POWERnews [Dec. 21, 2017]

State PSC Puts Vogtle Future in Georgia Power’s Hands

State regulators in Georgia have voted not to cancel the troubled nuclear expansion project at the Vogtle Electric Generating Plant near Waynesboro, Georgia, and lead owner Georgia Power has agreed…

New Jersey Nuclear Subsidy Bill Barrels Out of Committee, Heads for Legislature Vote

A bill backed by outgoing New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) to subsidize the state’s nuclear power plants unanimously passed a joint committee on December 20 and now heads to…

NARUC Calls on FERC to Prioritize PURPA Reform

The National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC) believes that the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) needs to fast-track reform of the Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act of 1978 (PURPA),…

Blazing a Trail Toward the Energy Grid of the Future

A leading-edge operations center opens in New York The New York Power Authority (NYPA) has taken a huge step forward in increasing the efficiency of its operations with the opening…

New Michigan Gas-Fired Plant Will Replace Existing Coal Plant

A Michigan utility will build a $500 million natural gas-fired power plant on the site of an existing coal-fired plant in Lansing, and plans to retire the coal plant and…

Clean Coal Test Project Set for Wyoming

A test plant that will be part of research into producing cleaner-burning coal for power plants is set to begin operation next year in Wyoming, with the company behind the…

Report: Global Coal Demand Drops Second Year in a Row

Global coal demand fell nearly 2% in 2016, according to the International Energy Agency’s (IEA) Coal 2017 Analysis and Forecasts report, released December 18. “Demand for coal has now dropped…

Board Keeps Option to Close Colorado Coal-Fired Plant Early

A utility group on December 18 agreed to keep a coal-fired power plant in Colorado Springs, Colorado, open for at least a few more years, and its members said they…

EPA Seeks Input on Potential Clean Power Plan Replacement

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is considering drafting a replacement of the Obama administration’s Clean Power Plan. The agency on December 18 published an Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPRM)…

Oman Starts Power Plant as Part of New Energy Development

Oman recently began operating a Wärtsilä-built power plant in the northern part of the country, part of more than $1 billion in power and energy projects being developed in the…

NERC Report: Natural Gas, Renewable Generation Will Offset Coal, Nuclear Closures

A report released December 14 by the North American Electric Reliability Corp. (NERC) says power generation from natural gas-fired units and renewable sources such as solar and wind will provide…

GE's 9EMax Gas Turbine Solution - Eric Gray [PODCAST]

Earlier this year, GE’s Power Services achieved a significant milestone with its 9EMax gas turbine upgrade solution. The 9EMax completed initial validation testing and was offered commercially to gas turbine…

Test Your Knowledge: Electrical Area Classification

Fires and explosions have caused a significant number of deaths and injuries to power plant staff over the years. To reduce hazards, protective measures must be considered during engineering, design, construction,…