POWERnews [Dec. 5, 2013]

FERC Addresses Industry Change in House Hearing

“No industry stays static over time. Change is inevitable,” said the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s (FERC) John Norris in a house subcommittee hearing today. For the electric sector, he said in…

White House Calls for Federal Agencies to Source 20% of Energy from Renewables by 2020

Continuing his promise to take action on climate change outside of new legislation, President Obama today issued an executive order calling for federal agencies to secure 20% of their energy…

EIA: Gas Power Burn Down from 2012—But Coal Hasn’t Recovered

According to the latest data from the Energy Information Agency (EIA), while gas power burn is down from its peak last year, generation from coal has not recaptured much of…

FERC Revises Small Generator Rules to Include Energy Storage

A final rule issued by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) on Nov. 22 allowing energy storage projects to connect with the electric grid could boost the energy storage industry's…

Construction Permit Extended (Again) for Watts Bar Unit 2

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) has extended the expiration date of the construction permit for the unfinished Unit 2 at the Watts Bar Nuclear Power Plant (WBN) to Sept. 30,…

EPA Releases Draft Strategy Plan For Next Four Years

Addressing climate change and improving air quality will be among the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) foremost objectives over the next four years, a draft strategic plan recently released by the…

Major Milestone Achieved at Concentrated Solar Plant

AREVA announced that on Nov. 29 the first steam production was achieved at the concentrated solar power (CSP) plant it is constructing near Dhursar in the state of Rajasthan, India.…

Look to RGGI for GHG-Curbing Model, States Urge EPA

Nine Northeastern and Mid-Atlantic states on Monday urged the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to model state programs to reduce carbon dioxide emissions from power plants on the Regional Greenhouse Gas…

DOE in Talks with GLE, AREVA for Depleted Uranium Hexafluoride

The Department of Energy (DOE) last week said it would enter negotiations with Global Laser Enrichment (GLE) for the sale of the depleted uranium hexafluoride inventory after it selected the…