POWERnews [Dec. 14, 2017]

Georgia PSC Will Decide Vogtle's Fate on December 21

The Georgia Public Service Commission on December 11 said it will decide December 21 whether to allow construction of two new nuclear reactors at the Plant Vogtle site to move…

Game-Changing Supercritical CO2 Cycles Are Closer to Commercialization

Supercritical carbon dioxide (sCO2) cycles—which are inching closer to commercial applications for waste heat recovery, concentrating solar power, nuclear, and fossil energy—offer higher thermal efficiencies and power density than conventional…

Market-Challenged, GE Continues to Improve Gas Turbine Efficiency

GE Power said its 9HA.02 gas turbine reached a new milestone by exceeding 64% efficiency in combined cycle power plants. The company attributes at least part of the achievement to…

The POWER Podcast

The POWER Podcast Archive: Distributed Energy Systems Are Reliable Solutions http://www.powermag.com/distributed-energy-systems-are-reliable-solutions-podcast/ Power Industry Continues to Face Uncertainty and Change http://www.powermag.com/power-industry-continues-to-face-uncertainty-and-change/ Resource Diversification a Key for TVA http://www.powermag.com/resource-diversification-a-key-for-tva/ Watts Bar 2:…

Perry Grants FERC’s Request to Delay Grid Resiliency NOPR, But Calls for Urgent Action 

Energy Secretary Rick Perry has granted a 30-day extension sought by Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) Chairman Kevin McIntyre last week to give the regulatory agency more time before it…

Vogtle Hearings Underway; Tax Law Change Could Speed Resolution

Hearings on the future of the Vogtle nuclear expansion project are underway in Atlanta, Georgia, and events of the past few days could impact how quickly the Georgia Public Service…

Pruitt: EPA Rule to Replace the Clean Power Plan Is Coming

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt told House lawmakers on December 7 that the agency will introduce a rule to replace the Obama administration’s legacy Clean Power Plan. Pruitt…

McIntyre Takes Reins as New Head of FERC

Kevin McIntyre was sworn in as chairman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on December 7, just more than a month after his nomination to the post was approved by…

New FERC Chair McIntyre Seeks Delay on Grid Resiliency NOPR

Kevin McIntyre, freshly sworn in as chairman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), has asked the Department of Energy (DOE) for a 30-day extension for the commission to act…

Test Your Knowledge: Differences Between Private Sector and Government Managers

It’s become a cliché that government would be better if it were only run by private-sector managers using standard business practices. However, there are significant differences between the private sector and…