POWERnews [Aug. 13, 2015]

Committed to "Ambitious Schedule," EPA Wants to Reissue MATS Rule by April 2016

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will issue revised Mercury and Air Toxics Standards (MATS) and legally required cost-benefit analyses by April 15, 2016, court documents show. In an Aug. 10…

DOE Report Highlights Triumph, Trouble for Wind Power Sector

U.S. wind power is becoming more widespread and costs are generally on the decline, but the sector is troubled by policy uncertainties, a new report from the Energy Department says.…

Seventeen States Sue EPA for Mandating SIP Startup, Shutdown, Malfunction Changes

The attorneys general of 17 states are suing the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for invalidating agency-approved state implementation plans (SIPs) governing emissions from power plant startup, shutdown, and malfunction (SSM)…

Sendai-1 Reactor Restart Marks Japan’s Nuclear Rebirth

Nearly two years after Japan's last nuclear power plant was shut down for safety checks, Kyushu Electric Power Co. has started up the 890-MW Sendai-1. The event marks a significant…

Solar and Wind Power Each Surpass Nuclear Generation in Germany Since Mid-Year

According to data compiled and reported by Fraunhofer-Institut für Solare Energiesysteme ISE—a German-based solar energy research institute—from July 1 through August 5, solar and wind energy produced 6.24 TWh and…