POWERnews [July 24, 2014]

Southern Co. Considering New Nuclear Plant, But That’s Not All

Speaking at the Energy Innovation Symposium in Washington D.C. on July 23, Southern Co. CEO Tom Fanning said that he would love “to announce another nuclear plant” later this year.…

McCarthy Fields Carbon Rule Concerns on Coal, Costs, Climate Change

The Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA's) June 2–proposed carbon rule for existing power plants favors nuclear, renewable, and natural gas combined cycle sources, but it also grants coal-heavy states wide flexibility…

Entergy: State-Proposed Forced Nuclear Outages at Indian Point are Unnecessary

Forced outages at Entergy's two Indian Point nuclear units proposed by the New York Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) to protect fish are "unnecessary" and a "terrible idea," a company…

California Wants Proposals for Renewable-Powered Microgrids

The California Energy Commission (CEC) issued a solicitation for proposals earlier this month to fund projects that will demonstrate the feasibility of renewable energy and storage–powered microgrids. A total of…

FERC Proposes to Approve NERC Physical Security Standards with Modifications

A standard to enhance physical security at critical power system facilities submitted by the North American Electric Reliability Corp. (NERC) will need modifications before it can be approved, the Federal…

SDG&E and NRG Near Finish Line for Carlsbad Energy Center [Updated]

San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) on July 21 formally requested permission from the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) to enter into a power purchase agreement (PPA) with NRG Energy…