POWERnews [Aug. 31, 2017]

Vogtle Partners Will Proceed with Beleaguered Nuclear Expansion Project

A partnership of companies seeking to build twin AP1000 reactors as part of the Vogtle nuclear expansion in Georgia will seek to complete the project, even as costs could surge…

Harvey Ravages Power Generation and Transmission

Harvey—a massive weather system, which has so far killed 38 people, displaced thousands of others, and caused widespread flooding in Texas—downed 7.6-GW of generation resource capacity, along with two major…

Xcel Energy Plan Would Close Coal Units, Add Renewables

Xcel Energy on August 29 said it wants to retire 660 MW of coal-fired generation capacity as part of a “Colorado Energy Plan” that also includes adding as much as…

Two Dead, Four Injured in Incident at Bruce Mansfield Coal Plant Near Pittsburgh

Two workers are dead after a pipe ruptured as they were performing maintenance at an underground enclosure at FirstEnergy Corp.’s coal-fired Bruce Mansfield power plant in Shippingport, Pennsylvania. Four other…

Microgrid System Keeps Houston Grocery Stores Open in Wake of Harvey

A Houston-based microgrid company has used its on-site generators and underground natural gas pipeline system to enable H-E-B grocery stores in the Houston area to remain open despite power outages…

Duke Hammers Final Nail in Levy County Nuclear Plant Coffin, Proposes Increased Solar

The Levy County Nuclear Plant is officially off the table in a new settlement agreement between Duke Energy and the Florida Public Service Commission (FPSC). The writing has long been…

$100M in DOE Funding Available for Transformational Coal Projects

The Department of Energy (DOE) has available up to $100 million in cost-shared funding for large-scale transformational coal technologies pilot projects.  According to an August 24 funding opportunity announcement (FOA),…