POWERnews [June 17, 2015]

Experts: Coal Ash Legislation Would Resolve EPA Final Rule Complications

The Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA's) first-ever national standards for the disposal of coal ash are ridden with complications, warned witnesses at a Senate oversight hearing.  The June 17 hearing before…

California Drought and Power Potential

California’s grid gurus say they can make it through this summer, but the future may pose real problems for a hydro-heavy regional system. As the grip of California’s four-year drought…

PacifiCorp Axing Coal as It Joins CAISO

Oregon-based utility and Berkshire Hathaway subsidiary PacifiCorp filed plans this month to shut down nearly 3 GW of its coal generation by 2033 as it moves toward greater integration with…

House Subjects EPA Ozone Rule to Twofold Probe

The Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA's) proposed ozone rule came under scrutiny in two U.S. House of Representatives hearings held during the past week.  The House Committee on Energy and Commerce's…

Vogtle Nuclear Plant Unveils Its New FLEX Dome

Southern Co. announced on June 16 that construction has been completed on a new FLEX dome—a structure built to house emergency equipment needed to respond to an extreme external event—at…

Report: Most of the EU Is on Track to Meet 2020 Renewable Energy Target

At least 25 of the European Union's (EU's) 28 member nations are on track to meet renewable energy targets, putting the bloc well on its way to meet its legally…