EPA adopts new smog standard that environmentalists say is weak

Environmental, Emissions & Carbon Mgmt | Los Angeles Times (CA) Oct 1
The U.S Environmental Protection Agency has adopted a stricter smog limit that will force states to reduce emissions and improve respiratory health for millions over the next decade while bringing billions in pollution-control costs to industry.

ScottMadden Joins Industry Leaders to Discuss Responses to Coal Plant Shutdowns and Impacts of Expanding the CAISO EIM

Annoucement | October 01, 2015 | Atlanta, GA
ScottMadden, Inc., one of North America’s leading energy consulting firms, recently joined leading industry players as a sponsor and presenter at Infocast’s 7th Annual Transmission Summit West in San Diego, California.

U.S. Solar PV market is expected to exceed 60.0 GW by 2022 Market Research Report by Hexa Reports Inc.

Solar | Oct 01, 2015 -- AB Digital
Favorable regulatory framework coupled with federal subsidies and state incentives are expected to be key drivers for solar PV market.

ElectriCities board nears decision on new CEO

Business & Corporate | Oct 1 - McClatchy-Tribune Content Agency, LLC - Rochelle Moore The Wilson Daily Times, N.C.
The ElectriCities Board of Directors is nearing its decision on a new chief executive officer for the public power utility that serves Wilson and many other communities across the state.

Siemens probe report faults county administrator

Policy, Regulatory & Legal | Oct 1 - McClatchy-Tribune Content Agency, LLC - Don Lehman The Post-Star, Glens Falls, N.Y.
Investigators determined there was probable cause to charge Warren County Administrator Paul Dusek with official misconduct for repeatedly assuring county leaders that the controversial natural gas cogeneration project on county property was saving money when he admitted he did not understand the energy savings contract for the project.

Blankenship trial begins today

Policy, Regulatory & Legal | Oct 1 - McClatchy-Tribune Content Agency, LLC - Wendy Holdren The Register-Herald, Beckley, W.Va.
Jury selection begins today in U.S. District Court in Charleston for the criminal trial of former Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship.

Farms key to renewable energy development, feds say

Business & Corporate | Oct 1 - McClatchy-Tribune Content Agency, LLC - Tom Lutey Billings Gazette, Mont.
Farms have always been hotbeds of invention, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture is hoping that a needed spark for renewable energy development will come from agriculture.

Bulgaria needs over 6.6 bln U.S. to upgrade nuclear reactors, build one more: official

International | SOFIA, Oct 01, 2015 -- Xinhua
Bulgaria is seeking a total of 6.6 billion U.S. dollars to extend the life cycle of its two operating nuclear reactors and build one more, an official said Thursday.

Study finds clean energy investment would create jobs ... but the right ones?

Risk & Operations | Oct 1 - McClatchy-Tribune Content Agency, LLC - Daniel Moore Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
A coalition of environmentalist groups and trade unions expressed optimism Wednesday that even a coal-dependent region like Pittsburgh could significantly grow jobs while transitioning away from fossil fuels and toward investments in renewable energy and energy efficiency.

Idaho Power Releases Long-Term Plans, Seeks Public Comment

Demand Response | TWIN FALLS -- Oct 1 - McClatchy-Tribune Content Agency, LLC - Tetona Dunlap The Times-News, Twin Falls, Idaho
Idaho Power is wrapping up public meetings in the southern region of the state, aimed at explaining the company's long-term plans for maintaining service to Idaho's growing population.

Emissions plan fails to account for nuclear power's role in electric grid stability, industry leaders say

Environmental, Emissions & Carbon Mgmt | Oct 1 - McClatchy-Tribune Content Agency, LLC - David Conti The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
The Obama administration's plan to cut carbon emissions from power plants assumes no change in output over the next 15 years from nuclear reactors, the biggest carbon-free source of electricity on the grid.

PUC asks Boulder, Xcel for more arguments on city's muni request

Policy, Regulatory & Legal | DENVER -- Sep 30 - McClatchy-Tribune Content Agency, LLC - Erica Meltzer Daily Camera, Boulder, Colo.
The Colorado Public Utilities Commission wants to hear arguments from Boulder and Xcel Energy about how the principle of regulated monopoly applies to the city's plans to create a municipal energy utility that includes infrastructure outside its geographic boundaries.

Norwich Public Utilities upgrading security at Bean Hill substation

Communications & Security | NORWICH -- Sep 30 - McClatchy-Tribune Content Agency, LLC - Claire Bessette The Day, New London, Conn.
Norwich Public Utilities has embarked on a $350,000 cyber and physical security upgrade of the Bean Hill power substation at the Stanley Israelite Norwich Business Park to comply with federal security standards that take effect April 1, 2016.

FirstEnergy Ohio Utilities Launch Request for Proposal for 2015 Solar and Renewable Energy Credits

Policy, Regulatory & Legal | Oct 01 - Global Data Point
SRECs and RECs sought in this RFP must be able to be utilized by the Companies for compliance with its 2015 renewable energy obligations in accordance with rules and procedures put forth by the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO), be deliverable through PJM-EIS GATS, and generated between January 1, 2013, and December 31, 2015.

State okays regional energy fee

Policy, Regulatory & Legal | Oct 01 - Sandwich Broadsider (MA)
The Cape Light Compact, the regional energy supplier and efficiency advocate established in 1997, will no longer have to contend with a legal issue that has hung over its head for more than a year.

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