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Polish power plant leaks fuel, threatens river

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — A malfunction at a Polish power plant on Wednesday caused a leakage of fuel, prompting emergency officials to work to make sure it doesn't contaminate the nearby Vistula River.

A spokesman for the plant, Piotr Ludwiczak, said about nine tons of the fuel, an oily substance used in combustion called mazut, escaped from the plant.

EIA projects power plant growth will decline

Source: 
FuelFix

The Energy Information Administration projected that the U.S. will build 351 gigawatts worth of new electric generation by 2040, marking a decline in annual generation growth, FuelFix reports.

N.H. coal plant turned to Russian coal in winter

Source: 
Bloomberg

The Public Service of New Hampshire imported 38,500 metric tons of steam coal from Russia in the past winter to power its Schiller power plant in Portmouth, Bloomberg reports.

Sempra utility wins FAA drone license

Source: 
FuelFix

The Federal Aviation Administration has approved a drone permit for Sempra utility San Diego Gas and Electric, which the company claims will make it the first utility to win permission to use the technology, FuelFix reports.

Grid operator sees rules shutting most U.K. coal plants by 2023

Source: 
Bloomberg

The company that operates the United Kingdom's grid projected climate regulations due in 2016 will result in the shutdown of most of the country's coal plants, leaving just three in use by 2023, Bloomberg reports.

LS Power buys plants from Calpine for $1.6 billion

Source: 
FuelFix

Six mostly gas-fueled power plants in Alabama, Louisiana, Oklahoma, Florida and South Carolina are changing hands, with a subsidiary of LS Power Equity Partners buying them from Calpine for $1.6 billion, according to a Securities and Exchange Commission filing, FuelFix reports.

Arizona utility to pay $3.25M for 2011 blackout

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Federal regulators say they've reached a $3.25 million settlement with an Arizona utility over a 2011 blackout that left millions of people without power in California, Arizona and Mexico.

The settlement approved Monday between the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and Arizona Public Service Co. is expected to be the first of several stemming from the blackout that involved a half-dozen utilities and grid operators.

The settlement requires APS to pay $2 million to the federal government and $1.25 million for improvements to the electrical grid.

Kentucky officials say EPA rules won't force additional coal plant retirements

Source: 
Platts

A pair of Kentucky officials said proposed EPA limits on carbon emissions at power plants likely won't force any coal-fired plant retirements beyond those already announced, as planned retirements will achieve most of the proposed 30 percent emissions reduction, Platts reports.

China launches new power line project

Source: 
Reuters

China's official Energy News said the State Grid Corporation has started production on a $100 billion ultra-high voltage power line system as the nation looks to boost its energy infrastructure, Reuters reports.

High-level compensation topped $25M ahead of Energy Future bankruptcy

Source: 
FuelFix

Energy Future Holdings paid out $25.5 million to senior management, including CEO John Young and others in the company’s top echelon, in the year before it filed for bankruptcy protection, according to court filings, FuelFix reports.

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