Worlds first grid-connected tidal array almost complete

A French energy company is a step closer to bringing the world's first grid-­connected tidal array online. Over the weekend, the second of two turbines was lowered into the water off the coast of Brittany. The first turbine was installed in January. The Paimpol-Bréhat tidal array project and the energy it generates is owned by EDF, a French electric utility company, but the turbines are being ...

Oak Ridge report shows nuclear engineering grads on the rise

Human Resources | By Frank Munger, The Knoxville News-Sentinel, Tenn.
May 30--OAK RIDGE -- The number of nuclear engineering graduates increased at U.S. universities in 2015, resuming a growth trend that was interrupted by a one-year dip in 2014. That was among the findings of an annual study conducted by the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education. The institute surveyed 35 universities with nuclear engineering programs, including ...

NY Town Planning to Build Solar Array on Old Landfill

Solar |
DeWitt, N.Y., is the latest municipality exploring adding solar panels to a former landfill. Earlier this month, New Jersey’s largest utility, PSE&G, said it was looking to invest $275 million to build 10 solar projects, including on some landfills. However, in April, Niagara County, N.Y., scrapped a plan to cover acres of land with solar panels. TWC News has the report: The town is planning ...

Minister reaffirms goal of nuclear-free nation by 2025

Economics Minister Lee Chih-kung reiterated Friday that it remains the government's goal to phase out nuclear power by 2025, despite a plan that would extend the service of the country's first nuclear power plant. Because of limited storage space for spent nuclear fuel, the First and Second Nuclear Power Plants might have to go offline sooner than expected. To extend the service life of the ...

Niagara air base supporters fret over impact of wind turbine project on its future

International | By Thomas J. Prohaska, The Buffalo News, N.Y.
May 30--LOCKPORT -- A retired Air Force colonel now working on behalf of Apex Clean Energy has tried to convince supporters of the Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station that the company's planned wind turbine development won't interfere with air base operations. But the president of the Niagara Military Affairs Council said last week that wasn't fully reassured, and opponents of the Lighthouse ...

Catching some rays: Northport students bright idea becomes reality

Solar | By Kyle Kaminski, The Record-Eagle, Traverse City, Mich.
May 30--TRAVERSE CITY -- Not all high school science projects come with a $25,000 price tag. Senior Caleb Brown admits his idea to install solar panels at Northport Public School is ambitious. The required paperwork and permits alone is bewildering. But when he tacked on the thousands of dollars needed to get the senior project off the ground -- the concept seemed unfathomable. "Once in the ...

Senate president visits Leningrad Nuclear Power Plant

May 30--AMMAN -- Senate President Faisal Fayez on Sunday visited the Leningrad Nuclear Power Plant in Russia and toured its facilities, the Jordan News Agency, Petra, reported. Fayez, who is in St Petersburg upon an invitation by Russia's Federation Council Chairwoman Valentina Matviyenko, was briefed by the plant's director and employees on its generation capacity and contribution to ...

Nuclear plants need boost to stay open, industry warns

Nuclear | By Tom Henry, The Blade, Toledo, Ohio
May 30--Make no mistake: America's nuclear industry is in trouble. Many of the strongest statements about it are no longer found in the hyperbole of anti-nuclear groups but in dire predictions from industry figures such as the Nuclear Energy Institute's Marvin Fertel, who said at a recent U.S. Department of Energy conference in Washington there's a "sense of urgency" to improve economics of ...

Great Plains agrees to buy Westar Energy for $8.6 billion

Business & Corporate | By Dion Lefler, The Wichita Eagle
May 31--In a bombshell announcement, Great Plains Energy announced Tuesday that it will purchase Westar Energy in a cash and stock transaction worth $12.2 billion. Great Plains is the parent company of Kansas City Power & Light. Under the transaction, it will pay Westar shareholders $8.6 billion in cash and stock and assume $3.6 billion of Westar debt. By merging with Westar, Kansas' largest ...

Solar garden support: Devil in the details

Solar | By John Myers, Duluth News Tribune
May 31--Minnesota Power's plan to build two new "community solar garden" projects in Duluth later this year will go in front of the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission for approval Thursday. You might think a plan to allow utility customers to buy into solar electricity would be popular among environmental and social groups. But not so much. Announced in September, the two solar gardens ...

South Korea power companies seek potential partners in Jordan

International | Jordan Times, Amman
May 30--AMMAN -- Representatives of 10 Korean electricity specialised companies held business to business (B2B) meetings in Amman on Monday to promote their products in Jordan. Also, representatives of the National Electric Power Company (NEPCO) and Korea Electric Power Corporation (KEPCO) held a forum on Sunday to share electricity-related expertise. The B2B meetings, attended by Korean ...

Pro-nuclear power, but this bill still a work in progress

May 31--Budget deliberations have sucked all the air out of the Capitol of late, but there are a few other issues that Illinoisans need to be paying attention to as this legislative session winds down today. Case in point is Senate Bill 1585, which would amend the state's Public Utilities Act to subsidize Exelon to keep its nuclear power plants open in nearby Clinton and the Quad Cities. ...

Renewables increase share in power production to 7.5% in 2015

The share of renewable energy sources in power generation last year rose to 8.5 per cent from 7 per cent in 2014, mainly on increased output from photovoltaic systems, the transmission system operator said. In 2015, total power generation rose 4.6 per cent to 4,512,404 megawatt-hours compared to 2014, with the share of thermal power generators, operated mainly by ...

Sompo launches first onshore & offshore wind farm risk model

Sompo Japan Nipponkoa Insurance (SJNK), Sompo Risk Management & Health Care (SRMHC) and Sompo Canopius has launched what it claims to be the worlds first model for evaluating risks to onshore and offshore wind farms. The model, created by the Sompo group companies in collaboration with the University of Tokyo, provides key pricing and cat modelling data for insuring the construction and ...

Guthrie votes for comprehensive energy, environment bills

Policy, Regulatory & Legal | Grayson County News-Gazette, Leitchfield, Ky.
May 31--Congressman Brett Guthrie (KY-02) voted last week for multiple bills that support an all-of-the-above energy policy, promote a healthy environment, and reduce duplicative and onerous regulations. "These bills modernize outdated energy laws and address pressing issues that our nation is currently facing," said Guthrie. "Our economy has seen substantial changes since the last major ...

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