Study: Washington, Oregon invest in fossil fuel projects

Fossil & Biomass | Sep 18 - McClatchy-Tribune Regional News - Aaron Corvin The Columbian, Vancouver, Wash.
State investment boards in Washington and Oregon are "bankrolling" oil, coal and gas infrastructure, a new analysis asserts, despite public calls by those states' governors to shift to renewables to fight global climate change.

New Report Shows America's Schools Saving Money by Going Solar

Solar | WASHINGTON, DC, Sep 18, 2014 --
In a report card deserving of the honor roll, a comprehensive, first-of-its-kind new study released today says America's K-12 schools have shown explosive growth in their use of solar energy over the last decade, soaring from 303 kilowatts (kW) of installed capacity to 457,000 kW, while reducing carbon emissions by 442,799 metric tons annually - the equivalent of saving 50 million gallons of gasoline a year or taking nearly 100,000 cars off U.S. highways.

Static electricity likely cause of power plant fire

Fossil & Biomass | Sep 18 - McClatchy-Tribune Regional News - Andrea Sinclair The Gazette (Colorado Springs, Colo.)
An "accidental" fire at Ray Nixon Power Plant prompted a brief evacuation of employees Wednesday but the generators were not shut down, Colorado Springs Utilities officials confirmed.

New PUC flap emerges over ousted Peevey aide in wake of PG&E email controversy

Policy, Regulatory & Legal | Sep 18 - Contra Costa Times (Walnut Creek, CA)
The Public Utilities Commission landed in a fresh controversy following the disclosure Wednesday that Carol Brown, ousted top aide to the PUC's most powerful official, is actually on leave and did not depart the agency as widely thought.

Group slams federal energy regulators over alleged market manipulation

Policy, Regulatory & Legal | Sep 18 - New Haven Register (CT)
A Washington, D.C.-based consumer advocacy group is criticizing federal energy regulators for failing to act against a private equity firm that owns power plants in New England for allegedly manipulating a power auction conducted earlier this year by ISO-New England. The group, Public Citizen, says the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's 2-2 vote failed to address allegations that …

GE's Natural Gas-Fueled Technology Chosen to Power the Coldwater BPU Peaking Plant

Fossil & Biomass | Sep 18 - ENP Newswire
GE's Distributed Power business (NYSE: GE) announced today that its low-emissions reciprocating engine technology has been chosen by Michigan South Central Power Agency to replace outdated diesel units to meet the energy capacity needs for the city of Coldwater.

EPA Regulations: Leading America to an Uncertain Energy Future, says National Mining Association

Policy, Regulatory & Legal | Sep 18 - Targeted News Service
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has proposed sweeping regulations that would require states to reduce carbon dioxide emissions from the electricity sector by an average of 30 percent nationally.

Electric battery maker taking over old Philip Morris plant in Concord

Electric Vehicles | Sep 17 - McClatchy-Tribune Regional News - Eric Frazier The Charlotte Observer
The former Philip Morris plant site in Concord will apparently become home to an electric battery manufacturing operation, according to help wanted ads placed online by the firm.

Ashtabula wants old utility poles removed

Grid Operations | Sep 17 - McClatchy-Tribune Regional News - Shelley Terry Star Beacon, Ashtabula, Ohio
Out with the old, in with the new. So it goes with the utility poles that are critical to keeping the lights on in the city.

SEIA, Vote Solar Celebrate Solar's Continued Price Declines

Solar | SAN FRANCISCO and WASHINGTON, DC, Sep 17, 2014 --
The average cost of going solar in the United States continued its rapid decline in 2013 and the first half of 2014, according to a new study from the Department of Energy's Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.

Georgia to construct two hydropower plants

International | Sep 18 - McClatchy-Tribune Regional News - Trend News Agency, Baku, Azerbaijan
Georgia will construct two hydropower plants on the rivers of Didkhevi and Stori in the eastern region of Kakheti.

MS Power replacing 600 power poles in city

Grid Operations | Sep 17 - McClatchy-Tribune Regional News - Michael Stewart The Meridian Star, Miss.
Mississippi Power crews are about halfway through replacing 600 power poles in the city of Meridian.

Carbon-capture technology works, but cost is still prohibitive

Environmental, Emissions & Carbon Mgmt | Sep 17 - Hal Bernton The Seattle Times
For 14 years, an electric-power plant in Massachusetts used a chemical solvent process to capture carbon dioxide released from the combustion of natural gas.

Utility Scale Solar Farm Receives 15 Year Duke Energy Purchase Power Agreement

Solar | ASHEVILLE, N.C., Sept. 17, 2014 /PRNewswire
Innovative Solar Systems has just recently received a 15 year purchase power agreement from Duke Energy on the company's IS 41 project, a 48MW(AC) solar farm to be built in North Carolina and be online in late 2015.

Lagos Moves to Explore Nuclear Energy for Electricity

International | Lagos, Sep 17, 2014 -- Daily Independent/All Africa Global Media
Lagos State Governor, Babatunde Fashola, on Tuesday, said the state government is looking towards exploring nuclear energy as an alternative source of power supply in the state.



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