POWERnews [Nov. 7, 2013]

Senate Bills Kick Up New Efforts to Establish Federal Renewable Mandate

Legislative efforts to establish a federal renewable electricity standard (RES) kicked up last week with the separate introduction of two bills by Senate Democrats. Sens. Tom Udall (D-N.M.), Mark Udall (D-Colo.),…

DOE to Fund 18 Research Projects to Drive Down Costs of Carbon Capture

Eighteen carbon capture projects across the U.S. have been chosen to receive $84 million in federal funding to help improve the efficiency and drive down costs of carbon capture processes…

Whitfield Goes on Offensive Versus EPA

U.S. House Energy and Power Subcommittee Chairman Ed Whitfield (R-Ky.) unveiled draft legislation on Oct. 28 to address Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rules affecting electricity generation. The bipartisan legislation is…

V.C. Summer Unit 3 Nuclear Island Basemat Completed

South Carolina Electric & Gas Co. (SCE&G) announced the completion of another major construction milestone at its V.C. Summer Nuclear Station in Fairfield County, S.C. Having completed the first new…

With Coal on the Way Out, Ontario Turns to Renewables

ABB and its consortium partner, Bondfield Construction, announced on Nov. 5 that they have won an order from Canadian Solar Solutions to supply a 100 MW turnkey photovoltaic (PV) solar…

Imperial South Solar PV Plant Begins Commercial Operations

The Imperial Solar Energy Center South facility, one of the largest commercially financed solar plants in the U.S., commenced commercial operations on Nov. 1 near El Centro in California, just…

New Executive Order Seeks to Increase Climate Resilience

An executive order signed by President Obama today requires federal agencies to promote the "dual goals" of a greater resilience to climate change and a removal of barriers to carbon-curbing measures,…

Duke Sets Another Coal Plant for Demolition

Duke Energy’s drive to reorient its fleet away from coal took another step on Nov. 4 when it announced demolition plans for its 84-year-old Riverbend Steam Station in Gaston County,…