POWERnews [July 3, 2014]

Russian Hackers Targeting Energy Sector, Says Report

A group of hackers apparently based in Moscow has been conducting an "ongoing cyberespionage campaign" against energy sector companies in the U.S. and Western Europe, according to a report released…

Legal Fight Over Sunflower Coal Plant Resumes

The battle over Sunflower Electric Cooperative's plans to build an 895-MW coal-fired power plant in Holcomb, Kan., returned to court on Friday. The Sierra Club, represented by Earthjustice, filed a…

Florida Power & Light Going to the Source to Feed its Gas Demand

Florida Power & Light (FPL), Florida’s largest utility, announced on June 25 that it was looking to invest directly in natural gas exploration and production as a means of securing…

DOE Takes Steps to Offer Cape Wind $150M Loan Guarantee

The much-delayed Cape Wind offshore wind project could be the latest recipient of a federal loan guarantee from the Department of Energy (DOE). The agency on Tuesday announced the first…

New Argentine Nuclear Reactor Begins Operation

The Atucha II nuclear power plant—a 745-MW pressurized heavy water reactor located in Lima, in Argentina’s Buenos Aires province—was synchronized to the Argentine electrical grid on June 27. Construction on…

NRC Issues Safety Finding to Wolf Creek Nuclear Plant

On July 2, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) issued a “white” inspection finding to the Wolf Creek Generating Station in Burlington, Kan., in response to a deficiency identified during an…

Renewables to Dominate Energy Investment through 2030, Says Report

Continually falling costs and tightening emissions regulations are set to drive huge growth in global renewable energy capacity despite flagging support for subsidies in Europe and the U.S., says a…

India Plans Large-Scale Floating Solar PV Plant

National Hydro Power Corp. (NHPC) and the Renewable Energy College (REC) of Kolkata have partnered to develop a 50-MW floating solar photovoltaic (PV) plant in the Indian state of Kerala,…