Eaton's New Capacitor Bank Control Firmware Provides Advanced Monitoring and Reporting Capabilities for Utility Applications

Annoucement | WAUKESHA, WI - September 29, 2014 (News Release)
Power management company Eaton today announced that its Cooper Power Systems division is launching an update to its CBC-8000 capacitor bank control, integrating firmware version 1.2.0 with ProView NXG software.

PPL residential customers to see price hike in October

Business & Corporate | Sep 29 - McClatchy-Tribune Regional News - Scott Kraus The Morning Call (Allentown, Pa.)
PPL Utilities residential customers who don't get their power through a competitive energy supplier will see a price hike in October as a result of a change in the way transmission charges are allocated.

Army awards contract to ReEnergy for biomass power at Fort Drum plant

Fossil & Biomass | Sep 29 - McClatchy-Tribune Regional News - Gordon Block Watertown Daily Times, N.Y.
After months of deliberation, and a gentle push by U.S. Sen. Charles E. Schumer, D-New York, the Army has awarded a contract to ReEnergy Holdings LLC, Latham, to provide electric power to the post.

LP&L names McCalla as director, CEO

Business & Corporate | Sep 29 - Lubbock Avalanche-Journal (TX)
Interim is in his title no longer. David McCalla was officially named director and CEO of Lubbock Power & Light by the Electric Utility Board at a meeting Monday morning.

Xcel Energy Powers Up Texas Segment of TUCO-Woodward Electric Transmission Line

Grid Operations | AMARILLO, Texas--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Sep 29, 2014
The signature transmission project in Xcel Energy’s Power for the Plains grid improvement plan for Texas and New Mexico is now in service, providing a host of benefits to communities across the area, as well as to the industries that underpin the regional economy.

Exelon Generation To Build Two New Natural Gas Units In Texas

Fossil & Biomass | Sep 29 - PR Newswire
Exelon Generation announced today that it is planning to build two combined-cycle gas turbine (CCGT) units in Texas utilizing a new General Electric technology that will make them among the cleanest, most efficient CCGTs in the state and the nation.

Orlando's electric utility fights cyberwar

Communications & Security | Sep 29 - Orlando Sentinel (FL)
Security staffers at Orlando's utility have been watching for more than a year now as the digital tentacles of hackers reach through the World Wide Web and caress the power provider's computerized operations -- not a few times, or thousands, but millions of times a day.

PUC commissioner Michael Picker is determined to push safety agenda

Policy, Regulatory & Legal | Sep 29 - Los Angeles Times (CA)
A new face showed up early this year on the steps of the California Public Utilities Commission in San Francisco, where officials regulate the state's corporate electric and gas utilities and other services.

One of the Nation’s Largest, Most Environmentally-Friendly Battery Energy Storage Systems to be Installed at UC San Diego

Energy Storage | Sep 29 - Business Wire
One of the largest, most environmentally-friendly, battery-based energy storage systems (ESS) in the United States will be installed at the University of California, San Diego the campus announced today.

Nuclear plants to reopen despite volcanic eruption, Japan says

International | Sep 29 - EFE Ingles
Japanese government officials believe the eruption of the Mount Ontake volcano in which more than 30 people died will not affect the future reopening of the Sendai nuclear power plant, Yoshihide Suga, a government spokesperson, said Monday.

AES working on Masinloc coal plant

International | Sep 29 - Philippine Star News
American energy giant AES Corp. is now working on the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract for the 600-megawatt expansion of its 630-MW Masinloc coal-fired power plant in Zambales, a ranking official said.

Nuclear site likely to get EC approval

International | Sep 29 - Daily Mail (London, England)
Conditions set by the European Commission to approve the pounds sterling 16 billion plan to build two nuclear reactors at Hinkley Point in Somerset are not expected to be enough to jeopardise the project.

Largest Solar Farm of its Kind in North America Completed

Solar | SOUTH BURLINGTON, Vt., Sept. 29, 2014 /PRNewswire
AllEarth Renewables and Claire Solar Partners have announced the completion of a 2.2MW solar tracker farm in South Burlington, Vt. JA Solar provided multi-crystalline 260 watt PID resistant modules for the project.

Former Consol Energy Mine managers try to save benefits

Business & Corporate | Sep 29 - McClatchy-Tribune Regional News - Andrew Goldstein Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Bob Long worked in five different coal mines during a span of 35 years with Consol Energy. He said he was loyal to the company and proud of his work, but he now fears that the loyalty his company once showed in return is gone.

Japan's Largest Solar Power Project Funded with Market-Leading Investment by GE and Toyo Engineering, and $867 Million Debt Syndicate

International | OKAYAMA, Japan, Sep 29, 2014 -- BUSINESS WIRE
Kuni Umi Asset Management, GE (NYSE:GE) unit GE Energy Financial Services and Toyo Engineering Corporation have invested in Japan's largest solar power project, a 231-megawatt facility to be built in Setouchi City, Okayama Prefecture, via special purpose company and representative member Setouchi Future Creations.

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