POWERnews [Aug.18, 2016]

Support Wanes for Coal Industry Lobbying Groups

The downturn in the U.S. coal industry isn’t just hurting coal mining and coal-heavy power companies; it’s also having a devastating effect on the groups formed to help promote the…

Massive Fire Forces DTE Energy’s St. Clair Power Plant Offline

A massive fire broke out at DTE Energy’s St. Clair Power Plant in the early evening on August 11. Firefighters reportedly received the call for assistance at around 6:30 p.m.…

New Mexico Clears Hurdle to Provide Power to Facebook Facility

A unanimous vote by New Mexico’s Public Regulation Commission (PRC) today determined that Public Service Co. of New Mexico (PNM) will be allowed to provide new renewable capacity to a proposed Facebook facility through a special service agreement.

WEC Inks Deal for Gas Plants to Replace Presque Isle

WEC Energy Group, parent company of We Energies, signed a deal with mining firm Cliffs Natural Resources that will support two natural gas engine plants in the Upper Peninsula (UP)…

Warming Climate Likely to Have “Minor” Impact on Power Plant Output

According to a Duke University study, future climate warming will likely cause only minor reductions in power output at most U.S. coal- and gas-fired power plants.

Construction Halted on Belarus Nuclear Plant After Workers Drop Reactor Vessel

Construction on Belarus’s first nuclear power plant, being built by Russian state firm Rosatom in Ostrovets near the Lithuanian border, was halted after a construction mishap in July that is…

Explosion at Chinese Coal Power Plant Reportedly Kills 21

News agencies are reporting that an explosion at a coal-fired power plant in Dangyang, a city in central China, has killed at least 21 people and injured five others, three…