POWERnews [June 29, 2017]

Billions Over Budget, Kemper Facility Gasification Portion Is Suspended

  Operations and start-up of the lignite gasification portion of the Kemper County Energy Facility, marred by exorbitant delays and cost overruns, will be suspended immediately, Mississippi Power announced on…

Four Things That Are Killing Coal

Although President Trump has been promoting a pro-coal energy agenda, there are four things killing coal that the administration may not be able to remedy. That was the message Bill…

Perry, FERC Official at Odds on Grid Reliability

The nation’s power grid may or may not have reliability issues if too many renewables are added to the energy mix, according to conflicting statements by Secretary of Energy Rick…

Navajo Nation Backs Lease Extension to Keep Coal Plant Online

A coal-fired power plant in northeastern Arizona can continue operating until at least the end of 2019 after the Navajo Nation Council approved a lease extension for the facility. The…

Court Dismisses Westinghouse Claim for $2B Recovery from CB&I

  More grim news emerged for financially strapped Westinghouse after the Delaware Supreme Court reversed a chancery court decision that the company was counting on to recoup $2 billion from…

Agencies Propose to Rescind Contentious WOTUS Rule, but It May Not Be Over Yet

 The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Department of Army, and Army Corps of Engineers have proposed a rule to rescind the controversial Waters of the U.S. (WOTUS) rule, which asserts…

SCANA, Santee Cooper Buy More Time for V.C. Summer Decision 

SCANA Corp. subsidiary South Carolina Electric & Gas Co. (SCG&E) and Santee Cooper—owners of the two-unit expansion of the V.C. Summer nuclear plant—have extended an interim assessment agreement with Westinghouse to…

Millstone Weighs Options as Opposition to Financial Aid Continues

Groups opposed to financial relief for Connecticut’s 2,111-MW Millstone Nuclear Power Station continue to press their case against subsidies for the plant as state lawmakers prepare for a special session…

Report: Killing Clean Power Plan Could Cost Nation 560,000 Potential Jobs

If the Trump administration’s efforts to roll back the Clean Power Plan (CPP) are successful, the nation could miss out on 560,000 potential jobs and a boost of $52 billion…