POWERnews [July 30, 2015]

Power Sector Braces for Final Clean Power Plan Rule

With the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) expected to issue its final rule on power plant greenhouse gas emissions under the administration’s Clean Power Plan (CPP) early next week, reports strongly…

Alstom Offers Discount to Seal GE Acquisition Deal

As part of a remedy package to appease the European Commission, Alstom will accept $331 million less than the original $13.63 billion purchase price offered by General Electric (GE) to…

New U.S. Nuclear Plant, Watts Bar Unit 2 Is One Step Closer to Startup

Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) inspectors reported that the Tennessee Valley Authority’s performance during a recent assessment conducted at Watts Bar Unit 2 indicated that the plant is ready to startup…

Hawaiian Electric, NextEra Merger Faces MajorTroubles

NextEra Energy’s $4.3 billion bid to buy Hawaiian Electric Industries faces big, perhaps insurmountable, obstacles before the Hawaii Public Utilities Commission, which opened the record on the deal last week.…

Coal Ash Bill Clears U.S. House

The U.S. House of Representatives on July 23 passed by a 258–166 vote a coal ash bill that industry and states say is much-needed, but which the White House has…