NextEra Energy and Hawaiian Electric File Joint Application with the Hawaii Public Utilities Commission Outlining Benefits of Proposed Merger for Advancing a More Affordable Clean Energy Future for Hawaii

Business & Corporate | JUNO BEACH, Fla., and HONOLULU, Jan. 30, 2015 /PRNewswire/ --
 NextEra Energy, Inc. (NYSE: NEE) and Hawaiian Electric Company, Inc., Hawaii Electric Light Company, Inc. and Maui Electric Company Limited (collectively referred to as Hawaiian Electric), subsidiaries of Hawaiian Electric Industries, Inc. (NYSE: HE) (HEI), today filed an application with the Hawaii Public Utilities Commission (PUC) requesting approval of the proposed merger involving Hawaiian Electric.

Patriot Coal Receives Top West Virginia Safety Awards

Business & Corporate | (The Associated Press) - Jan 29
Patriot Coal Corporation (OTC Pink: PATCA) today announced that the State of West Virginia presented the Bart B. Lay Jr. Milestones of Safety Award to the Samples surface mine for achieving the highest safety performance among surface coal mines in the state.

PG&E Plans to Offer Customers a Community Solar Choice in 2015

Solar | SAN FRANCISCO (The Associated Press) - Jan 29
Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) today received permission from state regulators to offer electric customers a new clean energy program that will provide up to 100 percent solar power for a modest cost premium each month. PG&E expects to start enrolling customers in the fourth quarter of this year.

SunEdison and TerraForm Power Close Acquisition of First Wind

Business & Corporate | (The Associated Press) - Jan 29
SunEdison, Inc. (NYSE:SUNE), the world's largest renewable energy developer, and TerraForm Power, Inc. (Nasdaq:TERP), a global owner and operator of clean energy power plants,  today announced that they have completed their previously announced acquisition of First Wind Holdings, LLC.

Fitch: Distributed Generation Growth Prospects Unaffected By Plunging Energy Prices

Business & Corporate | NEW YORK (The Associated Press) - Jan 30
Solar rooftop installations will see continued growth in 2015 despite lower energy prices, according to Fitch Ratings' new Distributed Generation Dashboard.

GEUS seeking applicants for Board of Trustees

Business & Corporate | Jan 30 - Greenville Herald-Banner (TX)
The City of Greenville has produced electric power for more than 100 years for businesses and citizens in Greenville.

California Roadmap Paves Way for Energy Storage Technology

Energy Storage | Jan 29 - Transmission & Distribution World
The California Independent System Operator (ISO), the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) and the California Energy Commission (CEC) unveiled a comprehensive roadmap to assess the current market environment and regulatory policies for connecting new energy storage technology to the state's power grid. Storage technology is being hailed globally as the game-changer toward reliably ...

Egypt : OTMT wins contracts to build renewable power stations in EGYPT

International | Jan 30 - TendersInfo (India)
Egypt's Orascom Telecom Media and Technology Holding (OTMT) has won contracts for construction of three renewable energy power stations. Investments will be to the tune of around EGP 1 billion.

EDF Energy Renewables drops Airriequhillart wind farm proposal

International | Jan 30 - Global Data Point
The developer's proposal envisaged the installation of 18 turbines at Airriequhillart between Port William and Wigtown.

American wind power rebounded in 2014, adding over four times as much as year before.

Wind | Jan 30 - Global Data Point
2014 saw the completion of 4,854 megawatts (MW) in generating capacity, with cumulative installed capacity increasing eight percent to a total of 65,879 MW.

EDF exec says first Taishan nuclear plant to be completed by year end

International | Jan 30 - Syrian Arab News Agency
French utility EDF expects the first nuclear power plant under construction in the southern city of Taishan to be completed by the end of the year, a company executive told Reuters.

FirstEnergy Generation Fleet Achieves Reliable Operating Record and Improved Safety Performance in 2014

Nuclear | Jan 30 - Global Data Point
"We are committed to building on our achievements of last year to remain a trusted source of dependable and affordable electricity to our region in 2015," said Jim Lash, president, FirstEnergy Generation.

El Paso Electric Announces Quarterly Dividend

Business & Corporate | Jan 30 - Business Wire
The Board of Directors of El Paso Electric (NYSE:EE) has declared a regular quarterly cash dividend on its common stock of $0.28 per share.

EEW wins foundations contract for Burbo Bank Extension project in UK

International | Jan 30 - Forexpros
EEW has secured a contract from Dong Energy to supply 32 monopile foundations and transition pieces for the 258MW Burbo Bank Extension offshore wind farm, to be built in Liverpool Bay, UK.

Black Hills Corp. Announces Board of Director Changes

Business & Corporate | Jan 30 - Thomson Reuters ONE
Black Hills Corp. (NYSE: BKH) today announced changes in the composition of its board of directors.

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