POWERnews [Oct. 27, 2016]

Moniz: Eight Critical U.S. Nuclear Power Issues That Should Be Addressed Now

Nuclear power's future—and its much-needed contribution to U.S. decarbonization efforts—may be hampered if eight pressing issues aren't addressed within the next five years, U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz said at…

Idaho Power Pursues Accelerated Depreciation of North Valmy Coal Plant

Idaho Power—co-owner with NV Energy of the two-unit 522-MW North Valmy Generating Station near Battle Mountain, Nevada—filed a request with the Idaho Public Utilities Commission (IPUC) last week seeking to…

Plant Barry to Pilot Fuel Cell Carbon Capture from Coal and Gas Generation

FuelCell Energy and ExxonMobil will test a novel fuel cell carbon capture technology at a Southern Co. 2.7-GW coal- and gas-fired power plant in Alabama, the companies said on October…

Generators Sue to Block Lifeline for New York Nuclear Plants

A group of generators including Dynegy and NRG Energy filed suit in federal court on October 19 seeking to block an incentive program that would help three New York nuclear power…

Second Life for an Indiana Coal Plant—as an Inland Port

American Electric Power’s (AEP’s) Tanner’s Creek Plant in Lawrenceburg, Ind., concluded six decades of operation last May as the company moved to retire a group of its oldest plants. Closure…

Sweet Dreams Fort Calhoun Nuclear Plant

After more than 43 years of service, the Fort Calhoun Station—a single-unit 478-MW nuclear power plant, which was the smallest operating reactor in the U.S. fleet—came offline for the final…

USDA to Provide $3.6B in Loans for Rural Electric Projects

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced it will provide $3.6 billion in loans to fund 82 projects in 31 states to finance new transmission and distribution lines, smart grid…

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…