POWERnews [July 13, 2017]

NRG’s New Plan: Sell Assets, Change Focus, Raise Cash

NRG Energy said it will sell as much as $4 billion in assets as it seeks to lower its debt and cut costs after a revolt by activist investors unhappy…

Russian Hackers Targeting U.S. Nuclear Plants: Reports

U.S. officials said Russian government hackers have broken into systems at U.S. nuclear power plants and also have made cyber intrusions into the business systems of other energy companies, according…

U.S. Could Surpass Europe in Offshore Wind Capacity, Industry Advocate Posits

The U.S. currently has only one commercial offshore wind farm, the five-turbine, 30-MW Block Island Wind Farm. While the nation is off to a slow start in the offshore wind…

Indiana Coal Plant Delays Pollution Control Amid EPA Uncertainty

Northern Indiana Public Service Co. (NIPSCO) said it will hold off on installing wastewater pollution controls at its largest coal plant in Indiana as industry groups continue to challenge the…

DOE, EPA Appropriations Bills See Movement on the Hill

House of Representatives appropriators July 12 took up their responses to President Donald Trump’s controversial fiscal year 2018 (FY18) budget requests for the Department of Energy (DOE) and the Environmental…

Bipartisan Group Backs Extension of Carbon Tax Credit

A bipartisan group of U.S. senators has announced plans to reintroduce legislation called the FUTURE Act, which would extend and expand the federal 45Q tax credit for carbon dioxide capture…

New Jersey Backs Studies for Microgrid Projects

New Jersey officials this week said the state’s Board of Public Utilities is funding feasibility studies for a series of microgrids across the state that could provide needed power to…

Court Rejects FERC Decision on PJM Pricing Rule

A federal appeals court has ruled the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) should not have denied a 2012 proposal by PJM in which the regional power operator sought to revise…

Abandoned TVA Nuclear Site Has New Life as Solar Farm

A long-shuttered Tennessee nuclear power plant project has been reborn as a solar farm, with the energy produced there made available for use by local residents and the Tennessee Valley…

Xcel Moves Forward With Wind Power Expansion

Xcel Energy plans to add about 1,550 MW of wind power to its portfolio in the Upper Midwest with the addition of seven wind farms expected to be operational by…

France Signals Intention to Slash Nuclear Generation by 2025

France, which currently gets more than 75% of its electricity generation from nuclear, may close as many as 17 reactors by 2025, according to Minister of Environment Nicolas Hulot. In…