A nearly daily round-up of news for your consideration:
- The Tennessee Valley Authority successfully completed an eight week series of functional tests on its Watts Bar Unit 2 nuclear reactor located in Spring City, Tennessee. “The 1,150-MW Watts reactor, which the company started building in the 1970s before stopping construction in the 1980s due to lower energy demand, will be the country’s first new reactor since 1996 when Watts Bar 1 entered service,” Reuters writes.
- According to The Washington Times, “The Environmental Protection Agency’s now-adopted rule to reduce carbon dioxide from existing electric power plants injects the force of law behind an unprecedented expansion of federal administrative power — a regulatory power asserted without clear statutory authority.”
- ERCOT is evaluating the final rule of the Clean Power Plan and the potential impact to generation capacity and future transmission needs. Robbie Searcy of ERCOT noted, “We expect to complete that study by mid-October. Our review of the proposed rule last fall, as well as a more comprehensive report on a broader array of environmental regulations in December, did identify a need for additional transmission development in the ERCOT region.”