POWERnews [Dec. 18, 2014]

Congress Extends Production Tax Credit for 2014

In one of its last actions for the year, Congress passed a bill extending a variety of tax breaks, including the Production Tax Credit (PTC) through the end of 2014.…

Congressional Passage of Cybersecurity Bill Is a Triumph for Automation, Groups Say

The Cybersecurity Enhancement Act of 2014 that cleared Congress last week and was presented to President Obama on Monday has the backing of automation organizations.  The bill was one of…

Nuclear Power Plant Shuts Down Due to Leak

PPL Corp. made the decision on Dec. 13 to take Unit 1 at its Susquehanna nuclear power plant offline due to a small water leak inside the plant’s reactor containment.…

What the CROmnibus Means for the Power Sector

The omnibus continuing resolution (popularly referred to as the “CROmnibus”) passed by Congress late in the evening on Dec. 13 to keep the U.S. government running through 2015, contains a…

Senate Confirms Honorable to Fill Vacant FERC Commissioner Slot

The U.S. Senate has confirmed the nomination of Colette Honorable to join the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). The confirmation, reached last night, makes Honorable, currently chairman of the Arkansas…

U.S. Slaps New Steep Tariffs on Chinese, Taiwanese Solar Firms

The U.S. on Tuesday issued a new final determination affirming that some crystalline silicon photovoltaic (PV) products from China and Taiwan have been sold at dumping margins of between 11%…

Europe’s Largest Battery Storage Project Begins Operations in UK

Said to be the largest such facility in Europe, a 6-MW/10-MWh lithium-ion battery storage project in Bedfordshire northwest of London in the U.K. officially began operations on Dec. 15. The…

Report: Utility Spending on Energy Efficiency Soars as Supportive State Policies Are Expanded

Electric utility spending and budgets for customer-funded energy efficiency programs have seen a 30% boost compared to 2010 levels and could double by 2025, thanks to expanding state policies, an…

Industrial Cybersecurity Expert: Industry Culture Must Change to Prevent Highly Destructive Cyberattack on Critical Infrastructure

Inadequate training and a culture of complacency among many owners and operators of critical infrastructure are significantly raising the risks of highly damaging cyberattack throughout the world, according to Steve…

Video: A Novel Phosphorus-Free Cooling Water Treatment Solution

POWER Associate Editor Aaron Larson recently interviewed LaMarr Barnes, vice president of marketing and business development for U.S. Water Services Inc. U.S. Water is a Minnesota-based integrated water treatment solutions…