POWERnews [Sept. 4, 2014]

Nuclear Plant Deals with Water Shortage Emergency

On Aug. 28, the South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) approved an emergency order allowing Florida Power & Light (FPL) to divert water from the district’s L-31E Canal system to…

A U.S. Power Industry Regulatory Update

The U.S. power sector has seen a number of developments on the regulatory front in recent months. Here’s where major federal rules stand today. (For a more dynamic and graphic…

Stricter EPA Ozone Pollution Standards May Be Forthcoming

Revised national ambient air quality standards (NAAQS) for ozone that are expected from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) this December will likely be stricter.  Agency staff from the Office of…

PG&E Slapped with $1.4 Billion Fine for San Bruno Blast

Nearly four years to the day after eight people were killed in a natural gas pipeline explosion in San Bruno, two judges of the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) ruled…

EPA Approves Nation’s First Underground Injection Permits for Carbon Sequestration

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on Tuesday granted the nation's first four Class VI underground injection permits for carbon sequestration to the federally backed FutureGen 2.0 carbon-capture-and-storage (CCS) project.  The…

Finland EPR Nuclear Reactor Construction Now Lags Almost a Decade Behind Original Schedule

The European Pressurized Reactor (EPR) under construction in Finland may not start operating until late 2018—putting the project nearly 10 years behind its initial schedule.  Finnish utility Teollisuuden Voima (TVO)…

More Power Plants Changing Hands: Duke, Exelon, Calpine Involved

Calpine Corp. has its hands in two deals with large power companies—selling a plant to Duke Energy in Florida while buying a plant from Exelon Corp. in Massachusetts. On Aug.…

Texas and Germany: Energy Twins?

Geographically and politically, Texas and Germany are on opposite sides of the world, but both believe strongly in competitive energy markets, and both have largely deregulated their power industries. Now…

Chile’s Largest Wind Facility Opens

The El Arrayán Wind facility—located about 250 miles north of Santiago on the Chilean coast—was officially opened on Aug. 26 during a ceremony that included Chile’s president, Michelle Bachelet. “El…