FirstEnergy Ratifies Contract with UWUA Local 102

Business & Corporate | Dec 19 - PR Newswire
FirstEnergy Corp. (NYSE: FE) announced today that employees of its West Penn Power and Potomac Edison subsidiaries represented by Utility Workers Union of America (UWUA) Local 102 have ratified a new contract that increases wages and implements new work practices designed to enhance customer service and reliability.

Feds sign off on PPL's Talen spinoff, with conditions

Business & Corporate | Dec 19- Morning Call (Allentown, PA)
Federal regulators granted conditional approval Thursday to PPL Corp.'s plan to spin off its power plants and energy-marketing business and combine it with New York-based power generator Riverstone Holdings, to form a new entity called Talen Energy.

Power supplier switch saves city millions

Business & Corporate | Dec 19 - Garden City Telegram, The (KS)
Switching power suppliers last year resulted in a $4 million savings in wholesale power costs for Garden City's electric utility in 2014, and could mean a small decrease for the city's rate-payers in the future.

Alstom secures a second wind turbine contract in South Korea

International | Dec 19 - ENP Newswire
Alstom has been awarded a contract by DaeMyoung Energy Corporation, subsidiary company of DaeMyoung GEC, a large engineering and construction services company in South Korea to provide wind turbines for Gowon wind farm.

TVA To Redeem Debt Securities

Business & Corporate | Dec 19 - ENP Newswire
The Tennessee Valley Authority has announced it will redeem all of its 2011 4.25 percent electronotes due Jan. 15, 2015.

U.S. Geothermal Completes Acquisition of Earth Power Resources

Business & Corporate | Dec 19 - ENP Newswire
U.S. Geothermal Inc. (NYSE MKT: HTM, TSX: GTH), a leading renewable energy company focused on the development, production and sale of electricity from geothermal energy, announced today that it successfully completed the previously announced acquisition of Earth Power Resources on December 12, 2014.

Split PSC shoots down agreement for wind power project

Policy, Regulatory & Legal | Dec 19 - Montana Standard (Butte)
A divided state Public Service Commission this week rejected NorthWestern Energy's agreement to buy power from a new wind project at a cost lower than the utility is paying for power from hydroelectric dams purchased earlier this year.

Minnesota Power exec tells regulators of coal-shipping woes

Policy, Regulatory & Legal | Dec 19 - Duluth News-Tribune (MN)
Members of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission in Washington, D.C., listened to the rail service concerns of a Duluth-based power producer Thursday morning.

Alexander Statement on Yucca Mountain Report

Policy, Regulatory & Legal | Dec 19 - Congressional Documents & Publications
U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn) today said the Nuclear Regulatory Commission's publication of volume four of the safety evaluation report for the nuclear waste repository at Yucca Mountain is "is yet more evidence that we need to move forward" …

Xcel gets 427 solar garden applications in Minnesota

Solar | Dec 19 - Star Tribune (Minneapolis, MN)
In the week since opening Minnesota's door to community solar ­gardens, Xcel Energy said Friday that 427 applications have arrived from energy developers, a much bigger response than anticipated.

New CEO looks to revitalize Aclara as smart infrastructure company

Business & Corporate | Dec 19 - St. Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)
Allan Connolly has come to St. Louis with a clear mandate: transform Hazelwood-based Aclara into more than just a smart-meter company.

CPUC Adopts 'Solar-Friendly' Rate for Commercial, Industrial Customers

Solar | Dec 19 - PR Web
In a decision applauded by the Solar Energy Industries Association(SEIA), the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) today approved a solar-friendly rate for medium and large commercial and industrial customers in both Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) and Southern California Edison's (SCE) service territories.

Energy tech firm creating 160 S.A. jobs

Business & Corporate | Dec 19 - San Antonio Express-News (TX)
Houston-based FMC Technologies Inc., which provides technology solutions to the energy industry plans to create 160 jobs in San Antonio over the next three years.

New Solar Installations in Maryland Double in Q3

Solar | Dec 19 - PR Web
Continuing a strong year for the solar industry in Maryland, 15 megawatts (MW) of new capacity were added last quarter, nearly double the previous quarter and nearly triple the same period last year, according to the new quarterly report from GTM Research and the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA).

MHI Vestas Offshore Wind has received a 258 MW order in the UK

International | Dec 19 - OMX
MHI Vestas Offshore Wind has received a firm and unconditional order for 32 V164-8.0 MW turbines for the offshore Burbo Bank Extension project in Liverpool Bay in the UK, ref. company announcements No. 7/2014 of 18 February 2014 and No. 32/2014 of 21 August 2014.

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