New York and Ohio, climate change and nuclear power

Nuclear | The Akron Beacon Journal
As goes New York, so goes Ohio and the nation? Those concerned about the harm from climate change should hope the answer is yes. Gov. Andrew Cuomo of New York recently unveiled a new and substantial subsidy for nuclear power plants. He did so as part of keeping financially strapped nuclear plants in operation, helping his state meet its goal of non-carbon sources of energy generating ...

Elon Musk leads Tesla effort to build house roofs entirely out of solar panels

Solar | Oliver Milman
A new venture spearheaded by Elon Musk will create house roofs made entirely of solar panels, in a sweeping expansion of Tesla’s clean energy ambitions. Tesla has finalized a $2.6bn deal to buy solar power company SolarCity to produce solar “shingles” – photovoltaic material that would be fashioned into the shape of a house roof. “I think this is really a fundamental part of achieving ...

Pilgrim shutting down for valve repair

Nuclear | By Christine Legere, Cape Cod Times, Hyannis, Mass.
Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station, already one step from being forced by federal regulators to close down based on poor performance, is now trying to figure out the cause of a malfunctioning valve designed to prevent radioactivity from leaking into the environment during a nuclear accident. The plant was slowly powering down to full shutdown Thursday so the valve could be ...

Challenge to nuclear waste facility heads to trial

Policy, Regulatory & Legal | By Christine Legere, Cape Cod Times, Hyannis, Mass.
After two years of waiting, neighbors of Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station will go to trial Monday in state Land Court to challenge construction of a massive storage facility for nuclear spent fuel on plant property. The lawsuit, filed in 2014 by a handful of residents who live within two miles of the plant, alleges that the nuclear waste facility will affect property values. ...

David Wade named CEO of EPB

Human Resources | Chattanooga Times Free Press, Tenn.
President David Wade will succeed Harold DePriest as head of the city-owned electric utility. EPB directors today elected Wade to serve as CEO of EPB, effective Sept. 1. Wade, a 33-year engineer at EPB, will become only the seventh leader of EPB since its creation by the city of Chattanooga in 1938 as one of TVA's biggest power distributors. Wade, who helped develop EPB's ...

Planning commissioners give the go-ahead for new biomass plant

Fossil & Biomass | By Nathan Solis, Redding Record Searchlight, Calif.
Shasta County Planning Commissioners gave the owner of Hat Creek Construction the go-ahead to build a new biomass facility in Burney. The approval comes just as another facility in Burney issued a 60 days' notice to its employees that it would be closing its doors. The proposed 9-acre facility given the go-ahead by commissioners at a special meeting on Thursday would sit on an 85-acre ...

Solar farm set to power 3,000 Colorado Springs-area homes in October

Solar |
Acres of solar panels gleam sky blue in the sunlight as a smokestack towers incongruously above at the coal-fired Ray D. Nixon Power Plant south of Colorado Springs. In October, the new Clear Spring Ranch Solar Array will start generating enough power to supply 3,000 homes - the first time Colorado Springs Utilities will provide solar energy directly to its ratepayers. That means 10 megawatts ...

Seeing green: KPUB eyes alternative energy use

Solar | By Jennifer Reiley, Kerrville Daily Times, Texas
The Kerrville Public Utility Board is taking several routes to assess and increase alternative forms of energy in Kerrville. KPUB unanimously approved a $15,000 contract Wednesday with Schneider Engineering. Schneider Engineering will issue and evaluate request for proposals for distribution connections for solar generation in Kerrville. Mike Wittler, KPUB CEO and general manager, ...

The C Three Group, LLC announces the publication of its 2016 North American Electric Transmission Market Forecast

The C Three Group today released its 6th annual North American Electric Transmission Market Forecast, which is considered the most thoroughly researched and unbiased forward look at where electric utilities and electric transmission providers will be spending money between now and 2020. Last year, over 300 electric ...

Old City tech firm opts for solar roof: 'It's badass'

Solar | By Andrew Maykuth, The Philadelphia Inquirer
Darren Hill has powered his office computer and assorted peripheral equipment for two years from a solar panel mounted to the roof of his Old City business. "I proved the model, now let's just do the whole building," said Hill, 40, the chief executive and co-founder of e-commerce platform provider WebLinc L.L.C. On Tuesday a contractor completed installation of a 12- kilowatt solar ...

Aiken Electric Cooperative shines light on new solar project

Solar | By Thomas Gardiner, Aiken Standard, S.C.
Customers with Aiken Electric Cooperative will soon have the option to get a piece of the green energy pie when the power distributor gets its new solar energy farm up and running. The cooperative is in what it calls "very early stages" of installing a 250-kilowatt community solar facility in Aiken County. According to Bob Inman, Aiken Electric Cooperative's vice president of ...

Proposed power plant faces lack of water

Policy, Regulatory & Legal | By Alex Kuffner, The Providence Journal, R.I.
The $700-milllion proposal to build a large natural gas-burning power plant in Burrillville suffered a potentially critical blow on Friday when the Pascoag Utility District ended negotiations to reopen a well, treat the water for contamination and sell it to the facility for cooling. It was the second major setback in the past 10 days to Chicago-based Invenergy's plan ...

Portsmouth wind turbine starts spinning again

Wind | By Alex Kuffner, The Providence Journal, R.I.
The wind turbine at Portsmouth High School stands idle no longer. Four years after its gearbox broke down and its blades stopped spinning, the turbine has been replaced with a new and better model that has gone into operation without any problems so far. At a ribbon-cutting ceremony Friday morning for the 1.5-megawatt Vensys machine, Portsmouth town officials spoke about ...

Group calls for moving San Onofre waste to Arizona

Nuclear | By Rob Nikolewski, The San Diego Union-Tribune
A lawsuit by a group that wants to transfer the 3.6 million pounds of nuclear waste sitting at the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station (SONGS) to a facility in Arizona continues to wend its way through state court. "Transporting (the waste) there as a point of temporary storage opens up other possibilities and it creates much less risk than putting it on the ocean," said Michael ...

Dear Abby: What's the outlook for offshore wind energy? Still breezy, she says.

Wind | By Dave Mayfield, The Virginian-Pilot
In the federal government, nobody has a bigger-picture view of offshore wind energy's potential than Abigail Ross Hopper. As the director of the Interior Department's Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, she oversees the leasing of U.S. waters for wind farms. Along this stretch of coast, that's been a sore subject for advocates of alternative energy. They say Dominion Virginia Power, ...

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