POWERnews [Sept. 3, 2015]

Nuclear Is Still the Lowest Cost Option, says IEA/NEA Report

Nuclear costs aren't on the rise globally as has been widely thought, says a new report from the International Energy Agency (IEA) and Nuclear Energy Agency (NEA) surveying the levelized…

Doubling of We Energies Coal Stockpile Approved, Extra Dust Mitigation Required

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) issued the final construction permit this week, allowing the expansion of the coal storage facility at We Energies’ Oak Creek site, but not…

Federal Judge Thwarts Implementation of "Expansive" EPA Final Waters of U.S. Rule

A federal judge on Thursday halted implementation of the Clean Water Rule that is controversial for its broad definition of "Waters of the U.S." one day before it was to…

FPL Gains Approval to Buy Coal-Fired Plant, Plans to Retire It

Florida Power & Light Co. (FPL) has received approval from the Florida Public Service Commission (PSC) to acquire and phase out the Cedar Bay Generating Plant, a coal-fired facility located…

OIG: Solyndra Misled DOE to Get Solar Loan Guarantees

An official four-year-long investigation into the Solyndra debacle confirms that the bankrupt maker of cylindrical solar photovoltaic panels misled the Department of Energy (DOE) to get a $535 million federal…

Pilgrim’s Struggles with Unplanned Shutdowns Continue

Entergy’s Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station outside Boston just can’t seem to shake its problems with unplanned shutdowns. The most recent one occurred on Aug. 22, when a broken air-nitrogen line…


 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…