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February 24, 2017

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February 24, 2017 Headlines

UK study finds biomass power emits more carbon than fossils generation
While biomass power plants have been touted as a greenhouse-friendly replacement for fossil fuel plants, a study released Thursday by a high-profile British think tank says burning woody biomass to produce electricity in most cases results in higher life-cycle carbon emissions than coal-fired generation and substantially higher levels than plants fueled by natural gas...

PG&E flouting transparency rules on grid planning—CPUC
California regulators have told the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission that Pacific Gas & Electric Co. is planning as much as 80 percent of its new transmission projects—representing $1.5 billion in investment in 2016 and 2017 alone—out of the public eye in violation of FERC transparency requirements, an unusual complaint that was echoed by other state agencies and San Francisco officials... 

New tidal turbine designed by Lockheed deployed off Scotland
A 1.5-megawatt tidal power turbine designed by Lockheed Martin was deployed off the coast of Scotland this week as part of the first phase of a planned 400 MW project in the Pentland Firth that already has three turbines in operation delivering power to the onshore grid, according to the project developer...

China delays start-up of two new Areva reactors for more 'verification'
China's state-controlled nuclear power utility announced this week that the start-up of two Areva-designed reactors will be delayed by about six months so the company can conduct additional "verification" of design and equipment, according to an international nuclear industry group...

Missouri PSC orders Great Plains to file merger application on Westar deal
Saying the company violated a 2001 commitment on prospective mergers, the Missouri Public Service Commission this week unanimously ordered Great Plains Energy to file an application seeking commission approval of its merger with Kansas-based Westar Energy...

Exxon, ConocoPhillips drop oil sands assets from proved reserves
Raising new questions about the cost-competitiveness of production from the Alberta oil sands, ExxonMobil Tuesday removed the estimated 3.5 billion barrels of bitumen at its Kearl, Alberta, production site from its list of proven oil reserves due to low prices throughout 2016...