Editor's picks: April's Top Ten in Power

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

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

Germany adding, updating 84 power plants
The majority of this added generation will rely on fossil fuels, including 29 gas-fired power plants and 17 coal-fired power plants.


Coal-fired generation to decline in U.S.
The latest data from the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) projects the U.S. could see a dramatic decline in its reliance on coal-fired generation as soon as this year.

EPA to allow 15 percent renewable fuel in gasoline
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) approved the first applications for registration of ethanol for use in making gasoline that contains up to 15 percent ethanol – known as E15.

Pakistan plans two major nuclear power reactors
Though some parts of the world have opted to back away from nuclear power generation, the Indian subcontinent continues to see further investment in nuclear power plants. 

V.C. Summer Nuclear Station gets license for new nuclear units
South Carolina Electric & Gas has received a combined license from the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission for two new nuclear power units. 

MIT hybrid nanoparticles may offer CO2 emissions solution to power plants
Copper’s potential as an energy-efficient means of recycling carbon dioxide emissions in power plants has been studied by many. Now researchers at MIT have come up with a solution that may further reduce the energy needed for copper to convert carbon dioxide, while also making the metal much more stable.

GE Hitachi signs MOU toward small modular nuclear fast reactor to tackle UK plutonium stockpile
National Nuclear Laboratory Ltd. will provide expert technical input to the potential U.K. deployment of GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy’s innovative PRISM small modular nuclear fast reactor, which would be specifically designed to disposition the U.K.’s plutonium.

Coal-fired plant reports over 96 percent reduction in emissions with Clean Air Project
Recent tests show that the Public Service of New Hampshire’s Clean Air Project is reducing emissions by 96 - 98 percent at its coal-fired Merrimack Station.

Stadtwerke Munchen, Siemens start up virtual power plant
Stadtwerke München has jointly with Siemens Infrastructure & Cities created a virtual power plant in which a number of small-scale, distributed energy sources are pooled and operated like a single installation.

Westinghouse, Ameren in pursuit of small modular nuclear reactor at Callaway
If successful in securing DOE support, Westinghouse and Ameren Missouri will collectively seek Design Certification of the Westinghouse Small Modular Reactor (SMR) and a combined construction and operating license for the Westinghouse SMR at Ameren Missouri's Callaway site.

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