U.S. Geothermal Completes Acquisition of Earth Power Resources

Business & Corporate | Dec 19 - ENP Newswire
U.S. Geothermal Inc. (NYSE MKT: HTM, TSX: GTH), a leading renewable energy company focused on the development, production and sale of electricity from geothermal energy, announced today that it successfully completed the previously announced acquisition of Earth Power Resources on December 12, 2014.

Split PSC shoots down agreement for wind power project

Policy, Regulatory & Legal | Dec 19 - Montana Standard (Butte)
A divided state Public Service Commission this week rejected NorthWestern Energy's agreement to buy power from a new wind project at a cost lower than the utility is paying for power from hydroelectric dams purchased earlier this year.

Minnesota Power exec tells regulators of coal-shipping woes

Policy, Regulatory & Legal | Dec 19 - Duluth News-Tribune (MN)
Members of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission in Washington, D.C., listened to the rail service concerns of a Duluth-based power producer Thursday morning.

Alexander Statement on Yucca Mountain Report

Policy, Regulatory & Legal | Dec 19 - Congressional Documents & Publications
U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn) today said the Nuclear Regulatory Commission's publication of volume four of the safety evaluation report for the nuclear waste repository at Yucca Mountain is "is yet more evidence that we need to move forward" …

Xcel gets 427 solar garden applications in Minnesota

Solar | Dec 19 - Star Tribune (Minneapolis, MN)
In the week since opening Minnesota's door to community solar ­gardens, Xcel Energy said Friday that 427 applications have arrived from energy developers, a much bigger response than anticipated.

New CEO looks to revitalize Aclara as smart infrastructure company

Business & Corporate | Dec 19 - St. Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)
Allan Connolly has come to St. Louis with a clear mandate: transform Hazelwood-based Aclara into more than just a smart-meter company.

CPUC Adopts 'Solar-Friendly' Rate for Commercial, Industrial Customers

Solar | Dec 19 - PR Web
In a decision applauded by the Solar Energy Industries Association(SEIA), the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) today approved a solar-friendly rate for medium and large commercial and industrial customers in both Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) and Southern California Edison's (SCE) service territories.

Energy tech firm creating 160 S.A. jobs

Business & Corporate | Dec 19 - San Antonio Express-News (TX)
Houston-based FMC Technologies Inc., which provides technology solutions to the energy industry plans to create 160 jobs in San Antonio over the next three years.

New Solar Installations in Maryland Double in Q3

Solar | Dec 19 - PR Web
Continuing a strong year for the solar industry in Maryland, 15 megawatts (MW) of new capacity were added last quarter, nearly double the previous quarter and nearly triple the same period last year, according to the new quarterly report from GTM Research and the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA).

MHI Vestas Offshore Wind has received a 258 MW order in the UK

International | Dec 19 - OMX
MHI Vestas Offshore Wind has received a firm and unconditional order for 32 V164-8.0 MW turbines for the offshore Burbo Bank Extension project in Liverpool Bay in the UK, ref. company announcements No. 7/2014 of 18 February 2014 and No. 32/2014 of 21 August 2014.

Vattenfall divests Danish power plant

International | Dec 19 - Cision
Vattenfall is selling its CHP-plant Fyn Power Station in Denmark to Fjernvarme Fyn in line with group strategy to divest non-core assets and to decrease CO2 exposure.

Fitch Upgrades Sacramento Muni Utilities District (CA) Supported Project Revenue Bonds

Business & Corporate | Dec 19 - Business Wire
Fitch Ratings upgrades the following ratings assigned to four joint power agencies (JPAs) utilized by the Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD; rated 'AA-'; Stable Outlook by Fitch): --$29,115,000 Central Valley Financing Authority (CVFA) series 2009 cogeneration authority revenue refunding bonds to 'AA-' from 'A+'; --$40,120,000 Sacramento Cogenerations …

KDC Solar and CentraState Medical Cut Ribbon on 6.31-Megawatt Solar Power System

Solar | Dec 19 - PR Newswire
KDC Solar LLC has commenced commercial operations of its 6.31-megawatt (MW) solar panel system located at CentraState Medical in Freehold, New Jersey.

Utility-Scale Solar Drives Industry Gains in Georgia

Solar | Dec 19 - PR Web
Solar energy continues to make significant headway in Georgia, with installations so far this year more than double the same period last year, according to GTM Research and the Solar Energy Industries Association's (SEIA) most recent U.S. Solar Market Insight® quarterly report.

Unit 1 at Susquehanna Nuclear Power Plant Reconnected to the Power Grid

Nuclear | Dec 19 - PR Newswire
Operators at PPL's Susquehanna nuclear power plant reconnected Unit 1 to the regional electric grid Friday (12/19) after repairing a small water leak inside the containment structure.

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