POWERnews [Aug. 25, 2016]

Texas Coal Plant Wins Tax Appraisal Case, Property Value Cut 60%

The Sandy Creek coal-fired power plant—a 900-MW facility in Riesel, Texas—won a major victory in court on August 19 when a McLennan County jury agreed that the plant was appraised…

Carbon Emissions from Natural Gas to Exceed Coal's in 2016

By the end of this year, energy-related carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from natural gas could surpass emissions from coal for the first time in nearly 45 years, according to projections…

First U.S. Offshore Wind Farm Nearing Operation

It’s only 30 MW, but it’s a start. The Block Island Wind Farm, the first offshore wind farm in the U.S., completed installation of its five wind turbines in the…

U.S. and Canada Follow Different Climate Policy Paths—Does One Offer a Competitive Advantage?

Although the U.S. and Canada are both aiming for similar greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reductions, the two countries are embarking on decidedly different approaches to reaching their goals, according to…

DOE Invests $28M in Research Projects to Enable Near-Zero-Emitting Fossil Fuel–Based Power Generation

Fourteen research and development projects to scale up coal-based advanced combustion power systems and gasification processes and improve costs and endurance of solid oxide fuel cells (SOFCs) have won investments…

Utility-Scale, Distributed Solar Prices Tumbled 5% to 12% in 2015

Prices for solar energy systems fell to record lows across all sectors in 2015, according to two new reports from the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL). The LBNL reports, released…

Reports: Fukushima Ice Wall Is Showing Little Success at Preventing Groundwater Inflows

An "ice wall" put up by Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO) around its four crippled reactor units at Fukushima Daiichi reportedly isn't working as planned to keep out groundwater flowing…