Power outage at Fukushima nuclear plant affects operations

The Fukushima nuclear plant suffered a power outage early Tuesday that affected several operations, although a complete shutdown was avoided owing to auxiliary systems, a spokesperson of the plant's operator told EFE.The outage affected some of the refrigeration machines for the underground ice wall built around reactors 1 and 4.The wall is intended to block the flow of ...

African renewable energy projects win

Three African renewable energy projects announced as winners of the US$7million Access Co-development Facility prize out of 96 entries spanning 25 countries across Africa... Three projects from Nigeria, Madagascar, and Sierra Leone, fought off fierce competition from almost 100 entries to win a share of US$7million prize. The prize also includes a package of technical support designed to bring ...

ScottMadden Reviews Organizational Benchmarking Study for Generation and Transmission Staffing

Annoucement | June 28, 2016 Atlanta, GA
ScottMadden, Inc., one of North America's leading energy consulting firms, recently presented at the Generation and Transmission (G&T) Accounting and Finance Association's annual conference in Charleston, SC.

As recusals mount, only three SolarCity directors remain to vote on Tesla deal

Business & Corporate | By David Robinson, The Buffalo News, N.Y.
Two more SolarCity directors with ties to Tesla Motors and its CEO Elon Musk are recusing themselves from making decisions about the electric vehicle maker's bid to acquire the solar energy systems installer. Peter Rive, Musk's cousin and the brother of SolarCity CEO Lyndon Rive, and JB Straubel, Tesla's co-founder and chief technology officer, will recuse themselves from SolarCity's ...

PNM's purchase of nuclear energy questioned

Nuclear | By Rebecca Moss, The Santa Fe New Mexican
New Mexico regulators resumed a hearing Monday on a rate increase sought by Public Service Company of New Mexico, which says it needs the money to offset the purchase of electricity from a nuclear power plant in Arizona and its investments in alternative energy. Regulators and lawyers questioned whether PNM had taken into account the decline in the market for nuclear energy and the ...

Aztec solar provider lands deal with NM co-op

Solar | By James Fenton, The Daily Times, Farmington, N.M.
The Florida energy company that helped Aztec go solar is expanding its business in New Mexico. Today, Guzman Renewable Energy Partners -- an affiliate of Guzman Energy, a Coral Gables, Fla.-based energy company, with offices in Denver -- struck an agreement to provide a mix of power that includes photoelectric power to Kit Carson Electric Cooperative Inc. Kit Carson is ...

Merced children learn solar lessons on a hot day in the park

Solar | Merced Sun-Star (Merced, Calif.)
June 27--About 20 children participated in a hands-on, real-life lesson about solar energy Monday at the Renewable Energy Learning Center at Stephen Leonard Park. After a short lesson, the students assembled a fan powered by a solar panel and tested their apparatus amid the sizzling, 104-degree temperature. Students also received banks shaped as light bulbs. Similar lessons for children will ...

Lawyers, regulators question PNM's investment in rate increase case

Nuclear | By Rebecca Moss, The Santa Fe New Mexican
New Mexico regulators resumed a hearing Monday on a rate increase sought by Public Service Company of New Mexico, which says it needs the money to offset the purchase of electricity from a nuclear power plant in Arizona and its investments in alternative energy. Regulators and lawyers questioned whether PNM had taken into account the decline in the market for nuclear energy and the ...

Ceres Ranks U.S. Electric Utility Companies’ Renewable Energy, Energy Efficiency Performance

A new analysis released today by Ceres shows that many of the nation’s largest electric utilities and their local subsidiaries are moving toward lower carbon fuel sources and that ambitious state policies and strong corporate demand for renewable energy are key drivers of this trend.

Utahns determined to find port for coal

SALT LAKE CITY - Utah's coal country does not believe a unanimous vote by the Oakland City Council prohibiting port access for its coal puts the state's hope for an export terminal in the dust. Developers of the terminal at the site of the former Oakland Army base may sue to challenge action by city leaders, and the four-county coalition in Utah will continue to pursue West Coast access for ...

Supporting Renewable Energy

Wind | Gov. Dennis Daugaard
In the past decade South Dakota has seen tremendous job creation and capital investment in renewable energy. Wind power has led the way by contributing over $2 billion in direct capital investment and directly creating well over 500 new jobs. Those wind power jobs are in operations and maintenance, construction, manufacturing and many support sectors. In addition, ...

Boulder gets rare chance at close-up with top Xcel official

Policy, Regulatory & Legal | By Alex Burness, Daily Camera, Boulder, Colo.
Imagine you're on the phone with your electric service provider, Xcel Energy's Alice Jackson said to a crowd of about 60 on Monday evening in Boulder. Now imagine the representative asks not only for your name and account number, she continued, but also informs you that the energy portfolio of the utility they're speaking for is 30 percent renewable, and wonders if you'd be interested ...

Baker's energy policy sets an example

Policy, Regulatory & Legal | The Enterprise, Brockton, Mass.
Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan, a Republican who leads a coastal state with Democratic majorities in both houses of its legislature, has taken a less aggressive approach to energy policy than his Massachusetts counterpart. Hogan recently vetoed the Clean Energy Jobs bill because he says higher electricity rates are an unfair burden to place upon Maryland residents. The bill would have ...

Oregon Department of Energy director calls tax credits an economic development success

Policy, Regulatory & Legal | By Hillary Borrud, The Oregonian, Portland, Ore.
Oregon Department of Energy director Michael Kaplan told lawmakers on Monday that a controversial energy tax credit program was an economic development success, despite allegations of fraud and the department's failure to accurately track key performance data. Kaplan's statement to the legislative committee looking into whether to overhaul or eliminate the department came ...

Solar parking canopies save SDUHSD $3.4 million

Solar | By Karen Billing, The San Diego Union-Tribune
Solar shade canopies installed at Canyon Crest Academy and La Costa Canyon High School have saved San Dieguito Union High School District more than $3.4 million in energy costs to date. OpTerra Energy Services worked with the district on program development, financing, design and construction of the two megawatt solar photovoltaic-covered parking structures. The project is expected to ...

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