Southern Company subsidiary's first wind project will be its largest renewable plant

Business & Corporate | ATLANTA, March 31, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- 
Southern Company subsidiary Southern Power today announced an agreement to acquire the company's largest renewable electric generating plant and first wind project - the 299-megawatt (MW) Kay Wind facility in Oklahoma - from Apex Clean Energy.

Fitch Rates AES Corporation's Unsecured Notes 'BB'; Outlook Negative

Business & Corporate | NEW YORK (The Associated Press) - Mar 31
Fitch Ratings has assigned a 'BB' rating to The AES Corporation's (AES) issuance of $575 million senior unsecured notes due in 2025. The Rating Outlook is Negative.

Ex-U.S. nuclear chief says tritium water at Fukushima No. 1 can be dumped safely

International | Apr 1 - Kazuaki Nagata Japan Times, Tokyo
A former chief U.S. nuclear regulator asserted Tuesday that the massive volumes of tritium-tainted water stored at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant can be "safely" dumped into the sea after it is diluted to reduce the levels of radioactive tritium below the legal limit.

Met-Ed to Conduct Storm Restoration Drills to Help Employees Prepare for Real-Life Events

Grid Operations | (The Associated Press) - Mar 31
Metropolitan Edison Company (Met-Ed),  a subsidiary of FirstEnergy Corp. (NYSE: FE), will be conducting two emergency readiness exercises in early April to test the company's service restoration process in the event that severe weather causes widespread power outages in the region.

mPower Technologies to Introduce Its Battery Solar Generator

Energy Storage | CLIFTON, N.J. (The Associated Press) - Mar 31
mPower Technologies Inc. ( ), the consumer products subsidiary of mPhase Technologies, Inc. ( XDSL ), announced additional details today about its newly developed “green” portable power system which will be on display at Booth Number 1333 in the Green Zone at NAFA Institute and Expo being held at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida from April 15-16.

Sidley Austin LLP Continues Expansion of Energy Practice with New Partner in Boston

Business & Corporate | BOSTON (The Associated Press) - Mar 31
Sidley Austin LLP announced today that Terence T. Healey has joined the firm’s growing Energy practice as a partner in its Boston office. His arrival follows closely that of energy partners Karen A. Dewis, Kenneth W. Irvin and Daryl L. Rice in Washington, D.C., and Robert Stephens in Houston.

IoT Technologies Expected to Buck Headwinds Facing Solar and Wind Industries and Drive Next Stage of Growth, Says ABI Research

Solar | LONDON (The Associated Press) - Mar 31
According to ABI Research, growth of the solar and wind industry will increasingly rely on adoption of IoT-based technologies and services.

Meetings set on local solar energy initiative

Solar | Mar 31 - McClatchy-Tribune Content Agency, LLC - Denise Richardson The Daily Star, Oneonta, N.Y.
Tapping into the sun's energy will be the focus of a solar energy initiative launched locally Tuesday.

PPL Electric Utilities Requests Increase in Delivery Charge

Business & Corporate | (The Associated Press) - Mar 31
PPL Electric Utilities is requesting a delivery charge increase - the first in three years - to fund ongoing reliability improvements for its customers.

Over half of thermal power plants in Iran run by private sector

International | Mar 31 - McClatchy-Tribune Content Agency, LLC - Trend News Agency, Baku, Azerbaijan
Some 55 percent of thermal power plants in Iran have been transferred to the private sector.

Iran's daily electricity exports hit 1.1GW

International | Mar 31 - McClatchy-Tribune Content Agency, LLC - Trend News Agency, Baku, Azerbaijan
Iran exported 1.095 gigawatts (GW) of electricity to Afghanistan, Iraq, Pakistan, Armenia and Turkey on March 30.

Norwich Charter Commission approves changes for NPU

Policy, Regulatory & Legal | Mar 31 - McClatchy-Tribune Content Agency, LLC - Claire Bessette The Day, New London, Conn.
Officials at Norwich Public Utilities told the City Council Monday that the city-owned utility supports several proposed charter changes that could expand NPU's boundaries, borrowing ability and contract terms.

Burundi Signs Up for Solar

Solar | ARLINGTON, Virginia, March 31, 2015 /PRNewswire
Nearly $1 million in international grants to top-tier frontier developer signed in Arlington, VA.

Splintering desert plan worries environmental groups

Policy, Regulatory & Legal | Mar 31 - McClatchy-Tribune Content Agency, LLC - Jim Steinberg San Bernardino County Sun, Calif.
Leaders of several major environmental groups say they are uneasy about a decision this month to separate federal and state parts of a desert land-use plan involving 22.5 million acres of federal and non-federal desert land in California.

Mott MacDonald starts construction on Kiyu wind farm in Uruguay

International | Mar 31, 2015 -- MarketLine
Mott MacDonald Limited, a provider of engineering and consultancy services, has announced the start of construction on the $117.5 million Kiyu wind farm, located in the San Jose district of Uruguay.

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