POWERnews [Dec. 4, 2014]

[UPDATED] Viewpoints on the EPA’s Clean Power Plan Abridged

The Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA's) proposed carbon rules for existing power plants amassed more than 1.6 million remarks before the public comment period ended on Monday. Here's a snapshot of…

Diablo Canyon Nuclear Plant: Solid as a Rock or Ready to Crumble?

Although the official title of the U.S. Senate Environment and Public Works Committee hearing on Dec. 3 was “[Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s] Implementation of the Fukushima Near-T­erm Task Force Recommendations and…

Oil Price Collapse Poses Threats to U.S. Shale Gas Boom

The drop in world oil prices, given added impetus by the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries’ (OPEC’s) decision on Nov. 27 not to cut production, may pose a threat to…

E.ON to Spin Off Its Power Generation Business

E.ON—a major investor-owned energy supplier that manages facilities across Europe, Russia, North America, Brazil, and Turkey—announced this week that it will embark on a new corporate strategy focused on renewables,…

EPA’s Proposed Revisions to Ozone Standards to Cost up to $15B Annually

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on Wednesday proposed to revise the national ambient air quality standards (NAAQS) for ground-level ozone to a range of 65 to 70 parts per billion…

Supreme Court Agrees to Consider MATS Case

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) Mercury and Air Toxics Standards (MATS) have been seen by many in the coal-fired power industry as potentially more expensive and onerous than its…