Suit alleges man fired over pending ash spill 'exposure' claim

Policy, Regulatory & Legal | Sep 16 - McClatchy-Tribune Regional News - The Knoxville News-Sentinel, Tenn.
A man was fired from his job at TVA's Bull Run Fossil Plant after only three weeks because he has a workers' compensation claim pending due to "exposure" experienced while working at the federal agency's ash spill cleanup site in Kingston, a legal action avers.

Siemens receives follow-up order for LNG plant in China

Annoucement | September 16, 2014 (News Release)
Siemens Energy has received an order from Chengdu Cryogenic Liquidation Equipment Co., Ltd. to provide two compressor trains for an LNG (liquefied natural gas) project in Etuoke Qian Qi of Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region with an annual capacity of 400,000 tons of LNG.

NRC's Approval of ESBWR Design is Innovation Milestone

Nuclear | WASHINGTON, Sep 16, 2014 -- GLOBE NEWSWIRE
The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission announced today that it has certified the design of GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy's Economic Simplified Boiling Water Reactor (ESBWR).

Westinghouse Launches New Outage Control Center

Grid Operations | PITTSBURGH, Sep 16, 2014 -- GLOBE NEWSWIRE
Westinghouse Electric Company LLC today announced the opening of the company's first outage control center to provide vital central monitoring and response to its utility customers' outage operations at U.S. nuclear power plant sites on a 24-hours-a-day, seven-days-a-week basis, during outage seasons.

ComEd Awarded Grant from Department of Energy for Microgrid Controller

Distributed & Cogeneration | CHICAGO, Sep 16, 2014 -- BUSINESS WIRE
ComEd announced that it has been selected by the United States Department of Energy (DOE) to receive a $1.2 million grant to build a master controller that could drive the operations of clusters of microgrids.

Voith Awarded Contract for Upgrading Priest Rapids Dam in Washington

Hydro | YORK, Pa., Sept. 16, 2014 /PRNewswire
Voith Hydro has been awarded the contract to rehabilitate and upgrade the turbines in the 10-unit powerhouse at Grant County (Washington) Public Utility District's (PUD) Priest Rapids Dam on the Columbia River.

Byrne: EPA Comment Period Should Be Extended

Policy, Regulatory & Legal | Sep 16 - Targeted News Service
Congressman Bradley Byrne (AL-1) recently organized a letter asking the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to extend the comment period on a proposed rule to tighten restrictions on carbon emissions from existing power plants.

ISS Signs 48 MW Solar Farm Duke Energy PPA

Solar | ASHEVILLE, N.C., Sep 16, 2014 -- GLOBE NEWSWIRE
via PRWEB - IS 41, a 48MW solar farm project located in Bladen County, NC, was one of the selected projects that qualified for the Duke Energy Request For Proposal (RFP) that was announced earlier in the year.

Fitch: Mild Summer Weather Dampening US Public Power

Business & Corporate | NEW YORK, Sep 16, 2014 -- BUSINESS WIRE
Mild summer weather conditions in much of the country could dampen year-end electric sales and contribute to declining debt service coverage ratios for the public power and electric cooperative sectors into 2014, Fitch Ratings says.

DTE launches new Corporate Citizenship Report

Business & Corporate | DETROIT, Sept. 16, 2014 /PRNewswire
DTE Energy (NYSE: DTE) released its new Corporate Citizenship report, which highlights the company's commitment to the communities we serve, strong financial growth and environmental stewardship.

New Generation Power International Announces 34.5 Megawatt Biomass Project in Japan

International | CHICAGO, IL, Sep 16, 2014 -- Marketwired
New Generation Power International, a leading global renewable energy company, will develop three 11.5 Megawatt (MW) wood biomass plants in Japan.

Nuke plant goes back to normal federal oversight

Policy, Regulatory & Legal | Sep 16 - McClatchy-Tribune Regional News - Elizabeth Skrapits The Citizens' Voice, Wilkes-Barre, Pa.
The PPL Susquehanna Steam in Salem Township is off the list of the six most-watched nuclear power plants.

FirstEnergy, Ohio Edison install new security fencing, thermal-monitoring cameras to thwart metal thieves at substations

Grid Operations | Sep 16 - McClatchy-Tribune Regional News - Betty Lin-Fisher The Akron Beacon Journal
FirstEnergy and its subsidiaries, including Ohio Edison, are installing security fencing and monitoring systems at some of its substations in an effort to thwart metal thieves.

Fuel cell company leaves New York to operate plant in Mt. Pleasant Township

Distributed & Cogeneration | Sep 16 - McClatchy-Tribune Regional News - Joe Napsha Tribune-Review, Greensburg, Pa.
A New York-based company is moving its manufacturing operation of specialized fuel cells to the Mount Pleasant Glass Centre, a $2.27 million project that is expected to result in 33 jobs during the next three years.

Homeowners Are Expected to Invest More Than $625 Billion in Residential Generation and Storage from 2014 to 2023, Forecasts Navigant Research

Distributed & Cogeneration | BOULDER, Colo., Sep 16, 2014 -- BUSINESS WIRE
Innovations in renewable distributed power generation, along with attractive new financing mechanisms, are providing residential customers with new options to manage their energy use and generate their own power.

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