POWERnews [Sept. 16, 2015]

Storage Is Key to CSP’s Future, CEOs Say

The global concentrating solar power (CSP) sector, criticized by some observers for high costs and uncertain technology, is poised for significant growth and a key role in the power mix—provided…

Threats to Electric Power Grid Could Result in “Black Sky Days”

The societal impact of a “Black Sky Day”—a term used by electric infrastructure security experts when discussing a collapse of the North American power grid—would be devastating, according to Dr.…

"Keep It Going!" Biden Tells Solar Industry

Speaking at the Solar Power International (SPI) conference in Anaheim, Calif., on Sept. 16, U.S. Vice President Joe Biden hailed the nation’s progress in expanding its solar generation capacity and…

Calpine's Geothermal Facilities Devastated in California Blaze

Parts of Calpine Corp.'s The Geysers geothermal power complex have been severely damaged by a wildfire that has incinerated swathes of California.  One of the world's largest geothermal facilities, the…

Entergy’s FitzPatrick Reactor May Be Next Nuclear Casualty

Entergy's 850-MW James A. FitzPatrick nuclear plant located near Oswego, N.Y., may be the next reactor doomed to close on profitability woes.  Entergy's CEO Leo Denault told attendees at the…

Exelon’s Nukes Get a Reprieve

Exelon Corp.’s embattled nuclear fleet got some good news on Sept. 10 when the company announced that it was deferring a decision on whether to retire its Quad Cities and…

Lawmakers Press for Smaller, More Efficient NRC

Some members of the U.S. House of Representatives feel the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) needs to appropriately align its budget and staffing levels with the organization’s workload. That message was…

Duke Energy to Shutter Three Coal Units, Resolve Drawn-Out Clean Air Act Lawsuit

Duke Energy has settled a 15-year-old lawsuit for allegedly violating the Clean Air Act when it made modifications at 13 coal-fired power units in North Carolina.  The Environmental Protection Agency’s…

Emergency Stay of EPA’s Clean Power Plan Denied by Federal Court

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit on Wednesday rejected a request by 15 U.S. states to stay the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA's) Clean Power Plan. In a…