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Other Utilities, Public Utilities

Congress likely to intervene to prevent rail strike, keep coal supply on track

November 30, 2022

Via: Power Engineering International

Congress is likely to intervene to prevent a potentially devastating rail strike that would hamper shipments of coal and other commodities. President Joe Biden has asked Congress to impose a compromise labor agreement and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is calling […]


Electric Utility, Public Utilities

Minnesota Power plans coal exit by 2035

November 14, 2022

Via: Power Engineering International

The Minnesota Public Utilities Commission approved Minnesota Power’s 15-year Integrated Resource Plan (IRP), which includes retiring the company’s remaining coal-fired plant. According to the plan, Boswell Energy Center Unit 3 would be retired by the end of 2029, with Unit […]


Electric Utility, Public Utilities

U.S. Coal Plant Closures Continue, While China Rapidly Builds More

November 8, 2022

Via: PowerMag

A wave of retirements for U.S. coal-fired power plants continues, with the Energy Information Administration (EIA) reporting almost a quarter of the nation’s remaining facilities could be shuttered by the end of 2029. The EIA in its preliminary monthly electric […]


Electric Utility, Public Utilities

DTE Energy to accelerate coal retirements

November 4, 2022

Via: Power Engineering International

DTE Energy plans to accelerate the retirement of its Belle River and Monroe coal-fired units, which make up around 40% of the utility’s current generating fleet. According to a proposed 20-year plan to be submitted to Michigan regulators, DTE Energy […]


Electric Utility, Public Utilities

South Carolina electric co-ops unveil generation plan, won’t opt in to proposed natural gas plant

October 21, 2022

Via: Power Engineering International

A group representing 20 independent power producers in South Carolina unveiled a plan to diversify its generation supply, rather than rely on a natural-gas fired plant proposed by public utility company Santee Cooper. The plan from Central Electric Power Cooperative […]


Other Utilities, Public Utilities

Judge says laws propping up Montana coal plant are illegal

October 10, 2022

Via: Power Engineering International

A U.S. magistrate judge has declared unconstitutional two Montana laws that sought to prevent the closure of a coal-fired power plant by subjecting its out-of-state owners to steep fines if they wouldn’t pay long-term maintenance and operating costs. U.S. Magistrate […]


Electric Utility, Public Utilities

Coal to sun: Regulators approve 460 MW solar project for Minnesota

September 19, 2022

Via: Power Engineering International

Regulators in Minnesota approved Xcel Energy’s Sherco Solar Project, a 460 MW plant that would be among the largest solar facilities in the upper Midwest. The Public Utilities Commission earlier had approved the site permit for the two-parcel facility in […]


Other Utilities, Public Utilities

What Can be Done With Coal Ash Waste?

September 8, 2022

Via: Waste360

The disposal of coal ash is a challenge due to the heavy metals inside of the material that is leached out by water and can contaminate groundwater. Due to this, the EPA has implemented strict disposal procedures to divert ash […]


Electric Utility, Public Utilities

Electricity generation from natural gas hit record high in July, EIA says

August 26, 2022

Via: Power Engineering International

Electric power generated from U.S. natural-gas fired plants reached 6.37 million MWh on July 21, a record high according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration’s Hourly Electric Grid Monitor. The EIA said despite relatively high natural gas prices, demand for […]


Other Utilities, Public Utilities

FirstEnergy closes coal ash landfill, paving the way for solar

August 16, 2022

Via: Power Engineering International

FirstEnergy closed an ash landfill for the former R. Paul Smith coal power plant in Berkeley County, West Virginia. The company said it plans to develop a utility-scale solar facility nearby. The West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection recently allowed […]


Electric Utility, Public Utilities

Renewable Energy, Electrification Big Winners in Inflation Reduction Act

August 12, 2022

Via: PowerMag

The U.S. House on Aug. 12 passed a bill with major implications for the power generation industry, joining the U.S. Senate in supporting the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA). The bill, which now heads to President Joe Biden for his signature, […]


Electric Utility, Public Utilities

Energy Security, Climate Change Initiatives Endure with Surprise U.S. Senate Deal

July 28, 2022

Via: PowerMag

The inclusion of an estimated $369 billion in energy security and climate change investments in a July 27–unveiled U.S. Senate budget reconciliation proposal has prompted jubilation from a range of energy sectors. Less than two weeks after negotiations on clean […]


Other Utilities, Public Utilities

3 reasons US coal power is disappearing – and a Supreme Court ruling won’t save it

July 27, 2022

Via: Power Engineering International

The U.S. coal industry chalked up a couple of rare wins this summer. First the Supreme Court issued a ruling limiting the government’s ability to regulate greenhouse gas emissions from power plants. Then President Joe Biden’s climate plan stalled in […]


Other Utilities, Public Utilities

Regulators approve Georgia Power IRP and keep coal in the mix

July 22, 2022

Via: Power Engineering International

Georgia regulators approved the retirement and decertification of all Georgia Power-controlled coal units by 2028, with the exception of the 3,300 MW Plant Bowen. Regulators also approved 2,400 MW of capacity from natural gas power purchase agreements in the coming […]


Other Utilities, Public Utilities

State regulators approve Georgia Power’s plans to retire all coal plants by 2028 except for Plant Bowen

July 22, 2022

Via: Utility Dive

The IRP decision comes a week after the Georgia Supreme Court denied a petition from the Sierra Club to review the PSC’s 2019 decision to allow the utility to charge their customers for coal ash pond closure costs. Sierra Club […]


Other Utilities, Public Utilities

Plant Bowen Will Showcase Largest Coal Ash Beneficial Use Project in the U.S.

July 6, 2022

Via: PowerMag

Georgia Power will harvest 9 million tons of coal ash landfilled at its 3.4-GW Plant Bowen station in Bartow County, Georgia, and beneficially use it in concrete for major regional construction projects. The project, announced on June 29, will be […]


Other Utilities, Public Utilities

Supreme Court Limits EPA Authority to Regulate Power Plant Emissions

June 30, 2022

Via: PowerMag

The U.S. Supreme Court has curbed the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) options for limiting emissions of greenhouse gases (GHG) from power plants, an important environmental decision that could impact the federal government’s authority to enforce other regulations. The court in […]


Other Utilities, Public Utilities

Georgia Power launches coal ash use project at Plant Bowen

June 29, 2022

Via: Power Engineering International

Millions of tons of stored coal ash would be collected from Georgia Power’s Plant Bowen under a new project involving the utility and Eco Material Technologies. The coal ash would be used in concrete to construct bridges, roads, and buildings […]


Other Utilities, Public Utilities

Wisconsin utilities delay retiring coal-fired generating units

June 24, 2022

Via: Power Engineering International

Tight energy supply conditions and renewable energy project delays have led two Wisconsin utilities to delay the retirements of several coal-fired units. We Energies said it will extend the lives of four units at its Oak Creek site. The coal […]


Electric Utility, Public Utilities

ERCOT, MISO Warn of Potential Power Supply Shortfalls

May 6, 2022

Via: PowerMag

The Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) and the Midcontinent Independent System Operator (MISO) over the past week separately expressed concerns about power supply uncertainties in the face of upcoming warmer-than-normal temperatures. MISO raised an alarm on April 28 when […]