substantially

According to a report released on May 28, NOX and SO2 emissions in 2012 were 74% and 79% lower, respectively, than they were in 1990 when Congress passed major amendments…

Federal Court Throws Out FERC Effort to Boost Demand Response

In a major setback for efforts to support demand response, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit threw out Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) Order 745,…

Final Nuclear, Coal, Oil, and Gas Effluent Guidelines Rule Delayed Until 2015

A final rule establishing national technology-based effluent limitations guidelines and standards to reduce discharges of pollutants from nuclear and fossil fuel power plants to U.S. waters won't be issued until…

Duke Energy and EPA Reach Agreement on Dan River Coal Ash Cleanup

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Duke Energy have signed an agreement regarding cleanup of the coal ash release that occurred at the retired Dan River coal-fired power plant…

NuScale, DOE Complete Agreement for $217M SMR Development Funds

[Corrected (May 30): See note below] A cooperative agreement finalized by NuScale Power and the Department of Energy (DOE) on Wednesday means the small modular reactor (SMR) developer will receive…

DHS Reports Cyber Attacks on Power Plant Control Systems

Despite relatively low interest in cybersecurity issues among power industry professionals, the threat of cyber attacks on generation systems is real, as the latest report by a U.S. Department of…