POWERnews [Dec. 10, 2015]

Political Opposition to Clean Power Plan Looms Large, Experts Say

The Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) Clean Power Plan (CPP) is likely to be complicated at least as much by political and legal opposition as by technological challenges in reducing carbon…

Climate Change Litigation: Implications for States and Power Generators

Climate change litigation in the U.S. has far outpaced climate litigation in any other jurisdiction. In fact, according to Teri Donaldson, partner with DLA Piper, more lawsuits concerning climate change…

Don’t Fear the Clean Power Plan, Chief EPA Lawyer Says

The power sector should view the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) recent drive to tighten regulations on air and water emissions as an opportunity to improve its efficiency and environmental footprint…

AEP to Withdraw From ALEC, Cut Funding for Clean Coal Coalition

American Electric Power (AEP), one of the biggest coal generators in the U.S., is withdrawing funds and staff resources from heavy lobbying efforts against the Clean Power Plan, sinking them…

Europe’s New Coal Curtain: Eastern Europe Embraces Coal as Western Europe Deserts It—and Russia Is Still All In

This story is being written as world leaders gather in Paris for the COP-21 climate summit. Much of the reason they are meeting is because of the widespread burning of…

Unintended Consequences from EPA Rules

New rules from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) have several unintended consequences for the power sector, an expert said at a POWER magazine event on Dec. 7. Floyd Self, an attorney…

Nuclear Rescue Initiative Launched to Slash Operating Costs, Improve Economic Viability

Shaken financially by low natural gas prices and subsidized renewables, the nuclear industry has launched a new initiative to reduce nuclear power plant operating costs to make them more economically…

Amid “Corporate Welfare” Flak, FirstEnergy Gets Davis-Besse Extension

FirstEnergy Corp., which may enter into a settlement with Ohio to safeguard the future of its Davis-Besse nuclear plant—a deal critics have blasted as "corporate welfare"—just got the Nuclear Regulatory…