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  1. Nuclear Power: Study: Savings possible by shutting down nuclear power plant

    In this April 8, 2003, file photo, steam rises from Energy Northwest's Columbia Generating Station, Washington state's only nuclear power plant, near Richland, Wash. A new study says Pacific Northwest ratepayers could save hundreds of millions of dollars if the Bonneville Power Administration and Energy Northwest close the region's only commercial nuclear power plant and replace its output with renewable energy. (AP Photo/Jackie Johnston, file) PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A new study says Pacific Northwest utility ratepayers could save hundreds of millions of dollars if the Bonneville Power Administration and Energy Northwest close the region's only commercial nuclear power plant in Richland, Washington and replace its output with renewable energy. The Portland-based McCullough Research consulting firm estimated savings from $261.2 million to $530.7 million over 10 years due to historically low renewable energy prices at the aging plant, The Oregonian/OregonLive (http://bit.ly/2lJ7Z7q) reported. "The rapid drop in renewable energy costs in recent years has been shocking to everyone," said economist Robert McCullough. "It is now possible to affordably replace aging facilities ... without increasing the region's carbon footprint." The report was commissioned by the anti-nuclear group Physicians for Social Responsibility and is the latest in a salvo against the economic feasibility and reliability of the aging Columbia Generating Station . The station is all that's left of a plan to build five nuclear plants in the Northwest, a debacle that led to one of the largest municipal bond defaults in history. The Richland facility was the only one completed. It is an older design that has had a variety of operating issues. Federal regulators recently cleared it to run through 2043. Energy Northwest, a public utility consortium that operates the plant, criticized the report and told the newspaper that the 1,200-megawatt plant has set generating records in four of the past five years. The consortium markets the power through the Bonneville Power Adminstration. The study cited the low cost and abundant supply of renewable power. But the plant's supporters point out that supply differs from capacity — making sure that power is there when you need it. "The report faults CGS for what makes it so valuable: We make electricity around-the-clock," said Mike Paoli, a spokesman for Energy Northwest. "With wind and solar, a lot of the generation happens at off-peak times. When peak demand comes, you have to have baseload generation to cover that." Most experts note that the Northwest wholesale markets are awash in energy, but could soon go into a capacity deficit. Such a shortage could be exacerbated by the slated closure of three coal-fired plants in Oregon, Washington and Montana in 2020 and 2021. Kieran Connolly, Bonneville's vice president for generation and asset management, told the newspaper that the agency is dependent on the nuclear plant when water conditions are low at energy-producing dams. He said some of the nuclear plants slated to close early, such as Diablo Canyon in California, were facing major new capital investments. That's not the case for the Columbia Generating Station, he said. "Our customers' focus is on safely, reliably and cost effectiveness" in meeting electricity needs, he said. "They're not seeing it as a resource they are questioning. They just want to make sure it's well managed."

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    Thu, 23 Feb 2017

  2. The meeco Group installed biggest solar power plant in Zimbabwe

    The current installation of the so far largest solar power plant in Zimbabwe, with a total capacity of 216 kWp, marks a major turning point in the history of energy supply in Zimbabwe.

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    Thu, 23 Feb 2017

  3. Coal News: Thai leader says impact of coal plant to be studied again

    Thailand's prime minister said Tuesday the government will ensure that environmental and health impact studies for a coal power plant approved by its energy policy planning committee will be reconsidered, but made clear he expects the project to proceed.

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    Wed, 22 Feb 2017

  4. Coal News: Natural gas could cost less than coal for Kemper plant

    Mississippi Power Co. says the power plant it's building in Kemper County will be cheaper to run on natural gas than on its planned fuel of lignite coal unless gas prices are high.

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    Thu, 23 Feb 2017

  1. Coal News: Colstrip owner pushes for tax break to keep plant units open

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    Thu, 23 Feb 2017

  2. Natural Gas Pipeline: Official recommends Pinelands Commission approve pipeline

    The New Jersey commission considering a new gas pipeline through the Pinelands should approve the project when it meets next week, the panel's executive director said in a report.

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    Tue, 21 Feb 2017

  3. Natural Gas Power Plant : Minnesota Senate says yes to Becker power plant

    The Minnesota Legislature is moving to side-step utility regulators by approving a new Xcel Energy power plant in central Minnesota.

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    Fri, 17 Feb 2017

  4. Siemens to build EnBW Hohe See as first offshore wind power project with extended scope

    Siemens Wind Power will, for the first time, provide complete offshore wind power plant solutions including foundations for the EnBW Hohe See offshore wind project.

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    Sat, 18 Feb 2017

  5. Coal News: Thai gov't panel approves coal plant in popular tourist area

    A government committee has approved construction of an 800-megawatt coal power plant near pristine beaches on the Andaman Sea, Thailand's prime minister said Friday.

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    Sat, 18 Feb 2017

  6. Solar Power: Solar power plant commissioned to serve Las Vegas Valley

    Officials have flipped the switch on a solar power plant southeast of Las Vegas.

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    Wed, 15 Feb 2017

  7. Nuclear Power: Robot probes show Japan reactor cleanup worse than expected

    Robot probes sent to one of Japan's wrecked Fukushima nuclear reactors have suggested worse-than-anticipated challenges for the plant's ongoing cleanup.

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    Sat, 18 Feb 2017

  8. Coal News: Coal-fired plant's owners expected to vote on its future

    Owners of a coal-fired power plant in northern Arizona are expected to vote on its future, considering options that include a possible closure within a few years.

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    Tue, 14 Feb 2017

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