What we’re reading this week

NPR StateImpact:  PA, WV, OH team up on shale gas related manufacturing and chemical development
An exciting local development:  After years of competing against each other, the governor’s of the three states announced a unique three-year cooperation agreement at the Tri-State Shale Summit in Morgantown, West Virginia last week.  More on that to come.

Electric Light & Power:  Pilgrim nuclear power plant to close within 4 years
Yet another nuclear power plant is on track to close down.  Entergy cites both market forces and regulatory pressures as making the plant no longer competitive. And on a related note…

GreenTech Media:  Sweeping Retirement of Nuclear Power Could Make Obama’s Climate Plan ‘Impossible’
Nuclear power makes up 19% of all electricity in the United States, and no new plants have come online since 1996.  Now, market forces like those referenced above are causing some companies to close those that are left.  This article discusses a new report that talks about what that would mean for the recently finalized U.S. carbon reduction targets.

National Geographic: This Power Plant Set Out to Prove Coal Can Be Clean. Did It Work?
Canada’s Boundary Dam is getting promising results on carbon capture, but its success is not a guarantee for similar projects. But it is a demonstration of a retrofit of an existing plant that is having some promising results for future applications.

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