ScottMadden Named as Top Ranked Firm by Vault

Annoucement | August 30, 2016
ScottMadden, Inc., is ranked among the top 50 best consulting firms and one of the top 20 best consulting firms for energy consulting by, a career website that ranks the top 50 consulting firms annually. Rankings are compiled from a broad survey of consultants who are asked to rank their own firm, peers, and competitors.

Akron Metro to open public car charging and natural gas fueling station

Electric Vehicles | By Theresa Cottom, The Akron Beacon Journal
Alternative-energy drivers in Akron are about to have another option for a place to fuel -- or charge -- up. Akron Metro is opening its first public compressed natural gas (CNG) fueling and electric car charging station Wednesday following its grand opening ceremony at 310 Kenmore Blvd. The $2.25 million station began construction in January. It will have two CNG fuel pumps along with ...

Feds fire new shot in battle over pretrial freedom in nuclear espionage case

Policy, Regulatory & Legal | By Jamie Satterfield, The Knoxville News-Sentinel, Tenn.
The federal government is making a last-ditch effort to keep behind bars pending trial an engineer who served as a senior manager in the Tennessee Valley Authority's nuclear program and is accused in a landmark case of alleged nuclear espionage by China. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Charles Atchley Jr. and Bart Slabbekorn have filed in U.S. District Court a list of five Chinese nationals ...

Council votes to sell TMPA assets

Business & Corporate | By Brad Kellar, The Herald Banner, Greenville, Texas
The Greenville City Council has agreed to end the city's membership in the Texas Municipal Power Agency (TMPA). The council voted Monday to proceed with the sale of TMPA assets and the adoption of amendments to the Global Settlement Agreement and Joint Operating Agreement. The GEUS Board of Trustees also voted unanimously Friday to proceed with the sale, and the issue will be ...

Nuclear plant's closure leaves Wisconsin town fighting for its life

Nuclear | By Stephanie Finucane, The Tribune (San Luis Obispo, Calif.)
Editor's note: Diablo Canyon's closure in 2025 means an annual economic loss of about $1 billion locally. This is the third of a four-part series on how other communities dealt with the financial consequences when their nuclear power plants closed. Once the plug is pulled on a nuclear power plant, how much is the behemoth worth? Next to nothing, according to Dominion Resources, which ...

Utility-scale solar project progresses in Urbana

Solar | By George C. Ford, The Gazette, Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Installation of more than 3,000 solar panels has begun at the Urbana Solar Acres facility in the BECCA Industrial Park. East-Central Iowa Rural Electric Cooperative on Monday provided a progress update on the utility-scale solar project. When completed and operational in October, the facility will generate 1.19 million kilowatts of energy as a part of Central Iowa Power Cooperative's ...

Getting ready for the storm

Grid Operations | Ocala Star-Banner, Fla.
As tropical weather brews off the Florida coast, forecasters can't say for sure how bad the effects will be here. But residents, utilities, government officials and first responders are getting ready -- just to be safe. The City of Ocala and Marion County government distributed sandbags at six sites on Tuesday and will continue on Wednesday. The sites got quite a few visitors on ...

Mt. Pleasant passes utility ordinance

Policy, Regulatory & Legal | By Mike Christen, The Daily Herald, Columbia, Tenn.
The Board of Commissioners approved a new zoning ordinance on public utilities after listening to arguments from those for and against the proposed enactment. As approved, the new regulation will permit utilities in all zoning areas after receiving approval from the Mt. Pleasant Planning Commission in accordance with state law. The decision was made Tuesday in a 4-0 ...

Environmentalists and industry insiders are boiling over Cuomo's nuclear subsidies ? Will they land in court?

Nuclear | Jeff Coltin
The Cuomo administration's initiative to subsidize three upstate nuclear plants is a lifeline for their owners, with almost $1 billion to keep them afloat over the next two years and more money to come. But energy industry insiders warn that a lawsuit could stall the plans and put the power plants back in financial hot water. Legal challenges to the state subsidies are widely expected, ...

State's first community solar project goes online in Lexington

Solar | Laurence Hammack 981-3239
Gov. Terry McAuliffe was in Lexington on Monday to flip the switch on Virginia's first community solar project. Rather than rely on their own home panels to capture the sun's energy, consumers have signed up for the service through the BARC Electric Cooperative, which serves Alleghany, Augusta, Bath, Highland and Rockbridge counties. With a 3-acre bank of solar panels capable of producing 550 ...

Duke Energy, solar developers sign agreement on grid connections

Solar | By Bruce Henderson, The Charlotte Observer
Duke Energy and 33 utility-scale solar developers have signed an agreement on grid connection criteria after a dispute over how they were applied. Duke says the wave of solar farms being built in North Carolina, pushing the state to third-largest in solar capacity, are sometimes going up in inconvenient places. Solar arrays in the top two solar states, California and Arizona, often ...

Baltimore County announces plan to install solar fields at four sites

Solar | By Pamela Wood, The Baltimore Sun
Baltimore County plans to install solar panel arrays at four locations as part of a broad effort to improve energy efficiency and use more clean energy. County Executive Kevin Kamenetz said Monday that the county will work with SolarCity to install panels with a total generating capacity of 21 megawatts of electricity at four locations: closed landfills in Woodstock and Parkton, and ...

Could the next tanks have fuel-cell technology from a Chevy truck?

Electric Vehicles | By Greg Gardner, Detroit Free Press
General Motors and U.S. Army tank researchers will show off a Chevrolet Colorado-based fuel-cell electric vehicle in October in Washington, D.C. Army officials, based at the U.S. Army Tank Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center, known as TARDEC in Warren, will use the vehicle to demonstrate fuel-cell electric propulsion and power generation systems that can bring the ...

Blackstone Heritage Corridor raises concerns about Burrillville power plant

Policy, Regulatory & Legal | By Alex Kuffner, The Providence Journal, R.I.
Another group is raising concerns about a proposal to build a large natural gas-burning power plant in Burrillville. In a letter to state regulators assessing the project, the Blackstone Heritage Corridor, the nonprofit that works to protect the Blackstone Valley's historic and natural resources, questions various aspects of the application, including the facility's potential effects ...

Offshore wind sails forward, but a different story on land

Wind | By MATT O'BRIEN, Associated Press
Even as Rhode Island makes history as the first U.S. state with an offshore wind farm, its people are not so fond of wind turbines sprouting up on land near where they live. Dreams of a wind-powered nation sparked by the pioneering Atlantic Ocean project are running aground back on shore, where conventional battles over aesthetics and property values have stymied ...



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