State's largest solar project to be in B.G.

Solar | By Tom Henry, The Blade, Toledo, Ohio
Sixteen of Ohio's 25 largest solar projects are in northwest Ohio and -- four months from now -- the largest will be in Bowling Green, which for years was best known as the place which launched the state into the modern era of utility-scale wind turbines. The solar industry's coming of age was recognized at a statewide Green Energy Ohio conference Thursday at the ...

PUCO restores 2013 DP&L electric rates, dropping rates

Billing & Customer Care | By Thomas Gnau, Dayton Daily News, Ohio
The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) voted Friday to allow Dayton Power & Light (DP&L) to return to its 2013 electric utility rates. The result is that rates for residential DP&L customers are expected to fall slightly, according to Matt Schilling, a PUCO spokesman. Rates will fall by $3.81 for 1,000 kilowatt hours of use for residential customers, Schilling said. One ...

Appeal puts Kittitas solar farm plans on hold

Policy, Regulatory & Legal | By Kate Prengaman, Yakima Herald-Republic, Wash.
Kittitas County's decision that a proposed 48-acre solar farm near the town Kittitas would have no major environmental impacts is being appealed by a coalition of neighbors. Their appeal, filed on Wednesday, effectively canceled plans for a public hearing on the proposal in front of the county's hearings examiner that was scheduled for Thursday night. Proposed by Portland-based ...

Pilgrim returns to production amid calls for shutdown

Nuclear | By Christine Legere, Cape Cod Times, Hyannis, Mass.
The Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station was again producing electricity Thursday after a four-day shutdown to repair a massive malfunctioning valve. Although its return to production has irked some watchdogs seeking the plant's permanent closure, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission said the problem did not warrant such action. The main steam isolation valve, one of eight designed ...

Time warp in Bethel? It's improving thanks to changes in the electrical system

Business & Corporate | By Lisa Demer, Alaska Dispatch News, Anchorage
"How did it get late so soon?" - Theodor Geisel (Dr. Seuss) There's this weird thing about time in Bethel. Way out here, 400 miles west of Anchorage and 40 miles from the Bering Sea, in this place of slow-moving seasons where the phrase "time immemorial" pops up in public meetings on fish and wildlife, clock time moves fast. Or at least it did. Maybe it still will. All that ...

Lighting a city takes careful planning - and convincing neighbors

Energy Efficiency | By Nathan Solis, Redding Record Searchlight, Calif.
Gradually, the city of Redding will switch out about 1,400 streetlights for more energy-efficient bulbs expected to stay lit for at least 20 years. The new bulbs will shine a brighter hue on neighborhoods and commercial areas throughout Redding. The city is also working to install lights on the Sacramento River Trail. But for some neighborhoods, streetlights are difficult to find, ...

Sheep enlisted to trim solar farm's lawn

Solar | By Kathryn Mykleseth, The Honolulu Star-Advertiser
The landscapers at Hawaii Gas' new solar farm on Oahu get paid in grass. The state's gas utility held a blessing Thursday for a 6.5-megawatt solar farm in Mililani on Thursday, and the guest of honor was a herd of sheep. The sheep eat the grass under the solar panels of Waihonu Solar Farm and reduce dust that would be kicked up from traditional grass-cutting. That dust can lower the ...

Environmental groups sign on to Austin Energy rate compromise

Business & Corporate | By Nolan Hicks, Austin American-Statesman
Two major environmental advocacy groups signed on to Austin Energy's $42.5 million overhaul of its rate structure Thursday, after scoring concessions aimed at ensuring the shutdown of part of the coal-fired Fayette power plant. Under the agreement with the Sierra Club and Public Citizen, Austin Energy will aside $5 million to pay down debt associated with the Fayette Power Project, ...

TVA awards $950 million contract to Day & Zimmerman

Nuclear | By Dave Flessner, Chattanooga Times Free Press, Tenn.
The Tennessee Valley Authority has awarded a 7-year contract to the Philadelphia-based engineering firm of Day and ZImmerman to supply workers and temporary help during outages at TVA's nuclear power plants. The contract, which TVA directors approved at their quarterly board meeting in Knoxville this week, is valued at $950 million through 2023 and could be extended for an additional ...

Organization raises awareness for renewable energy

Wind | Rhett Morgan For TBLN
The state of Oklahoma has plenty to offer when to comes to free energy sources. The job of the Oklahoma Renewable Energy Council is to bring that information to light. "We capture a lot of hydropower," said Tyson Taussig, OREC's president-elect. "We also capture a lot of wind. "To be able to have power generation and the revenue generated from leasing the land and selling the electricity - all ...

Blue Sphere Charlotte Development Progress: Charlotte Waste-to-Energy Facility in Final Stages of Development

Blue Sphere Corporation(the "Company", "Blue Sphere", "we", "our" or "us"), a clean-tech independent power producer that develops, owns and manages alternative energy facilities globally, announced today that the waste-to-energy facility under construction in Charlotte, North Carolina is nearing completion. In 2014, the Company entered into a joint ...

Oklahoma on-pace to become No. 3 wind energy producing state

Wind | PAIGHTEN HARKINS For TBLN
So much wind sweeps through Oklahoma's plains that the state - while currently ranked fourth in its capacity to produce wind energy - is on pace to overtake No. 3 California in installed capacity by the end of the year. Data from the second quarter of 2015 shows Oklahoma has more than 1,000 megawatts of wind capacity under construction, said Hannah Hunt, a senior analyst with the American Wind ...

Pellet plant update

Business & Corporate | By Joe P. Asher, Harlan Daily Enterprise, Ky.
The Harlan County Industrial Development Authority recently applied for a grant to help fund a proposed wood pellet factory. IDA Chairman Harry Gibson discussed some specifics of the project in an interview on Tuesday. According to Gibson, the IDA has submitted an application to the Kentucky Division of Abandoned Mine Lands to seek a grant from a new economic development fund ...

'Now, it's real': The tumultuous path to state law

Policy, Regulatory & Legal | By Mike Lawrence, The Standard-Times, New Bedford, Mass.
Somerset lawmaker Patricia Haddad looked around the room and realized she had to lighten the mood. It was early in the spring of 2015 and the Democratic state representative, a former schoolteacher beginning her eighth term on Beacon Hill, was advocating for offshore wind power in the office of Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Matthew Beaton. Haddad had joined a ...

SolarCity construction nears completion

Solar | By David Robinson, The Buffalo News, N.Y.
Construction is winding down at the sprawling SolarCity factory in South Buffalo, and here is the first look inside the building that will be the home to the biggest solar panel plant in the Western Hemisphere. The photos come courtesy of a state economic development agency's update on the project, which states the structure is scheduled for "substantial completion" by September 15. ...

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