POWERnews [July 16, 2015]

Cyber Attack on U.S. Grid Could Destroy Dozens of Plants, Cost Billions, Report Says

A cyber attack on the U.S. power grid could potentially destroy dozens of generating units, leave 93 million people without power for weeks, and result in nearly $250 billion dollars…

IPL to Retire or Repower Coal Units in Iowa Under PSD Settlement With Feds

Interstate Power and Light (IPL) will be forced to spend $620 million to retire 10 coal-fired units and retire, refuel, or install pollution controls at several others in Iowa under…

Report: Power Plant Air Emissions Continue Steady Decline

In a report released this week, M.J. Bradley & Associates found that in 2013 power plant SO2 emissions were 80% lower and NOx emissions were down 74% compared to releases…

DOE Funds New Gasification Projects As Existing IGCC Projects Face Turmoil

Seven gasification projects will receive about $7.5 million in funding from the Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) National Energy Technology Laboratory. The projects will reduce the cost of coal conversion and…

Gas Passes Coal as Top U.S. Power Source

King Coal has lost his crown—at least temporarily. Electricity generation data from the Energy Information Administration (EIA) for April 2015 showed the U.S. generated 92.5 TWh from natural gas and…

DOE Suspends Funding for California Clean Coal Project

The Department of Energy (DOE) has suspended funding for the Hydrogen Energy California (HECA) polygeneration clean coal plant, saying the company has failed to meet required milestones, according to a…