POWERnews [June 16, 2016]

Grid Edge and Digital Technologies Take Center Stage at EEI Convention

Panels at the 2016 Edison Electric Institute convention focused on technologies and policies at what’s often called the “grid edge."

EEI Convention Opens with Call to Work with “Friendly Hackers”

EEI Convention keynote speaker Keren Elazari urged electric utilities to partner with "friendly hackers."

Federal Court Strikes Down Minnesota Coal Power Import Ban

A Minnesota law that bans power imports from new out-of-state coal-fired power plants is unconstitutional, a federal appeals court has deemed. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit…

Supreme Court Leaves Revised MATS in Place for Now

The Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) controversial Mercury and Air Toxics Standards (MATS) survived another day as the U.S. Supreme Court on June 13 declined to review the D.C. Circuit’s decision…

TVA Backs "In-Place" Coal Ash Impoundment Closure Method Over Removal

The Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) listed costs and time among several reasons for its preferred method to close its coal ash impoundments in place, rather than by removal, but the…

How Will the Supreme Court Stay Affect the Clean Power Plan?

One of the witnesses testifying before the U.S. Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works on June 9 believes states and regulated entities will be granted additional time to comply…

Regulators Approve Plan to Close Four Minnesota Coal Units

The Minnesota Public Utilities Commission (MPUC) approved Minnesota Power Co.’s integrated resource plan (IRP) on June 9, which calls for the economic idling of the company’s Taconite Harbor Energy Center—a…

Georgia Power to Shut Down Coal Ash Ponds Within Three Years

Georgia Power will shut down and stop receiving coal ash at all 29 of its coal ash ponds within the next three years. The announcement on June 13 is the…

2016 Edison Award Winners Announced

2016 EEI Edison Award winners are AEP and AES

EEI Partners with Startup Incubator to Accelerate Innovation in Energy

The Edison Electric Institute has forged a new partnership with startup incubator 1776 to accelerate the pace of innovation in energy.