POWERnews [June 25, 2015]

House Passes Measure to Stall EPA Clean Power Plan

A bill that would halt the Clean Power Plan's compliance deadlines until litigation on the rule has been completed has passed the U.S. House of Representatives with a 247–180 vote. …

MISO Says Clean Power Plan Could Cut Its Coal Generation by Half

A new analysis from the Midcontinent Independent System Operator (MISO), the nation’s second-largest ISO, predicted that compliance with the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) Clean Power Plan (CPP) could slash coal’s…

GOP Bills Target Clean Power Plan, EPA

As Congress works through its array of annual appropriations bills, Republicans opposed to the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) proposed Clean Power Plan (CPP) are moving forward with a variety of…

NSR Settlement Requires New Pollution Controls for Four Corners Coal Plant

Several Arizona and New Mexico–based utilities will be required to install pollution controls at the coal-fired Four Corners Power Plant to curb sulfur dioxide (SO2) and nitrogen oxide (NOx) under…

Duke Proposes Full Excavation of 12 More Coal Ash Basins

With plans already approved for the closure of 12 of its coal ash basins, Duke Energy on June 23 recommended the full excavation of 12 additional basins located in North…

Canada’s SaskPower Opens Carbon Capture Test Facility

SaskPower, the Saskatchewan provincial utility that made history last year by developing the first full-scale post-combustion carbon capture retrofit for an operating coal-fired power plant, has taken the next step…

White House Warns Climate Change Inaction Could Result in Higher Power Demand and System Costs

Taking action on climate change could reduce electricity demand between 1.1% and 4% and save the U.S. $10 billion to $34 billion in power system costs by 2050, says a…

Nuclear Developments From S. Korea, Nigeria, Pakistan

Several major nuclear announcements surfaced from around the world this week. South Korea plans to retire its oldest nuclear reactor early, Nigeria selected two sites for the construction of four…

DOE Issues Remaining $1.8B in Loan Guarantees for Vogtle Nuclear Reactors

The last of three conditional commitments offered by the Department of Energy (DOE) to the coalition building two nuclear reactors at Plant Vogtle in Georgia was finalized on June 24, allowing…