PSC could vote on Brady Wind II next month

Wind | By Andrew Haffner, The Dickinson Press, N.D.
The North Dakota Public Service Commission could vote on the 72-turbine Brady Wind Energy Center II project proposed for northern Hettinger County as soon as next month. Commissioner Brian Kalk said the PSC's first work session on Tuesday to discuss the wind farm "went very smoothly" and the commission didn't have many additional questions for representatives of Brady Wind LLC, a ...

Legislators are tilting at windmills

Wind |
Just when you think the illogical action in Raleigh is about to end, our Honorable Legislators turn around and top themselves. This time, the Senate has passed a bill effectively outlawing wind power in most of North Carolina. The reason (are you ready?): Homeland Security. State Sen. Harry Brown of Onslow County, who introduced the measure, and his colleagues are desperately afraid ...

Pilgrim plant at reduced power as crews repair seawater leak

Nuclear | By Neal Simpson, The Patriot Ledger, Quincy, Mass.
The Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station in Plymouth is operating at 30 percent power today as crews worked to repair a seawater leak. Patrick O'Brien, a spokesman for plant operator Entergy Corp., described the leak in a waterbox in the plant's main condenser as "small" and said its repair was part of scheduled maintenance. He said the leak was inside the condenser and presented ...

Analysts question Tesla-SolarCity merger

Business & Corporate | By David Robinson, The Buffalo News, N.Y.
To Elon Musk, merging Tesla Motors and SolarCity is a "no-brainer" that would make both companies stronger, and move closer toward his vision of creating a sustainable energy giant built around solar power, batteries and electric cars. Wall Street isn't so sure. Analysts raised questions about whether the $2.8 billion takeover bid would be a distraction for Tesla's management at a ...

Buffalo's SolarCity factory is key to Elon Musk's vision of the future

Solar | By David Robinson, The Buffalo News, N.Y.
If Tesla Motors succeeds in buying SolarCity, the solar panel factory now being built in Buffalo will be a key part in Elon Musk's vision to create a sustainable energy juggernaut. The high-efficiency panels that SolarCity plans to make in Buffalo will be an important part of efforts to reduce costs and speed the adoption of solar energy, Musk said in a conference call Wednesday. And ...

Exelon officials notify NRC of plans to retire plant

Nuclear | By Kevin Barlow, The Pantagraph, Bloomington, Ill.
Officials with Exelon have notified the Nuclear Regulatory Commission of plans to close the Clinton Nuclear Plant in 2017, marking the first of several procedural notifications Exelon will make in the coming months to inform regulators, grid operators and state agencies of the plant's retirement. The notification is required by federal law. The planned closure of the Quad ...

Split decision in round 1 of MID class-action lawsuits

Business & Corporate | By Garth Stapley, The Modesto Bee
One of two unrelated class-action lawsuits brought on behalf of the Modesto Irrigation District's electricity customers might be decided by a jury, but the other likely won't, a judge said in pretrial rulings. Both lawsuits ask juries to order that MID stop illegally inflating power bills to subsidize farm water prices, and both seek unspecified refunds for tens of thousands of ...

Feds begin move to OK wind farms off Oahu

Policy, Regulatory & Legal | By Kathryn Mykleseth, The Honolulu Star-Advertiser
The Obama administration took the first step Wednesday toward leasing two offshore Oahu areas to the wind industry for renewable energy projects. U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell issued "a call for information and nominations to gauge the wind industry's interest in commercial wind leases in two areas offshore Oahu." Jewell said in a news release the call is a milestone in ...

Maui County reaches solar program's cap

Solar | By Kathryn Mykleseth, The Honolulu Star-Advertiser
Maui Electric Co. said Wednesday that the county has hit the limit of rooftop solar systems that can send power to its grid. After this week, the Maui utility will not approve any new rooftop solar systems on Maui, Lanai or Molokai that send power to the grid. Under the previous policy, MECO customers could send excess solar power to the grid and receive a credit, which often would ...

Nearly 900 customers in Elkhart County without power after thunderstorms

Grid Operations | By Ryan Jeltema, The Elkhart Truth, Ind.
Nearly 900 customers of Indiana Michigan Power and NIPSCO, in Elkhart County, woke up without electricity on Thursday. A powerful line of thunderstorms moved through Elkhart County late Wednesday evening, causing scattered reports of trees down and power line damage. The National Weather Service Northern Indiana office in Syracuse received reports of wind gusts topping 50 mph around ...

Rep. James Frank to file wind farm-related proposal

Policy, Regulatory & Legal | By Christopher Collins, Times Record News, Wichita Falls, Texas
State Rep. James Frank, R- Wichita Falls, plans to file a proposal in Texas' next legislative session that would place restrictions on tax abatements for some wind energy projects near military bases. Two possible wind farm developments in Clay County could threaten flight training missions and radar operations at nearby Sheppard Air Force Base, according to base officials and wind ...

Solar panels added at Century Center

Solar | By Erin Blasko, South Bend Tribune, Ind.
The city has installed 90 solar panels atop Century Center as part of an effort to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the city and save taxpayer money. The photovoltaic panels are expected to offset emissions by the equivalent of 2,015 gallons of gasoline or 19,104 pounds of coal annually, according to a news release. The panels were installed with a matching grant from ...

Doosan Babcock to aid Lynemouth power plant coal-to-biomass conversion

UK-based energy engineering firm Doosan Babcock has been contracted to deliver the combustion and emissions systems for the biomass conversion of Lynemouth power plant near Newcastle in the UK. This contract award is intended to help progress the conversion of Lynemouth power stations three 140 MW coal boilers from coal to biomass generation, and in turn lowering emissions of NOX, SO2, dust ...

Temperatures rise, records fall; High demand strains aging power grid, more outages possible

Grid Operations | Max LancasterBoulder City Review
Boulder City is under an excessive heat warning and, as temperatures rise in the triple digits, the city's power grid could struggle to operate. On Sunday the city experienced a two-hour power outage in the residential areas south of Adams Boulevard. The cause of the outage was an old and overworked transformer. "A transformer failed and took out power to a lot of houses," Public Works ...

Southwest Water calls for water conservation after power outage at lake intake

Grid Operations | By Dustin Monke, The Dickinson Press, N.D.
Southwest Pipeline Project map. The Southwest Water Authority on Wednesday asked more than 60,000 customers in southwest North Dakota to conserve water following a power outage at its main intake at Lake Sakakawea. Strong thunderstorms knocked down power lines and caused outages in Mercer County, where the intake is located on the lake north of Zap. Roughrider Electric Cooperative ...

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