POWERnews [June 11, 2015]

Federal Court Strikes Challenge to Proposed EPA Carbon Rule as Premature

The D.C. Circuit rejected challenges to the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA's) proposed carbon rules for existing power plants, ruling that it has no authority to review rules that aren't yet…

Public Power and IOUs Mostly on the Same Page

What separates investor-owned utilities (IOUs) and public power companies these days? Less than you might imagine. In early June, while the Edison Electric Institute (EEI), the trade association for IOUs,…

IEA Executive Director Praises Energy Price Coupling in Western Europe

At the annual Power-Gen Europe Conference held in Amsterdam, in the Netherlands, International Energy Agency (IEA) Executive Director Maria van der Hoeven called for greater leadership as Europe tackles de-carbonization,…

Ten Advanced Combustion Systems That Are Getting the Government's Backing

Ten projects selected on June 8 to receive funding through the National Energy Technology Laboratory's (NETL's) Advanced Combustion Systems Program could lower costs and improve the performance of combustion systems…

Another Big Battery Storage Deal for California

Tesla and energy storage firm Advanced Microgrid Solutions (AMS) on June 4 announced a deal for 500 MWh of storage capacity using Tesla’s utility-scale Powerpack batteries, which it introduced last…

Top EU Court: German Nuclear Fuel Tax Is Legal

Germany's tax on nuclear fuel rods is not against European Union (EU) law, the bloc's top court has ruled. The decision from the Luxembourg-based Court of Justice of the European…