Future so bright

Solar |
Jerry Marizza at United Power Inc. doesn't care if you believe in global warming or not ? he says solar farms just make good business sense. A new 13-megawatt solar farm east of Fort Lupton near Colorado Highway 52 is expected to stabilize future customer rates, for example, said Marizza, energy program coordinator at United Power, which has offices in Fort Lupton, Brighton and Golden. The $25 ...

Coal ash lawsuit could hinge on linking Elizabeth River arsenic to closed coal plant

Fossil & Biomass | JOHN RAMSEY Richmond Times-Dispatch
A federal lawsuit aimed at stopping Dominion Virginia Power's plans to bury its coal ash in unlined pits could hinge on whether environmentalists can prove that arsenic detected in the Elizabeth River is directly linked to the utility's now-closed coal plant in Chesapeake. The Southern Environmental Law Center, on behalf of the Sierra Club, argued Tuesday that arsenic and other metals leach ...

Q&A: A look behind the deal to shutter California nuke plant

Nuclear | By ALICIA CHANG, Associated Press
California's last nuclear power plant, perched on a seaside bluff midway between San Francisco and Los Angeles, is set to close by 2025 under an agreement announced Tuesday. The Diablo Canyon plant has been operating commercially since the mid-1980s, supplying power to about 3 million homes in Northern and central California. Here's a look at the terms of the deal: WHO'S ...

Former DEP chief Quigley lands at Penn energy center

Business & Corporate | By Andrew Maykuth, The Philadelphia Inquirer
John Quigley, who resigned in May as Gov. Wolf's environmental protection secretary, will join the University of Pennsylvania's Kleinman Center for Energy Policy as a senior fellow on July 1. Quigley, who was forced to resign after he sent a private email encouraging environmental activists to lobby for gas-drilling regulations, "brings a wealth of policy expertise to Penn's students ...

Recognizing competitive energy

Business & Corporate | Pioneer Press, St. Paul, Minn.
St. Paul's energy leadership is receiving international attention this week as leaders in the field gather here for a conference. We welcome the International District Energy Association, meeting through Thursday at RiverCentre. District Energy St. Paul -- the nonprofit that sells heating, cooling and power to downtown buildings -- is a key player in inviting 850 industry peers from ...

PH needs 10K MW to meet energy demand

The Philippines needs at least 10,000 megawatts (MW) or at least $20 to $30 billion of investment in the next 15 years is the economy is to grow by 7 percent to 8 percent in gross domestic product. "We have to build at least 10,000 MW more plants, at least $2M per MW, you're talking $20 billion to 30 billion of investments needed in the next 15 years or so," Business magnate Manuel ...

Grid, NextERA propose solar farm at Shoreham nuke plant site

Solar | By Mark Harrington, Newsday
-National Grid and NextEra are proposing to build the largest solar energy array in the state on 350 acres of wooded property beside the shuttered Shoreham nuclear plant in a move that could stoke the green-for-green debate. The proposal, to be submitted Wednesday as part of a LIPA/PSEG Long Island request for proposals for green energy, would have a maximum capacity of 72 megawatts -- ...

ABB inverter dramatically boosts performance of solar power installations

Annoucement | June 20, 2016 Zurich, Switzerland
ABB starts shipping a central inverter, an essential component in every solar installation, with a 40 percent increase in power density .

FPL looking to purchase Indiantown coal-fired plant

Fossil & Biomass | By Susan Salisbury, The Palm Beach Post, Fla.
Florida Power & Light Co. wants to purchase a coal-fired power plant in Indiantown for $451 million and immediately reduce the plant's operations with the intention of eventually shutting it down. Juno Beach-based FPL filed a petition Monday with the Florida Public Service Commission proposing to purchase the ownership interest in the 330-megawatt Indiantown Cogeneration facility at ...

FPL ordered to fix Turkey Point plant's salty plume

Nuclear | By Susan Salisbury, The Palm Beach Post, Fla.
Florida Power & Light Co. was ordered Monday to clean up extremely salty water extending two miles underground westward from its Turkey Point nuclear plant's cooling canal system and reduce high levels of nutrients in waters connected to Biscayne Bay. The Florida Department of Environmental Protection's director of its Division of Water Resource Management John Coates and Juno Beach ...

Weld County leaders begin to wrap up solar regulations

Solar | By Catherine Sweeney, Greeley Tribune, Colo.
As county officials put the finishing touches on their proposed rules to regulate the solar industry, the hype about them has begun to die down. The proposal started out contentious, but when the Board of Weld County Commissioners discussed them during a meeting Monday morning, hardly anyone showed. During the first handful of meetings about the rules -- when commissioners ...

Nuclear Will Power Future

Nuclear | The Columbian, Vancouver, Wash.
The debate over nuclear power is coming full circle -- and in the process it represents the future of energy production in the United States. Starting when the Yankee Rowe Nuclear Power Station came online in 1960 in Rowe, Mass., nuclear energy was viewed as a panacea. That view quickly changed. Concern grew about nuclear waste; a partial core meltdown in 1979 at Pennsylvania's Three ...

Energy issues concern councilors

Solar | By Peter Francis, The Eagle-Tribune, North Andover, Mass.
City Councilors Melinda Barrett and Colin LePage are requesting an update on the state of the city's energy resources from Purchasing Director Orlando Pacheco. After learning of the demise of the city's deal with SunEdison, a solar energy company facing bankruptcy, to construct a 6,500 panel solar array on a capped portion of the Bradford landfill, LePage placed Pacheco ...

N.C. solar energy keeps defying its obstacles

Solar | The Fayetteville Observer, N.C.
We saw it coming, but it's still a jolt to see it arrive so fast. Wasn't it yesterday that we were calling solar power the energy supply of the future? And suddenly, today is the future -- or very nearly so. As a story in The News & Observer reported this week, energy experts say North Carolina is moving close to "peak solar," the point of maximum solar-electric development. As we've ...

Vestas awaits approval for 1,000-turbine deal in Iowa

Wind | By Bridgett Weaver, Greeley Tribune, Colo.
Vestas Wind Systems, which has four Colorado manufacturing plants, has entered into a conditional agreement to provide up to 1,000 wind turbines for an Iowa wind energy project.

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