POWERnews [Dec. 1, 2016]

Coal-Fired Generation Projected to Surpass Natural Gas This Winter

Coal, the unchallenged leader in U.S. power generation for most of the past century, may regain its place at the top of the energy mix hierarchy this winter, according to…

Canada to Allow Saskatchewan to Keep Coal Plants Running Beyond 2030

An agreement between Canada's federal government and Saskatchewan will allow the province to continue operating its coal-fired power plants beyond 2030 as long as it achieves equivalent emission-reduction outcomes. The…

NRC Begins “Wide-Ranging” Inspection of Pilgrim Nuclear Plant

The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is beginning a comprehensive three-week inspection of the Pilgrim Nuclear Power Plant in Plymouth, Mass., as a result of the plant’s repeated performance deficiencies,…

Arrests Made After Scaffold Collapse Kills 74 Workers at Chinese Power Plant

Nine people, including the chairman and chief engineer of the Fengcheng power plant, have been arrested following a scaffold collapse that killed 74 construction workers on November 24. The scaffold…

Illinois Nuke Bailout Bill Draws Praise, Fire

A mammoth, wide-ranging energy measure under consideration by the Illinois legislature that would provide billions of dollars in support for energy efficiency, microgrids, and—most controversially—the Clinton and Quad Cities nuclear…

Reactor Vessel Placed Inside Vogtle Unit 3

The first nuclear reactor vessel at the Plant Vogtle expansion near Augusta, Ga., has been placed inside Unit 3, marking another major milestone for the much-watched project. [caption id="attachment_98388" align="alignnone"…

Canada to Phase Out Coal Generation by 2030, Stricter Power Plant Rules on Horizon

Canada's Ministry of Environment and Climate Change on November 21 announced regulatory actions to accelerate the phase-out of coal generation that lacks carbon capture and sequestration (CCS) across the country…

Exelon’s Legislative Effort to Save Illinois Nuclear Plants Moves Forward

The latest attempt by Exelon Corp. to save two of its struggling Illinois nuclear power plants passed a critical hurdle late last week: the Future Energy Jobs Bill—known as SB…

Long-Stalled New York Repowering Project Is Revived

Plans to repower NRG Energy’s coal-fired 435-MW Dunkirk power plant near Buffalo, N.Y., to natural gas that have been stalled for years owing to a legal challenge may finally be…