POWERnews [Oct. 17, 2013]

Supreme Court to Weigh Power Plant GHG Regulation Question

The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to hear a narrow challenge to the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA's) authority to regulate greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from stationary sources, including power plants.…

Experts Warn Utilities Need to Redefine Their Roles

Utility roles are changing rapidly, and the utility of the future will need to be ready for a much more diversified, secure, and decentralized grid. That was one message at…

Federal Court Blocks New Jersey Plan to Subsidize New Plants

Following up on a similar decision in Maryland last month, a federal court threw out New Jersey’s attempt to spur construction of new power plants outside of PJM’s capacity auctions,…

S. Korea Indicts 100 in Nuclear Graft Scandal, Considers Drastic Cut in Future Nuclear Power Share

South Korea in the past week indicted 100 people—including officials from the state-run nuclear power plant operator—of corruption in a scandal over forged nuclear safety certifications. It is now also…

Edison–Mitsubishi Dispute over San Onofre Heats Up

The San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station (SONGS) has gone cold for good, but the dispute between Southern California Edison (SCE) and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) over who’s responsible for the…

Coal Plant Back Online Following Explosion

CPS Energy announced that its 420-MW Deely Unit 1 power plant was returned to service on Oct. 12. The plant had been shutdown since Sept. 10, 2013, when it was…