POWERnews [Oct. 22, 2015]

Seven Power Companies Sign Obama’s Climate Pledge, Commitments Include Retiring Coal

Seven power producers have joined 74 other companies in signing on to the Obama administration’s American Business Act on Climate initiative, which is aimed at rallying U.S. companies behind the…

U.S. Power Mix: Gas Replacing Coal Faster Than Expected

Coal has been the dominant source of electricity in the U.S. power mix for more than a century, but that may be coming to an end sooner than expected. For…

DOE Finalizes $1B New Loan Guarantee Authority for Fossil Fuel, Renewables, and Energy Efficiency Projects

The Department of Energy's (DOE's) authority to issue loan guarantees officially received a $1 billion boost, which will be split between its Advanced Fossil Energy Projects solicitation and Renewable Energy…

New Wave of Coal Retirements Coming, ERCOT Warns

The Clean Power Plan could force the retirement of up to 4 GW of coal-fired capacity in the region served by the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) starting as…

UK Could Jointly Develop SMRs with Westinghouse

Westinghouse Electric wants the UK to partner in the deployment of its small modular reactor (SMR) technology.  The Toshiba Corp. group on Oct. 20 submitted an unsolicited proposal that outlines…

Palisades Nuclear Plant Returns to Service After Planned Refueling, Upgrades

Entergy Corp.'s Palisades Power Plant returned to service on Oct. 19, following a month-long outage to implement upgrades, inspections, and safety enhancements.  The Michigan plant was shut down on Sept.…

Japan Restarts Second Nuclear Reactor

The second unit at Kyushu Electric Power Co.'s Sendai nuclear facility in Kagoshima Prefecture, Japan, has restarted, and three more of the country's 43 operable reactors may soon follow suit. …