POWERnews [Dec. 12, 2013]

Eight States Petition EPA to Force Upwind States to Curb Pollution

As the Supreme Court heard arguments on the Cross-State Air Pollution Rule (CSAPR), eight Northeast and Mid-Atlantic states petitioned the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to force nine “upwind” states to…

$8 Billion DOE Solicitation for Advanced Fossil Energy Projects Announced

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) published a solicitation on Dec. 12 that makes up to $8 billion in loan guarantee authority available to support “innovative advanced fossil energy projects…

Transformer Fire Takes Down Nuclear Plant

Arkansas Nuclear One Unit 2 was taken offline the morning of Dec. 9 due to a transformer fire in the site switchyard. Operators at the plant declared an “Unusual Event”…

NRG to Deactivate Five Md. Coal Units On State Environmental Rule Concerns

NRG Energy could deactivate five units at two coal-fired power plants in Maryland because new regulations proposed by the state to curb emissions of nitrogen oxides (NOx) and sulfur dioxide…

Crystal River $1.18B Decommissioning Plan Submitted to NRC

Duke Energy submitted its decommissioning plan to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) this week for the company’s retired Crystal River nuclear plant in Florida. The 860-MW plant, located about 85…

Report: Coal Power Plant Retirements Could Push Up Future Wholesale Power Prices

Coal power plant retirements could potentially increase energy prices by $3–4/MWh for on-peak hours and $1–2/MWh for off-peak hours, but if natural gas prices also rise, energy prices could rise…

Europe’s Most Efficient Coal Plant Comes Online

With an electrical efficiency of 45.95%, the Lünen hard-coal-fired power plant, located on the Datteln-Hamm Canal in the state of North-Rhine Westphalia, Germany, is Europe’s cleanest and most efficient. The…

DOE: Widespread Grid Storage Deployment Faces Crucial Challenges

The U.S. must first develop unsubsidized, cost-effective energy storage technologies, validate reliability and safety, establish an "equitable" regulatory environment, and boost industry acceptance before it will see the widespread deployment…

Solar Photovoltaic Seeing Another Record Year in U.S.

Solar photovoltaic (PV) installations in the United States for 2013 will surpass 4 GW for the first time, spurred by continually falling prices and surging popularity of residential rooftop solar,…