ABB Power Consulting Group announces HVDC Seminar for utility planners, developers

Annoucement | Raleigh, NC, October 2, 2015
Two-day educational course in November will help power planners understand High Voltage Direct Current growth in North America, and how to model, plan and economically justify HVDC investment for new and existing transmission systems.

Request for hearing withdrawn in Van Alstyne power plant case

Policy, Regulatory & Legal | VAN ALSTYNE -- Oct 3 - McClatchy-Tribune Content Agency, LLC - Miranda Wilcox Herald Democrat, Sherman, Texas
Van Alstyne residents, who just a few weeks ago spoke out in a preliminary hearing against a proposed power plant near their homes, have decided not to pursue their requests through to a formal hearing.


Nuclear | Oct 03 -
For local residents and state officials, the central, painful reality of post-Vermont Yankee planning is that there is nowhere to take the plant's spent nuclear fuel.

PUC will let HECO build power plant to run partly on biofuel

Policy, Regulatory & Legal | Oct 3 - McClatchy-Tribune Content Agency, LLC - Kathryn Mykleseth The Honolulu Star-Advertiser
The Public Utilities Commission has approved Hawaiian Electric Co.'s plan to build a biofuel-capable power generation plant at Schofield Barracks, adding more fossil fuel to Hawaii's grid.

Calpine Closes USD 240m Champion Energy Marketing Acquisition

Business & Corporate | Oct 02, 2015 -- M&A Navigator
US-based electrical generator Calpine Corp. has closed its acquisition of US-based retail electric provider Champion Energy Marketing, LLC for USD 240m, the company said.

Eco groups make case against coal-burner's costs

Environmental, Emissions & Carbon Mgmt | LAKELAND -- Oct 2 - McClatchy-Tribune Content Agency, LLC - Christopher Guinn The Ledger, Lakeland, Fla.
Lakeland Electric's 364-megawatt coal-burning generator, McIntosh Unit 3, should be scrapped for environmental and economic reasons -- and the sooner the better, clean air activists told the utility Thursday.

More wind power for Mower County

Wind | HAYFIELD -- Oct 2 - McClatchy-Tribune Content Agency, LLC - Hannah Yang Post-Bulletin, Rochester, Minn.
After seven years of planning and construction, planners of the Pleasant Valley Wind Farm expect it to be completed later this month.

Impact of energy credits on Champaign County wind farms unclear

Wind | Oct 2 - McClatchy-Tribune Content Agency, LLC - Matt Sanctis Dayton Daily News, Ohio
It's still too soon to say how a plan from a handful of state legislators could impact a proposed wind farm in Champaign County, but the proposal has already drawn criticism from environmental groups and Ohio Gov. John Kasich.

Clean Power objectives provide Iowa with wind energy goals

Wind | Oct 2 - McClatchy-Tribune Content Agency, LLC - Jason W. Brooks Newton Daily News, Iowa
President Barack Obama and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agencyannounced the Clean Power Plan in August, unveiling a massive and nationwide set of guidelines and goals, aimed at reducing carbon pollution from power plants to address climate change.

Blue Planet: Utilities' community solar proposal disappointing

Solar | Oct 03 - Hawaii Independent, The (Honolulu, HI)
As mandated by Act 100, signed by Governor David Ige in June 2015, Hawaii's utilities, today, filed their version of a proposed program for community solar.

Oklahoma expected to meet new ozone limits

Environmental, Emissions & Carbon Mgmt | OKLAHOMA CITY Oct 02 - Associated Press
Oklahoma's Department of Environmental Quality says the state is expected to be able to meet tighter ground-level ozone limits that were unveiled by the Environmental Protection Agency this week. A department spokeswoman says data collected from 2013 to 2015 show that all Oklahoma counties would meet the new 70 parts per billion standard. But Oklahoma Oil and Gas …

Thai firm now fully owns Quezon Power Philippines

International | Oct 03 - Business Mirror (Philippines)
THAILAND'S Electricity Generating Public Co. Ltd. has bought an additional 2-percent interest in Quezon Power Philippines Ltd. Co. for $15.027 million, bringing its ownership interest in the power company to 100 percent.

Xcel Energy plans more wind, solar power and less coal -- and sooner -- in Minnesota

Environmental, Emissions & Carbon Mgmt | Oct 02 - Star Tribune (Minneapolis, MN)
Xcel Energy said Friday that it will accelerate cuts in its Minnesota-region greenhouse gas emissions by increasing wind and solar power investment in this decade and replacing two big coal-burning generators with a natural gas-fired unit in the mid-2020s in Becker, Minn.

SolarCity says the panels it will make here are world's most efficient

Solar | Oct 2 - McClatchy-Tribune Content Agency, LLC - David Robinson The Buffalo News, N.Y.
The solar panels that SolarCity plans to begin making in South Buffalo next year will be the most efficient rooftop modules that are being made anywhere in the world, the company said Friday.

NIPSCO asks state regulators for rate hike

Policy, Regulatory & Legal | Oct 2 - McClatchy-Tribune Content Agency, LLC - Keith Benman The Times, Munster, Ind.
NIPSCO has filed a rate-hike request with state regulators that proposes increasing a typical residential customer's electric bill by 11.5 percent.

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