POWERnews [Oct. 1, 2015]

EPA Issues Final NAAQS Ozone Rule at 70 ppb [UPDATED]

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on Oct. 1 released the final version of new National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) for ozone, cutting the current limit of 75 ppb to…

GE Announces Digital Power Plant as Component of the Industrial Internet

Before the official start of its Minds + Machines event in San Francisco this week, GE announced the launch of its “Digital Power Plant” during a briefing for the trade…

EPA Finalizes Steam Electric Power Plant Effluent Guidelines

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has finalized revisions to technology-based effluent limitations guidelines and standards, setting the first federal limits on the levels of toxic metals in wastewater discharges from…

Senators Cite Conflicting Polls and Studies During Environmental Hearing

An old saying often attributed to Mark Twain is, “Figures don’t lie, but liars figure.” Listening to the conflicting information presented by a variety of senators during a hearing on…

Duke Reaches Final Settlement with North Carolina on Coal Ash

Duke Energy announced on Sept. 29 that it had agreed to pay a $7 million fine to resolve all groundwater issues with the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality (NCDEQ)…

U.S. Nuclear Plants Are Operating Better than Ever

The nation’s nuclear fleet has performed impressively through the first eight months of 2015. Plant outages averaged less than 3% of total U.S. nuclear capacity during the all-important peak summer…

Georgia Power to Close All Coal Ash Ponds in Response to EPA CCR Rule

Georgia Power plans to close all 29 of its coal ash ponds to comply with the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA's) December 2014–finalized rule and forthcoming guidelines governing effluent limitations. The Southern…

China to Limit Support for High-Carbon Projects, Begin Nationwide Carbon Cap-and-Trade by 2017

In its latest effort to ram down carbon emissions and address air pollution, China will strictly limit public financing to coal and other high-carbon projects and begin a national program…