POWERnews [Aug. 6, 2015]

[UPDATED] EPA Issues More Ambitious But Flexible Final Clean Power Plan

Editor's note (Aug. 3): Adds compliance cost details, key changes The Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA's) final Clean Power Plan will seek to tamp down the nation's carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions…

Reactions to Clean Power Plan: From Excitement to Anger

Reaction from utilities, environmental groups, and governmental leaders following the August 3 release of the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) final Clean Power Plan rule was mixed. Some, such as Duke…

Quad Cities Nuclear Plant May Be Retired

Exelon’s Quad Cities nuclear plant in Illinois will not be economically viable despite changes in the PJM capacity market, and the company has to make a decision on closing it…

Ameren Scraps Planned Missouri Nuclear Unit, Cites Falling Renewable Costs

Ameren Missouri has dropped plans to build a second nuclear unit at its Callaway Energy Center, citing shaky economics in the context of cheaper renewables, low demand, and other factors…

Alliant Energy Sells Minnesota Electric Service Territory to 12 Cooperatives

In a deal said to be the largest ever involving electric cooperatives, a group of 12 cooperatives completed the purchase of Alliant Energy’s electric service territory in southern Minnesota, which…

EDF Moves to Rescue AREVA, Will Buy Majority of Nuclear Reactor Business

France's state-owned utility EDF will snap up between 51% and 75% of troubled nuclear giant AREVA's reactor business in a possible $2.96 billion deal.  While the French government owns about…

Energy Department to Invest in Advanced Reactor Concept Development

Furthering efforts to encourage clean energy innovation, the Energy Department released a funding opportunity announcement (FOA) to support the research, development, and demonstration of advanced reactor concepts. The announcement represents…

Broad Energy Policy Modernization Bill Clears Senate ENR Committee

Broad, bipartisan energy legislation that would allocate federal funding to grid technology research and demonstration along with a number of other initiatives, including cybersecurity and the energy-water nexus, has cleared…

Ex-Im Bank Reauthorization Stalled, Even as House Prepares to Adjourn

Though the U.S. Senate voted 64–29 this week to renew the charter of the Export-Import Bank of the United States (Ex-Im), the House may adjourn for its summer break without…