POWERnews [Aug. 24, 2017]

DOE Grid Study Points Finger at Natural Gas

In a long-awaited study of electricity markets and grid reliability, the Department of Energy has called out natural gas as the No. 1 reason for retirements of coal and nuclear…

What 10 Charts from the DOE’s Grid Study Reveal About the State of U.S. Power

The Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) new grid study is based on analyses of federal government data collected between 2002 and 2017, a period it notes fostered critical developments in the nation’s…

[UPDATED] Major Power Players Issue Mixed Reactions to DOE’s Controversial Grid Study

The Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) much-anticipated study on grid resilience and reliability elicited immediate chatter from a variety of industry stakeholders, from power generators and trade groups to environmental and…

Eastern States Expand Emission Cuts as Part of Cap-and-Trade

Nine states in New England and the Mid-Atlantic region have said they will cut emissions from power plants by 65% below 2020 levels by 2030, expanding a cap-and-trade program designed…

Mississippi Power Will Absorb Costs for Failed Kemper Gasification Project

A settlement Mississippi Power reached on August 21 with stakeholders of the Kemper County facility will ensure customers won’t be subjected to rate increases associated with the now-abandoned gasification portion…

Calpine Announces $5.6 Billion Sale to Equity Group

Houston-based Calpine Corp., which confirmed in July it was looking for a buyer, announced August 18 it has agreed to be bought by Energy Capital Partners (ECP) in a $5.6…

Suit Claims Santee Cooper Charging Customers for Unbuilt Coal Plant

A lawsuit filed in South Carolina wants state-owned utility Santee Cooper to sell the parts from a coal-fired power plant project it suspended in 2009, saying customers should receive the…