POWERnews [Aug. 28, 2014]

Nation’s First Comprehensive Coal Ash Bill Awaits Enactment in North Carolina

North Carolina's Legislature last week became the first in the nation to approve a sweeping coal ash bill, but the state's governor isn't fully endorsing it.  Both the House and…

Power Plant Pollution Control Is Focus of Conference

Strategies for compliance with the Mercury and Air Toxics Standards led the list of topics covered during the Power Plant Pollutant Control “MEGA” Symposium held Aug. 19–21, in Baltimore, Md.,…

NRC Issues Final Rule to Replace Waste Confidence Decision, Ends Licensing Suspension

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) today issued a final rule on continued spent nuclear fuel storage and terminated a two-year suspension of final licensing actions for nuclear power plants and…

India’s Supreme Court May Void Two Decades of Coal Contracts

In a sweeping ruling that will upend a nation that depends on coal for 60% of its electricity, the Supreme Court of India ruled on Monday that the country’s previous…

NRC Computers Were Hacked Repeatedly, Report Says

U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) employees fell victim to email “phishing” attempts three times in the past few years, allowing intruders into the agency’s email system, according to an internal…

Dynegy Acquiring 12.3 GW of Generation from Duke and ECP

Dynegy Inc.—the Houston-based power company with operations in the Midwestern, Northeastern, and Western U.S.—has signed two separate agreements to acquire generation assets from Duke Energy and Energy Capital Partners (ECP).…

UPDATED: Duke Energy Deals with New Spill in Ohio River

Duke Energy is scrambling to contain another major river spill—this time, of about 5,000 gallons of diesel. The company on Tuesday reported that the discharge of diesel oil #2 into…

CPUC Opens Rulemaking for Distributed Energy Integration

Regulators in California last week initiated rulemaking to push the state's three investor-owned utilities to incorporate distributed energy resources (DERs) into the planning and operation of their electric distribution systems.…