7 companies selected to implement Green Corridor project

International | Jordan Times, Amman
Energy Minister Ibrahim Saif on Tuesday said that seven international companies had been selected to implement the Green Corridor project, the Jordan News Agency, Petra, reported. The project aims to increase the national grid's capacity to absorb the load generated by new renewable energy projects, Saif told Petra. Three committees have studied the bids presented by 82 ...

Solar field plan gets tax abatement

Business & Corporate | By Nolan Rosenkrans, The Blade, Toledo, Ohio
BOWLING GREEN -- Wood County commissioners unanimously approved a tax abatement on Tuesday for what will be the largest solar installation in Ohio. The abatement was granted to DG AMP Solar, a subsidiary of NextEra Energy Resources, a private company that is building a 20-megawatt solar field and a power station. In lieu of about $13.68 million in taxes the company is projected to owe ...

SLO City Council votes to explore intervening in Diablo Canyon closure

Nuclear | By David Sneed, The Tribune (San Luis Obispo, Calif.)
The San Luis Obispo City Council is looking into intervening in the state proceedings related to the closure of Diablo Canyon nuclear power plant. The council on Tuesday unanimously directed city staff to explore whether the city has sufficient legal standing to become an intervenor. City Manager Katie Lichtig said the main criteria for becoming an intervenor is whether the city would ...

Pilgrim's water discharge permit gets long-delayed review

Nuclear | By Christine Legere, Cape Cod Times, Hyannis, Mass.
PLYMOUTH -- Citizens who have long been concerned about the impact of Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station on water quality and marine habitat in Cape Cod Bay will get a chance to address federal regulators Thursday during a public hearing on a draft water discharge permit produced by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The meeting on the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System ...

Trico rate plan derided at public meeting in Tucson

Business & Corporate | By David Wichner, The Arizona Daily Star, Tucson
A Tucson-area electric co-op's plan to raise basic charges and cut energy credits to rooftop solar customers drew opposition at a public-comment meeting Tuesday in Tucson. In what has become a familiar scene as Arizona utilities seek higher rates to recover lost fixed costs they blame on rooftop solar customers, about 30 ratepayers and consumer and environmental advocates attended the ...

County to seek more feedback on wind farm policy

Wind | By Derek Beigh, The Pantagraph, Bloomington, Ill.
McLean County residents will get another chance to influence a new policy for local wind farms. The county's Zoning Board of Appeals will host a second public hearing on the rules after McLean County Board members said Tuesday their constituents weren't given enough notice of a previous ZBA discussionn. That hearing is likely to be at a special ZBA meeting in August, ...

Eskom meeting electricity demand despite maintenance

Power utility Eskom said it was able to meet South Africas electricity demands on Tuesday, while performing the necessary maintenance on its power plants. "We have stabilised and to date we have not implemented load shedding for over 11 months, except for two hours and 20 minutes," Eskom said in a statement. "We are ensuring that power supply remains unconstrained through our maintenance ...

New Xcel Wind Farm Underscores Need for Continued Certainty for Wind-Power Workers

Wind |
ROLLA, N.D. - U.S. Senator Heidi Heitkamp today reinforced the need to continue strong policies that encourage certainty for renewable energy workers at the ribbon-cutting ceremony for Xcel Energy's Border Wind Farm. The project created 11 new full-time jobs and is expected to employ about 150 North Dakotans during peak construction. Heitkamp has long been working to promote policies that ...

Storm leaves 20,000 electric co-op members without power

Grid Operations | Staff Writer
Electric cooperative crews worked a regular work day July 13, then headed back into the field that evening to restore power in the wake of a powerful thunderstorm that swept across the state. The storm packed winds of 70 mph and left a tangle of downed power lines and broken poles in its wake. At the height of the storm, more than 20,000 electric cooperative members were without power, ranging ...

Resolutions opposing Crab Orchard Wind Farm fail

Wind | Gary Nelson
Tempers flared between opposing sides Monday night after two resolutions opposing a proposed Crab Orchard area wind farm project failed to pass the Cumberland County Commission. A group of nearly 100 people attended the meeting, packing the large meeting room to a standing-room-only capacity. Many of them opposed the project, and several expressed their disappointment in the vote by hollering ...

Kazakh atomic company and China strengthen nuclear cooperation

As part of the working visit of the First Deputy Prime Minister of Kazakhstan Bakytzhan Sagintayev to China last week, the CEO of Kazakhstan's National Atomic Company Kazatomprom, Askar Zhumagaliyev, met with the CEO of CITIC GROUP Corporation Chang Zhenming. The heads of the companies discussed further implementation of joint Kazakhstan-China projects as well as ...

Germany’s Energy Transition: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

Expansion of Garzweiler, an open-pit lignite mine, has led to the town's remaining residents being relocated to New Immerath, several kilometres away from the original town site, in North Rhine-Westphalia, whose capital is Cologne.

Why is the World Bank backing coal power in Europe's youngest country?

In the early days of December 2015, as the Paris climate talks veered off course and off schedule, the US secretary of state, John Kerry, left his team of negotiators and flew to Kosovo to voice his support for a proposed US-built, World Bank-sponsored coal power station. Speaking alongside the prime minister, Isa Mustafa, Kerry told reporters at Pristina airport that the Kosovo e re (New ...

Council OKs $5M bonds for capital improvement projects

Grid Operations | ?John Crane
Danville City Council voted Tuesday night to issue more than $5 million in bonds for capital improvement projects for 2017, including infrastructure and other improvements. Council's action authorizes issuance of new debt for those projects, which include nearly $3.8 million in school improvements, $1.5 million for electric utility infrastructure, $500,000 in road improvements, $468,000 for ...

Botetourt wind farm developer reopens public comment period

Wind |
New information about the environmental impact of what could be Virginia's first commercial wind farm has prompted the developer to schedule a second public comment period. Apex Clean Energy said this week that it decided to reopen the process after discovering an error in an earlier report on the bird population of North Mountain in Botetourt County, where the Charlottesville company plans to ...

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