Green Veterans in Jacksonville: Learning sustainable existence

Energy Efficiency | By Beth Reese Cravey, The Florida Times-Union, Jacksonville
At first glance, they were just changing light bulbs. But the contingent of U.S. Green Building Council members at the almost 40-year-old Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1689 in Jacksonville on Thursday wasn't just installing new energy-efficient bulbs and conducting a free energy audit. They were kicking off the North Florida chapter of Green Veterans, which trains veterans for jobs in ...

Senators try their hand at renewable energy plan

Policy, Regulatory & Legal | By Christian M. Wade, The Eagle-Tribune, North Andover, Mass.
A new effort is underway to shake-up the state's energy supplies, this time as Senate Democrats move to force utilities to buy larger shares of their energy from hydropower, wind and other green sources. A bill unveiled Friday, and scheduled for debate this week, requires utilities to solicit long-term contracts to import at least 1,800 megawatts of Canadian hydropower and ...

Burning less coal

Fossil & Biomass | By Steve Vied, Messenger-Inquirer, Owensboro, Ky.
Seven months after it negotiated coal purchase contracts with four coal mining companies at relatively low prices, Owensboro Municipal Utilities has informed those companies that it will not be buying as much coal from them as anticipated. OMU, which has elected to significantly lower the amount of electricity it produces at its Elmer Smith Station power plant in reaction to continued ...

Aztec commission will address district's solar project

Solar |
Officials with the Aztec Municipal School District hope a new solar project will help the district save money and provide additional funds to invest in its classrooms. Superintendent Kirk Carpenter said the district's first solar project is expected to be operating by the end of this month. The district has developed a solar array on the roofs of its bus barn facility. ...

USTDA Awards Two Power Africa Grants to Ghanaian Energy Developers

Today, at EnergyNet's 18th Annual Africa Energy Forum, the U.S. Trade and Development Agency signed two grant agreements with Ghanaian energy companies. "Together, these projects have the potential to add 70 megawatts of renewable energy to Ghana's grid and to power 140,000 households," said USTDA's Regional Director for Sub-Saharan Africa, Lida Fitts. "We are proud to advance the goals of ...

Ashalim solar array to go ahead as planned

International | By Hedy Cohen, Globes, Tel Aviv, Israel
The giant solar venture of Shikun & Binui Holdings Ltd. (TASE: SKBN) at Ashalim will continue as planned, the Ministry of Finance today decided. After the company announced last November that its 50% Spanish partner in the venture, Abengoa, was on the verge of bankruptcy, the government considered halting the enterprise, or replacing the technology for the plant with different and ...

Fund, banks sign deal to finance renewable energy projects

International | Jordan Times, Amman
The Jordan Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Fund (JREEEF) on Saturday signed agreements with local banks and the Jordan Loan Guarantee Corporation (JLGC) to finance renewable energy projects. The agreements will help speed up the implementation of projects supported by the JREEEF by providing the necessary funds to individuals and small- and medium-sized enterprises, ...

Wind developers compete for northeast McLean County

Wind | By Derek Beigh, The Pantagraph, Bloomington, Ill.
Northeast McLean County is the site of unlikely turf war. In Chenoa, Lawndale, Lexington and Yates townships, two energy companies are vying to secure property that may be McLean County's next wind farm. "It's a land race right now," said Mike Swartz, manager of the McLean County Farm Bureau. "It's all about who can acquire the most land for the towers before the other ...

Illinois city's nuclear plant shutdown could offer lessons to SLO County

Nuclear | By Stephanie Finucane, The Tribune (San Luis Obispo, Calif.)
Nearly 20 years after the shutdown of a nuclear power plant in the small community of Zion, Illinois, the city's finance director describes the local economy in a single word: struggling. "We've lost about $18 million communitywide," said David Knabel, referring to the annual property tax that used to be generated by the power plant. "That tax burden got shifted to businesses and ...

Local solar-powered invention has global reach

International | By Sylvia Carignan, The Frederick News-Post, Md.
Though solar panels in Frederick County commonly power homes, two local inventors are using solar technology to power economies in developing countries. John Spears has been working in developing countries since the mid-1990s, when he developed a sustainable community in South Africa. After traveling to India, he started looking into milk production. To slow the growth of bacteria, ...

Georgia Power considers building nuclear plant in Stewart County

Nuclear | By Terry Lewis, The Albany Herald, Ga.
The Georgia Public Service Commission will meet late next month to consider Georgia Power Company's Integrated Resource Plan, which includes the possibility of building a nuclear power plant along the banks of the Chattahoochee River in rural Stewart County. The Southern Company, GPC's parent company, owns 7,000 acres of property near Omaha, which is located in the ...

Watchdog halts lucrative deals for power stations

International | By Emily Davies, Daily Mail, London
A WATCHDOG is to end Government deals in which energy companies are paid well above market prices in return for building power stations. Firms are often offered a guaranteed price for each unit of energy they generate as a way to persuade them to construct expensive infrastructure without having to bid against rivals. But these prices often far exceed market rates and come out of ...

Wind energy an American industry

Wind |
We tend to think of wind power as something the Europeans do, but the United States has a robust and growing sector that leads the world in land-based wind energy. More than 50,000 turbines stand along ridge lines, prairies and hilltops across the United States. Installed capacity recently surpassed 70 gigawatts — enough to power more than 19 million typical American homes — and is expected ...

New York nuclear reactor shuts down over water leak

Entergy's Indian Point Energy Center (IPEC) seen from across the Hudson River, Buchanan, New York. (file photo) An aging US nuclear reactor just north of New York City has been shut down over water leakamid calls by New York governor for permanent closure of the plant which has been plagued by problems in past years. Nuclear control room operators at Indian Point nuclear plant in Buchanan ...

Wind power transmission line supporters to try again

Wind |
Supporters of a transmission line that would carry wind power from western Kansas to the East Coast say they plan to present the proposal again in Missouri, the only state in the project's path that has rejected the plan. At the same time, opponents of the Grain Belt Express Clean Line promise they are ready to again defeat the plan for the 780-mile Grain Belt Express line, ...

Receive Energy Central eNews & Updates

Get the news delivered to you!
Subscribe now to receive top headlines and news updates power industry professionals need to know- FREE!

FREE POSTINGS!

Get your event listing in front of more than 100,000 industry professionals by posting on EnergyCentral's Event Center.