POWERnews [Oct. 31, 2013]

Federal Court Orders EPA to Move on Coal Ash Regs

A federal judge in Washington, D.C., issued a formal order today giving the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) 60 days to set a deadline for issuing revised coal ash regulations, agreeing…

Kemper IGCC Costs Again Revised Upwards, In-Schedule Date Reset

The total costs of Mississippi Power's Kemper County integrated gasification combined cycle (IGCC) plant—the nation's only large-scale integrated carbon capture and sequestration project (CCS) under construction—have now almost doubled to…

Treasury Dept. Advises Development Banks Not to Fund New Coal Plants Without CCS

A revised technical guidance released by the U.S. Treasury Department on Tuesday to bolster a key facet of President Obama's Climate Action Plan (CAP) declares an end to U.S. support…

Hans Blix Promotes Thorium Fuel for Power Generation

Former head of the International Atomic Energy Agency, Hans Blix, made a pitch for the use of thorium in nuclear power generation at the Thorium Energy Conference 2013, which concluded…

Former Dresden Nuclear Plant Workers Banned by NRC

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) issued orders on Oct. 28 prohibiting two former employees of the Dresden Nuclear Power Station in Morris, Ill., from participating in nuclear work under its…

Impact of Electric Vehicle Charging on Grid May Be Far Less Than Feared

In recent years, the potential popularity of electric vehicles (EVs) and plug-in hybrid-electric vehicles has had utility executives up nights worrying about spikes in demand at the end of every…