Solar Impulse proves innovation, technology and pioneering mindset can address global challenges

Annoucement | Zurich, Switzerland, July 27, 2016
ABB alliance partner Solar Impulse completes round-the-world flight with zero fuel, showing we can run the world without consuming the earth. As a pioneering technology leader, ABB is putting this message into practice

Purdue CIVS lab developing a 3D wind turbine

Wind | By Joseph S. Pete, The Times, Munster, Ind.
Purdue University Northwest researchers are going to put some wind in the sails of the renewable energy sector. The National Science Foundation has awarded the Center for Innovation through Visualization and Simulation, or CIVS, an $869,180 grant so it can develop a simulator to train students on how to troubleshoot and work safely around wind turbines. The CIVS lab at the Purdue ...

Horse Creek wind farm public involvement program plan found inadequate after review

Wind | By Marcus Wolf, Watertown Daily Times, N.Y.
After reviewing Atlantic Wind LLC's Public Involvement Program Plan for the Horse Creek Wind Farm project, state Department of Public Service staff members recommend that the developer expand its area of study, incorporate more community outreach and clearly establish its project area, stakeholders and turbine height for its final plan. In a letter she sent to Laura K. Bomyea, ...

SWIC hopes to reduce its carbon footprint with solar panels

Solar | By Jamie Forsythe, Belleville News-Democrat
A $500,000 grant from the U.S. Steel and American Bottom Conservancy trust fund will enable Southwestern Illinois College to install solar panels at its Sam Wolf Granite City Campus to reduce the college's carbon footprint and provide an educational resource for students and the community. "This is a very exciting opportunity to maintain our longstanding commitment to sustainability," ...

Co-op, SolarCity team up on solar facility

Solar | By Kathryn Mykleseth, The Honolulu Star-Advertiser
Kauai Island Utility Cooperative broke ground for a solar facility with battery storage Monday. The SolarCity solar array attached to a Tesla battery storage system is being built under a 20-year contract between SolarCity and KIUC. The system is across from the Kapaia Power Station at 4149-K Maalo Road in Lihue. SolarCity said the Tesla Powerpack lithium-ion battery storage system ...

City attorney: EPB sale or merger would require initiation by its board

Business & Corporate | By Melinda J. Overstreet, Glasgow Daily Times, Ky.
In the latest round of back and forth stemming from the dissatisfaction of some members of the Glasgow City Council over a new rate structure implemented by the Glasgow Electric Plant Board, Councilman Gary Oliver asked the city attorney whether the entire board of directors for the utility could be dissolved. City Attorney Rich Alexander said he did not believe that to be ...

Against the current, and other obstacles

Electric Vehicles | Landry FullerSpecial to West Hawaii Today
As the sun began its slow descent into the Pacific late Friday afternoon, a handful of locals were enjoying a pau hana swim at Mahukona Harbor. At the north end of the dock, a visiting family gazed intently out to sea, their raised hands shielding their eyes from the glare, as if searching for something in particular. At 6:16 p.m., their raised voices could be heard cheering as ...

First nuclear plant to take to the seas

International | Lyu Chang
Visitors look at the stand of China National Nuclear Corp at an industry expo in Beijing. [Photo provided to China Daily] Facility in vessel could provide stable power to remote maritime areas China is getting closer to building its first-ever floating nuclear power station, which will be installed in a vessel and could provide stable electricity to remote waters such as the South China Sea, a ...

Illuminating the future of solar energy

A quick look across the energy landscape shows we're in a period of exciting innovation. Here at the New York Independent System Operator (NYISO), our grid operations and electricity markets are changing to address public policy goals while continuing to meet the needs of consumers and rigorous electric system reliability requirements. How people think about and use electricity is changing as ...

TEPCO asks removal of "Pokemon Go" character from nuclear plant

Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings Inc. has requested the operator of the popular "Pokemon Go" smartphone game to change the settings so that the game's virtual characters will not appear at a nuclear power plant, the utility said Tuesday. TEPCO said it has detected at least one Pokemon character within the premises of one of the three nuclear power stations it has tested. The plants are ...

PUC questions Invenergy about need for new power plant in Burrillville

Policy, Regulatory & Legal | By Alex Kuffner, The Providence Journal, R.I.
Invenergy argues that its proposed natural-gas-burning power plant in Burrillville is sorely needed because a host of older generating facilities in New England have closed down in recent years, are scheduled to close, or may close in the next few years. The Chicago-based developer says that need is proven because the operator of the New England electric grid agreed ...

SRS board votes to officially oppose accepting German spent nuclear fuel

Nuclear | By John Boyette, The Augusta Chronicle, Ga.
The Savannah River Site Citizens Advisory Board is not in favor of accepting spent nuclear fuel from Germany. In two separate votes Tuesday, the group voted down a draft recommendation to accept the spent fuel and endorsed a draft position statement that opposes receiving the spent fuel for treatment and storage in the U.S. The spent fuel, which comes from two German ...

“On the Utilities Horizon – Strategies and Tools for Workforce Management: A Blueprint for Solutions”

Annoucement |
ScottMadden, Inc., one of North America’s leading energy consulting firms, has released a new article focused on strategies and tools for workforce management. The article, developed in partnership with workforce management solution Quintiq, helps utilities to better understand how they can think more strategically about the scheduling of their workforce across all planning horizons (long-term, short-term, and day-of operations).

Report calls for shut down of OMU power plant

Fossil & Biomass | By Steve Vied, Messenger-Inquirer, Owensboro, Ky.
Both units of the Elmer Smith Station coal-fired power plant owned by Owensboro Municipal Utilities should be retired sooner rather than later, and the utility should invest in renewable electricity generation. Converting the Smith plant to natural gas should also be avoided. Those are the main recommendations coming out of an analysis of the Smith plant conducted by an organization ...

Harrison County land being assessed by solar panels business

Business & Corporate | By Mary Meehan, Lexington Herald-Leader
Hundreds of acres in Harrison County are being assessed for what could be the largest solar farm in Kentucky. Geenex, a solar company based in Charlotte, N.C., is looking at 600 to 1,000 acres, said Garnett Furnish, executive director of the Cynthiana/Harrison County Economic Development Association. Founded in 2012, Geenex built its first project in Halifax County, N.C., in 2014. ...

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