POWERnews [Oct. 20, 2016]

Court Orders EPA to Evaluate Coal Industry Job Losses Related to Air Pollution Rules

A federal court has ordered the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to file a plan and schedule to evaluate the consequences of its air pollution rules on jobs, finding for a…

MPUC Decision Spells End for Two Coal Units at Xcel’s Largest Plant

The Minnesota Public Utilities Commission (MPUC) voted unanimously to support Xcel Energy’s latest long-range plan, which will transform the company’s energy fleet. Xcel expects to more than double its renewable…

Low River Water Could Cause Problems for German Coal Power Plants

German utility RWE warned energy markets this week that low water levels on the Rhine River may affect the delivery of hard coal to some of its plants.

It’s Official: Watts Bar Unit 2 Begins Commercial Operation

Watts Bar Unit 2 began commercial operation on October 19.

H.F. Lee Coal Ash Spill Puts Duke Energy Under the Spotlight Again

Although Duke Energy maintains that “only very minor erosion of material” migrated from an inactive coal ash basin on the H.F. Lee Power Plant site, several environmental advocacy groups are…

Supercritical CO2 Brayton Power Cycle Pilot Plant Bolstered with $80M in Federal Funding

The Department of Energy's National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) will award up to $80 million to a 10-MWe pilot project that seeks to advance the development and commercialization of supercritical…

Election Result Throws Restart of World’s Largest Nuclear Plant into Question

A surprising win in a Japanese prefectural gubernatorial race by the anti-nuclear, Communist Party–backed candidate Ryuichi Yoneyama—a 49-year-old doctor who has never held public office—makes the restart of the 8-GW…

Pilot Test of Pressurized Fluidized Bed Combustion Carbon Capture Technology Kicks Off in Canada

In a major development for a novel carbon capture technology, developers are preparing to commission a 1-MWt oxy-fired pressurized fluidized bed combustion (oxy-PFBC) pilot test facility in Canada's capital city, Ottawa. The…

Explosion Reported at Oak Grove Power Plant

An explosion reported on October 13 at Luminant's coal-fired Oak Grove Power Plant located near Franklin, Texas, was from a blown transformer, the company said. Robertson County dispatchers received a…