POWERnews [June 4, 2015]

QER Gets Warm Reception from House GOP

In contrast to the bitter partisanship that has paralyzed Congress for the past few years—especially with respect to energy policy—the Obama administration’s first Quadrennial Energy Review (QER) received a mostly…

Alaska Gets a (Sort-of) New Coal Plant

Golden Valley Electric Association in Healy, Alaska, has fired up a refurbished 50-MW coal plant that has been idle for the past 16 years. Crews from the rural electric cooperative…

China's Nuclear Power Companies Merge To Strengthen Export Ambitions

China's State Nuclear Power Technology Corp. (SNPTC)—general contractor of the first four AP1000 units being built in China—and China Power Investment Corp. officially announced a merger in a move to…

Restart of Sendai Nuclear Plant Delayed to August

The long-awaited restart of the Sendai nuclear power plant, the first of Japan’s nuclear facilities to be re-licensed for operations after the nation’s entire fleet was shutdown in 2011 following…

First Projects Under Western Solar Plan Get DOI's OK

The Department of Interior (DOI) has approved the first three solar energy projects from its Western Solar Plan. The projects total 440 MW and will be built on public lands…

The Voters Were Right: Colorado and Minnesota’s Paths to Clean Energy

Voters in Colorado and stakeholders in Minnesota forced through unique managed generation transformation plans that paved the way for aggressive state renewable and clean energy standards—inadvertently pushing their utilities out…