POWERnews [Dec. 15, 2016]

Coal Magnate Tells Trump to Lower His Expectations

Although optimistic about the future of the coal industry under the Trump administration, Robert Murray, CEO of Murray Energy Corp., the largest underground coal mining company in the U.S., does…

Market Conditions Doom Another Nuclear Plant, Palisades, to Closure in 2018

Entergy Corp. has decided to permanently close the Palisades nuclear power plant on October 1, 2018. The news comes as a bit of a surprise, because Entergy had a power…

EPA Punts Fracking Impact Question to Trump Administration

As one of its last official acts, the Obama administration Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) backed away from making a definitive statement on the impacts of hydraulic fracturing, saying it lacked…

First U.S. Commercial Offshore Wind Farm Starts Operations

Block Island Wind Farm has begun commercial operations, making it America's first offshore wind farm. Deepwater Wind and project partners have commissioned and tested the 30-MW installation off the coast…

Reports Say Trump Picks Montana Rep. Ryan Zinke for Interior

The tumultuous Trump transition took another turn late Tuesday, as reports from many media outlets said he has picked Rep. Ryan Zinke (R-Mont.), a freshman who won a second House…

Trump’s Pick for Energy Department: Rick Perry

President-elect Donald Trump has picked former Texas governor Rick Perry to be his energy secretary

Natural Gas and Wind Are Cheapest Sources of Power in Majority of U.S.

In a finding that is likely to boost controversy over the future of U.S. energy policy, a comprehensive study of the full levelized cost of energy (LCOE) from various sources…

U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Finalizes Rule on Wind Turbine Eagle Deaths

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) on December 14 finalized the latest version of its rule governing permitted levels of eagle deaths at wind turbine farms. The rule, first…