POWERnews [Nov. 16, 2017]

Siemens Will Consolidate Power Divisions, Cut 6,900 Jobs

Siemens has announced it will cut 6,900 jobs, about half of them in Germany, over the next “several years” as the company consolidates its three power-related divisions. The November 16…

Emerson Offers New $29B Bid to Take Over Rockwell Automation

Global technology and engineering giant Emerson renewed its bid for a $29 billion takeover of Rockwell Automation, the world’s largest dedicated industrial automation firm, saying it remained “convinced” a merger…

FERC’s Chatterjee Has Interim Plan to Prop Up Coal, Nuclear Plants

Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) Acting Chairman Neil Chatterjee, who has said he is “sympathetic” to a rule that would help prop up struggling U.S. coal and nuclear power plants,…

Death Toll Rises to 43 in Wake of India Coal Plant Blast

Officials in India say the the death toll from the November 1 explosion at an NTPC thermal plant in Unchahar has risen to 43, with seven more deaths reported in…

Dominion to Seek 80-Year Lifetime for North Anna Nuclear Reactors 

Dominion Energy will formally ask the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) to relicense its two reactors at the North Anna Power Station for 20 more years—effectively extending their operating lives up…

Virginia Moves to Join RGGI Carbon-trading Market

Virginia regulators are ready to consider a proposal to join the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) in the Northeast, becoming the 10th state in the nation’s largest carbon-trading market. The…

Siemens Launches 44-MW Aeroderivative Gas Turbine Model for Fast Power Demand Surge

Siemens in November introduced the SGT-A45 TR, a mobile 44-MW aeroderivative gas turbine designed for the world’s booming fast power market. While the product’s launch is pivotal for the giant…

Utilities Prepare for Simulated Attack on U.S. Power Grid

Utilities across the country are gearing up for an attack on the power grid November 15 and 16. Thankfully, it’s only a drill. But in the event of an actual…

IEA Paints Picture of World Dominated by Renewables and Natural Gas

In the next 25 years, the world will turn increasingly to renewables and natural gas to meet energy demand, turning away from coal, according to the International Energy Agency’s (IEA)…