POWERnews [July 14, 2016]

Entergy Considering Sale of FitzPatrick Nuclear Plant to Exelon

Entergy Corp. announced on July 13 that it is in discussions with Exelon Corp. concerning the potential sale of the James A. FitzPatrick Nuclear Power Plant in Scriba, N.Y. The…

Subsidies Proposed for New York’s Upstate Nuclear Power Plants

The New York Department of Public Service has proposed subsidizing zero-emissions attributes from zero-carbon electric generating stations, namely nuclear power plants, in order to encourage the preservation of the facilities.…

In Push for Collaboration, Solar and Storage Industries Unveil "Smart Solar" Potential

  Pairing solar with energy storage will be integral to cement the future of both emerging sectors, said experts at the Intersolar North America's annual event held this week in…

EU Parliament Approves New Cybersecurity Rules

The European Union (EU) parliament on July 6 approved the first community-wide rules designed to bolster cybersecurity throughout the EU. According to the official statement, the new law “lays down…

China Reportedly Poised to Ban New Coal Plants Through 2018

China is preparing to expand nationwide a ban on new coal plant construction announced in April in an attempt to further rein in overcapacity and boost utilization of renewable energy,…

Germany Backs Measure to Replace Renewable Incentives with Competitive Auctions

Lawmakers in Germany have voted to replace subsidies for wind and solar with competitively priced electricity prices. The country's upper (Bundesrat) and lower (Bundestag) legislative chambers on July 8 voted…

Colstrip Units 1 and 2 Will Shut Down by 2022

Talen Energy and Puget Sound Energy (PSE), owners of Units 1 and 2 at the Colstrip Power Plant in Montana, have reached an agreement to shut those units down no…

Japanese Nuclear Sector Suffers More Setbacks

Japan’s embattled nuclear sector, struggling to restart some of its idled reactors, suffered a pair of setbacks this week as a court again ruled against the restart of Takahama Units…

Green Groups Challenge PJM’s Capacity Performance Rules

The “polar vortex” storm of January 2014 blew in big changes to PJM Interconnection’s operations. But these changes are now the subject of a lawsuit filed by environmental groups, alleging…

Expansion Joint Bellows Rupture Forces D.C. Cook Nuclear Plant Offline

Indiana Michigan Power—a subsidiary of American Electric Power (AEP)—reported that Unit 2 of its Donald C. Cook Nuclear Plant in Bridgman, Mich., was forced offline on July 6 due to…

Largest Wind Turbine Contest Gets Another Entrant

Siemens on July 5 entered the competition for the largest wind turbine in the world with an upgrade of its SWT-7.0-154 model. The new SWT-8.0-154 turbine boosts power output over…