POWERnews [Sept. 26, 2013]

Challenging Power Market Hurting Plant Valuations

Pressures on competitive power markets have fueled substantial declines in plant valuations over the past five years, with coal plants taking the brunt of the damage. That’s the conclusion of…

EPA Proposes Revised Carbon Standards for New Power Plants (UPDATED)

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on Friday issued a revised proposal to curb carbon emissions from new power plants that sets separate standards for new gas-fired and coal-fired power plants.…

EPA Grants 2.3-GW Coal Plant Third Option to Curb NOx Emissions

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on Wednesday allowed owners of the Navajo Generating Station near Page, Ariz. to consider a third option to curb nitrogen oxide (NOx) emissions that was…

NREL Finds Greater Cycling from Renewable Penetration Does Not Significantly Increase Emissions

Much attention has been devoted recently to the increased cycling that is necessary in fossil plants as more renewable capacity is added to the grid, but data on the precise…

Norway Terminates Full-Scale CCS Project at Mongstad

Norway's government on Friday terminated a full-scale project to capture carbon dioxide at the Mongstad refinery on the country's western coast, citing high risks connected to the facility. It will…

AEP Opts to Retire Tanners Creek 4 in Lieu of Refueling With Natural Gas

American Electric Power (AEP) last week said it would retire the 500-MW coal-fired Unit 4 along with other generating units at its Tanners Creek plant in Lawrenceburg, Ind. AEP subsidiary…

Industry Group Proposes End to Thorny U.S.-China Solar Trade Dispute

A compromise offered by the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) on Monday to resolve a worsening trade dispute between U.S. and Chinese solar industries proposes the creation of a Chinese…

EIA: Gas-Fired Generation Falls from 2013 Levels But Still High

The Energy Information Administration (EIA) reported Wednesday that although natural gas use for power generation through the first seven months of 2013 is down 14% from historic highs last year,…