POWERnews [June 9, 2016]

Experts: Gas Power's Expansion Riddled with Roadblocks

  Even though it may dominate forecasts, natural gas–fired generation faces a troubled expansion in the U.S., according to experts from a variety of stake-holding entities—including an industry group, a…

DTE to Retire Eight Coal-Fired Units at Three Plants

Michigan utility DTE Energy announced on June 8 that it would retire a total of eight aging coal-fired units at three of its plants by 2023. The units slated for retirement…

Exelon Makes Good on Threat—Quad Cities and Clinton Nuclear Plants to Close

Given the lack of progress on Illinois energy legislation, Exelon Corp. announced on June 2 that it would begin taking steps to permanently shut down its Quad Cities and Clinton…

Byron, Three Mile Island Nuclear Plants at Risk, Exelon Says

Fresh on the heels of its decision to finally move ahead with the long-anticipated retirements of the Quad Cities and Clinton nuclear plants in Illinois, Exelon officials told an Iowa…

Governor’s Veto Intensifies Coal Ash Fight in North Carolina

North Carolina's governor has vetoed a coal ash bill backed by Duke Energy that would have reinstated the recently dissolved Coal Ash Management Commission. Senate Bill 71 (SB71), introduced in…

Watts Bar Unit 2 Nuclear Plant Synchronized to Power Grid

The Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) reached another milestone on June 3 when operators at Watts Bar Unit 2—the nation’s newest nuclear power plant and the first added to the fleet…

Vogtle Nuclear Construction Marks More Milestones

The last of six gigantic modules in the nuclear island for Unit 3 at the Vogtle AP1000 reactors under construction near Augusta, Ga., have been placed. The CA02 and CA03…