European Investment Bank to provide funds for new wind farm

LONDON (AP) — The European Investment Bank has agreed to provide extensive funding for a new wind farm off the northeast coast of Scotland. The bank said Wednesday it would allocate 525 million pounds ($770 million) for the facility to be built 14 kilometers (9 miles) off the Caithness coast near Wick, 1,070 kilometers (670 miles) north of London. The money would be used to build an 86-turbine ...

China firm in deal for Sudan nuclear plant

A Chinese state-owned company has signed a "preliminary" deal with Sudan to build the country's first nuclear power plant, an official in Khartoum said yesterday. The China National Nuclear Corporation signed a memorandum of understanding with the electricity ministry on Monday to build nuclear reactors that would help to generate electricity. "The agreement will allow Sudan to build in the ...

Is stable power a matter of cash?

The 24 power companies have got a N55.45 billion Nigerian Electricity Market Stabilisation Facility (NEMSF) from the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) to boost infrastructure. Will this lead to improved power supply? COLLINS NWEZE writes. Last Friday was busy in Lagos for power sector operators. The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), the Ministry of Power and other stakeholders in the sector met at ...

Coal power plant to cost US$1.5b

Source: Ekow Essabra-Mensah | B&FT Online | Ghana The first phase of the coal power plant project of the Volta River Authority (VRA) is estimated to cost US$1.5 billion. The project, which is expected to commerce in April 2017, will produce 700 megawatts of power when completed in three and half years while the second phase would hit 1,300 megawatts, moving to the 2,000 megawatts mark at the ...

Winona County Board focuses on solar issues

Solar | By Brian Todd, Post-Bulletin, Rochester, Minn.
May 25--WINONA -- The Winona County Board of Commissioners approved a conditional use permit for a utility-scale solar project Tuesday night, and took a step toward making solar decisions simpler in the future. The board approved the CUP for a 250-kilowatt project that will be installed along State Highway 248 in Rollingstone Township. But the permit took some debate among the commissioners. ...

Hog-waste-to-energy plan is a public policy victory

Fossil & Biomass | The Fayetteville Observer, N.C.
May 25--How many times have we all wondered why we spend so much time talking about hog waste and so little time doing something about it? We're pleased to note that there's a small change in the conversation. Someone -- several someones, actually -- is doing something different. And we'd love to see it succeed and grow. The someones are the biggest players in the country in the swine and ...

Talen Energy planning job cuts at three power plants

Human Resources | By Scott Kraus, The Morning Call (Allentown, Pa.)
May 25--ALLENTOWN -- Talen Energy's union expects the company to announce the elimination of 125 bargaining unit jobs across three of its power plants by the end of this week. The cuts -- spread across Talen's Brunner Island, Montour and Susquehanna plants -- would take effect in a few months after union job rules are applied and eligible workers decide whether to retire, said Steve Knoebel, ...

In search of solution, solar industry pivots to data

Solar |
May 25--Facing sometimes strained relationships with state officials, rooftop solar advocates appear to be adopting a less combative approach and coalescing around a less emotional plea to restore favorable rates for rooftop solar customers in Nevada.

Watch it burn: Multiple Lubbock volunteer fire crews monitor wind turbine fire

Wind | By Ellysa Gonzalez, Lubbock Avalanche-Journal, Texas
May 25--Lubbock County volunteer fire crews are waiting for a smoldering wind turbine to run out of the lubricating oil that was fueling the flames atop the structure Tuesday afternoon in West Lubbock County. The blaze was reported before 4 p.m. on a wind turbine near Reese Center and County Road 6400. The turbine was still smoldering and fire crews remained at the scene shortly before 5 p.m. ...

Xcel Energy requests nearly $90 million switching fee if LP&L joins ERCOT

Grid Operations | By Matt Dotray, Lubbock Avalanche-Journal, Texas
May 24--Xcel Energy is seeking an interconnection switching fee estimated to cost $88.7 million if Lubbock Power & Light procedes with its plan to disconnect from Xcel's system to join the Electric Reliability Council of Texas in 2019. Xcel Energy filed a request with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) on Tuesday asking the agency to approve the switching fee. The energy company ...

Ottawa Whirlpool plant to get wind turbine

Wind | By Craig Kelly, The Lima News, Ohio
May 25--OTTAWA -- The Whirlpool plant in Ottawa will soon be incorporating wind energy into its facility, with the addition of a wind turbine coming by the end of the year. The investment in the Ottawa plant, along with a similar investment in the corporation's Marion plant, will total $13.5 million, according to a corporate press release. Built and financed by One Energy, the 1.5-megawatt ...

Super solar plan for Arden Hills moves forward

Solar | By Jessie Van Berkel, Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
May 25--Electricity from 40 acres of solar panels could light the homes and businesses of an eco-friendly development planned in Arden Hills. The Ramsey County Board on Tuesday voted to purchase land at the former Twin Cities Army Ammunition Plant (TCAAP) site for what would be the largest solar array in the metro area. Xcel Energy would manage the solar installation, which is expected to ...

Offshore wind gets boost in energy proposal as advocates tout impacts on state, SouthCoast

Wind | By Mike Lawrence, The Standard-Times, New Bedford, Mass.
May 24--BOSTON -- Long-awaited energy legislation introduced Monday on Beacon Hill includes a substantial requirement for offshore wind power, signaling a potential kickstart for an industry viewed by many as vital to New Bedford's future. State Rep. Patricia Haddad, a Somerset Democrat who sponsored an early version of the bill and has pushed for offshore wind legislation for the past two ...

ScottMadden Energy Industry Update Highlights Electric Vehicles: On the Cusp of Change

Annoucement | May 24, 2016 Atlanta, GA
ScottMadden, Inc., one of North America's leading energy consulting firms, recently released its newest edition of The Energy Industry Update. This semi-annual publication offers our inside view of major events and emerging trends in the energy industry and is received by more than 10,000 industry leaders.

Info sessions planned on solar garden subscriptions

Solar |
May 24--MANKATO -- They're not called "Institutional Solar Gardens," but cities, counties, schools, hospitals and other large institutions have been the primary target of sales team pitching subscriptions to the gigantic solar arrays planned in the Mankato area. Region Nine Development Commission is hoping to put the "community" back into "community solar gardens," offering informational ...

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