POWERnews [Sept. 11, 2014]

Six States Sound Off on EPA’s Clean Power Rule

Regulators from six states shared starkly different views on the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA's) proposed carbon rules for existing power plants at a House hearing on Tuesday. Some state-level officials…

Coal Supply Crisis Continues for Midwest Plants

The coal supply picture for Midwest power plants darkened again this summer as deliveries of Powder River Basin (PRB) coal to the region fell for a second consecutive quarter due…

Japan Sendai Nuclear Units Inch Even Closer to Restart

Japan's Nuclear Regulation Authority (NRA) has approved Kyushu Electric Power's application to make changes to its Sendai reactors, putting them a step closer to resuming operations.  The regulatory agency this…

Solar Gains But Gas Still King of New Utility-Scale Capacity, Says EIA

The U.S. added 1,146 MW of utility-scale solar generation in the first half of 2014—the most ever for a first- and second-quarter period—but natural gas continued to lead new additions,…

Eleven Hydroelectric Plants in Northwest to Change Hands

The Montana Public Service Commission (MPSC) on Sept. 4 approved Northwestern Energy Corp.’s request to purchase 11 hydroelectric power plants in the state from PPL Montana for $880 million. The…

DOE Announces $8M to Improve Grid Resiliency

The Department of Energy (DOE) will designate $8 million for seven microgrid projects to help cities and towns better prepare for extreme weather events and other power disruptions. The funding…