Solar sprouting in Southwest Minnesota

Solar | By Tom Cherveny, West Central Tribune, Willmar, Minn.
May 28--APPLETON -- Solar panels are sprouting amongst the corn fields and on the rooftops of Southwestern Minnesota, and we can expect more of them soon. At the end of 2015, Minnesota calculated that its solar electric capacity had reached 35 megawatts. By the end of this year, the Minnesota Department of Commerce projects the total will be 400 megawatts, Lissa Pawlisch, with the Southwest ...

SMC Global eyes more coal-fired power investments

International | Philippines News agency
SMC Global Power Holdings Corp., the power unit of diversified conglomerate San Miguel Corp. (SMC), plans to build more clean coal-fired power plants in the country over the next five years in a bid to boost power capacity and make affordable electricity available to consumers. SMC president Ramon S. Ang estimated its investments to construct a coal-fired power plant at US$ 2 million per ...

MOEA clarifies its electricity bill increase plan

The Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA) Friday clarified Economics Minister Lee Chih-kung's previous remarks about the criteria for not raising electricity prices. Lee earlier in the day reiterated President Tsai Ing-wen's promise that prices for "basic" use of electricity would not go up. Asked to define "basic" use, Lee told reporters that he could not remember its definition. Asked if it ...

Dominion wind energy project back on ice

Wind | By Dave Ress, Daily Press (Newport News, Va.)
May 28--Dominion Virginia Power's plan for a pilot program to generate electricity from offshore wind turbines is back on ice after the federal government pulled $40 million it had pledged to support the effort. The Department of Energy withdrew the funding because the electric company could not guarantee it would have the turbines up and running by 2020, Dominion Senior Vice President Mary ...

Feedback sought on nuclear-waste storage

Nuclear | By Christine Legere, Cape Cod Times, Hyannis, Mass.
May 28--BOSTON -- After decades of pressure from the nuclear industry and host communities, the U.S. Department of Energy has set a meeting to discuss a plan to allow commercial reactors to get rid of the 70,000 metric tons of nuclear spent fuel now on their sites. The proposal would move the fuel to interim storage facilities built in areas willing to take the radioactive waste. The public ...

PSC inches closer to Brady Wind decision

Wind |
A decision on the proposed 87-turbine wind farm in southern Stark County is closer to being made.

UW students enter national wind energy contest; local companies sign collaborations

Wind | By Judy Newman, The Wisconsin State Journal
May 28--What if the power of the wind could help villagers in rural India stay in touch via cell phone? That was the goal of a wind turbine designed by a team of UW-Madison students and presented this week in a national contest sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy. Fifteen students created a turbine prototype with blades in a double-helix shape, like DNA. They were among 12 teams, from ...

EPA plan all pain, no gain

Policy, Regulatory & Legal | By William L. Spence, Lewiston Tribune, Idaho
May 27--WASHINGTON -- Obama administration efforts to regulate power plant carbon dioxide emissions came under fire from two energy state Republicans during a House subcommittee hearing Thursday. Rep. Jim Bridenstine, R-Okla., who heads the House Science, Space and Technology subcommittee on environment, said President Barack Obama's Clean Power Plan regulations are "all pain, no gain." "The ...

Otero County not supporting radioactive waste plan

Nuclear | By Jacqueline Devine, Alamogordo Daily News, N.M.
May 27--County Commissioners were not in support of the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) proposed project to dispose radioactive waste in Otero County at their latest county commission meeting. The proposed DOE project was to be located at the Dugger place in southeast Otero County. The plan for the site was to build a self-sustainable town on that property. During the experimental phase, ...

A big win for FPL ratepayers

Business & Corporate | The Bradenton Herald
May 26--Thank goodness for some rational minds in Tallahassee, a place where special interests reign supreme -- especially when the Public Service Commission sits in session. The Florida Supreme Court thrashed the so-called state utility regulators by voiding the commission's unprecedented approval of a bid by Florida Power & Light to charge customers for a speculative investment in fracking. ...

Construction of worlds largest dam in DR Congo could begin within months

The largest dam in the world is set to begin construction within months and could be generating electricity in under five years. But 35,000 people may have to be relocated and it could be built without any environmental or social impact surveys, say critics. The $14bn (£9.5bn) Inga 3 project, the first part of the mega-project, is being fast-tracked by the Democratic Republic of Congo ...

4 takeaways: Where Sandovals energy task force stands on renewables, solar

Policy, Regulatory & Legal | By Daniel Rothberg, Las Vegas Sun
May 27--For Nevada's energy sector, the legislative session started early. Representatives from the energy industry and lawmakers on an energy task force Thursday recommended several pieces of legislation that ranged from eliminating outdated statutes to grandfathering pre-2016 rooftop solar customers under prior rates. It asked the governor to reconsider the way regulators plan for the ...

Electricity prices way above EU average

And new figures from Eurostat also show that domestic electricity charges here are the second highest in the EU, once taxes and levies are stripped out. The European Union's statistics agency found that prices here were way higher than the average across 28 countries. A statement from the European Commission office in Dublin confirmed the new figures show that Irish households pay more for ...

Lake Erie wind farm gets $40M federal construction grant

Wind |
Officials say a planned wind-farm project in Lake Erie has received a $40 million federal grant for construction costs. Democratic U.S. Rep. Marcy Kaptur of Toledo and other officials announced Friday that Lake Erie Energy Development Corp. will receive the U.S. Department of Energy money over the next three years. The company plans to build six wind turbines that will generate 20 megawatts of ...

Iran, Russia to launch full-scale operation of Bushehr N. plant

TEHRAN (ISNA)- Russia and Iran are about to launch full-scale of operations on the construction of the second and third units of the Beshehr Nuclear Power Plant, Rosatom's press service announced. Russia and Iran in the next few weeks plan to solve the tasks needed for the full-scale of operations on the construction of the second and third units of the Bushehr Nuclear Power Plant, Rosatom's ...

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