Editors picks August 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 August. Each selection features a short summary and a link to the original article. Enjoy!


1) EPA's Cross State Air Pollution Rule overturned
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia in a 2 to 1 decision has overturned the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Cross State Air Pollution Rule (CSAPR).


2) World's first commercial demonstration algae-to-energy facility operational
Sapphire Energy, Inc., one of the world leaders in algae-based green crude oil production, announced the first phase of its Green Crude Farm, the world's first commercial demonstration algae-to-energy facility, is now operational.


3) Gas-fired generation helps drive 20-year low in U.S. emissions
Emissions of carbon dioxide in the U.S. fell to their lowest levels in 20 years at the start of 2012, thanks in large part to a rise in natural gas-fired generation, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration.


4) India: Massive blackouts leaves over 600 million in the dark
Huge portions of northern and eastern India suffered from crippling blackouts, leaving nearly one-tenth of the world's population without power.


5) World's first integrated wind-powered electric vehicle charging station installed in Barcelona
The innovative Sanya Skypump pairs Urban Green Energy’s cutting-edge vertical wind turbines with GE’s electric vehicle charging technology to offer completely clean energy to power electric vehicles.


6) TVA found liable for coal ash spill from Kingston plant in 2008
A U.S. District Court has ruled the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) is liable for the failure of a containment dike and the resulting spill of coal ash sludge from the TVA’s coal-fired Kingston Fossil Plant.


7) Converting non-powered dams to create a varied hydroelectric mix
A Department of Energy study found that converting 100 non-powered dams by adding energy generation equipment could add an additional 15% capacity, without building a single dam.


8) Reports: NRC freezes new reactors, license renewals
The Nuclear Regulatory Commission voted not to issue final decisions on granting licenses to build new nuclear power plants or to grant license renewals to existing ones, pending resolution of the NRC's waste confidence rule, which was overturned by a court.


9) $3.7 billion reasons why GIS technology is the future
Findings from Pike Research indicate that spending on GIS services, software and tools will increase steadily over the next five years, reaching $3.7 billion in 2017.


10) A world first: Coal-fired Plant Barry begins underground storage of CO2
Carbon dioxide (CO2) injection has begun at the world’s first fully integrated coal power and geologic storage project in southwest Alabama, with the goals of assessing integration of the technologies involved and laying the foundation for future use of CO2 for enhanced oil recovery.


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