PNM to file for a rate hike by December

Business & Corporate | Sep 2 - McClatchy-Tribune Regional News - Kevin Robinson-Avila Albuquerque Journal, N.M.
Consumers may soon face higher electric rates as Public Service Company of New Mexico seeks to recover costs for investment in power plants and other infrastructure, and to make up for a drop in power consumption brought about by a combination of a weak economy, energy conservation and renewables such as "rooftop" solar.

Aventine Renewable Energy Upgrades Pekin, Ill., Plant to Natural Gas

Fossil & Biomass | PEKIN, Ill., Sep 02, 2014 -- BUSINESS WIRE
Aventine Renewable Energy, a leading producer, marketer and end-to-end supplier of ethanol, has announced completion of a $13.2 million project to upgrade its wet mill ethanol plant in Pekin, Illinois, by replacing 70-year-old coal boiler technology with two newly installed Indeck(R) high-pressure natural gas boilers.

National Grid shuts down flawed online energy tool

Business & Corporate | Sep 2 - McClatchy-Tribune Regional News - Ted Booker Watertown Daily Times, N.Y.
Because of inaccurate information it provided, National Grid quietly removed a cost comparison tool for customers of independent energy service companies about two weeks after it was launched in July.

Maryland eyed for data center with power plant

Distributed & Cogeneration | Sep 2 - Jamie Smith Hopkins The Baltimore Sun
Maryland is in the running for a data storage center with its own sizable power plant, a project planned for the University of Delaware until officials there spiked it amid an uproar over its scale and potential effect on the community.

ReneSola to Develop 13MW Solar Farm Project in United Kingdom

International | JIASHAN, China, Sept. 2, 2014 /PRNewswire
ReneSola Ltd ("ReneSola", or the "Company") (www.renesola.com) (NYSE: SOL), a leading brand and technology provider of solar photovoltaic ("PV") products, today announced that it will develop a 13MW solar project in Dorset, England.

Memphis main library will get an energy-saving overhaul

Energy Efficiency | Sep 2 - McClatchy-Tribune Regional News - Daniel Connolly The Commercial Appeal, Memphis, Tenn.
Each year, the Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library at 3030 Poplar runs up a utility bill of $666,000, with most of it going toward electricity. The city of Memphis will soon launch a library renovation project that aims to cut the bill down to about $474,000 -- a decrease of roughly 29 percent.

Etrion and Hitachi High-Tech Announce Closing of Project Financing to Build 34 MW of Utility-Scale Solar Projects in Japan

International | GENEVA, SWITZERLAND AND TOKYO, JAPAN, Sep 02, 2014 -- Marketwired
Etrion Corporation ("Etrion") (TSX: ETX)(OMX: ETX) and Hitachi High-Technologies Corporation ("Hitachi High-Tech") (TSE: 8036), a subsidiary of Hitachi, Ltd. ("Hitachi") today announced the planned construction of 34 megawatts ("MW") in Japan with financing arranged by Sumitomo Mitsui Trust Bank, Limited ("SuMi Trust").

Solar energy users claim victory

Solar | Sep 02 - Deseret News (UT)
Utah solar advocates and customers are hailing a decision Friday by the Utah Public Service Commission to reject Rocky Mountain Power's request of a monthly fee for rooftop solar homes. "What a bright day for Utah's future.

National Grid To Tender For Additional Winter Power Reserves

International | Sep 02 - Alliance News
National Grid PLC Tuesday opened a tender for the Supplemental Balancing Reserve service for winter 2014-15, bringing forward one of two services the UK electricity network operator is using to provide additional reserves in the coming few winters amid tightening capacity margins.

Battle in the Bull Mountains: Northern Plains files suit to overturn coal lease

Policy, Regulatory & Legal | Sep 1 - McClatchy-Tribune Regional News - Tom Howard Billings Gazette, Mont.
Cracks in the ground, some deeper than a man's height, are cropping up on hillsides in the Bull Mountains.

Utilities officials face off

Business & Corporate | Sep 1 - McClatchy-Tribune Regional News - Peter Roper The Pueblo Chieftain, Colo.
Black Hills Colorado Electric wants the Colorado Public Utilities Commission to grant it a 3 percent increase in revenue this year, but the state's Office of Consumer Counsel wants to stop that -- or sharply reduce any increase.

Commission to weigh in on solar fields

Solar | Sep 1 - McClatchy-Tribune Regional News - Kelly Quimby The Brunswick News, Ga.
Glynn County's planning staff is asking the mainland planning commission to weigh in on whether a proposed 61-acre solar field is an allowable use for property near the Brunswick Golden Isles Airport.

Construction to begin on solar farm

Solar | Aug 31 - McClatchy-Tribune Regional News - Mike Corn The Hays Daily News, Kan.
Construction on the 3,960-panel, 1-megawatt community solar array north of Colby could begin within the next 10 days, a Midwest Energy spokesman said Friday.

Exelon doubts EPA will order removal of West Lake radioactive waste

Policy, Regulatory & Legal | Aug 31 - McClatchy-Tribune Regional News - Jacob Barker St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Construction has been almost nonstop at the smoldering Bridgeton Landfill this year, with workers laboring even during a frigid January to build the treatment plants and filtering systems that keep the worst of the odors at bay.

Calpine to sell power plant to Duke amid debate in Florida

Business & Corporate | Aug 30 - McClatchy-Tribune Regional News - Ryan Holeywell Houston Chronicle
Calpine Corp. has agreed to sell a Florida power plant to Duke Energy, but the companies have not yet completed the terms of the deal, a Calpine spokesman said.

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