POWERnews [Sept. 28, 2017]

S.C. AG, State Lawmakers Press for Criminal Investigation of SCANA's Role in V.C. Summer Nuclear Expansion Collapse

SCANA Corp.’s troubles concerning its decision to abandon the V.C. Summer nuclear expansion intensified again this week after South Carolina’s attorney general’s office and state lawmakers urged state law enforcement…

Westinghouse Asks Court to Stop Cancellation of Vogtle Contract

Westinghouse Electric has asked a New York bankruptcy court to stop Georgia Power from terminating Westinghouse’s contract to continue construction of two new nuclear reactors at Plant Vogtle near Waynesboro,…

Can Angela Merkel, the So-Called “Climate Chancellor,” Hold Germany to Its Greenhouse Targets?

On Sunday, September 24, Germany finalized voting in its 2017 federal elections. Citizens were able to vote by mail ahead of Sunday’s election or they could chose to efficiently breeze…

Entergy Gives Palisades Nuclear Plant Five More Years to Run

Entergy Corp. will keep the Palisades nuclear power plant in Covert, Michigan, open until the spring of 2022, owing to a shortfall in recovery granted to Consumers Energy by state…

ITC: Imported PV Cells Hurting U.S. Solar Industry

In a unanimous decision, the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) on September 22 found that photovoltaic (PV) solar cells being imported into the U.S. are causing “serious injury, or threat…

SCANA, Santee Cooper Monetize Settlement Payments from Toshiba to Minimize Risk

SCANA Corp. and Santee Cooper moved to cash in a $2.2 billion settlement with Toshiba—even though it will cost them $171 million—rather than risk collecting guaranty payments from the Japanese…

Feds Subpoena Documents Related to 2016 Bechtel Audit of V.C. Summer Nuclear Expansion

SCANA Corp. and Santee Cooper—utility partners that recently abandoned a two-unit expansion at the V.C. Summer nuclear plant—have received federal subpoenas for documents associated with a much-guarded February 2016 assessment…

FPL Will Close its Last Coal-fired Plant in Florida

The St. Johns River Power Park in Jacksonville, Florida, will close by early next year after the Florida Public Service Commission (PSC) on September 25 approved a plan by the…

ABB Acquiring GE Electrification Unit in $2.6 Billion Deal

Swiss engineering firm ABB has moved to expand its electrification business, especially in North America, with a $2.6 billion deal to acquire GE Industrial Solutions (GE IS). The move announced…

EIA: Chinese Coal Use Will Plateau as Renewables Gain

Chinese coal-fired electricity generation is expected to flatten through 2040 as renewables fill the gap caused by increased energy demand, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration’s (EIA) International Energy…

Vibration Monitoring Best Practices [PODCAST]

Most large power plants have continuous vibration monitoring systems installed on turbine generators and other critical equipment. The systems have evolved greatly since the 1970s. In this episode of The…