Editor’s picks: February’s Top Ten in Power

At the end of each month PennEnergy’s editorial staff will present its top ten picks for the best industry news content in the power and petroleum sectors. 

Below is a showcase of the most engaging and innovative news content in the power industry. Each selection features a short summary and a link to the original article. Enjoy! 

Air Force eyes small modular nuclear reactors, beamed power for spacecraft Air Force eyes small modular nuclear reactors, beamed power for spacecraft
The U.S. Air Force has laid out a new vision for its energy science and technology needs over the next 15 years – a forecast that includes plans for space-based power stations and the prospective use of small nuclear reactors for new spacecraft. Click here to read full article 


U.K. opens world's largest wind farm off the coast of Cumbria
With 102 turbines and a total capacity of 367.2 MW, Walney can supply up to 320,000 households a year with renewable power. Click here to read full article

 
Palisades nuclear plant downgraded by NRC following multiple violations Palisades nuclear plant downgraded by NRC following multiple violations
Entergy’s Palisades nuclear power plant has been placed in the Degraded Cornerstone Column of the NRC’s Action Matrix following one violation for a substantial safety significance issue and two others for a low to moderate safety significance issue. Click here to read full article


Plunging natural gas pushing down coal demand
The growing prominence of natural gas generation is spurring a collapse in coal-fired generation and the coal market more generally. Click here to read full article


AES to sell 2700 MW in CCGT power plant assets for proceeds totaling $463MM
The AES Corporation announced the signing of agreements to sell its Red Oak and Ironwood combined-cycle gas-fired power assets in the U.S. and completion of the sale of its 1,199 MW AES Energia Cartagena S.R.L. CCGT plant in Spain.Click here to read full article 


Coal-fired power plant completes total conversion to renewable biofuel energy
Macpherson Energy Company and DTE Energy Services (DTEES) announced that Kern County’s Mt. Poso cogeneration plant is completely converted to run 100 percent biomass fuel instead of coal. Click here to read full article 


MIT: Liquid batteries for utilities could make renewables competitive
The biggest drawback to many real or proposed sources of clean, renewable energy is their intermittency. New results from an ongoing research program at MIT, reported in the Journal of the American Chemical Society, show a promising technology that could provide that long-sought way of leveling the load — at far lower cost and with greater longevity than previous methods. Click here to read full article 

Cisco loses smart grid chief
Cisco has lost Laura Ipsen, its vice president and general manager of Connected Energy, which is responsible for developing the company's smart grid technology. Click here to read full article 


What's in Obama's 2013 energy budget?
U.S. Secretary of Energy Steven Chu detailed President Barack Obama's $27.2 billion Fiscal Year 2013 budget request for the Department of Energy. Click here to read full article


Massive fire breaks out at Tilbury power station east of London Massive fire breaks out at Tilbury power station east of London
A massive fire has broken out at the 1,131-megawatt, wood pellet-burning Tilbury power station located just east of London. Click here to read full article


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