Construction of worlds largest dam in DR Congo could begin within months

The largest dam in the world is set to begin construction within months and could be generating electricity in under five years. But 35,000 people may have to be relocated and it could be built without any environmental or social impact surveys, say critics. The $14bn (£9.5bn) Inga 3 project, the first part of the mega-project, is being fast-tracked by the Democratic Republic of Congo ...

4 takeaways: Where Sandovals energy task force stands on renewables, solar

Policy, Regulatory & Legal | By Daniel Rothberg, Las Vegas Sun
May 27--For Nevada's energy sector, the legislative session started early. Representatives from the energy industry and lawmakers on an energy task force Thursday recommended several pieces of legislation that ranged from eliminating outdated statutes to grandfathering pre-2016 rooftop solar customers under prior rates. It asked the governor to reconsider the way regulators plan for the ...

Electricity prices way above EU average

And new figures from Eurostat also show that domestic electricity charges here are the second highest in the EU, once taxes and levies are stripped out. The European Union's statistics agency found that prices here were way higher than the average across 28 countries. A statement from the European Commission office in Dublin confirmed the new figures show that Irish households pay more for ...

Lake Erie wind farm gets $40M federal construction grant

Wind |
Officials say a planned wind-farm project in Lake Erie has received a $40 million federal grant for construction costs. Democratic U.S. Rep. Marcy Kaptur of Toledo and other officials announced Friday that Lake Erie Energy Development Corp. will receive the U.S. Department of Energy money over the next three years. The company plans to build six wind turbines that will generate 20 megawatts of ...

Iran, Russia to launch full-scale operation of Bushehr N. plant

TEHRAN (ISNA)- Russia and Iran are about to launch full-scale of operations on the construction of the second and third units of the Beshehr Nuclear Power Plant, Rosatom's press service announced. Russia and Iran in the next few weeks plan to solve the tasks needed for the full-scale of operations on the construction of the second and third units of the Bushehr Nuclear Power Plant, Rosatom's ...

Construction begins on 62 MW PV plant in Minnesota

Solar |
Marshall Solar, a subsidiary of Florida-based energy supplier NextEra Energy Resources, in a partnership with Minnesota-based utility Xcel Energy has launched construction for a 62 MW solar plant, reports Associated Press. The Marshall solar facility will be spread across the area of 144 hectares about seven kilometers east of the city of Marshall. According to Xcel Energy, this project will ...

Alsons to build 3 power plants in Mindanao this year

International | Business Mirror
ALSONS Consolidated Resources Inc. (ACR) of the Alcantara Group is set to begin construction of three major power projects in Mindanao this year. These three projects are the second 105-megawatt (MW) section of the 210-MW Sarangani Energy Corp. (SEC) baseload coal-fired power plant in Maasim, Sarangani; the 15-MW Siguil River run-of-river hydroelectric plant, also in Maasim, Sarangani; and the ...

DOE withdraws money for Dominion offshore wind project

Wind |
Dominion Virginia Power announced Friday that it is reassessing options for its offshore research project after it was dropped from a Department of Energy program, making it ineligible for $40 million in funding. Dominion said in a statement the DOE withdrew the funding because the company could not guarantee the project would be in service by 2020. "Naturally, we are disappointed in the DOE's ...

Kenyatta boasts of Kenyas superb power generation

KENYAN President Uhuru Kenyatta says the energy sector in his country has performed "superbly" as a result of private sector involvement that now generates 30 per cent of power. Speaking during a session dubbed: "The Path to Universal Access to Energy in Africa by 2025", President Kenyatta disclosed that the energy sector in Kenya is performing "superbly" due to the Kenyan government's ...

Power consumption hits new high this year

Taipei, May 27 (CNA) A new high for power consumption in 2016 was set at 2:06 pm on Friday when Taiwan consumed 33,123.8 megawatts (MW) of electricity, according to state-run utility Taiwan Power Company (Taipower, ??), as Taiwan was hit by sweltering temperatures. The system had power reserves of only 1,275 MW, equal to a 385 percent reserve margin, and was close to the power rationing alert ...

Why is Dynegy idling Illinois coal plants?

Fossil & Biomass | By Jacob Barker, St. Louis Post-Dispatch
May 28--When the Wood River power plant in East Alton ceases operations this week, it will mark the first in a string of plant closures that could idle 30 percent of Southern Illinois electricity capacity. Wood River's first unit fired up in 1954, so the 465-megawatt coal-fired plant probably didn't have many more years left anyway. But, according to its owner, it wasn't age or tightening ...

Ameren backs Exelon bill after changes to energy efficiency rules

Energy Efficiency | By Jacob Barker, St. Louis Post-Dispatch
May 28--In the final days of the Illinois legislative session, almost all the attention is focused on resolving a year-old budget impasse. But in the background, lobbyists for the state's biggest energy and utility companies have been trying to build support for big changes to Illinois utility rules. Chief among them is a bill backed by Chicago-based nuclear power plant giant Exelon Corp. that ...

Exelon makes another try for energy changes that critics call bailout

Policy, Regulatory & Legal | By Kim Geiger, Chicago Tribune
May 27--Exelon is trying to orchestrate an unlikely end-of-session deal to pass far-reaching legislation to prop up what it says are financially struggling nuclear power plants, threatening to close them and eliminate hundreds of jobs if lawmakers don't act. The scene is a repeat of last year, when the energy giant made a similar ask. That request went nowhere as legislators were consumed with ...

Metro Pacific buys 56 percent of GT Capitals power unit

International | By Katrina Mennen A. Valdez, The Manila Times, Philippines
May 28--CONGLOMERATE Metro Pacific Investments Corp. (MPIC) on Friday acquired a controlling 56 percent interest in GT Capital Holdings Inc.'s unit Global Business Power Corp., a major power generation player in the Visayas and some parts of Luzon, for P22.06 billion. The two companies said MPIC, through its associate Beacon Electric Asset Holdings Inc., will acquire 56 percent of Global Power ...

Spain gets EU consent to spend $2.4BN on shutting coal mines

MADRID (AP) — Spain has won approval from European authorities to spend 2.13 billion euros ($2.4 billion) on the closure of 26 coal mines by 2018. The government expenditure includes covering production losses as the uncompetitive mines wind down, providing financial support to laid-off workers through severance payments and social security benefits, and financing safety and other works after ...

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