POWERnews [Nov. 20, 2014]

Power Sector Fossil Fuel Revenues Decrease While Renewable Energy Grows Rapidly

The U.S. Census Bureau released data on Nov. 18 showing that revenues for electric power generation industries that use renewable energy resources grew 49% from 2007 to 2012, while fossil…

NARUC Addresses the Marriage of Gas and Renewables

Power system demands are changing to put a premium on flexible grid operations, and gas-fired power is the best choice for increasing flexibility. Such was the sense of a panel…

Winter Gas Crunch Again Threatens New England

After an array of New England’s largest utilities announced rate increases this fall, blaming seasonal natural gas shortages, the region is once again facing short-term gas price spikes as growing…

ERCOT: EPA Clean Power Plan Will Further Complicate Reliability in Texas

The Obama administration's Clean Power Plan could result in the retirement of between 3.3 GW and 8.7 GW of coal-fired capacity in the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) grid…

State RPS Laws Threatened by Price Caps and Federal Tax Expirations

State renewable energy standards (RPSs) may be threatened by the expiration of federal tax credits, according to research from the Lawrence Berkeley National Lab (LBL). Lab scientist Galen Barbose, speaking…

EPA Finalizes Changes to MATS Startup and Shutdown Rules

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on Wednesday finalized changes to the Mercury and Air Toxics Standards (MATS), applying to periods of startup and shutdown at new and existing coal- and…

China's Latest Energy Plan Calls for Coal Consumption Cap

China on Wednesday issued a key energy strategy that sets obligatory 2020 targets for renewables and nuclear power use and urges increased natural gas consumption—but which also caps coal consumption. …

Bechtel and Siemens Team to Build Virginia Combined Cycle Power Plant

Panda Power Funds awarded the engineering, procurement, and construction contract for a 778-MW combined cycle power plant to a turnkey consortium of Bechtel and Siemens Energy Inc. The Panda Stonewall…