Athens to build new substations, improve power lines

Grid Operations | Mar 26 - McClatchy-Tribune Content Agency, LLC - Bayne Hughes The Decatur Daily, Ala.
Power outages used to be common where Harold Fowler lives on Hunter Lane in Decatur's annexed area of Limestone County.

Larsen Engineer working on study for solar system for Lewis County

Solar | Mar 26 - McClatchy-Tribune Content Agency, LLC - Whitney Randolph Watertown Daily Times, N.Y.
Representative from Larsen Engineers gave the Lewis County Board of Legislators' Ways and Means Committee on Monday an overview of how the company will assist the county in finding the best option for a solar energy system.

Colorado Springs Utilities customers to get slight decrease in rates

Business & Corporate | Mar 26 - McClatchy-Tribune Content Agency, LLC - Monica Mendoza The Gazette (Colorado Springs, Colo.)
Colorado Springs Utilities customers will see a small decrease in their electric bills -- 72 cents a month for a typical residential user -- effective April 1.

DOE to look at separate disposal of defense, commercial nuclear waste

Policy, Regulatory & Legal | Mar 26 - McClatchy-Tribune Content Agency, LLC - Annette Cary Tri-City Herald (Kennewick, Wash.)
A change announced Tuesday in the United States' nuclear waste disposal policy could speed up Hanford cleanup, said Sen. Maria Cantwell, D-Wash.

NH electric rates expected to drop

Business & Corporate | Mar 26 - McClatchy-Tribune Content Agency, LLC - John Sakata The Eagle-Tribune, North Andover, Mass.
The warmer weather isn't the only reason people will be smiling.

Rising rates deliver electric shock

Business & Corporate | Mar 26 - McClatchy-Tribune Content Agency, LLC - Jordan Graham Boston Herald
A legislative committee is looking into increases in electricity prices in Massachusetts, with its chairman calling the hikes "unprece-dented" and "outrageous" as news broke that Boston residents paid far more than the national average for electricity.

Oregon DOJ launches investigations of tax credits for university solar projects

Policy, Regulatory & Legal | Mar 26 - McClatchy-Tribune Content Agency, LLC - Ted Sickinger The Oregonian, Portland, Ore.
The Oregon Department of Justice has opened criminal and civil investigations into the award of $11.8 million in state tax credits for a series of solar arrays installed at Oregon State University and the Oregon Institute of Technology.

California first state to get 5 percent of electricity from solar

Solar | Mar 26 - McClatchy-Tribune Content Agency, LLC - David R. Baker San Francisco Chronicle
California's decadelong push to add solar power is showing some big results.

Local consumer prices drop for gas, electricity

Business & Corporate | Mar 26 - McClatchy-Tribune Content Agency, LLC - L.M. Sixel Houston Chronicle
Lower energy prices drove consumer prices in Houston down 0.9 percent in January and February, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported Tuesday.

Va. secures lease for 2 test wind turbines off Va. Beach

Future & Alternative Generation | Mar 26 - McClatchy-Tribune Content Agency, LLC - Aaron Applegate The Virginian-Pilot
The state has secured a lease -- the first of its kind in the country -- to build a wind energy pilot project in federal waters off the coast of Virginia Beach, Gov. Terry McAuliffe announced Tuesday.

Bill would create state climatologist office

Policy, Regulatory & Legal | Mar 26 - McClatchy-Tribune Content Agency, LLC - Brian Lyman Montgomery Advertiser, Ala.
Legislation before the Alabama House of Representatives would create a formal state office of climatology, but the sponsor and the state climatologist part ways on whether the office could serve in an advocacy role.

Vandalism reported at Minnesota energy facilities

Communications & Security | Mar 26 - McClatchy-Tribune Content Agency, LLC - David Unze St. Cloud Times, Minn.
Minnesota had three reported incidents of attacks on its power grid between January 2011 and December 2014, according to a review of federal data about cyber attacks.

Greenko Group plans to increase capacity to 5,000MW by 2020

International | Mar 26 - McClatchy-Tribune Content Agency, LLC - Viswanath Pilla Mint, New Delhi
Greenko Group Plc, a Hyderabad-based clean energy company that is listed on the London Stock Exchange's Alternative Investment Market (AIM), said it was scouting for hydropower assets, with plans to increase power generation capacity by five times to 5,000 megawatts (MW) by 2020.

PTC India offers Nepal help to set up power trading firm

International | Mar 26 - McClatchy-Tribune Content Agency, LLC - Utpal Bhaskar Mint, New Delhi
Power trader PTC India Ltd has offered to set up a state-owned power trading organization to maximize the benefits of electricity commerce in Nepal--part of a region where energy security has become increasingly important to development efforts.

PIRA Energy Group's Weekly Natural Gas, Power and Coal Market Recap for the Week Ending March 22nd, 2015

Risk & Operations | Mar 26 - PR Web
NYC-based PIRA Energy Group believes that the Asian demand outlook remains essentially weak and will not begin to turn around, even in the face of some of the lowest LNG prices in over a year. In the U.S., last week's reported withdrawal is likely to be the last of the heating season with moderate builds projected for the next two EIA reports. In Europe, it …

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