POWERnews [Dec. 8, 2016]

Trump Reportedly Picks Oklahoma Attorney General Pruitt for EPA

President-elect Donald Trump has picked Oklahoma’s Republican attorney general, Scott Pruitt, to head the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the New York Times reported Wednesday afternoon, citing a transition official. The…

California Merchant Gas Generator, Lamenting Market Forces, Files for Bankruptcy

The owner of a merchant 1,022-MW combined cycle natural gas–fired power plant in California has filed for bankruptcy protection, citing regulatory policies and market forces that have depressed revenues. La…

Leaked NRC Email Suggests Pilgrim Nuclear Plant Staff “Overwhelmed”

An email written by the team leader of an ongoing Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) inspection being conducted at the Pilgrim nuclear power plant suggested that the facility’s staff were “overwhelmed…

Exelon Gets Its Christmas Wish—Illinois Legislation Will Save Nuclear Plants

After a lengthy process of give and take, the Illinois Legislature approved the Future Energy Jobs Bill (SB 2814) on December 1, the last day of the state’s veto session.…

Germany Must Pay Nuclear Firms Compensation for 2011 Shutdown

Germany’s highest court ruled on November 6 that energy firms E.ON, RWE, and Vattenfall have a right to seek compensation as a result of the 2011 decision to prematurely shut…

Demand for Rare Earths Sparks Research for Recovery from Coal

Global demand for the 17 periodic table elements—15 within the chemical group called lanthanides, plus yttrium and scandium—has soared in recent years as they become increasingly integrated in new technologies.…

TVA Will Pay $140,000 NRC Fine for Browns Ferry Nuke

The Tennessee Valley Authority this week said it will pay a Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) proposed $140,000 fine for security violations at its Browns Ferry nuclear station near Athens, Ala.…