Decision to switch to natural gas riddled with complex considerations, UMF panelists say

Fossil & Biomass | Apr 23 - McClatchy-Tribune Regional News - Kaitlin Schroeder Morning Sentinel, Waterville, Maine
A biomass boiler could have been a good fit for the University of Maine at Farmington, if it was the only organization affected by the energy decision, according to UMF President Kathryn Foster.

Energy secretary: Federal loan for Cape Wind possible

Wind | Apr 23 - Patrick Cassidy Cape Cod Times, Hyannis, Mass.
U.S. Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz has confirmed that a federal loan application for the proposed Nantucket Sound wind farm is still alive.

Direct Energy Launches Energy and Protection Plan Bundle in New York

Business & Corporate | NEW YORK, April 23, 2014 /PRNewswire
Customers in New York who sign up for new residential electric or gas service with Direct Energy will be offered an added bonus. They will have the opportunity to receive a free, 12 month trial of Direct Energy's Heating and Cooling Repair Essential Plan, part of the Home Comfort Collection(TM).

FPL and its customers help replant Myakka State Forest in Sarasota County

Billing & Customer Care | JUNO BEACH, Fla., April 23, 2014 /PRNewswire
Florida Power & Light Company (FPL) today announced that it will contribute $1 to The Arbor Day Foundation for every FPL customer who enrolls in E-Mail Bill, the utility's paperless billing program, in April.

Menlo Park poised to get solar panels, electric vehicle charging stations

Solar | Apr 23 - McClatchy-Tribune Regional News - Bonnie Eslinger Palo Alto Daily News, Calif.
Menlo Park is hoping to reel in four new electric vehicle charging stations and five solar panels early next year.

New coal mine eyeing Union County

Fossil & Biomass | Apr 23 - McClatchy-Tribune Regional News - Chuck Stinnett The Gleaner, Henderson, Ky.
A new coal mine may be coming to Union County in Western Kentucky. St. Louis-based Armstrong Energy is seeking a permit from the Army Corps of Engineers to construct an overland coal conveyor through wetlands south of Pride in southeastern Union County, according to a public notice.

RGS Energy to Design, Install and Operate 2.6 MW Solar System in Massachusetts as First Project Financed by RGS Energy Asset Management

Solar | LOUISVILLE, Apr 23, 2014 -- GLOBE NEWSWIRE
RGS Energy (Nasdaq:RGSE), a nationwide leader of turnkey solar energy solutions for residential, commercial, and utility customers, has entered into an agreement to develop a project that includes the design, installation and operation of a 2.6 megawatt (MW) ground-mount solar system near Auburn, Massachusetts.

CarCharging, Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission, and Department of Environmental Protection Partner to Provide Electric Vehicle Charging Services

Electric Vehicles | MIAMI BEACH, Fla., April 23, 2014 /PRNewswire
Car Charging Group, Inc. (CarCharging) (OTCQB: CCGI), the largest owner and operator of electric vehicle (EV) charging services, announced that drivers along the Pennsylvania Turnpike can now recharge their electric cars at the service plazas located in Bowmansville and King of Prussia.

Patriot Coal To Reduce Coal Production

Fossil & Biomass | ST. LOUIS, April 23, 2014 /PRNewswire
Patriot Coal Corporation (OTC Pink: PATCA) today issued WARN Act notices at its Wells mining complex located near Wharton, West Virginia, and also at its Corridor G mining complex located near Danville, West Virginia.

Corbett: Coal is working

Fossil & Biomass | Apr 23 - David Conti The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
States and the energy industry should work together to improve carbon-capturing technology to save coal-burning power plants and coal-related jobs threatened by federal clean air regulations, Gov. Tom Corbett said on Tuesday.

Unreliable power worries investors

International | Apr 23 - McClatchy-Tribune Regional News - Yuthana Praiwan Bangkok Post, Thailand
Thailand has drawn complaints from investors about rising electricity costs and poor reliability after too much reliance on natural gas for power generation began causing more frequent blackouts and brownouts in recent years, says the Federation of Thai Industries (FTI).

Solar project gets board's go-ahead

Solar | Apr 23 - McClatchy-Tribune Regional News - Ray Gronberg The Herald-Sun, Durham, N.C.
An Arizona company obtained permission from Durham's Board of Adjustment on Tuesday to erect a solar-power array in the northern part of the county off Red Mill Road.

Study shows Northwest still near top in wind energy, though development has hit doldrums

Wind | Apr 22 - McClatchy-Tribune Regional News - Ted Sickinger The Oregonian, Portland, Ore.
Oregon remains near the front of most rankings of the wind industry, a new study shows, though development of new wind resources hit a major lull throughout the Northwest in 2013 that shows little sign of ending.

Manitou to power its municipal buildings from SunShare's solar garden

Solar | Apr 23 - McClatchy-Tribune Regional News - Wayne Heilman The Gazette (Colorado Springs, Colo.)
Manitou Springs has agreed to buy all of the electricity for city-owned facilities from a solar array that will be built in the Security area by Colorado Springs-based SunShare, becoming what the company says is the first city in the nation to have all of its facilities powered by a so-called "solar garden."

Activists decry plan to convert N.J. coal plant to gas

Fossil & Biomass | Apr 23 - David O'Reilly The Philadelphia Inquirer
A group of environmental advocates marked Earth Day on Tuesday by demonstrating against a plan to convert the B.L. England coal-fired electrical generation plant to gas, saying a new plant was unneeded and would be a new source of pollution.



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