Schultz: New solar program offers credits on your energy bill

Billing & Customer Care | Staff Writer
For years, we've been hearing about the benefits of clean, renewable energy. In fact, many Xcel Energy customers have been asking for more choices when it comes to how they power their homes and businesses. With that kind of interest, it's been exciting for me over the last few months to share the details of our new Solar*Connect Community program with area customers. It's a locally-sourced ...

OPALCO awarded $1 million grant

Orcas Power and Light Co-op's spirit of innovation was recognized this week as the co-op was awarded a $1 million grid modernization grant by the Washington Clean Energy Fund. OPALCO is the smallest utility to ever receive a CEF grant. Other recipients include Avista, Seattle City Light, Snohomish County Public Utility District and Energy Northwest. The award was announced Monday, by Gov. Jay ...

Davie County to get another solar farm

Solar | Richard Craver Winston-Salem Journal
An Asheville solar farm company has chosen a third site in Davie County for a proposed facility. Headwaters Solar LLC said in a legal notice Tuesday that it has submitted plans to the N.C. Utilities Commission to build a 5-megawatt solar farm at 200 Potts Road in Advance. The facility, to be known as Ray Wilson Solar LLC, would be one-tenth of a mile north of the intersection with N.C. 801. ...

Utilities face new disclosure rules

Policy, Regulatory & Legal | By Jeff McDonald, The San Diego Union-Tribune
Power companies and other businesses who want to keep secret records they submit to state regulators will have to explain why their documents should be confidential, under a ruling by the California Public Utilities Commission. New rules require a company officer or his or her representative to sign a declaration explaining why documents should be private. And, if records contain ...

California lawmakers approve extension of climate change law

Environmental, Emissions & Carbon Mgmt | By The Associated Press
California lawmakers voted Wednesday to extend the state's landmark climate change law — the most aggressive in the nation — by another 10 years, resisting fierce opposition from oil companies and other business interests to keep the program alive at least through 2030. Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown, a strong advocate of the state's climate initiatives, has said he'll ...

City of Cuero electric rates hot topic for residents

Would Cuero residents pay lower electric bills if the city deregulated its electric utility? An online petition was launched earlier this month in hopes of motivating Cuero City Council to deregulate its electric utility. It was suggested Cuero electric customers could then go on the open market and get lower rates. Here's how Cuero City Manager Raymie Zella answered that question. Cuero's ...

Department of Energy releases hydroelectric production expansion for coming years

Hydro | By Thomas Gardiner, Aiken Standard, S.C.
The U.S. Department of Energy released its Hydropower Vision, a new, forward looking plan for emissions-free electricity generation that lays out pathways to better harness hydroelectric production throughout the nation. The Energy Department looks to reach its goals by 2050, including eight hydroelectric producing dams in the Palmetto State. Three of those span the Savannah River ...

Fond du Lac solar farm ready to make electricity

Solar | By John Myers, Duluth News Tribune
A solar farm that will generate enough electricity to power more than 150 homes, or about 10 percent of the Black Bear Casino's electric needs, was unveiled today by the Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa. The $2.2 million solar project is among the largest to come online in the Northland with several more expected in coming months. Supporters say solar is an emission-free ...

Energy leaders partner with UND division for carbon-capture efforts

Environmental, Emissions & Carbon Mgmt | By Andrew Haffner, The Dickinson Press, N.D.
Energy providers have officially partnered with a division of the University of North DAkota to develop updated carbon capture technology aimed at reducing coal-fired power plant emissions. Leaders from Allete Clean Energy, Minnkota Power Cooperative, Inc., BNI Energy and UND's Energy and Environmental Research Center gathered Monday at the EERC building on campus ...

Solar industry predicts bright future for commercial projects

Solar | By Lorelei Stevens, Cape Cod Times, Hyannis, Mass.
The sun was shining Thursday afternoon, creating a picture-perfect backdrop to formally announce completion of Mashpee Commons' solar energy installation, one of the largest commercial solar projects on the Cape. "Many of you are not even aware that they're there," commons developer Arnold "Buff" Chace Jr. said of the 1,356 photovoltaic panels. "That was part of our plan." ...

FAA won't revisit proposed Chapman Ranch wind farm approval

Wind | By Matt Woolbright, Corpus Christi Caller-Times, Texas
The Federal Aviation Administration won't revisit its initial ruling on the proposed Chapman Ranch wind farm, so the agency's green light on the project remains unchanged despite requests by South Texas officials to reconsider. In a letter mailed last week, the administration reiterated a previous determination that the proposed 86-turbine wind farm would "not have an adverse effect ...

FPL customers paying $4.9 million for rate case costs

Billing & Customer Care | By Susan Salisbury, The Palm Beach Post, Fla.
Florida Power & Light Co. customers are paying for the company's estimated $4.9 million cost of conducting its rate case being heard before the Florida Public Service Commission, and that includes some pricey consultants, testimony revealed Tuesday. Tuesday marked the second day of hearings on FPL's request for a $1.3 billion four-year base rate increase that, if granted, would result ...

Improved Tesla Model S among world's fastest-accelerating cars, company says

Electric Vehicles | Olivia Solon in San Francisco
Tesla has announced new versions of its electric Model S and Model X cars with faster acceleration and a longer battery range. The company claims that its Model S P100D is the third-fastest-accelerating production car in the world after the LaFerrari and Porsche 918 Spyder, going from 0-60 mph in 2.5 seconds in a driving mode called “Ludicrous”. Related: Elon Musk leads Tesla effort to build ...

Duke Energy appeals hydro license to manage the Catawba River

Hydro | By Bruce Henderson, The Charlotte Observer
Duke Energy has taken its case for a longer hydroelectric license to manage the Catawba River to a federal appeals court. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission granted Duke a 40-year license in November, but Duke wants a 50-year term. On Monday, Duke asked the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia to review FERC's November decision and a separate order in July that ...

EPA tells judge why Ameren should install new pollution controls at plant near Festus

Policy, Regulatory & Legal | By Robert Patrick, St. Louis Post-Dispatch
A federal trial that began Monday morning turns on whether multimillion-dollar upgrades at Ameren's Rush Island facilities near Festus should have required a permit and review process under the Clean Air Act. Lawyers for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency say that Ameren should now be forced to install new equipment to control sulfur dioxide. Ameren and its lawyers ...

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