Rockland residents raise environmental concerns at natural gas forum

Fossil & Biomass | May 27 - McClatchy-Tribune Content Agency, LLC - Stephen Betts Bangor Daily News, Maine
An application for a natural-gas fired power plant will not be filed until late fall or early summer but not until a series of public informational meeting are held, according to City Councilor Larry Pritchett.

SolarCity starting to build Buffalo workforce

Solar | May 27 - McClatchy-Tribune Content Agency, LLC - David Robinson The Buffalo News, N.Y.
SolarCity is starting to build its Buffalo workforce. The solar energy systems installer, which is building a Buffalo factory that ultimately is expected to employ 1,460 people once it's running at full capacity in 2017, has hired its first three local employees as it builds the system to hire a local workforce.

ALLETE reports higher net income for Q1, reaffirms annual guidance

Business & Corporate | May 27, 2015 -- MarketLine
ALLETE, Inc., an electric utility company, has reported that net income attributable to the company for the first quarter ended March 31, 2015 was $39.9 million, or $0.85 per common diluted share, compared to $33.5 million, or $0.80 per common diluted share, for the same quarter ended March 31, 2014. For 2015, the company has reaffirmed its earnings per share guidance to be in the range of $3.00 to $3.20.

Bill aimed at resolving electric rate uncertainty clears key hurdle in House committee, 18-1

Policy, Regulatory & Legal | May 27 - McClatchy-Tribune Content Agency, LLC - Dave Solomon The New Hampshire Union Leader, Manchester
Legislation intended to resolve uncertainty about electric rates cleared a key House committee on Tuesday, but the battle over restructuring the state's largest utility is far from over.

Willmar considers renewable energy rate

Solar | May 27 - McClatchy-Tribune Content Agency, LLC - David Little West Central Tribune, Willmar, Minn.
The Willmar Municipal Utilities Commission will conduct a public hearing on a proposed rate that owners of renewable energy facilities such as solar panels or wind turbines would receive if they sell energy to the city-owned utility.

HEI reports lower Q1 net income, provides guidance for 2015

Business & Corporate | May 27, 2015 -- MarketLine
Hawaiian Electric Industries, Inc., or HEI, has reported that net income for common stock for the first quarter ended March 31, 2015 was $31.87 million, or $0.31 per share, compared to $45.79 million, or $0.45 per share, for the same quarter ended March 31, 2014. For 2015, the company expects earnings per share to be in the range of $1.64 to $1.74.

Consumers Energy plans to retire seven old coal-fired generating plants

Fossil & Biomass | May 27, 2015 -- MarketLine
Consumers Energy, an electric and gas utility, has announced plans to retire its seven old coal-fired generating plants by April 2016.

CalCom Solar to Deploy 1.1MW Solar System at Medeiros and Son Dairy

Solar | May 27 - PR Newswire
CalCom Solar, a leader in design-build solar projects for agribusinesses and water districts, has commenced installation of a new 1.1 MW solar power system at Medeiros and Son Dairy in Hanford, CA. The project will be completed in Summer 2015.

Tecogen Sells Two 100 kW Combined Heat and Power (CHP) Units to Rising Upper East Side Apartment Building

Distributed & Cogeneration | May 27 - PR Newswire
Tecogen® Inc. (NASDAQ: TGEN) today announced the sale of two InVerde® Ultra, INV-100, combined heat and power (CHP) units to a rising (under construction) multi-residential apartment building located in the Upper East Side of Manhattan. The InVerde units will provide 200 kW of electricity, plus thermal energy in the form of hot water to heat the …

Power Outages May Become Worse Absent Upgrades To National, State Reliability Rules

Grid Operations | May 27 - PR Newswire
National and state electricity regulations that industries, businesses, and consumers depend on to prevent power outages are deficient in a number of significant ways that could result in worse future outages unless the rules are strengthened, especially as hurricanes and other weather events are predicted to become more severe under climate change, according to a new study.

Solar contractor SolTerra kept getting cut from developments for cost, so it became a developer

Solar | May 27 - McClatchy-Tribune Content Agency, LLC - Elliot Njus The Oregonian, Portland, Ore.
SolTerra Systems, a solar and sustainability contractor, found time and again that when developers looked to cut costs on residential or commercial developments, its work was first to go.

Deadline approaching for comments on environmental proposals for Merced County dam

Hydro | May 27 - McClatchy-Tribune Content Agency, LLC - Merced Sun-Star (Merced, Calif.)
Friday is the deadline to submit public comments on federal proposals that many Merced County farmers fear could further reduce irrigation water for the next half-century.

Blankenship again asks court to delay trial to January 2016

Policy, Regulatory & Legal | May 27 - McClatchy-Tribune Content Agency, LLC - Wendy Holdren The Register-Herald, Beckley, W.Va.
Defense attorneys for former Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship have filed a third motion asking the court to delay the trial until January 2016.

Solar farm ruled out for Stonington transfer station

Solar | May 27 - McClatchy-Tribune Content Agency, LLC - Joe Wojtas The Day, New London, Conn.
A plan to erect a solar energy farm at the town transfer station has been placed on the back burner after officials discovered technical and cost issues with the proposal.

East Ky. mines among Alpha Natural Resources affiliates downsizing

Business & Corporate | May 27 - McClatchy-Tribune Content Agency, LLC - The Floyd County Times, Prestonburg, Ky.
Operating affiliates of Alpha Natural Resources, Inc. (NYSE: ANR) have notified employees today of the expected idling of the mining and processing operations where they work. In accordance with requirements of the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification (WARN) Act, notices were given today to 439 employees at Rockspring Development's Camp Creek Underground Mine and Processing Plant in Wayne County, West Virginia, regarding the expected idling of those facilities based on the mine operator's current assessment of market conditions.

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