Sun rises on Treasure Valley solar projects

Solar | Jul 29 - McClatchy-Tribune Regional News - Rocky Barker The Idaho Statesman
Idaho Power has sent the contracts to state regulators for approval, including a project Boise Mayor Dave Bieter touted in 2010.

Utilities and Grid Operators Will Invest More Than $42 Billion in Flexible Alternating Current Transmission Systems from 2014 to 2022, Forecasts Navigant Research

Grid Operations | BOULDER, Colo., Jul 29, 2014 -- BUSINESS WIRE
The first flexible alternating current transmission systems (FACTS), which mitigated voltage drops on the power grid, were deployed in the late 1920s.

Harnessing hydropower

Hydro | Jul 29 - McClatchy-Tribune Regional News - George Levines Gloucester Daily Times, Mass.
A recent venture from the Cummings Center bio and clean-tech incubator aims to reinvigorate an old renewable power resource: water.

Austin errs on utility bills, credits coming to thousands of customers

Billing & Customer Care | Jul 29 - McClatchy-Tribune Regional News - Sarah Coppola Austin American-Statesman
An estimated 70,000 out of 200,000 Austin utility customers were billed for higher or lower costs than they should have been in recent months.

Millstone 2 reactor shut down to fix faulty pump

Nuclear | Jul 29 - McClatchy-Tribune Regional News - Judy Benson The Day, New London, Conn.
The Unit 2 reactor at the Millstone Power Station shut down Saturday afternoon for the fourth time this year because of a problem with a water pump.

Dairyland Power: Rail backlog could force plant closure

Fossil & Biomass | Jul 29 - McClatchy-Tribune Regional News - Chris Hubbuch La Crosse Tribune, Wis.
An ongoing rail backlog that has stranded grain shipments across the Great Plains is now threatening to shut down a La Crosse-area power plant.

Cuomo says state is taking to SolarCity

Solar | Jul 29 - McClatchy-Tribune Regional News - David Robinson The Buffalo News, N.Y.
Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo said Monday he is optimistic an expanded incentive package for Silevo and its potential acquirer, SolarCity, to build a sprawling solar panel factory in South Buffalo will be worked out.

More BGE customers earning bill credits for cutting back

Demand Response | Jul 29 - McClatchy-Tribune Regional News - Jamie Smith Hopkins The Baltimore Sun
Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. said 640,000 customers earned a credit on their bills last week for cutting back on electricity, the biggest test of a fledgling program aimed at reducing demand on hot days.

Energy Secretary Moniz discusses MOX funding during SRS visit

Nuclear | Jul 29 - McClatchy-Tribune Regional News - Meg Mirshak The Augusta Chronicle, Ga.
U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz said Monday that federal officials need to identify a long-term funding stream for the mixed-oxide fuel fabrication facility at Savannah River Site if the project survives the current budget cycle.

Carthage anti-wind power advocate appeals Canton wind project approval

Wind | Jul 29 - McClatchy-Tribune Regional News - Terry Karkos Sun Journal, Lewiston, Maine
A Carthage woman has filed an administrative appeal with the Maine Department of Environmental Protection of the eight-turbine wind project on Canton Mountain.

Construction of $500M power plant in South Huntingdon stalled

Fossil & Biomass | Jul 29 - Rich Cholodofsky Tribune-Review, Greensburg, Pa.
The enormous cost of building gas-fired power plants, coupled with regulatory complexities, may mean only one in five proposed plants ever will be built, says the regional grid operator that moves wholesale electricity in all or parts of 13 states and the District of Columbia.

Reliance Power to buy Jaypee hydropower stations

International | Jul 29 - Khaleej Times (United Arab Emirates)
India's Reliance Power will buy three hydropower plants from Jaiprakash Power Ventures for an undisclosed sum to cut its dependance on coal, the firm said Monday.

Fitch Rates Minnesota Municipal Power Agency Electric Rev Bonds 'A'; Outlook Stable

Business & Corporate | NEW YORK, Jul 28, 2014 -- BUSINESS WIRE
Fitch Ratings has assigned an 'A' rating to the following Minnesota Municipal Power Agency's (MMPA or agency) revenue bonds.

NRG eVgo Partnership with BMW Expands Access to Electric Vehicle Fast Charging Network

Electric Vehicles | SAN JOSE, Calif., Jul 28, 2014 -- BUSINESS WIRE
NRG eVgo (ee-vee-go), a subsidiary of NRG Energy, Inc. (NYSE:NRG), is further expanding access to the Company's electric vehicle (EV) charging network by partnering with BMW on its new ChargeNow DC Fast program.

New Finding Reveals Xcel Flip Flop on Solar Net Metering

Solar | DENVER, July 28, 2014 /PRNewswire
Last week in Denver, Coloradans packed into the Public Utilities Commission meeting rooms to support the cornerstone rooftop solar policy net metering. Meanwhile, a new finding shows that Xcel also knows the true benefits of net metering. A Denver Post article from 2007 says "Xcel officials maintain that all customers benefit because solar systems delay the need to build expensive power plants and reduce prospective future taxes on carbon emissions from fossil-fuel power." Xcel's current attacks on net metering are a flip-flop meant to protect the utility monopoly from competition.

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