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Wind farm blowing away expectations

Wind | By CHRISTINA LIEFFRING, Columbus Telegram, Neb.
Creston Ridge Wind Farm performed better than expected during the first six months of operation, according to data from Loup Public Power District. "For the first six months, we seem to be outperforming our expectations," said Neal Suess, the local utility's president and CEO. LPPD management predicted the four wind turbines south of Creston would generate electricity at ...

Investors call on Tesla to restructure board in wake of SolarCity merger bid

Business & Corporate | By David Robinson, The Buffalo News, N.Y.
An investor group is urging Tesla Motors Corp. to immediately add two independent members to its board of directors and split the chairman and CEO roles now held by entrepreneur Elon Musk. The demand issued by CtW Investment Group, a Tesla shareholder that works with $250 billion in union-sponsored pension funds, highlights the concerns over the closely entangled management ties ...

School farmland to be used for biomass

Fossil & Biomass | By Mark Boshnack, The Daily Star, Oneonta, N.Y.
A project recently started at Unadilla Valley Central School should have long-term benefits for the students and the community, two involved said. About 20-25 acres of farmland at the school were planted with willows earlier this month, school Superintendent Robert Mackey said. They will be used to used as a biomass fuel, and will be ready for harvest in three years. "We haven't had ...

One unit at Baldwin power plant to shutter by October

Demand Response | By Tobias Wall, Belleville News-Democrat
One of the Baldwin Energy Complex's three generating units will shut down by October. That's according to Dynegy, the Houston, Texas-based owner of the power plant, which said the shutdown is pending approval from the region's power grid operator. Dynegy's plan to take two Baldwin units offline as well as a unit at a power plant in Newton has been blamed on an April power ...

Oklahoma City jobless rate up to 4.2 percent

Human Resources | By Brianna Bailey, The Oklahoman, Oklahoma City
Oklahoma City's unemployment rate jumped up one-half a of a percentage point to 4.2 percent in May. The metro area's jobless rate was also three-tenths of a percentage point higher than 4.5 percent in May 2015. Oklahoma City still gained a net 1,700 jobs over the month, a 0.3 percent increase Government sector jobs saw the most gains in May, adding 900 positions in Oklahoma City. ...

Superior water, electric, natural gas rates may increase

Business & Corporate | By John Myers, Duluth News Tribune
Electric and water bills would go up and natural gas bills down in Superior under a proposal submitted Tuesday by Superior Water, Light and Power Co. to the Public Service Commission of Wisconsin. Water rates would jump 7.8 percent and electric bills would go up 3.5 percent under the proposal, the first increases since 2013. Under the proposal, Superior Water, Light and Power -- a ...

Pilgrim had no working emergency generators

Nuclear | By Christine Legere, Cape Cod Times, Hyannis, Mass.
A well-known nuclear safety expert is looking for more information from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission regarding a report that both emergency diesel generators at the Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station had been out of commission at the same time for a short period in April, while the reactor was operating at full power. David Lochbaum, director of the Nuclear Safety Program ...

USDA advances $16M in rural energy development grants

Business & Corporate | By DJ Summers, Alaska Journal of Commerce, Anchorage
In an era of state cutbacks, every federal penny counts. U.S. Department of Agriculture-Rural Development Alaska State Director Jim Nordlund announced on June 23 that nine grant applications from Alaska totaling $16 million are moving to a final review process. The USDA's High Energy Cost Grant program is intended to help families and individuals in areas with extremely high per ...

Wind energy project proposed for Thurston, Lewis counties

Wind | By Rolf Boone, The Olympian (Olympia, Wash.)
A 52-turbine wind energy project called Skookumchuck Wind Energy has been pitched for the southeast corner of Thurston County and northeast Lewis County. The project has been proposed by the U.S. division of Renewable Energy Systems, also known as RES Americas, headquartered in Colorado. A company representative could not be reached Wednesday. "The proposal to develop the project is ...

Relief for fallen trees on the way

Fossil & Biomass | By Brian Wilkinson, Sierra Star (Oakhurst, Calif.)
Relief may be coming soon for many Mountain Area homeowners left with dead trees in their yards after they were cut down by companies contracted with Pacific Gas and Electric Company. The trees, killed by bark beetle infestations, were cut down for safety reasons and to protect power lines, but disposing of the trees, in some cases a massive and expensive undertaking, was left to ...

Ige replaces member of the state PUC just ahead of its decision on NextEra

Policy, Regulatory & Legal | By Kathryn Mykleseth, The Honolulu Star-Advertiser
Gov. David Ige shuffled the deck Wednesday by appointing a new Public Utilities Commission member just days before the three-person panel is expected to vote on whether NextEra Energy Inc. may purchase the state's largest electric utility for $4.3 billion. Ige, who is opposed to the NextEra deal, appointed Tom Gorak, the PUC's chief counsel, to take the place of outgoing PUC ...

US Exim bank urged to refrain from financing

US and Bangladeshi environmental groups and activists yesterday jointly handed over a petition to the Export-Import Bank of the United States urging not to finance coal-based power plant projects in Bangladesh that threaten the Sundarbans.

OG&E to put interim rate increase into effect Friday

Business & Corporate | PAUL MONIES The Oklahoman
OKLAHOMA CITY - Oklahoma Gas and Electric Co. said Wednesday it will implement a $69.5 million interim rate increase as it awaits a decision from state regulators in its pending rate case. The utility said the increase, which is subject to refund, would be offset by a lowering of the fuel-adjustment charges that it is required to pass along to consumers. The rate increase and lower fuel ...

Nixon backs Missouri power line for wind energy

Gov. Jay Nixon said Wednesday he backs a proposed power line that would cut through Missouri for a multistate wind energy project, despite objections from landowners and concerns from state regulators. Houston-based Clean Line Energy Partners agreed to what the Democratic governor described as landowner protections if it gets approval for the power line that would ...

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