New wind energy contracts great for region

Wind |
June has been a good month for clean, renewable energy in our town. Traverse City Light & Power signed a contract for more power from a planned wind farm in Michigan's thumb. The contract adds 3.6 megawatts of wind power to the public utility's energy supply - enough to power about 1,000 homes for a year. There's more good news. First, the contract price was about 5 cents per kilowatt-hour ...

Several Piedmont execs to shift roles once merger with Duke Energy closes

Nuclear | By Katherine Peralta, The Charlotte Observer
Once Duke Energy completes its acquisition of Piedmont Natural Gas, the combined Charlotte-based company will see several executives shifting jobs. Jane Lewis-Raymond, chief legal, compliance and external relations officer, and Kevin O'Hara, chief administrative officer, will leave their respective posts when the $4.9 billion deal is complete, Piedmont said in a securities filing. In ...

FPL offers to skip nuclear fee -- but rate hike is still looming

Nuclear | By Mary Ellen Klas, The Miami Herald
With its future nuclear construction plans on hold, and plans to seek a major rate increase, Florida Power & Light has asked to take a break from charging customers for nuclear plant development next year In documents filed with the Public Service Commission on June 17, FPL said it is "willing to defer consideration" of its request to charge customers $22 million in 2017 and instead ...

Pitt launches new electric grid research institute

Grid Operations | By Daniel Moore, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
The University of Pittsburgh has established an off-campus energy research institute to build on its efforts to modernize the electric grid by attracting public and private partners. In an announcement this morning, Pitt said the new Energy Grid Research and Infrastructure Development Institute, or the Grid Institute, will be housed in its laboratory space in the Energy Innovation ...

Wind Works Power Corp signs agreement for its 5 MW Weiler III Wind Farm in Germany

Wind Works Power Corp. (OTC:WWPW -News) is pleased to announce that it has signed an agreement for its 5 MW Weiler III project in Germany with a municipal utility consortium in Germany. The 5MW project was acquired construction ready from a private developer last year. It consists of 2 x Nordex N117 wind ...

US Postal Service Expands Alternative Energy Use

Solar |
The U.S. Postal Service today announced that it will expand its use of alternative energy when solar panels are installed on the roof of a mail processing center in Los Angeles, CA, making the Postal Service facility the largest building generating electricity through solar energy in the city. In July, Hecate Energy Central Avenue, LLC, will begin ...

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Tesla offers to buy SolarCity to create sustainable energy powerhouse

Solar | By David Robinson, The Buffalo News, N.Y.
Tesla Motors is making a bid to buy SolarCity in a deal valued at more than $2.6 billion that would bring the solar panel factory now being built in South Buffalo under the control of entrepreneur Elon Musk and his vision for sustainable energy and electric cars. The all-stock offer to buy SolarCity, made after the stock market closed on Tuesday, would allow Musk to gain control of a ...

Brenmiller teams with Isolux on South Africa solar project

International | Globes, Tel Aviv, Israel
Brenmiller Energy, a developer of advanced energy storage systems, will cooperate with Spanish company Isolux in a tender for construction of a 150-megawatt solar power station in South Africa. Isolux operates in 40 countries. Its 2015 revenue totaled euro2.18 billion, and its orders backlog was euro6.8 billion. The company has erected 60 solar power stations with an aggregate ...

Lee County tables UTV proposal, amends wind turbine building fee

Policy, Regulatory & Legal | By Rachel Rodgers, Daily Gazette, Sterling, Ill.
The Lee County Board today postponed moving forward with a proposed UTV trail pending further clarification on what level of access it would be granting to trail users. The board also tabled the proposal May 17, requesting a more detailed map outlining on which county roads the utility task vehicles would be permitted. Dixon resident Mark Imfeld, a member of the Black Hawk ...

SunEdison sale of Aroostook wind farm concerns Somerset County activists

Business & Corporate | By Rachel Ohm, Morning Sentinel, Waterville, Maine
The recent sale of a wind power development site in Aroostook County to out-of-state investors has an anti-wind development group in Somerset County concerned that a similar scenario could unfold for a planned project in the Moosehead Lake area. A federal judge last week approved the sale of SunEdison's King Pine project, a planned 600-megawatt wind farm in southern Aroostook County, ...

Tesla bids for SolarCity

Business & Corporate | By Louis Hansen, East Bay Times
Tesla Motors on Tuesday offered a bid of up to $3 billion in stock to acquire SolarCity, a move that would consolidate two green-energy tech companies under Tesla CEO Elon Musk. The bid would also bring SolarCity under the Tesla brand and completely into the family fold. Musk serves as chairman of SolarCity, which is run by his cousins -- CEO Lyndon Rive and chief ...

Watts Bar nuclear plant shuts down for second time in three weeks

Nuclear | By Dave Flessner, Chattanooga Times Free Press, Tenn.
America's first new nuclear power plant to be added to the grid in the 21st century shut down Monday afternoon for the second time in three weeks when an auxiliary feedwater system tripped the reactor. TVA said today that the Unit 2 reactor at the Watts Bar Nuclear Power Plant shut down around 3:40 p.m. Monday after the nuclear unit had achieved its highest power production so far, ...

First coal ash project passes state bias review

Fossil & Biomass | By Taft Wireback, News & Record, Greensboro, N.C.
In a new initiative balancing the difficult issues of coal ash and environmental justice, North Carolina officials decided that plans for closing a Duke Energy coal ash basin in Wilmington won't disproportionately affect low-income and minority residents. But they have asked the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights to review their findings about ...

Vehicle accident causes power outages

Grid Operations | By Andrew Setterholm, Post-Bulletin, Rochester, Minn.
More than 1,230 customers of Rochester Public Utilities are without power after a vehicle struck a power pole in northwest Rochester. The outage is centered in neighborhoods between 55th Street Northwest and 65th Street Northwest, on both sides of U.S. Highway 52. Several businesses in the commercial center west of Highway 52 and south of 55th Street Northwest appear to be affected by ...

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