POWERnews [Nov. 6, 2014]

GOP Sweep Impacts Power at State Level

Tuesday’s sweeping Republican electoral triumph likely will see its greatest impact on the power industry at the state level, where governors often appoint state regulators and set state policy on…

A Power Sector Guide to the Midterm Elections

The Republicans seized full control of Congress on Tuesday, bagging the six seats necessary to snatch the Senate away from the Democrats—and leaving several Obama administration energy-related initiatives in a…

DHS Issues New Alert on ICS Malware

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has issued another alert warning of an “ongoing sophisticated malware campaign” targeting human-machine interface (HMI) software that is used for grid control and…

Advanced Coal-Fired Combined Heat and Power Plant Begins Operation in U.S.

Great River Energy’s (GRE’s) Spiritwood Station began commercial operation on Nov. 1. The plant—located about 10 miles east of Jamestown, N.D.—is a combined-heat-and-power plant that can generate up to 99…

Eskom Resorts to Rolling Blackouts After Silo Damage at Coal Plant

South African utility Eskom was forced to implement rolling blackouts for the second time this year after a coal silo supplying a 4.1-GW coal-fired power plant collapsed on Nov. 1.…

Federal Court Tosses Antitrust Suit Against Chinese Solar Companies

A federal court in Michigan on Oct. 31 dismissed the $950 million antitrust suit filed against three Chinese solar photovoltaic (PV) panel manufacturers by bankrupt firm Energy Conversion Devices (ECD).…

ERCOT Concerned, Faces Power Shortages in Lower Rio Grande Valley

The Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) completed an evaluation of a plan to export power to Mexico from the Frontera Generation Station, located in Mission, Texas. Although the results…

Nationwide Blackout Hits Bangladesh

A collapse of Bangladesh's national power grid over the weekend turned out the lights for about 60% of the nation of 160 million people for more than 10 hours.  The…

DOE Announces Awards for Advanced Nuclear Power Reactors

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has announced five awards to a total of five companies that are designed to help advance key nuclear energy research and development projects supporting…