POWERnews [Dec. 17, 2015]

D.C. Circuit Leaves MATS Rule In Place as EPA Tackles Cost Consideration

The Mercury and Air Toxics Standards (MATS) will remain in effect as the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) works on a final cost finding, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the…

AEP Reaches Settlement on Ohio Coal-Fired Power Plants

American Electric Power (AEP), through its subsidiary AEP Ohio, announced on Dec. 14 that it had filed a stipulated agreement with the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) in support…

NERC: Unprecedented Changes to Power Mix, EPA Rules Pose Reliability Challenges

North America's reserve margins are trending downward, even though electricity demand has generally fallen, the North American Electric Reliability Corp. (NERC) warned in a new report. The international regulatory authority…

Spending Bill Extends Wind, Solar Tax Credits—Provides Money for Coal, Gas, Nuclear, and Power Grid

In a major boost to the wind and solar industries, Congressional leaders agreed on a multiyear extension of renewable energy tax credits, which could provide several years of predictable policies,…

GAO: EPA Used Covert Propaganda to Promote WOTUS Rulemaking

The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) issued a decision concluding that the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) use of Thunderclap—a crowd-speaking social media platform that allows a single message to be…

COP21 Climate Deal Draws Praise, Fire

Delegates of 195 nations, including the U.S., on Dec. 12 reached a landmark deal at the Paris COP21 conference that commits the world to reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in…

Coal Ash Utilization Surged in 2014 After Half-Decade of EPA Rule Uncertainty

Coal ash utilization, which had stalled between 2009 and 2013 as the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) prepared a final federal coal ash rule, increased significantly in 2014. According to the…