POWERnews [Dec. 11, 2014]

DOE Opens $12.5B Nuclear Loan Guarantee Solicitation


The Department of Energy (DOE) today opened a loan guarantee solicitation to make available as much as $12.5 billion to bolster the construction of new nuclear projects. Issued under Title…

Construction Monitor: Longer Delays Are Likely for Vogtle Reactors

The two nuclear reactors under construction at Plant Vogtle will be delayed beyond their forecast commercial operation dates of December 2017 and 2018, an oversight team told Georgia regulators in…

Solar PV Continues Strong Growth in U.S.

Spurred by large utility-scale projects and healthy growth in residential installations, the U.S. added 1.3 GW of solar photovoltaic (PV) capacity in the third quarter of 2014, according to the…

India's Kudankulam Nuke Plant Is Back Online

Unit 1 of India’s long-delayed Kudankulam nuclear power plant, which reached commercial operations after 26 years of development this summer only to be shut down in September after a turbine…

Two Leading Renewable Energy Companies Agree to Combine

NextEra Energy Inc. and Hawaiian Electric Industries Inc. (HEI)—two companies with substantial renewable energy resources—agreed on Dec. 3 to combine in a transaction valued at roughly $4.3 billion. Currently, NextEra…

Mexico’s Electricity Sector Reform in Perspective

Much has been made recently of Mexico’s energy sector reforms, and because those reforms are still in being implemented, it can be useful to compare their progress with the outcome…