POWERnews [Dec. 19, 2013]

MISO Completes Largest-Ever Power Grid Integration

Midcontinent Independent System Operator Inc. (MISO), the regional transmission organization (RTO) for a large portion of the Midwestern U.S., completed the integration of a four-state region of the electric grid across the…

EIA: Natural Gas to Overtake Coal by 2035

The latest projections from the Energy Information Administration (EIA) are unlikely to quell concern in the coal industry, as the EIA has increased its projections for natural gas production and…

After Almost Three Years Offline, Fort Calhoun Nuclear Plant Gets NRC OK to Restart

The Fort Calhoun Station, Omaha Public Power District's (OPPD's) 478-MW nuclear reactor that was offline for nearly three years to address longstanding issues, including flooding from the  Missouri River in 2011,…

NuScale Triumphs in Second DOE SMR Funding Contest

NuScale Power is the winner of the Department of Energy's (DOE's) March 2013–announced funding opportunity to help design, certify, and commercialize small modular reactors (SMRs) in the U.S.  The DOE's…

Dominion’s Indy Solar Projects Go Into Service

Dominion announced that it has placed into service a group of solar generation projects in Marion County, Ind., that will generate up to 28.6 MW of electricity. The three projects,…

USEC to Restructure, Seek Bankruptcy to Stimulate American Centrifuge Project

U.S. nuclear reactor enriched uranium fuel supplier USEC will voluntarily file for bankruptcy protection as part of a restructuring plan to boost financial support for its much-watched gas centrifuge uranium…

1.05-GW Iowa Wind Expansion Moves Forward

MidAmerican Energy Co. is already the top ranked, rate-regulated utility owner of wind generation in the U.S. and with 448 new wind turbines being added in Iowa—the largest wind expansion…

NRC Issues Final Environmental Impact Statement for South Texas Project License Renewal

No environmental impacts would preclude renewing the operating licenses for two pressurized water reactors (PWR) at the South Texas Project nuclear plant in Bay City, Texas, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission…