Lebanon Utilities chosen to pilot green power option

Solar | Mar 26 - McClatchy-Tribune Content Agency, LLC - Sarah Lang The Lebanon Reporter, Ind.
Lebanon Utilities has been selected by the Indiana Municipal Power Agency to be the first of its utilities in the state to offer its customers a green power option.

TransAlta Tax Break Bill Heard in Committee

Policy, Regulatory & Legal | Mar 27 - McClatchy-Tribune Content Agency, LLC - Dameon Pesanti The Chronicle, Centralia, Wash.
A bill that would give sales and use tax remittances to TransAlta after it converts the Centralia coal-fired power plant to natural gas was heard before the Senate Ways and Means Committee on Wednesday.

Entergy completes outage & overhaul at Indian Point 3 nuclear unit

Nuclear | Mar 27 - Forexpros
Entergy completed a $50 million overhaul and refueling outage at the Indian Point 3 nuclear power plant in New York.

Fitch Affirms American Electric Power and Subs; Outlook Stable

Business & Corporate | NEW YORK (The Associated Press) - Mar 27
Fitch Ratings has affirmed the ratings of American Electric Power Company, Inc. (AEP) and certain subsidiaries. The Issuer Default Rating (IDR) for AEP is 'BBB'. The Rating Outlook is Stable. A complete list of rating actions is provided at the end of this release.

Global Wind Power Installations Increased by 42 Percent in 2014, According to Navigant Research

Wind | BOULDER, Colo. (The Associated Press) - Mar 27
A new report from Navigant Research covers developments in the wind energy sector during 2014, including an analysis of the important changes in the industry over the last 3 years and global market forecasts through 2019.

Illinois Senate Energy and Public Utilities Committee Passes Bill Supporting State’s Nuclear Energy Plants: Exelon

Policy, Regulatory & Legal | SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (The Associated Press) - Mar 27
The Illinois Senate Energy and Public Utilities Committee today passed Senate Bill 1585, legislation to establish a Low Carbon Portfolio Standard (LCPS) that would bolster Illinois’ clean energy leadership, support the state’s nuclear energy facilities and protect jobs, consumers and a reliable electricity supply.

O2 energies now hiring for construction of solar farm

Solar | Mar 27 - McClatchy-Tribune Content Agency, LLC - Mary Anderson The Courier-Tribune, Asheboro, N.C.
Work is in the early stages to build one of the largest solar farms in the state. It will be O2 energies' largest farm; the same company that built the 30-acre farm between Biscoe and Star.

Regulators support Madison to La Crosse power line

Policy, Regulatory & Legal | Mar 27 - McClatchy-Tribune Content Agency, LLC - Thomas Content Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
State regulators on Thursday indicated their support for a 345,000-volt power line linking Madison and La Crosse, saying the project would bring savings to customers over the long term.

EPI completes test-drill for 40-MW geothermal plant

International | Mar 27 - McClatchy-Tribune Content Agency, LLC - Ritchie A. Horario The Manila Times, Philippines
Emerging Power Inc (EPI) has successfully completed drilling in Naujan, Oriental Mindoro, with its initial wells showing a reservoir that can generate up to 40 megawatts of geothermal power, a top company official said on Thursday.

Activists seek public hearings in Shiga on Takahama reactor restarts

International | Mar 27 - McClatchy-Tribune Content Agency, LLC - Eric Johnston Japan Times, Tokyo
Anti-nuclear activists on Thursday urged the governor of Shiga Prefecture to hold formal public hearings on the potential economic, social and environmental risks from two reactors in neighboring Fukui Prefecture that are moving toward restart.

Austin-based Noesis Energy raises $5 million

Business & Corporate | Mar 27- McClatchy-Tribune Content Agency, LLC - Brian Gaar Austin American-Statesman
Austin-based energy efficiency software and services company Noesis Energy has raised $5 million in new capital, the company reported Wednesday.

Utility representatves talk service, rate hikes

Business & Corporate | Mar 27- McClatchy-Tribune Content Agency, LLC - Julie Huss The Derry News, N.H.
Some residents aren't happy with rising utility bills. That prompted Town Manager Kevin Smith to invite Eversource spokesman Elizabeth LaRocca and Liberty Utilities spokesman Mike Licata to come before the Town Council to talk about rate hikes, service and to answer questions.

County commissioners increase coal severance budget

Policy, Regulatory & Legal | Mar 27- McClatchy-Tribune Content Agency, LLC - Emily Gallagher Times West Virginian, Fairmont
The Marion County Commission has approved budgets for the 2015-16 fiscal year.

SunPower and NV Energy unveil 15MW solar project on Nellis Air Force Base

Solar | Mar 27, 2015 -- MarketLine
SunPower Corporation and NV Energy, Inc. have announced construction of a 15MW solar project on the Nellis Air Force Base to enable the base to run on renewable energy during daylight hours.

Idaho Power files request with OPUC to decrease electricity rates in Oregon

Business & Corporate | Mar 27, 2015 -- MarketLine
Idaho Power Company has filed a request with the Public Utility Commission of Oregon, or OPUC, for a decrease for Oregon customers of approximately 1.36%.

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