POWERnews [Oct. 3, 2013]

Federal Court Orders EPA to Move on Final Coal Ash Rule

A federal court on Monday said it would issue a memorandum opinion by the end of this month on a lawsuit filed by several environmental groups to force the Environmental…


IPCC Report Says Climate Change Is Real and Caused by Humans

A report issued on Friday, Sept. 27 by a working group of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) essentially confirms the conclusions drawn by previous reports that human activities,…

Miss. Power Delays Kemper IGCC Plant (Corrected)

“Abnormally wet weather” and “lower-than-planned construction labor productivity” have forced Mississippi Power to push back commercial startup of its integrated coal gasification combined cycle (IGCC) project in Kemper County, Miss.,…

Binz Withdraws From FERC Nomination

In a letter to President Obama on Monday, former Colorado Public Utility Commissioner Ron Binz withdrew his name from further consideration as chairman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC).…

Federal Court Blocks Maryland Order to Build New CCPP

A federal court on Sept. 30 shot down Maryland’s drive to spur construction of a new combined cycle power plant outside of PJM’s capacity auctions. Ruling in favor of various…

Nuclear Plant Shut Down Due to Jellyfish

Courtesy: OKG At noon on Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013, Oskarshamn Unit 3 (O3) was manually shut down due to a large amount of jellyfish present at the cooling water intake.…

Germany’s National Election Sheds Little Light on Energiewende Future

A federation of Germany’s biggest companies last week called for urgent reforms to the country’s renewable energy strategy within the first 100 days of Chancellor Angela Merkel’s newly elected government,…