POWERnews [Aug. 27, 2015]

Three of Exelon’s Nuke Plants Fail to Clear PJM Auction Despite Jump in Payments

Exelon’s embattled nuclear fleet got more bad—though far from unexpected—news on Aug. 21 as the Oyster Creek, Quad Cities, and Three Mile Island nuclear power plants failed to clear in…

D.C. Public Service Commission Denies Exelon-Pepco Merger

The final hurdle for Exelon Corp.’s purchase of Pepco Holdings Inc. (PHI) became the ultimate stumbling block, as the Public Service Commission of the District of Columbia (DCPSC) could not…

U.S. and China Advance Clean Coal Agreement

The U.S. and China on Tuesday finalized a memorandum of understanding that will allow them to jointly advance carbon capture, utilization, and storage (CCUS) and other clean coal technologies for…

Sendai Nuclear Unit Restart Suspended Amid Equipment Trouble

Kyushu Electric Power Co.'s restart of Sendai 1—the first Japanese reactor to begin operation under new safety standards after the Fukushima disaster—hit a technical hiccup last week, prompting the company…

Southern Co. to Acquire Natural Gas Distribution Leader

Southern Co. and AGL Resources—the largest natural gas–only distribution company in the U.S.—have agreed to merge in a deal that will make AGL Resources a wholly-owned subsidiary of the giant…


Solar Cells From China Injured U.S. Manufacturers, International Trade Court Rules

The U.S. Court of International Trade has upheld a determination by the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) that imports of crystalline silicon photovoltaic (PV) cells and modules from China materially…

Coming Soon: The Solar-Powered Navy

It may not be powering its ships using the sun, but the U.S. Navy will soon be using solar power to keep at least some of the lights on at…


 DOI OKs 485-MW California Solar PV Project

The Department of Interior (DOI) has approved the 485-MW Blythe Mesa Solar project, a photovoltaic (PV) project that will be built in Riverside County, Calif. RRG Renewables' project will be…