POWERnews [June 30, 2016]

B&W to Restructure Power Business, Cites Dismal Coal Projections

Projections that coal utilization will decline faster than previously forecast have spurred Babcock & Wilcox Enterprises (B&W) to shed 200 jobs and restructure its traditional power business that serves coal-fired…

U.S., Canada, Mexico Commit to 50% Carbon-Free Power by 2025

The U.S., Mexico, and Canada today announced an unprecedented goal to procure 50% of North America's total power generation from renewables, nuclear, carbon capture and storage (CCS), and energy efficiency…

Brexit Implications for UK Nuclear Power

When the UK, the European Union’s (EU’s) second-largest economy, voted to leave the union on June 23, reactions were swift and sometimes unexpected, but what does the Brexit vote mean…

California Governor, Legislature, Agree on Major Overhaul of CPUC

California Gov. Jerry Brown and members of the California legislature have agreed on a package of “sweeping” reforms designed to overhaul the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), increase transparency, and…

World Nuclear Exhibition Addresses Challenging Markets and New Solutions

The second World Nuclear Exhibition (WNE) began on June 28 in Le Bourget, just outside Paris, with the usual mixed messages about the need for and challenges of nuclear power…

IEA: World’s Power Sector Trails Others in Air Emissions

The world's power sector last year emitted a third of global sulfur dioxide (SO2) emissions, 14% of nitrogen oxides (NOx), and 5% of total particulate emissions (PM2.5), but those emission…

District Energy Systems Improve Efficiency and Reduce Carbon Emissions

Although it’s not widely publicized, a majority of the energy used to generate electricity is wasted in the form of heat discharged to the environment. For better or worse, that’s…

U.S. Nuclear Power Plant Closures [Slideshow]

According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, nuclear power has accounted for about 20% of electricity generated in the U.S. each year since 1990. In fact, the U.S. nuclear fleet…