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Troutdale Energy Center LLC sent a brief Jan. 26 letter to the Oregon Energy Facility Siting Council that said the company is dropping pursuit of an approval for a 652-MW (nominal), gas-fired project.

The Oregon Energy Facility Siting Council (EFSC) on Feb. 19 will consider legal arguments being put forth by a number of citizen groups that oppose the 420-MW South Dunes power plant.

Recent samples earlier this week from onsite groundwater monitoring wells show elevated levels of tritium, with the highest concentration rising by about 80 percent, Entergy said.

In a 5-4 decision Tuesday, Supreme Court justices overruled a January federal appeals court decision that denied a stay of the Clean Power Plan.

The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is set to issue combined licenses for two new nuclear reactors at the South Texas Project site near Houston.

President Obama’s $4.1 trillion fiscal year 2017 budget proposal increases funds to the Department of Energy (DOE) to boost renewable energy, energy efficiency and low-carbon fossil fuels developments.

The $2 million commercial rooftop installation features 1,488 solar panels.

Retail power supplier Constellation has announced the completion of a 178-kW solar power project at Baltimore’s Elmer A. Henderson: A Johns Hopkins Partnership School (Henderson-Hopkins).  Henderson-Hopkins is a K-8 public school operated by Johns Hopkins University School of Education.

Sunverge Energy has unveiled the next generation of its Solar Integration System (SIS), offering more battery options, a streamlined design and more system intelligence than its original energy storage system.

Citing Bentek Energy, the EIA reports gas burn in the power sector averaged 25.0 billion cubic feet per day (Bcf/d) between Nov. 1 and Feb. 8.  That’s an increase of 17 percent from last year’s average of 21.4 Bcf/d during the same period.

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The US Supreme Court told the Environmental Protection Agency in a 5-4 vote to delay implementation of its Clean Power Plan until a lawsuit 27 states filed to challenge it can be heard. The Feb. 9 order stays EPA’s implementation while US Circuit Appeals Court for the District of Columbia hears petitions for review by the states.

Agencies across the federal government that regulate oil and gas activity would receive more money to enforce regulations and implement programs to increase clean-energy alternatives under US President Barack Obama’s proposed fiscal 2017 budget.

Global energy demand between 2014 and 2035 is expected to rise 34%, an average of 1.4%/year, with fossil fuels remaining “the dominant form of energy over the period,” according to the 2016 edition of the BP Energy Outlook.

Summit Midstream Partners LP (SMLP), The Woodlands, Tex., reported the start of operations of the Stampede Lateral crude oil transmission pipeline in North Dakota. SMLP is currently in the final stages of completing the nearby Little Muddy crude oil pipeline, which includes an interconnect with Enbridge Inc.’s North Dakota Pipeline System.

PJSC Lukoil reported yearend 2015 proved hydrocarbon reserves of 16.558 billion boe, including 12.585 billion bbl of oil and 23.838 tcf of gas.

Hengli Petrochemical (Dalian) Co. Ltd. (HPDC) has let a contract to Axens SA, Rueil-Malmaison, France, to provide a suite of processing units and technologies for a grassroots crude-to-paraxylene complex under construction at its integrated refining and petrochemical project in Hengli Petrochemical Industrial Park (HPIP) on Changxing Island in Dalian, Liaoning Province, China.

Jose Antonio Gonzalez Anaya on Feb. 8 was named chief executive officer of Petroleos Mexicanos (Pemex) by Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto. He succeeds Emilio Lozoya, who resigned after holding the position since 2012.

Oil & Gas UK says companies are “increasingly pessimistic” about their business prospects. OGUK’s Business Sentiment Index (BSI) for fourth-quarter 2015 indicated that optimism was at its lowest since the index began in 2009.

Oil and gas companies are looking for innovation from their fracturing contractors, and producers are evaluating completion strategies given the prolonged oil price downturn, plenary session speakers told the SPE Hydraulic Fracturing Technology Conference in The Woodlands, Tex., on Feb. 9.

Light, sweet crude oil prices dropped Feb. 9 to settle under $28/bbl on the New York market while Brent crude oil prices plunged by more than $2.50 to settle at just above $30.30/bbl after a US government report forecast global oil inventories would climb during 2016-17, adding to an oversupply.