POWERnews [July 21, 2016]

11 Things to Know About the Solar Sector's Precarious Future

Despite escalating growth over the past decade, the U.S. solar power sector faces potentially crippling issues concerning module supply, workforce deficiencies, and grid interconnection obstacles, according to industry experts attending…

Severe Solar Storm Could Shut Down U.S. Grid for Months, Study Says

A severe solar storm striking the continental U.S. could cause trillions of dollars in damage to the global economy and shut down portions of the U.S. grid for up to…

Federal Court Stays EPA’s Regional Haze Rule

A federal appeals court has stayed a regional haze rule finalized by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) earlier this year that had threatened to close up to 8.4 GW of…

Turmoil in Turkey Cuts Power to U.S. Military Base

Power supply to a U.S. military base was cut off by the Turkish government following an attempted military coup in the country on Friday.

Amid Scrutiny, Kemper IGCC Project Marks Big Syngas Production Milestone

Southern Co.'s Kemper County energy facility—the only carbon capture and storage (CCS) integrated gasification combined cycle (IGCC) power plant that is under construction—is producing syngas using lignite. The plant marked…

NextEra Energy Cans Deal to Acquire Hawaiian Electric

NextEra Energy announced on July 18 that it has terminated plans to merge with Hawaiian Electric Industries (HEI). Not surprisingly, NextEra Energy said the decision was driven by the Hawaii…