Can Duke's Edwardsport turn tide for clean coal post-Kemper?
When Duke Energy Corp. proposed the Edwardsport plant in southwest Indiana in 2006, the project was billed as a "technological marvel" that would help usher in a new era of clean coal — a pillar of Duke's plan to be a climate change leader under then-CEO Jim Rogers. While much cleaner than conventional coal, an IGCC plant's complex systems are also what turbocharged Edwardsport's cost and the challenge of keeping it running smoothly — a reality the plant's operators are still grappling with.
Mich. keeps net metering as it tackles distributed generation
Net metering in Michigan will remain in place for at least another year while regulators preside over what's likely to be a contentious proceeding to decide how future rooftop solar owners are compensated for excess generation.
Federal court tosses lawsuit challenging Ill. subsidies
A federal judge on Friday dismissed lawsuits by consumers and power plant owners challenging a provision in Illinois' new energy law that may provide more than $2 billion in subsidies to Exelon Corp. nuclear plants over the next decade.
Renewable energy set to expand in bellwether Midwest market
Illinois' sweeping energy bill took effect last month, setting the stage for a significant expansion of solar and wind energy in the state. Now comes the hard part — putting legislative language into action.
Westar buyout is a $14B 'merger of equals' in Midwest
More than two months after Kansas regulators slammed the door on Great Plains Energy Inc.'s planned $12 billion buyout of Westar Energy Inc., the utilities announced a revamped plan to tie the knot in an all-stock "merger of equals."