Visalia-based solar firm soars in Inc. 5000 business-growth rankings

Business & Corporate | By Tim Sheehan, The Fresno Bee
A Visalia-based solar company has roared into the uppermost ranks of fast-growing businesses since it was founded just four years ago. CalCom Solar was ranked third on Inc. magazine's Inc. 5000 list of fastest-growing private companies. The 2016 list was released earlier this month. CalCom Solar's ranking was based on three-year revenue growth rate of more than 31,600 percent -- and ...

Power outage in Greeley, Evans leaves 8,900 customers without power Saturday morning

Grid Operations | Greeley Tribune, Colo.
About 8,900 Xcel Energy customers were without power for about two hours Saturday morning in Greeley and Evans. The power outage started at 7:49 a.m., according to Xcel Energy spokesman Mark Stutz. He said the cause of the outage is under investigation. About 6,900 customers had their power restored at 9:13 a.m., and the remaining 2,000 customers were restored at 9:50 a.m. The Greeley ...

Natural-gas plant project sparks controversy

Policy, Regulatory & Legal | By James Fenton, The Daily Times, Farmington, N.M.
A pending case before state regulators over a planned natural gas-fired power plant has clean energy advocates raising questions over costs associated with the project. New Mexico's largest utility, Public Service Company of New Mexico, or PNM, plans to build a $86.8 million natural gas-fired generating station on 13 acres adjoining the San Juan Generating Station, a ...

SARTA readying hydrogen pumping station

Energy Storage | By Robert Wang, The Repository, Canton, Ohio
The federal government is making a $25 million bet on hydrogen fuel cell technology in Canton. As part of that investment the largest public transit hydrogen pumping station outside of California is scheduled to open late next month. After a ground breaking in January, local contractors earlier this week at SARTA's headquarters installed a 9,000-gallon tank that will hold ...

ScottMadden Energy Industry Update Reviews FERC Jurisdiction Policy Priorities

Annoucement | August 25, 2016
ScottMadden, Inc., one of North America's leading energy consulting firms, recently released its newest edition of The Energy Industry Update. This highly anticipated semi-annual report provides bottom-line insights, distills recent events, and helps you prepare for emerging trends.

GEUS to agree to sale of TMPA assets

Business & Corporate | By Brad Kellar, The Herald Banner, Greenville, Texas
The board of the local electric utility system will meet in a special session this week, to potentially cut more ties to the Texas Municipal Power Agency (TMPA) and the Gibbons Creek electric generating plant. The GEUS Board of Trustees is set to convene at noon Friday in the GEUS Operations Center, 6000 Joe Ramsey Boulevard in Greenville. The only item on the agenda is the ...

PSO's $130 million rate case increase back before Oklahoma regulators

Billing & Customer Care | By Paul Monies, The Oklahoman, Oklahoma City
Oklahoma regulators heard Wednesday that Public Service Co. of Oklahoma should either be granted a $130 million rate increase or should instead cut existing rates by up to $7 million. The wide variation in recommended changes to PSO tariffs came in a hearing before the three-member Corporation Commission over issues parties in the case had with recommendations from an administrative ...

A Texas startup's big energy idea: storing electricity underground

Energy Storage | Alison Moodie
In a field in Central Texas, Aaron Mandell and his crew are running pumping equipment to bring a former oil and gas well back to life. But they’re not trying to extract black gold. Instead, they are developing a way to turn abandoned oil and gas wells into vaults for storing electricity.

Thousands without power in Scranton area

Grid Operations | By Jeff Horvath, The Times-Tribune, Scranton, Pa.
Several thousand PPL customers in parts of the Midvalley were without power for a time Wednesday night, and several thousand others in the Hill Section area of Scranton and parts of Dunmore remain without power. Just after 11 p.m. the company's outage map showed over 5,000 outages stretching from Dunmore through several Midvalley communities. By about 11:20 p.m. power was restored to ...

Brown Announces more than $3.3 Million for Partnership Between Barberton Company and OSU to Pilot Clean Energy Technology

U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) today announced $3,330,452 in new federal funding for a pilot project in Ohio to help accelerate the development of coal-based advanced combustion power generation that would help reduce carbon emissions. The funding was awarded by the Department of Energy. It will support a partnership between Babcock & Wilcox in Barberton and the Ohio State ...

FirstEnergy running out of time to find replacement for Little Blue Run

Fossil & Biomass | By Jared Stonesifer, Beaver County Times, Pa.
FirstEnergy Corp. is running out of time to find an alternative site for the disposal of coal ash from the Bruce Mansfield Power Plant along the Ohio River. The company must close the Little Blue Run impoundment at the end of this year and instead dispose of its coal ash at another site. Little Blue Run, the largest coal ash impoundment in the country, must close after ...

Feds seek bids to build an offshore wind farm near Morro Bay

Wind | By David Sneed, The Tribune (San Luis Obispo, Calif.)
A wind farm off the coast of San Luis Obispo County that could help further state and national goals to produce more clean energy and jobs appears to be moving a bit closer to reality -- although still probably years away from being built. The federal Bureau of Ocean Energy Management has opened for bidding a 765-megawatt wind energy project off the coast of Morro Bay. Seattle-based ...

$237 Million in Infrastructure Projects Planned in The Illuminating Company Area During 2016 to Enhance Electric System

FirstEnergy Corp. (NYSE: FE) is continuing construction work this summer and throughout the remainder of 2016 on distribution and transmission infrastructure projects totaling approximately $237 million in The Illuminating Company's northeast Ohio territory to help enhance service reliability for customers. To date, more than ...

PRC to kick off new round of hearings in PNM rate case

Billing & Customer Care | The Santa Fe New Mexican
The Public Regulation Commission will reopen hearings on a rate increase proposed by the state's largest electric utility after an official proposed a smaller increase than the company requested. A hearing examiner earlier this month recommended a 6 percent rate increase, about one-third of the 15.8 percent hike the Public Service Company of New Mexico is seeking. The examiner, ...

Chattanooga homeowners to pay about $2 more a month for electricity next year

Billing & Customer Care | By Dave Flessner, Chattanooga Times Free Press, Tenn.
The typical Chattanooga homeowner who heats his or her home with electricity will pay about $2 more a month for power next year under the fiscal 2017 budget adopted today by the board of the Tennessee Valley Authority. TVA will raise is base electric rates by 1.5 percent, effective Oct 1, to fund an $10.4 billion spending plan for the next year by America's biggest public power ...

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