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  • Car crashes through gate at South Carolina nuclear plant before pop-up barrier stops it

    11/04/2023 10:47:37 AM PDT · by EBH · 24 replies
    AP ^ | 11/3/23
    A driver tried to crash through the exit gates of a South Carolina nuclear plant Thursday night about an hour after security asked the same car to leave when it tried to enter, authorities said. A pop-up security barrier stopped the car with an Arkansas license plate at the Oconee Nuclear Station near Seneca around 8 p.m., Oconee County Sheriff’s spokesman Jimmy Watt said in a statement. The driver backed up and tried to drive down a dirt road as Duke Energy security tried to block him in. The driver tried to hit the guards, then drove through a fence...
  • Germany approves bringing coal-fired power plants back online this winter

    10/05/2023 6:43:25 AM PDT · by george76 · 48 replies
    Reuters ^ | October 4, 2023
    Germany's cabinet on Wednesday approved putting on-reserve lignite-fired power plants back online from October until the end of March 2024, the economy ministry said, as a step to replace scarce natural gas this winter and avoid shortages. In the wake of Russia's invasion of Ukraine and a sudden drop in Russian gas imports to Germany, Berlin reactivated coal-fired power plants and extended their lifespans, with a total output of 1.9 gigawatt hours generated last winter. Despite gas bottlenecks easing since last winter with new liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal deliveries, coal-fired power plans will be reactivated
  • Xcel will raise electric bills again next month. A quarter of the hike will cover closing coal-fired power plants.

    08/17/2023 7:08:00 AM PDT · by george76 · 18 replies
    Colorado Sun ^ | Aug 17, 2023 | Mark Jaffe
    The utility’s 1.6 million Colorado customers will see their bills rise 4.4% — about $4 on the average residential bill — on Sept. 1 ... lectricity bills for 1.6 million Colorado customers of Xcel Energy will rise 4.4% — about $3.99 on the average residential bill — on Sept. 1, under a settlement approved Wednesday by the state Public Utilities Commission. In 2022, Xcel Energy, Colorado’s largest electricity supplier, filed for a $312 million rate hike, but under the settlement it will get an increase of $96 million. The reduced revenue figure was reached in a settlement between Xcel Energy...
  • Comments On The Insanity Of EPA's New Power Plant Rule

    08/14/2023 4:21:27 AM PDT · by MtnClimber · 18 replies
    Manhattan Contrarian ^ | 11 Aug, 2023 | Francis Menton
    On May 23, EPA put out its long-expected proposed Rule designed to eliminate, or nearly so, all so-called “greenhouse gas” emissions from the electricity-generation sector of the economy. The proposal came with the very long title: “New Source Performance Standards for GHG Emissions from New and Reconstructed EGUs; Emission Guidelines for GHG Emissions from Existing EGUs; and Repeal of the Affordable Clean Energy Rule.” The full document is 672 pages long. Various not-very-far-off deadlines are set, ranging from as early as 2030 for some changes to coal plants, to at the latest 2038 for the last changes to natural gas...
  • Biden Admin Preparing Major Crackdown On Power Plants That Fuel Nation's Grid

    04/23/2023 5:58:18 PM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 21 replies
    MSN ^ | 04/22/23 | Thomas Catenacci
    The Biden administration is reportedly finalizing a proposal that would force fossil fuel-fired power plants to substantially curb emissions or utilize costly carbon capture technology.The proposal — which will soon be released by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) — is expected to require coal- and natural gas-fired power plants to cut or capture the vast majority of their carbon dioxide emissions by 2040, The New York Times reported on Saturday, citing officials briefed on a draft of the plan. The regulation, if finalized, would represent the first-ever federal action curbing power plant emissions."EPA cannot comment because the proposals are currently...
  • China Is Approving New Coal Plants At Break-Neck Speed As The Biden Admin Pushes To Shut US Generators Down

    02/28/2023 4:02:49 AM PST · by george76 · 42 replies
    Daily Caller News Foundation ^ | February 27, 2023 | John Hugh DeMastri
    China approved 168 coal-fired power plants in 2022, the most rapid expansion of the country’s coal-fired power capacity since 2015, according to a report by the Centre for Research on Energy and Clean Air (CREA) and Global Energy Monitor (GEM) Monday. Chinese companies began constructing 50 gigawatts (GW) worth of coal-fired power capacity in 2022, more than triple the rest of the world put together and spiking 50% from 2021, according to the report. Conversely, President Joe Biden’s signature Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) is expected to lead to the retirement of 30 GW to 60 GW of U.S. coal-fired power...
  • Blackout risk: Nation’s largest grid operator warns of capacity shortfalls

    02/24/2023 4:27:54 PM PST · by george76 · 34 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | February 24, 2023 | Jeremy Beaman,
    The nation's largest grid operator is warning it may face a major coming shortfall in electric generating capacity as utilities retire more and more traditional fossil fuel power plants. It's a challenge facing grid operators across the country as power generators mothball coal and natural gas-fired plants for various reasons, such as reducing high maintenance and regulatory compliance costs or cutting greenhouse gas emissions. ... PJM Interconnection, which manages grid operations across 13 states and the District of Columbia, published new analysis Friday showing retirements outpacing new additions in the coming years that could leave its service area short of...
  • Exclusive: Donald Trump Releases Campaign Ad Outlining Energy Policy

    02/09/2023 11:44:15 AM PST · by SoConPubbie · 21 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 9 Feb 2023 | NICK GILBERTSON
    Former President Donald Trump detailed his plan for “reclaiming American energy dominance” and creating the “power plants, pipelines, grids, ports, refineries, and shipping terminals of tomorrow” in his latest campaign ad video shared exclusively with Breitbart News.Trump, who remains the lone candidate in the 2024 presidential primary field, pledged to “bring back a pro-American energy policy at long last” if he is elected to the Oval Office, unveiling his plan to de-regulate the industry, once again exit the Paris Climate Accords, and “rapidly” approve “worthy” domestic energy infrastructure projects to lower prices and create jobs for Americans:I will deploy a...
  • News Summary-Intelligence Report Monday 1/16/2022 Top US Diplomat To Visit China, "Compromise" Pushed In Israeli Political Dispute, Thousands Of "Leaders" Gather In Davos

    01/16/2023 7:41:18 PM PST · by Nextrush · 1 replies
    Nextrush Free ^ | 1/16/2023 | Nextrush/Self
    In France strike plans forming for Thursday in opposition to "pension reform" planned by President Emmanuel Macron... In Ukraine tonight a US delegation has arrived led by Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman... Meanwhile the International Atomic Energy Agency has established a permanent presence at the "South Ukraine Nuclear Power Plant"... US Secretary of State Antony Blinken is to travel to China next month... Protests in Peru continue opposition to the ouster of Leftist President Pedro Castillo... Monday night in Germany means protest walks... Israeli Politics: Massive Opposition Protests And Calls For "Compromise Talks" On Judicial Reform... US politics and...
  • A perfect (winter) storm brings lessons for gas producers and the electric grid

    01/09/2023 6:33:12 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 27 replies
    The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette ^ | January 9, 2023 | Anya Litvak
    The brutal, unrelenting cold that lasted for several days over the Christmas holiday froze off a sizable portion of Appalachia’s ample gas production, cutting off supply to power plants when they needed it most. Gas transmission pipelines said the gas they were promised simply didn’t show up. On the electric grid that connects Pennsylvania to 12 other states, at one point almost 25% of the capacity on the system either didn’t start up or broke while operating, leaving coal and petroleum-fired units to pick up the slack. PJM, a Valley Forge-based grid operator, is still analyzing what happened during the...
  • Could eco-terrorists be behind the attacks on America’s power stations?

    12/31/2022 5:13:41 AM PST · by karpov · 73 replies
    New York Post ^ | December 29, 2022 | Steven F. Hayward
    Rolling blackouts during the recent cold wave has raised concern about the reliability of our electricity grid, but the growing possibility of deliberate sabotage may be a bigger threat. The first sign America’s electricity grid might have become a target occurred in 2013, when a marksman disabled an electricity substation south of San Jose with more than a hundred long-range shots reportedly from a .50-caliber rifle. This was no casual prank or random act of vandalism. It was clearly planned, and the damage required nearly a month to repair. At the time the FBI downplayed the incident, saying publicly that...
  • UK Grid Operator Asks Coal Plants To Be Available For Backup

    12/12/2022 4:06:23 PM PST · by george76 · 26 replies
    Oil Price ^ | Dec 12, 2022 | Josh Owens
    As temperatures in the UK plummet, National Grid, the transmission system operator, asked two contingency coal-fired power plants to be ready to send more electricity to the grid on Monday if needed. "We've issued a notification to warm two winter contingency coal units. This measure should give the public confidence in Monday's energy supply," National Grid said today, as temperatures dropped and snow fell in London, creating traffic chaos. ... With low temperatures and low wind speeds, wind generated just 7.6% of Britain's electricity on Saturday, National Grid ESO said on Sunday. Natural gas generated 62.0% of electricity, more than...
  • Who Is Purposely Sabotaging Power Plants All Over America?

    12/09/2022 7:15:51 AM PST · by logi_cal869 · 79 replies
    End of the American Dream ^ | 12/8/2022 | Michael
    Someone has been attacking power plants all over the country, and federal authorities are trying to determine who it is. In recent days, we have seen significant sabotage on both the east and west coasts, and so it can’t just be one individual that is responsible. During the first eight months of this year, there were a total of 106 attacks on the electrical grid in the United States, and that represents the highest number ever recorded in a single year. Hopefully authorities will be able to get to the bottom of this mystery, because winter will soon officially begin....
  • The Navajo Nation Takes a Hit for Biden’s Climate Policies

    09/20/2022 11:09:35 AM PDT · by rktman · 36 replies ^ | 9/20/2022 1157 hrs edt | Lincoln Brown
    Yes, oil prices are slightly down, but that is only because Joe Biden continues to dip into the dwindling supply in the Strategic Petroleum Reserve. So you can expect the average price at the pump, which even as it now stands is still much higher than you paid before Biden’s ascent, to spike again. While it would run counter to the environmental partners of the administration, the solution would be to extract more energy from the land under our feet. That means drilling for natural gas and oil. And if one believes the mainstream media, one would think that the...
  • Germany to Keep Last Three Nuclear-Power Plants Running in Policy U-Turn

    08/16/2022 4:47:37 PM PDT · by DUMBGRUNT · 41 replies
    WSJ ^ | 16 Aug 2022 | Bojan Pancevski
    Germany plans to postpone the closure of the country’s last three nuclear power plants as it braces for a possible shortage of energy this winter after Russia throttled gas supplies to the country, said German government officials. Mr. Scholz hinted at the decision last week, saying for the first time that it could make sense to keep Germany’s last three nuclear reactors online. Mothballed coal plants have already been brought back online to prevent energy blackouts after Russia slashed gas supplies in June, a decision that will complicate Berlin’s plans to cut greenhouse-gas emissions and reduce air pollution.
  • Why We Lost Trust in the Expert Class

    08/03/2022 5:08:03 PM PDT · by george76 · 26 replies
    Townhall ^ | Aug 03, 2022 | Victor Davis Hanson
    <p>For years, European policymakers had assured the world that the relatively rapid "transition" to "green" energy was the world's preordained future -- regardless of the costs.</p><p>Accordingly, many European Union governments followed the advice of green experts. They eagerly shut down coal, natural gas, and nuclear power plants to transition immediately to "renewable energy."</p>
  • Hawaii gets last shipment of coal: Expect to pay more

    07/29/2022 9:41:49 PM PDT · by george76 · 97 replies
    KHON2 ^ | Jul 29, 2022 | Chelsee Yee
    HONOLULU — Hawaii is receiving its final shipment of coal this week, which Gov. David Ige called a huge step forward in the state’s transition to clean energy. Coal is the cheapest but dirtiest source of power for Oahu. A law put in place a couple of years ago will finally shut down the island’s last coal burning power plant. ... “In its time, coal was an important resource for Hawai‘i and I’d like to thank the workers who have run our last remaining coal plant,” Ige said in a statement. “Renewable energy projects to replace coal are coming online...
  • 26 Coal-Fired Power Plants in 14 States Plan to Stop Burning Coal Due to New Rule

    07/29/2022 3:15:20 PM PDT · by hardspunned · 56 replies
    Newsweek ^ | 11/22/21 | Lora Korpar
    Dozens of coal-fired power plants across the U.S. plan to stop burning coal or to shut down by the end of the decade, the Associated Press reported. The decision is not driven by climate change concerns but to comply with a new wastewater rule requiring them to clean coal ash and toxic heavy metals from the water before it's dumped back into streams and rivers. The plants had an October deadline to tell state regulators how they plan to comply. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, the rule is expected to affect 75 coal-fired power plants across the country. The...
  • U.S. Supreme Court delivers a major win for the reliability and affordability of the electric grid. ( Colorado mentioned ).

    06/30/2022 5:31:21 PM PDT · by george76 · 20 replies
    American Experiment ^ | June 30, 2022 | Isaac Orr
    Today the U.S. Supreme Court issued a landmark decision in West Virginia vs. EPA, ruling that the Clean Air Act did not specifically authorize the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to regulate greenhouse gas emissions from power plants. Now, any greenhouse gas regulations would need specific authorization from Congress. At issue was the Clean Power Plan (CPP), an EPA regulation promulgated by the Obama administration which mandated that existing coal and natural gas power plants reduce their carbon dioxide emissions. There were many problems with this regulation, some of them were legal, and some of them were practical. Legally Speaking.. The...
  • China To Expand Coal Use As It Prioritizes Energy Security

    03/12/2022 12:00:28 PM PST · by george76 · 14 replies
    Oil price ^ | Mar 11, 2022 | Tsvetana Paraskova -
    Despite pledges to contribute to global efforts of reducing emissions, China will continue to maximize the use of coal in coming years as it caters to its energy security... Chinese President Xi Jinping has told representatives from its biggest coal-producing region, Inner Mongolia, that China "could not part from reality" and that it is "rich in coal, poor in oil and short of gas... The energy transition is a long process and China cannot just "slam the brakes" on coal. ... China said it would help run its coal-fired power plants at full capacity in a bid to ensure energy...