POWERnews [July 31, 2014]

EPA Public Hearing on Carbon Pollution Standards Draws More “Public” than Power Industry Speakers

Interest in the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) carbon pollution standards for existing power plants—the “Clean Power Plan,” proposed under the authority of the Clean Air Act Section 111(d)—was so high…

Flames Engulf Large UK Coal Power Plant

A blaze engulfing the coal-fired Ferrybridge C power station in the UK's West Yorkshire region is a "serious incident" that required 15 fire crews to quell it, plant owner SSE…

FERC Commissioners, Other Experts Testify on Carbon Rule Reliability and Financial Impacts

The past week saw a flurry of Congressional hearings probing how the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA's) proposed carbon pollution rules will affect grid reliability and the economy.  On Reliability  The U.S.…

Report: Nuclear Share of Global Energy Production Is Lowest Since 1984

According to a report released this week by Mycle Schneider Consulting—a Paris-based independent consultant—nuclear power’s share of global commercial primary energy production declined to only 4.4%, a level not seen…

Duke Energy Buying More Nuke, Coal Generation in North Carolina

Duke Energy Progress announced on July 28 that it was buying out the interests owned by North Carolina Eastern Municipal Power Agency (NCEMPA) in two nuclear plants and two coal…

EPA Stops Requiring Greenhouse Gas PSD/Title V Permits

Per a recent U.S. Supreme Court decision, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will no longer require Prevention of Significant Deterioration (PSD) or Title V permits for large sources of greenhouse…

EPA Rule Will Result in Closure of 750-MW Coal-Fired Unit

In an effort to reduce air pollution from the Navajo Generating Station (NGS)—a coal-fired power plant located near Page, Ariz.—the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) finalized a rule on July 28…

Another Big Solar Project Gets Under Way in California

The 135-MW Quinto Solar Project, a solar photovoltaic (PV) plant under construction in California’s Central Valley, officially broke ground on July 29. San Jose–based SunPower Corp. is building the plant…