Xcel nuclear power unit back online after false fire alarm

Nuclear | Mar 31 - McClatchy-Tribune Content Agency, LLC - Paul Walsh Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
Xcel Energy's Prairie Island nuclear power plant is back up to full capacity, now that repairs are complete after a false fire alarm in one of its two units sounded more than three weeks earlier.

Xcel says two-year rate hike in Minnesota will be 6.1 percent

Business & Corporate | Mar 31 - McClatchy-Tribune Content Agency, LLC - David Shaffer Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
Xcel Energy said Monday that it expects to raise its Minnesota electric rates by 6.1 percent, or $168 million, under a two-year rate hike approved last week by state regulators.

Gulf Coast Electric Cooperative gives back

Business & Corporate | Mar 31 - McClatchy-Tribune Content Agency, LLC - The News Herald, Panama City, Fla.
Gulf Coast Electric Cooperative announced last week a $4,600 boost to its Project Helping Hand fund, a way to assist members who are unable to pay utility bills.

NRC to hold open house to discuss Three Mile Island safety

Nuclear | Mar 31 - McClatchy-Tribune Content Agency, LLC - Brett Sholtis York Daily Record, Pa.
The Nuclear Regulatory Commission will hold an open house Tuesday, April 7 to discuss their safety review of Three Mile Island nuclear power plant, the commission said in a news release.

Generators show interest in utility project

Grid Operations | Mar 31 - McClatchy-Tribune Content Agency, LLC - St. Joseph News-Press, Mo.
Clean Line Energy has received requests for more than 20,000 megawatts of transmission service for the Grain Belt Express Clean Line project in an open solicitation process.

Blankenship defense continues to argue for change of venue

Policy, Regulatory & Legal | Mar 31 - McClatchy-Tribune Content Agency, LLC - Wendy Holdren The Register-Herald, Beckley, W.Va.
Former Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship's defense attorneys continue to argue for his trial to be moved outside the Southern District in a motion filed Friday.

Massive solar energy plan spurs Knox County town to mull moratorium

Policy, Regulatory & Legal | Mar 31 - McClatchy-Tribune Content Agency, LLC - Stephen Betts Bangor Daily News, Maine
A plan to erect nearly 3,000 solar panels in a field in a rural Knox County community has prompted town officials to propose a moratorium on such projects.

GOP: Fixing $36 million typo in energy bill is not so simple

Policy, Regulatory & Legal | Mar 31 - McClatchy-Tribune Content Agency, LLC - Christopher Cousins Bangor Daily News, Maine
Republican leaders said Monday that the case of the $36 million-a-year typo isn't as simple as it seems, because current legislators might not agree with their predecessors who passed the original bill in 2013.

Areva's future pegged to new plants in China

International | Mar 31 - China Daily: Hong Kong Edition
French nuclear giant Areva SA is setting its sights on China's nuclear market, as the country, with the world's largest number of reactors under construction, embarks on a major expansion program.

20MW of solar energy to be added to national grid

International | Mar 31 - New Vision (Uganda)
Twenty megawatts of solar energy is to be added to the national grid by the end of this year on completion of two solar stations in Tororo and Soroti, Electricity Regulatory Authority (ERA) has said.

FERC Approves NERC Risk-Based Registry Initiative

Policy, Regulatory & Legal | Mar 31 - Transmission & Distribution World
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission last week moved to improve reliability of the Bulk Electric System by approving the North American Electric Reliability Corp.'s plans to implement a new risk-based assessment and registration initiative.

Colombian Odinsa plans 20-MW solar project in Chile

International | Mar 31 - Syrian Arab News Agency
Colombian construction company Grupo Odinsa SA (CLB:ODINSA) wants to increase its investments in solar power in Chile with a new project of 20 MW, Victor Cruz, president of the company, said on Friday.

sPower and Camborne Capital Projects Achieve Commercialization Ahead of 1.4 ROC Deadline

International | Mar 31 - PR Newswire
sPower, a leading renewable energy provider, and Camborne Capital, a prominent UK solar developer, today announced that all three of their UK solar PV projects have achieved commercialization in time to qualify for the UK renewable obligation certificate (ROC) subsidy.

GDF SUEZ Energy Resources and the Houston Museum of Natural Science Reaffirm Their Commitment to Sustainable Energy Use

Wind | Mar 31 - PR Newswire
For the third consecutive year, GDF SUEZ Energy Resources will provide visitors to the Houston Museum of Natural Science with a "green" destination in honor of Earth Day by donating Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs) to offset 100 percent of the nonprofit's estimated electricity consumption during the month of April.

The Sun Starter Is Now Offering Residential Solar Leads Through Exclusive Contracts

Solar | Mar 31 - PR Newswire
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