POWERnews [Aug. 21, 2014]

RWE Plans More Coal and Gas Plant Closures

Europe's third-largest power provider last week revealed it may be forced to shut down more conventional power plants compromising a total of 1 GW and terminate 470 MW in supply…

Is the U.S. Coal Fleet “Under Threat?”

The nation’s coal fleet is under threat, alleged Dr. Larry S. Monroe, chief environmental officer and senior vice president for research and environmental affairs with Southern Co. during the keynote…

Federal Court Preserves FERC's Controversial Transmission Planning and Cost Allocation Rule

The Federal Regulatory Energy Commission (FERC) can mandate transmission provider participation in a regional planning process, a federal court has held. In a 97-page decision, a three-judge panel of the…

Court Orders BPU to Reconsider Atlantic City Wind Farm Rejection

A New Jersey court has ordered the state's Board of Public Utilities (BPU) to reconsider its rejection of a $188 million offshore wind farm that is planned along the Atlantic…

DOE Awards $67M to Nuclear Research Projects Nationwide

The Department of Energy (DOE) will tag $67 million of federal funds for 83 nuclear energy projects across the country in an effort to boost scientific breakthroughs. The agency said…

Oregon Denies Coal Export Permit

Oregon’s Department of State Lands (DSL) on Aug. 18 formally denied Ambre Energy’s application to build a coal export terminal in Boardman on the Columbia River. The project would have…

Fuel Cells Starting to Make an Impact at Grid Scale

Long viewed as a potential “next big thing” for power generation—often drawing unwarranted hyperbole in the process—and more recently as niche distributed generation, fuel cells are finally beginning to make…

Construction Suspended on World’s Largest Concentrated Photovoltaic Project

Low wholesale electricity prices and uncertainty surrounding Australia’s Renewable Energy Target have resulted in the suspension of development at the Mildura Solar Power Station—a concentrated photovoltaic (CPV) project located in…