Small nuclear leak noted at FitzPatrick plant; federal regulator said it poses 'no immediate risks'

Nuclear | By Gordon Block, Watertown Daily Times, N.Y.
Officials at the James A. FitzPatrick Nuclear Power Plant say cleanup will begin this month on a small leak of nuclear material that federal officials said has been known of for four years. The spill took place in the basement of the Entergy Corp.-owned plant's radwaste building, a highly shielded area of the plant, according to Neil Sheehan, of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory ...

Lighthouse Wind requesting meteorological tower permits

Wind | By Rachel Fuerschbach, Lockport Union-Sun & Journal, N.Y.
Lighthouse Wind is requesting approval from the Town of Somerset's Planning Board for two special-use permits that would allow for the placement of meteorological towers on two private properties for data collection. The data collected would allow Lighthouse Wind to determine the viability of its proposed wind turbine project in the town. The proposed towers would be temporary ...

US BOEM moves ahead with 765 MW floating wind project

Wind |
The US Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) has issued a Request for Interest (RoI) in a lease area requested by Trident Winds for its proposed 765 MW floating wind energy project in the Morro Bay, in federal waters offshore California (United States). US renewable power project developer Trident Winds started negotiations with the city of Morro Bay in California to install around 100 ...

US wind soars to 74GW

Wind |
US wind capacity reached almost 74GW last year driven by the increasingly-attractive prices for the technology, according to a Department of Energy (DoE) report. Annual installations increased by 77% in 2015 to 8.6GW compared with the previous year to make wind power the most-deployed electricity source in the country, the 2015 Wind Technologies Market Report said. More than 4300 utility-scale ...

TN wildlife officials oppose wind farm

Wind | Larry Woody, Outdoors Writer
An editorial by Tennessee Wildlife Federation executive Mike Butler strongly opposes a proposed wind farm atop the Cumberland Plateau. The editorial, posted on the TWF website, claims the wind farm would be devastating to the environment and to wildlife. The 23 giant turbines, each towering 600 feet high and with huge blades hundreds of feet long, would be visible for miles. The wind farm ...

20-megawatt solar utility project announced for Northampton County

Solar |
In what was the second solar announcement in a week, Gov. Terry McAuliffe said Wednesday that Hecate Energy LLC has received a permit for a new utility-scale solar facility to be built in Cape Charles in Northampton County. Once complete, the 20-megawatt project will provide enough energy to power more than 3,000 households throughout the region. "This project builds on important investments ...

Group presents plan for potential solar farm in Boykins

Solar | Rebecca Chappell
Geenex Solar, a company based in Charlotte, North Carolina, has presented a plan for a potential solar farm to be placed in Boykins. Known as The Beetle Solar Project, it would take up 396 acres. "Geenex is very happy to come to Southampton County. We aim to not only deliver reliable assets to our investors, but also strive to have a long-term positive impact to the community," CEO ...

Omnibus bill invests in renewable energy sources

State Rep. David DeCoste, R-Norwell, said he was pleased by the passage of the omnibus legislation to diversify the commonwealth’s renewable energy portfolio through the expanded procurement of offshore wind and hydroelectric power. “This is an important step forward in the state’s ongoing efforts to invest in more clean and renewable energy resources,” said DeCoste. “The provisions contained ...

Yankee array may flip switch this fall

Solar | NICHOLAS HANDY
If all goes according to plan, Yankee Publishing’s solar array will be operational this fall. Yankee Publishing President Jamie Trowbridge said construction on the company’s 93.5 kilowatt array began three to four weeks ago. Trowbridge said the array will likely be operational by September or October. “I’m optimistic that the solar array will be generating ...

Colorado Springs Utilities predicts failure on conservation goal

Colorado Springs Utilities won't meet its five-year goal to slash energy demand by 12 percent, a conservation threshold that's critical for closure of the coal-fired Martin Drake Power Plant. The bad news about "demand-side management" emerged after a rosy presentation Wednesday by Kenny Romero, Utilities' manager of demand side management and renewable energy solutions. "Why are we not trying ...

HWE Co-Op to Break Ground on Community Solar Project

Solar |
Hancock-Wood Electric Cooperative announced it is breaking ground Friday, August 19, at 2 p.m., on its OurSolar community solar array as a green-energy option for its nearly 11,000 residential member owners. Ohio's Electric Cooperatives leadership, elected officials, media representatives and the community are invited to attend. OurSolar will contain a photovoltaic array of 300 panels to be ...

Monadnock Food Co-op goes solar with pilot project

Solar | By Meghan Foley, The Keene Sentinel, N.H.
A Keene business is the first in the city to install a community supported solar array, and the project's developers hope it won't be the last. While there are already solar installations in the Monadnock Region, including in the towns of Hinsdale, Peterborough and Swanzey with another proposed for Fitzwilliam, the one now sitting atop the roof of the Monadnock Food Co-op on Cypress ...

PG&E continues work to restore power to Clayton fire residents

Grid Operations | Lake County News reports
While firefighters continue to progress toward fully containing the Clayton fire, Pacific Gas and Electric said it's still engaged in the process of restoring power to community members who live in the fire area. Early Wednesday, PG&E reported that approximately 622 customers in the fire area remained without power. Company spokesman Denny Boyles said many of those ...

Utilities to take greater steps to notify Maryland residents of turn-offs after Princess Anne carbon monoxide deaths

Policy, Regulatory & Legal | By Jessica Anderson, The Baltimore Sun
Beginning this week, utility companies in Maryland will have to take greater steps to notify residents and local governments when service is shut off to a residence when theft is alleged, the Maryland Public Service Commission announced. The new requirements were created after Rodney Todd and his seven children were found dead in April 2015 of carbon monoxide poisoning from a ...

SDG&E shareholders and green groups headed for face-off?

Business & Corporate | By Joshua Emerson Smith, The San Diego Union-Tribune
A showdown between renewable energy advocates and San Diego Gas & Electric's shareholders looks increasingly likely. State regulators on Thursday approved SDG&E's request to form an independent lobbying arm that would be allowed to oppose a government-run energy program gaining traction in the county and state as a way to increase the use of green power. Known as community choice ...

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