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Soda Mountain solar power controversy goes to county supervisors Tuesday

Solar | By Jim Steinberg, San Bernardino County Sun, Calif.
It's boiling over with controversy as hot as the Mojave Desert itself in recent weeks. Environmental groups and National Park Service officials say the proposed Soda Mountain Solar Power Plant, about six miles southwest of Baker, is positioned in an environmentally significant spot -- and shouldn't happen. The proposed plant's owner and another federal agency, the Bureau of Land ...

FPL's $1.3B rate request faces intense scrutiny on hearing Day 1

Policy, Regulatory & Legal | By Susan Salisbury, The Palm Beach Post, Fla.
Four years ago, Florida Power & Light entered a secret rate increase settlement with large power users such as hospitals, manufacturing plants and military bases that left out the residential customers, small businesses and others. Monday, as hearings began on Juno Beach-based FPL's request to charge customers another $1.3 billion a year, the relationship was anything but cozy as ...

TCL&P, subcontractor face lawsuit

Policy, Regulatory & Legal | By Jordan Travis, The Record-Eagle, Traverse City, Mich.
The parents of a man who was killed in 2013 while trimming a tree have filed a lawsuit against Traverse City Light and Power and his employer. Brent Adams and Lou Ann Morgan, Zachary Adams' parents, are seeking damages for what they claim was their son's wrongful death. The suit states the tree in which Zachary Adams was killed while working had a history of causing ...

Coal industry on hunt for dollars to help capture carbon

Fossil & Biomass | By Jessica Holdman, The Bismarck Tribune, N.D.
Industry and lawmakers are pushing for funding to help commercialize carbon capture projects for new and old power plants. Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D., said there should be a focus on moving technology beyond lab research to field test commercially viable projects. He and industry leaders met with Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz earlier this month. The senator said he thinks Moniz is ...

House candidates discuss power

Fossil & Biomass | By Jim Bissett, The Dominion Post, Morgantown, W.Va.
Candidates for West Virginia's 50th and 51st House of Delegates spent part of their time with The Dominion Post Editorial Board last week tilting at windmills. And other sources of energy, besides wind, to get the Mountain State back on the grid -- and back in the manufacturing arena. Representing the 50th House were longtime incumbent Democrat Mike Caputo and Guy Ward, a Republican ...

South Bend companies help power solar energy across Indiana and the nation

Solar | By Alice Culp, South Bend Tribune, Ind.
South Bend residents complain a lot about the "perma-cloud." And yet, the city is seeing a lot of growth in an industry that requires the sun. In fact, several businesses in the city are helping to change the solar industry throughout Indiana and the nation. "The average person living in South Bend might drive around town and it doesn't look any different. They don't see ...

Demolition to begin on retired NIPSCO coal-fired power plant along Lake Michigan

NIPSCO recently announced plans to begin a 24-month process to demolish its out-of-service Dean H. Mitchell Electric Generating Station, located along Lake Michigan in Gary, Ind. NIPSCO will be working with the city of Gary and other local stakeholders to consider future development opportunities for the D.H. Mitchell site with a focus on creating investment, jobs and a tax base for the ...

And they all fall down: Provo Power smokestacks demolished

Provo residents turn out to watch as the 77-year-old Provo Power smokestacks fall early Sunday. After they fell, dust filled the air. According to a blog post on provomayor.com, the smokestacks were used when the downtown power plant used coal to generate electricity in Provo. With advancing technology and the use of other power resources, neither coal nor the smokestacks have been in use in ...

Businesses benefit from city-owned, deregulated power providers

Business & Corporate | By Kathryn Cargo, Victoria Advocate, Texas
Having the option to choose electrical providers rather than relying on municipally-owned power companies is good for business. But which is the best option depends on whom you ask. Tom Long, owner of Shop the World in Victoria, said having the power to choose his electricity provider saves his business money. "The more competition, the better," he said. "I like free enterprise. I ...

PNM deserves fair return on its power investments

Cheap electricity sounds great. Free sounds even better. As someone once said, “Such a deal!” From that perspective, the recommended decision by a Public Regulation Commission hearing officer on Public Service Company of New Mexico’s rate-hike request sounds great, until you delve into the reasoning, precedent and policy. Then it short circuits. Hearing examiner Carolyn Glick recommended on ...

Western Pa.'s coal site 'monstrosities' re-envisioned

Business & Corporate | By David Conti, The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
Two towering symbols of the electric grid's former reliance on coal power cast shadows over Union Township in Washington County. NRG Energy's Elrama Power Plant and FirstEnergy Corp.'s Mitchell plant just a few miles upstream each burned coal for decades along the Monongahela River before closing three years ago as environmental regulations and competition from cheaper natural gas ...

West Virginia permanently halts coal mine by state forest

West Virginia environmental regulators have ordered a company to stop mining permanently at a surface coal mine near Kanawha State Forest. Keystone Industries LLC signed the consent order with the Department of Environmental Protection last month to permanently halt Kanawha County mining operations near Marmet. The Kanawha Forest Coalition, which has fought the ...

East Kentucky Power Boosting Landfill Production

When landfills grow, they make more methane. That means more opportunities to turn combustible gas into power for electric cooperatives. So little wonder that East Kentucky Power Cooperative is embarking on a $2.9 million expansion to add capacity to its plant next to the Bavarian Landfill in Boone County. The Winchester-based G&T has been producing power from landfill gas at the site since ...

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