OGE shareholders eye solar, regulatory issues

Solar | By Paul Monies, The Oklahoman, Oklahoma City
May 19--The future was on the minds of some OGE Energy Corp. shareholders as they asked executives at the company's annual meeting on Thursday about solar generation, battery storage and regulatory issues. Shareholders defeated a resolution sponsored by the New York State Common Retirement Fund that would have asked OGE Energy's board to assess its response to distributed generation such as ...

Proposed energy tax may threaten Wyoming wind project

Wind | By Matt Murphy, Wyoming Tribune-Eagle, Cheyenne
May 20--CHEYENNE -- A proposed increase in wind energy taxes could thwart a massive wind power project in southern Wyoming, an executive of the company leading the project reiterated Thursday. Bill Miller, the president of Power Company of Wyoming, made the remarks at the Wyoming Business Report's Wyoming Energy Summit on Thursday afternoon in Cheyenne. The company has been trying to build the ...

What's the rush?

Solar | Ashland Daily Tidings, Ore.
May 20--Clean-energy activists who filed an initiative petition that would require Ashland to produce 10 percent of its own electricity from "new, local and clean" sources by 2020 are counting their solar panels before they're plugged in. Unlike other local municipalities, Ashland owns and operates its own electric utility. Also unlike other cities who depend on Pacific Power and its coal- and ...

Nuclear energy crisis on horizon

Nuclear | By William L. Spence, Lewiston Tribune, Idaho
May 20--WASHINGTON -- If America is serious about reducing greenhouse gas emissions, urgent action is needed to preserve the nation's current fleet of nuclear reactors. That at least was the view of U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz and a roomful of nuclear energy advocates during a half-day summit meeting Thursday on Capitol Hill. "Nuclear power provides about 60 percent of America's ...

STC students install, learn from solar energy system

Solar | By Stephen J. Pytak, Republican & Herald, Pottsville, Pa.
May 20--MAR LIN -- A group of students at Schuylkill Technology Center -- South Campus recently installed a solar energy system to heat water at the school. The system was acquired thanks to a $2,997 environmental education grant the school received from the state Department of Environmental Protection in April 2015, which was matched by $2,997 from the school, Andy J. Wollyung, a plumbing and ...

Pilgrims long-delayed water discharge permit updated

Nuclear | By Christine Legere, Cape Cod Times, Hyannis, Mass.
May 20--PLYMOUTH -- After operating for 20 years under an out-of-date water discharge permit, Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station, located on a mile-long stretch along Cape Cod Bay, may finish the last three years of its life following newer standards recently released in draft form by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The public has until July 18 to submit comments on the hefty document, ...

SolarCity efforts continuing in Buffalo

Human Resources | By Jonathan D. Epstein, The Buffalo News, N.Y.
May 19--With its business model facing some economic challenges and its new solar panel manufacturing plant caught up in a federal probe, SolarCity Corp.'s head of human resources for Buffalo on Thursday reiterated the company's commitment to create nearly 1,500 jobs in Buffalo and spend more than $5 billion on capital, operations and supply chain support over the next decade. Speaking to a ...

Jordan signs deal to connect to GCC power grid

International | By Mohammad Ghazal, Jordan Times, Amman
May 19--AMMAN -- Jordan on Thursday signed a memorandum of understanding with the GCC Interconnection Authority to join the Gulf countries' power grid through Saudi Arabia. Stressing the importance of the agreement, Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources Ibrahim Saif said at the signing ceremony that the deal is very important for the Kingdom in light of the increase in electricity prices, ...

A resounding no to wind farm permission extension

Wind |
A PLEA by a wind farm developer for a two-year time extension for a major 17 turbine project has been unceremoniously rejected by Inverness south planning applications committee. Meeting in Inverness on Tuesday, Nanclach Ltd hit a major stumbling block when its bid to have its existing permission for Tom Nan Clach Wind Farm at Glenferness extended from three years to five was thrown out. ...

Braintree light to seek approval for loan to build new power plant

Business & Corporate | By Fred Hanson, The Patriot Ledger, Quincy, Mass.
May 19--BRAINTREE -- The Braintree Electric Light Department will again seek the town's backing for loans to build a new power plant. Light Department General Manager William Bottiggi told the utility's commissioners Wednesday night that the request has been sent to Mayor Joseph Sullivan to be forwarded to the town council. He expects the council to take it up after it completes action on the ...

State regulatory review board rejects PUC's net-metering limits

Policy, Regulatory & Legal | By Daniel Moore, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
May 19--A state regulatory review board has struck down limits on how much surplus electricity customers with their own power generators, like rooftop solar panels, can sell back to utilities in Pennsylvania. The Pennsylvania Independent Regulatory Review Commission today unanimously rejected the caps, which were established by the Public Utility Commission in February after a contentious ...

Mirrors spark fire at world's largest solar-thermal plant

Solar |
A small fire shut down a generating tower at the world's largest solar power plant, leaving the sprawling facility on the California-Nevada border operating at only a third of its capacity, authorities said. Firefighters had to climb some 300 feet up a boiler tower at the Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System in California after fire was reported on an upper level around ...

Alliant Energy proposes a rate hike for 2017 and 2018

Business & Corporate | By Judy Newman, The Wisconsin State Journal
May 21--Alliant Energy, of Madison, is proposing to raise its rates for the first time since 2010, in a plan that would more than double the fixed monthly rate that residential electric customers pay. Under terms of the proposal filed with state regulators on Friday, Alliant is asking for a 1.1 percent increase in electric revenue, which would bring in $12.9 million over the next two years, ...

Gila River Indian Community to Receive $250,000 from Interior

The U.S. Department of the Interior's Bureau of Reclamation announced that it intends to award a $250,000 cooperative agreement to the Gila River Indian Community of Arizona, for community renewable energy study. The Bureau of Reclamation provided the following overview: "The Navajo Generating Station (NGS) is a 2,250 megawatt (MW) ...

SC of Ohio gives verdict in support of FirstEnergy in rate lawsuit

At least in theory, government officials are supposed to monitor electric utilities and ensure they do not abuse their monopoly power. For more than a century, these independent regulators have protected customers from unfair, above-market prices and provided a check on giant corporations. That social contract is being tested in Ohio. In an unprecedented move, the Public Utilities Commission ...

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