POWERnews [Sept. 25, 2014]

New Carbon Targets, Other Measures Proclaimed at UN Climate Summit

Several countries and companies at the United Nations (UN) Climate Summit 2014 in New York City pledged action to address climate change by slashing carbon emissions, mobilizing funding, or putting…

Coal Ash Continues to Challenge Duke Energy

On Sept. 23, Duke Energy told the Public Service Commission of South Carolina that it intends to excavate a portion of coal ash at the W.S. Lee Steam Station located…

Nation’s First Coal Ash Law Takes Effect in North Carolina

Though unsigned by its governor, North Carolina has enacted the nation's first comprehensive coal ash management law.  The statute, which took effect on Sept. 20, applies to all unlined dry…

Siemens Buying Dresser-Rand for $7.6 Billion

In the latest move shaking up the gas turbine business, Siemens agreed to acquire oil and gas services company Dresser-Rand for $7.6 billion in cash. Dresser-Rand manufactures turbines and compressors…

Massive Wind-CAES Project Proposed to Power Southern California

A coalition of four companies are proposing to build a 2.1-GW, $8 billion project that would comprise the world’s largest wind farm in Wyoming, a huge compressed-air energy storage (CAES)…

South Africa and Russia Sign Nuclear Power Agreement

While meeting in Vienna on Sept. 22 for the 58th International Atomic Energy Agency General Conference, representatives from the Republic of South Africa (RSA) and the Russian Federation signed an…

Senators Call on Obama to Oppose Canadian Nuclear Waste Repository

The U.S. should ensure that Canada does not build a permanent nuclear waste repository in the Great Lakes Basin as proposed, a U.S. Senate resolution introduced last week proclaims.  The…

Environmental Groups to Sue Dominion for Alleged Virginia Coal Ash Leaks

Five coal ash ponds at a Dominion power plant in Virginia have discharged coal ash pollutants into waterways for decades, environmental groups allege in a notice.  The Southern Environmental Law…