POWERnews [June 19, 2014]

EPA’s McCarthy Says Carbon Emissions Rules Will Boost Nuclear

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) head Gina McCarthy said on Tuesday that the agency's proposed carbon emissions rules are specifically designed to support nuclear plants that are struggling with profitability. In…

Study: Resource Adequacy Concerns Mostly Stem From Restructured Electric Markets

Most issues concerning resource adequacy have arisen in the context of restructured wholesale and retail electric markets, rather than from traditionally regulated electric markets, a new study from the Electric…

Alstom Has Options After Siemens and MHI Offer

Siemens AG and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd. (MHI) announced on June 16 that they have submitted a proposal to Alstom, the French multinational conglomerate. The offer comes less than a…

DOE Awards $100M for Energy Research

Thirty-two projects—most headed by universities—were awarded grants of various amounts totaling $100 million by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) for Energy Frontier Research Centers (EFRCs). The projects were selected…

Senate Committee Advances FERC Head Nomination

The Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee on Wednesday managed a contentious 13–9 vote to approve President Obama's nomination of Norman Bay to become head of the Federal Energy Regulatory…

Homemade Bomb Found at Ariz. Power Plant

A make-shift explosive device found last week at a power plant south of Tucson, Ariz., caused a small, temporary fuel leak in a 50,000-gallon distillate oil tank—not a large explosion…

RWE’s Thomas Birr on Corporate Strategy in a Changing German Electricity Ecosystem

RWE AG is Europe’s third-largest electricity and fifth-largest gas marketer, with holdings in upstream oil and gas production, power grids, and energy trading. Its German power subsidiary has been the…