FirstEnergy Invested $198 Million in 2014 in the Mon Power Service Area to Help Enhance Electric System FirstEnergy Invested $168 Million in 2014 in the Potomac Edison Service Area to Help Enhance Electric System

Grid Operations | (The Associated Press) - Jan 27
As part of its ongoing efforts to improve its electric system, FirstEnergy Corp. (NYSE: FE) invested approximately $198 million in 2014 in the Mon Power service area on transmission- and distribution-related reliability infrastructure projects, including building new transmission lines, new substations, and installing remote-control equipment to help reduce the number and duration of power outages.

I&M to Offer Customers Home Repair Service Plans Through HomeServe

Business & Corporate | Jan 27 - Business Wire
Indiana Michigan Power (I&M), an operating unit of American Electric Power (NYSE:AEP), is pleased to announce the launch of a new home repair service plan program that will help customers protect critical service lines to their homes and potentially save them hundreds of dollars on repairs.

Glennmont buys 40-MW UK biomass project for GBP 160m

International | Jan 27 - Pan African News Agency
Glennmont Partners has acquired the 40-MW Margam biomass project in South Wales from Eco2 Ltd and Western Log Group for about GBP 160 million (USD 240.3m/EUR 213.8m).

SSE under fire over electricity prices

International | Jan 27 - EMBIN (Emerging Markets Business Information News)
Electricity consumers in Shetland will “find it difficult” to understand why their bills are not coming down following a huge crash in oil prices over the past six months, isles MSP Tavish Scott says.

France to establish new line of nuclear reactors

International | Jan 27 - Pan African News Agency
France should establish a new line of nuclear reactors to replace the old plants; Energy Minister Segolene Royal announced here recently, as reported by Sputnik.

ALLETE to Acquire U.S. Water Services, Inc., an Integrated Water Management Company

Business & Corporate | DULUTH, Minn. (The Associated Press) - Jan 27
ALLETE, Inc. (NYSE:ALE) today announced that it has signed a definitive agreement to purchase U.S. Water Services, Inc., an integrated industrial water management company.

Accenture Closes Structure Acquisition, Strengthening Capabilities in Smart Grid Operations and Energy Trading and Risk Management Services

Business & Corporate | HOUSTON (The Associated Press) - Jan 27
Accenture (NYSE: ACN) has completed the acquisition of Structure, a provider of consulting, system integration and customized solutions and services to energy and utilities clients.

Willmar Municipal Utilities Commission sets public hearing on proposed increases

Business & Corporate | Jan 27 - McClatchy-Tribune Content Agency, LLC - David Little West Central Tribune, Willmar, Minn.
The Willmar Municipal Utilities Commission voted Monday to conduct a public hearing Feb. 9 on a proposed overall average electric increase of 4.5 percent and overall average water increase of 20 percent for 2015.

Alfa Laval Wins SEK 80 Million Energy-Efficiency Order in the U.S.

Energy Efficiency | LUND, Sweden (The Associated Press) - Jan 27
Alfa Laval – a world leader in heat transfer, centrifugal separation and fluid handling – has won an order to supply compact heat exchangers to a refinery in the U.S.

World Bank urges haste on dam approval

International | Jan 27 - McClatchy-Tribune Content Agency, LLC - Dana Halawi The Daily Star, Beirut, Lebanon
The World Bank's country director for the Middle East has urged the Lebanese Parliament to speed up the approval of the construction of the Bisri dam, a $612 million project financed by the World Bank and the Islamic Bank.

ADB loans $85m for Thai wind project

International | Jan 27 - Mehr News Agency (Iran)
The Asian Development Bank is providing $85m in funding to Chaiyaphum Wind Farm Company to back an 81MW wind project in Thailand.

Michigan wind developer faces lawsuit over U.P. project

Policy, Regulatory & Legal | Jan 27 - YellowBrix
In a small community on the southern coast of Michigan's Upper Peninsula, a 28 MW wind farm remains a focus of dispute among landowners, some of whom are bringing the developer into yet another lawsuit over claims about noise.

Wärtsilä to supply more peaking power capacity to the Bakken area, USA

Fossil & Biomass | Jan 27 - Thomson Reuters ONE
Wärtsilä has been awarded the contract to supply a 19 MW Smart Power Generation power plant to Montana-Dakota Utilities (MDU) in Sidney, Montana.

BioSolar Plans to Lower the Cost of Solar Power With Energy Storage Technology

Energy Storage | Jan 27 - Marketwire
BioSolar, Inc. (OTCQB: BSRC), developer of breakthrough energy storage technology and materials, today commented that the company's polymer-based supercapacitor technology currently under development could help reduce the cost of solar energy storage.

SunEdison CEO Joins President Obama And Prime Minister Modi At New Delhi Climate Talks

International | Jan 27 - Canada Newswire
SunEdison, Inc. (NYSE: SUNE), a leading global solar technology manufacturer and provider of solar energy services, today announced that Ahmad Chatila, Chief Executive Officer of SunEdison joined President Barack Obama and Prime Minister Narendra Modi of India in New Delhi, India, to discuss the ways that renewable energy can drive US-India trade, …


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