POWERnews [Dec. 22, 2016]

EPA Drops Proposed Model Carbon Trading Rules Ahead of Trump Takeover

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has abandoned an interagency review of draft model carbon trading rules that were issued alongside the final Clean Power Plan to make associated documents public…

Obama and Trudeau Ban Oil & Gas Leasing in Arctic, Parts of Atlantic

In a joint statement on December 20, the leaders of the United States and Canada announced that they had developed a new partnership that effectively bans additional licenses for oil and gas drilling in the Arctic and parts of the Atlantic Ocean.

NRC Issues License for Duke’s Lee Nuclear Project, but Future Uncertain

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) said on Dec. 21 that it has issued combined construction-and-operating licenses (COLs) for Duke Energy’s proposed two-unit William States Lee III nuclear plant in Gaffney,…

DTE Energy’s Fermi 2 Nuclear Reactor Gets License to Operate for 20 More Years

Fermi 2, a 1,170-MW boiling water reactor owned by DTE Electric on the western shore of Lake Erie, in Monroe County, Mich., has garnered the Nuclear Regulatory Commission's (NRC's) green…

FERC Proposes Rule Changes on Interconnect, Fast Start

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) on December 15 proposed reforms to its large generator (20 MW or more) interconnection processes. The notice of proposed rulemaking (or NOPR in FERC-speak)…

U.S. and Canada Join Forces to Battle Cyberattacks on Electric Grid

A joint strategy released by the governments of the U.S. and Canada to thwart the growing threat of cyberattacks on the electric grid sets three priorities that the countries said…

AECOM, EnergySolutions Joint Venture to Decommission San Onofre Nuclear Plant

After a 10-month competitive bid process, Southern California Edison (SCE) has selected a joint venture of AECOM and EnergySolutions as the general contractor for the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station…