Massachusetts Reaches Solar Milestone

Solar | Aug 26 - Targeted News Service
The Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs issued the following news release: The Patrick Administration today announced another major clean energy milestone, surpassing 15,000 solar installations in the Commonwealth.

NRC gives Exelon go-ahead on Peach Bottom

Policy, Regulatory & Legal | Aug 26 - McClatchy-Tribune Regional News - Andrew Maykuth The Philadelphia Inquirer
The Nuclear Regulatory Commission on Monday approved Exelon Generation Co.'s request to increase the electrical output of its two Peach Bottom nuclear reactors by 12.4 percent.

Ex-Im Financing Supports the Export of Wind Turbines made in Kansas and Iowa to Peru

International | WASHINGTON, Aug. 25, 2014 /PRNewswire
The Export-Import Bank of the United States (Ex-Im Bank) has authorized a pair of direct loans to two wind power projects in Peru for the export of wind turbines manufactured in Hutchinson, Kan., and Fort Madison, Iowa, by Siemens Energy Inc.

Plant Farley and workers' union sign new contract

Business & Corporate | BIRMINGHAM, Ala., Aug. 25, 2014 /PRNewswire
On Monday, Aug, 25, leaders of the Joseph M. Farley Nuclear Plant and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers signed a new five-year contract effective Aug. 15.

PG&E Reports Electric Service Restored to Homes and Businesses Impacted by Napa County Earthquake

Grid Operations | SAN FRANCISCO, Aug. 25, 2014 /PRNewswire
Pacific Gas and Electric Company is reporting that electric service is restored for 70,000 customers affected by Sunday's Napa County earthquake.

Gov. Snyder to convene panel on Michigan's acceptance of low-level radioactive waste

Policy, Regulatory & Legal | Aug 25 - McClatchy-Tribune Regional News - Keith Matheny Detroit Free Press
Saying he remains "deeply committed to protecting public health and Michigan's precious water resources," Gov. Rick Snyder today announced plans to form a panel of experts to look at the state's standards for disposing of low-level radioactive materials.

Promise of a 'clean coal' future far from reality

Fossil & Biomass | North Carolina Central University, Durham, NC August 25, 2014 -- Campus Echo, provided by UWIRE, a division of Uloop via Comtex
In 2003, President George W. Bush unveiled plans for the world's first zero-emissions coal plant, a project that would serve as a global showcase of America's ability to reduce carbon emissions from fossil fuels.

Fitch Downgrades Coso Geothermal Power Holdings LLC's 2007 Pass-Through Trust Certificates to 'C'

Business & Corporate | SAN FRANCISCO, Aug 25, 2014 -- BUSINESS WIRE
Fitch Ratings has downgraded the rating on Coso Geothermal Power Holdings LLC's (Coso) $629 million ($455 million outstanding) pass through certificates due 2026 from 'CC' to 'C'.

To Prevent Long Power Outages, Communities Look to Microgrids

Distributed & Cogeneration | Aug 25 - McClatchy-Tribune Regional News - Daniel C. Vock Governing
A giant October snowstorm three years ago knocked out power to Wesleyan University in Middletown, Conn., for the first time that anyone could remember.

Project advances but no firm timeline yet for wind farm

Future & Alternative Generation | Aug 25 - Kate Elizabeth Queram Star-News, Wilmington, N.C.
The federal government recently identified more than 307,000 acres off the North Carolina coast for potential wind-energy development, the most significant step toward commercial wind power in the Tar Heel State. But a concrete timeline for construction remains elusive.

Otter Tail Power plans 6.5 percent rate increase

Business & Corporate | Aug 25 - McClatchy-Tribune Regional News - Seth Johnson Fergus Falls Daily Journal, Minn.
Otter Tail Power customers should expect about a 6.5 percent rate increase sometime in the coming months, and while the larger bills might be less pleasant to pay, the hike should not be a surprise.

BGE Launches Third Annual Wires Down Video Challenge and Invites Elementary Schools to Compete to Win Up to $10,000 to Fund a School Enrichment Project

Business & Corporate | BALTIMORE, Aug 25, 2014 -- BUSINESS WIRE
As students, teachers and parents get ready for back-to-school, Baltimore Gas and Electric Company (BGE) is pleased to announce the launch of its third annual Wires Down Video Challenge to raise awareness about the importance of electrical safety among elementary school-aged children.

Power back, cleanup today

Grid Operations | Aug 25 - McClatchy-Tribune Regional News - Mike Corn The Hays Daily News, Kan.
Western Cooperative Electric crews will be back in the field today cleaning up the mess left in the wake of Friday's fast-moving storm.

TVA Funds: How Are They Spent?

Business & Corporate | Aug 25 - McClatchy-Tribune Regional News - Deangelo McDaniel The Decatur Daily, Ala.
Tennessee Valley Authority in-lieu of tax money local lawmakers set up for their discretionary spending has been handed out for small and large projects.

HELCO crews shift attention to debris cleanup

Grid Operations | Aug 25 - McClatchy-Tribune Regional News - The Honolulu Star-Advertiser
A day after completing its two-week effort to restore power to upper Puna, Hawaii Electric Light Co. personnel continued to work with county crews and other agencies Sunday to clear debris left by Tropical Storm Iselle.

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