A Step Further to Protect the Environment - Govt Announces Ambitious Renewable Energy Plans

International | Victoria, Jul 28, 2015 -- Seychelles News Agency/All Africa Global Media
Seychelles, an Indian Ocean archipelago of 115 islands, is taking further steps to reduce its national level of greenhouse gas emissions.

BRIEF: Energy education program for vets kicks off

Solar | Jul 28 - McClatchy-Tribune Content Agency, LLC - The Virginian-Pilot
The inaugural class of Solar Ready Vets at Tidewater Community College began its studies July 6 and is set to graduate.

Feds allege Xcel contractors falsified weld tests at Monticello nuclear plant

Policy, Regulatory & Legal | Jul 28 - McClatchy-Tribune Content Agency, LLC - David Shaffer Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
Federal investigators have accused two former contract employees for Xcel Energy Inc. of willfully violating procedures and falsifying reports about safety-related tests of casks filled with high-level nuclear waste stored at the Monticello, Minn., nuclear power plant.

AEP gets new COO

Business & Corporate | CORPUS CHRISTI Jul 28 - McClatchy-Tribune Content Agency, LLC - Beatriz Alvarado Corpus Christi Caller-Times, Texas
Former vice president of distributions operations for AEP Texas was named president and chief operating officer of the company, an AEP news release states.

John Lobbia, ex-utility chief loved family -- and DTE

Business & Corporate | Jul 28 - McClatchy-Tribune Content Agency, LLC - Frank Witsil Detroit Free Press
JOHN E. LOBBIA Former President, Ceo. and chairman of Detroit Edison and DTE Energy -- died Friday while in hospice care in Livonia.

Enel Green Power brings online world's first integrated geothermal and biomass plant in Tuscany

Future & Alternative Generation | Jul 28 - Global Data Point
The existing geothermal plant has been joined by a small power plant fuelled by virgin forest biomass sourced from within a radius of 70 km of the facility

KPLC signs 100 MW power purchase agreement for Kipeto wind energy

International | Jul 28 - Global Data Point
Kipeto Power Limited has received USD233 million financing from the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC), the development finance institution of the United States government, for the project.

ACWA Power buys Turkish energy company for $9mn

International | Jul 28 - Utilities Middle East (United Arab Emirates)
Saudi firm ACWA Power has reportedly bought a Turkish energy company established less than two years ago.

Work begins to dismantle cover at Fukushima plant

International | Jul 28 - Japan Economic Newswire
The operator of the disaster-hit Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant began Tuesday dismantling the cover shrouding the No. 1 reactor building, installed in the wake of the 2011 disaster to keep radioactive materials from dispersing.

Senate Energy Bill Would Help Achieve the Nation's Geothermal Potential, Industry Leaders Say

Policy, Regulatory & Legal | Jul 28 - Global Data Point
Their broad, bipartisan energy bill, The Energy Policy Modernization Act of 2015, "would help America achieve its geothermal potential," commented Karl Gawell, Executive Director of the Geothermal Energy Association, "by addressing some of the most important barriers to geothermal development in the U.S."

Settlement with Interstate Power and Light to Reduce Emissions From Iowa Power Plants

Policy, Regulatory & Legal | Jul 27 - EHS Today
The Department of Justice and EPA have reached a settlement with Interstate Power and Light, a subsidiary of Alliant Energy, which has agreed to install pollution control technology and meet stringent emission rates to reduce harmful air pollution from the company’s seven coal-fired power plants in Iowa.

Utility2Utility: Ameren Missouri (part 2)

Metering | July 27, 2015 Kathleen Wolf Davis
In this second part of our interview with Mark Konya, supervisor of customer experience analytics at Ameren Missouri, we chat about how the utility uses analytics in social media and marketing, and Konya gives three great bits of advice to others tackling the scary world of analytics.

FERC: Tighter standards needed to guard against utility cyberattacks

Policy, Regulatory & Legal | July 26. 2015 Peter Key
Cyber-intruders have more ways than ever to hack into the computer networks that control the North American power grid, so the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission is pushing for tighter security standards to help keep them out.

Some West Side residents facing daytime power outage Thursday

Grid Operations | Jul 27 - McClatchy-Tribune Content Agency, LLC - Gene Warner The Buffalo News, N.Y.
Hundreds of Allentown and other West Side residents are expected to be without power during the daytime Thursday, thanks to some planned reconstruction work by National Grid crews, the utility confirmed Monday afternoon.

BRIEF: Power restored for more than 7,000 in Athens

Business & Corporate | Jul 27 - McClatchy-Tribune Content Agency, LLC - The Decatur Daily, Ala.
Athens Utilities said electrical service has been restored to more than 7,000 customers who were without power for about two hours this morning.

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