Wind power transmission line supporters to try again

Wind |
Supporters of a transmission line that would carry wind power from western Kansas to the East Coast say they plan to present the proposal again in Missouri, the only state in the project's path that has rejected the plan. At the same time, opponents of the Grain Belt Express Clean Line promise they are ready to again defeat the plan for the 780-mile Grain Belt Express line, ...

Electricity rate hike powering controversy in county

Business & Corporate | Ceillie ?Simkiss
Pittsylvania County residents have expressed concerns over Danville Power & Light's rate increase, which begins July 1 and will first be seen on bills starting Aug. 1. The county is home to 40.5 percent of Danville Power & Light's customers. One issue they took with the rate increase is that despite the large percentage of county customers, only one of the seven members of the Danville Utility ...

Plan for regional power grid raises hopes, doubts

Grid Operations | By Jeff McDonald, The San Diego Union-Tribune
A plan to expand management of California's power grid to a six-state area is raising concerns that the energy -- and the governance -- might not be as clean as billed. The idea is to restructure and expand what's known as the California Independent System Operator, or Cal-ISO, a nonprofit based in Folsom that manages the majority of state transmission lines and the electrons coursing ...

SUNY Adirondack moves forward with solar proposal

Solar | By Michael Goot, The Post-Star, Glens Falls, N.Y.
SUNY Adirondack is considering a solar project that would allow the college to obtain at least 30 percent of its energy from renewable sources and save more than $2.44 million over the next 20 years. The college's board of trustees on Thursday authorized the administration to negotiate a contract with SoCore Energy to build a 1.23-megawatt solar array on a parcel of land ...

Long Island needs to think regionally when it comes to solar power

Solar |
A clean-energy advocate looks at a proposal for a 72-megawatt solar farm in Shoreham capable of powering a whopping 13,000 homes and shouts hurrah. An environmentalist sees 350 acres of trees that would have to be destroyed and howls in protest. Who's right? Who knows? Once again, Long Island's piecemeal approach to solar power makes it impossible to properly evaluate a serious plan ...

Puerto Rico power utility to impose provisional rate hike

Puerto Rico's government power company will impose a provisional rate increase of 1.299 cents per kilowatt hour on clients in the coming weeks after winning approval from the Puerto Rico Energy Commission. The rate hike is among several requirements the utility must fulfill as part of a proposed deal with creditors to restructure nearly $9 billion debt. The ...

Property prices soaring near wind farm

Business & Corporate | By Matt Steiner, The Gazette (Colorado Springs, Colo.)
The El Paso County Assessor's Office reported in February that values on property around a recently constructed wind farm near Calhan were on the rise. That trend has not changed, county assessor Steve Schleiker told the county commissioners on Tuesday. He said later in the week that a 37.6 percent rise in market value near the 145 windmills is simply a reflection of the overall real ...

State to consider extending Diablo Canyon's lease for seawater cooling system

Nuclear | By David Sneed, The Tribune (San Luis Obispo, Calif.)
Diablo Canyon nuclear power plant will face a key regulatory hurdle Tuesday when a three-person state oversight panel decides whether to renew a lease for the plant's cooling water system. The California State Lands Commission is scheduled to consider whether to renew the plant's lease for its coastline cooling water infrastructure until the plant shuts down in 2025. If the lease is ...

Questions arise on nuclear power in N.M.

Nuclear | By Steve Terrell, The Santa Fe New Mexican
Pacific Gas & Electric last week announced plans to close its Diablo Canyon Power Plant, California's last operating nuclear power facility. Earlier this month, the Chicago-based utility Exelon announced it will shutter two Illinois nuclear plants in the next two years. Together, the two facilities have lost a combined $800 million in the past seven years. New Mexico has no nuclear ...

Valley businesses suffer losses after crow causes power outage

Grid Operations | By Greg Wilcox, Daily News, Los Angeles
A power outage that left at least 15,000 customers in the dark Thursday, caused traffic problems and led to heavy losses for some businesses was caused by a crow that made contact with wires at a distribution station in Valley Village, the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power said. City traffic officers were called to several busy intersections to help direct ...

Desert solar project sought again

Solar | By David Danelski, The Press-Enterprise, Riverside, Calif.
Try, try, and try again. Such is the situation with the Palen solar project sought for 6.5 miles of public lands in eastern Riverside County near Desert Center. A San Diego-based development firm is trying to jump start the project just months after a required state license, originally approved in 2010, had expired because previous project owners had never broken ground. But now EDF ...

Keep nuclear in America's energy plan

Nuclear | The Wisconsin State Journal
Despite the need to confront climate change, the United States is perilously close to letting the largest producers of carbon-free electricity fade away. Nearly half of the nation's aging nuclear plants will reach the end of their approved lifespan by 2040, and fewer than a half-dozen new reactors have been approved in the past 30 years. Congress must intervene. Lawmakers have an ...

Hurling 'boos,' hundreds oppose wind farm on Bethlehem's watershed at zoning hearing

Policy, Regulatory & Legal | By Nicole Radzievich, The Morning Call (Allentown, Pa.)
The question of whether a wind turbine farm can take root on pristine acreage surrounding Bethlehem's water supply contains all the ingredients of a raucous public battle: home values, big energy and bald eagles. The passions over those issues electrified The Penn Forest Volunteer Fire Co. hall Thursday during a zoning hearing packed with nearly 300 opponents. ...

Tesla's tumbling stock cuts premium for SolarCity shareholders

Solar | By David Robinson, The Buffalo News, N.Y.
The sell-off in Tesla Motors stock since its bid to acquire SolarCity was announced this week is making the deal less lucrative for the solar energy systems installer's shareholders. When the deal first came out Tuesday afternoon, Tesla's bid valued SolarCity's shares at 25 percent to 35 more than their trading price that day. By the end of Thursday, the premium for SolarCity ...

EU grants 90m euros to support renewable energy

Jordan will sign an agreement with the EU granting the Kingdom 90 million euros (around JD72 million) in support for renewable energy projects, Energy Minister Ibrahim Saif said Thursday. The grant will fund the second phase of the renewable energy programme, Saif said at an event celebrating the completion of the first phase, the Jordan News Agency, Petra, reported. The ...

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