FPL and FIU unveil solar research facility

Solar | By Ron Hurtibise, Sun Sentinel
April 28--What are the most reliable ways to generate solar power in a "sunshine state" that sees its rays so regularly blocked by heavy, dark tropical storm fronts? That's one of the questions to be explored at a new research facility dedicated Wednesday by Florida Power & Light and Florida International University's College of Engineering and Computing in Miami. FPL says the commercial-scale ...

170 jobs facing axe as coal demand plummets

MINE operator Hargreaves Services has said as many as 170 Scottish jobs could be cut by the end of the summer as it accelerates its withdrawal from the thermal coal market. The company operates seven opencast coal sites in Scotland, but production is being wound down and it has targeted producing coal at just one Scottish site. It is currently undertaking restoration works at six sites. ...

High stakes in Armenia nuclear gamble

The stakes in Armenia’s nuclear gamble on aging Metsamor nuclear plant are high for the whole region, says an article published by Huffingtonpost website. “Armenia was supposed to have a new nuclear power plant this year that would replace one that National Geographic suggested a few years ago was the most dangerous in the world,” the ...

Georgia arrests uranium-sellers

Five people have been arrested in the former Soviet republic of Georgia for trying to sell more than a kilogram of uranium. State Security Committee investigator Savle Motiashvili told a briefing Thursday that the 1.665 kilograms consisted mostly of U-238, the isotope most commonly found in nature, and only about 0.2 percent of it was U-235, which can be used in nuclear ...

FirstEnergy reports 47 percent increase in profits for first quarter

Business & Corporate | The Akron Beacon Journal
April 27--Akron-based electric utility FirstEnergy Corp. on Tuesday reported a 47 percent increase in profits for the first quarter. Net income was $328 million, or 78 cents per share, compared to $222 million, or 53 cents per share for the same period a year ago. When the company adjusted for one-time factors, its profit was 80 cents per share, compared to 62 cents per share a year ago. "We ...

Coal 101: The 4 Types of Coal and Their Uses

Fossil & Biomass | Investing News Network
Coal is a fossil fuel that is, essentially, “the altered remains of prehistoric vegetation,” as the World Coal Association (WCA) puts it. However, there are a number of different coal types. Coal originally began to form during the Carboniferous period, which took place between 360 and 290 million years ago. Put simply, plant matter accumulated in swamps and peat bogs, and after being buried ...

Oklahoma Corporation Commission to review OG&E coal scrubber plan 3rd time

Fossil & Biomass | By Paul Monies, The Oklahoman, Oklahoma City
April 27--The three-person Oklahoma Corporation Commission will hold a deliberation session Thursday on the fate of Oklahoma Gas and Electric Co.'s third try to get approval for a $500 million coal scrubber plan. The commission is expected to meet -- and possibly vote -- during a 1:30 p.m. Thursday session at the commission in Oklahoma City. OG&E has said if it can't get regulatory approval on ...

Profits keep shrinking for Oklahoma-based Alliance

Fossil & Biomass | By Adam Wilmoth, The Oklahoman, Oklahoma City
April 27--TULSA -- Tulsa coal company Alliance Resource Partners LP on Tuesday posted lower profits Tuesday and warned that slowing coal demand could cause revenues to fall further throughout the year. Alliance recorded first-quarter profits of $47.3 million, or 36 cents a share, down from almost $107 million, or 92 cents a share, in the year-ago quarter. Revenues were $413 million, down from ...

Hamilton creating energy through power of moving water

Hydro | By Mike Rutledge, Journal-News, Hamilton, Ohio
April 27--HAMILTON -- The city's electric utility now creates almost half the energy it produces through the power of moving water, with a new hydroelectric plant in full operation at the Meldahl Locks and Dam on the Ohio River. That continues a significant shift toward greener production of energy by Hamilton since 2003 -- on its own, and in cooperation with other cities. In 2003, some 35.1 ...

A sensible, pro-consumer solar power amendment on Florida ballot

Solar | The Bradenton Herald
April 27--While the Florida Supreme Court approved the language for a industry-backed solar-power constitutional amendment, now placed on the November ballot, the justices' 4-3 split indicates a sharp division on whether the ballot's wording is misleading. The title most certainly is: Consumers for Smart Solar. A competing measure, Floridians for Solar Choice, the brainchild of a coalition of ...

New compost site scrapped at Sonoma County Central Landfill

Fossil & Biomass | By Kevin McCallum, The Press Democrat, Santa Rosa, Calif.
April 27--After nine years and $1 million of study, Sonoma County waste officials say they're abandoning plans to build a new composting facility at the county landfill west of Cotati. The Sonoma County Waste Management Agency announced Monday that, as part of a legal settlement with landfill neighbors, it would no longer pursue the green waste project, pegged at up to $55 million. "This is ...

Pennsylvania government ranked highest in country for green power usage

Solar | By Jared Stonesifer, Beaver County Times, Pa.
April 27--HARRISBURG -- Pennsylvania's state government recently ranked the highest in the country for usage of green power, which includes renewable sources like wind, solar and water. The ranking from the federal Environmental Protection Agency was released earlier this week. Not only did the state government rank as the highest public entity, it also finished 26th overall in a list of 100 ...

Solar powers Oakdale cheese plant, shades visitors

Solar | By John Holland, The Modesto Bee
April 26--OAKDALE -- Solar panels will provide most of the electricity for the cheese plant along Highway 120. And some of them will shade the cars of visitors to this popular spot. Oakdale Cheese & Specialties expects to generate 87 percent of the power it now buys from Pacific Gas and Electric Co., co-owner Jessica Bulk said Tuesday. The $175,000 system is about two weeks from completion by ...

Mexico opens solar plant, advances Baja peninsula electrification

Mexico's state power utility CFE has opened a 342kWh capacity, 468-panel solar plant in Muleg, in Baja California Sur state, the first of 40 such plants designed to bring electrification to areas on the peninsula that have remained off-grid until now. The Muleg plant will supply electricity to local households, schools and a hospital in the village of Luis Echeverra, for which new distribution ...

GAO Issues Report on Critical Infrastructure Protection

Targeted News Service WASHINGTON, April 27 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a report on federal efforts to address electromagnetic risks to the electric grid. The report (GAO-16-243) is titled "Critical Infrastructure Protection: Federal Agencies Have Taken Actions to Address Electromagnetic Risks, but Opportunities Exist to Further Assess Risks and Strengthen Collaboration" ...

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