Power company unapologetically closes park, creates backlash

Environmental, Emissions & Carbon Mgmt | By MICHAEL RUBINKAM, Associated Press
A power generating company is getting zapped over its decision to close a popular park in Pennsylvania — and its handling of the fallout. Talen Energy Corp. abruptly booted the public from Holtwood Picnic & Recreation Area, a 400-acre tract that had served this rural farming community in Lancaster County for at least 50 years. Then the company unapologetically defended the ...

Southern Illinois coal plants could idle after electricity price drop

Fossil & Biomass | By Jacob Barker, St. Louis Post-Dispatch
May 04--Blaming a recent electricity auction that it says failed to cover its costs, the largest power plant owner in downstate Illinois is threatening to shutter approximately 30 percent of the power plant capacity in the region. Houston-based Dynegy Inc. said Tuesday it planned to shut down at least 1,800 megawatts of coal-fired power at two of its downstate Illinois power plants. On top of ...

Energy firm goes to court for appeal on wind farm

MINISTERS and energy firm SSE are challenging a judicial review decision that blocked plans for a 67-turbine wind farm near Loch Ness. A judge at the Court of Session said in December the decision to approve the wind farm near Fort Augustus was "defective". Lord Jones said ministers reached their decision on SSE's Stronelairg project "in breach of environmental obligations". However, now the ...

New rule would permit thousands of eagle deaths

The Obama administration is revising a federal rule that allows wind-energy companies to operate high-speed turbines for up to 30 years, even if means killing or injuring thousands of federally protected bald and golden eagles.

ABB FACTS solution to help maintain grid stability for TVA as power generation mix changes

Annoucement | May 3, 2016 Dallas, Texas
Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA), the largest public utility in the US, is installing ABB's static var compensator (SVC) technology to help ensure system reliability as fossil fuel component of total energy mix declines. SVC's enhance grid stabilization and at the same time enable a smarter grid.

Coal jobs in Kentucky fall to lowest level in 118 years

Fossil & Biomass | By Bill Estep, Lexington Herald-Leader
Kentucky's coal industry continued to hemorrhage jobs in the first three months of 2016, hitting the lowest total in 118 years, according to a report released Monday. The number of jobs dropped by a little more than 1,500 during the quarter, or 17.9 percent, leaving estimated employment in the industry of 6,900 as of April 1, according to the report by the Kentucky Energy and ...

City of Mankato considers 4-megawatt solar garden investment

Solar |
May 03--MANKATO -- A trio of solar developers, each planning large arrays of solar panels in the Mankato area, are attempting to persuade the city of Mankato to buy into their project. The option being recommended by city staff would save the city an estimated $60,000 to $67,000 a year for 25 years, a total savings of $1.58 million. If the City Council opts for the maximum subscription, the ...

St. Cloud, Xcel partnership could create energy plan

St. Cloud could join a growing list of cities to partner with Xcel Energy to better conserve energy and implement renewable energy sources across their communities. St. Cloud City Council plans to consider Monday a resolution authorizing the city's participation in the Partners in Energy program, which Xcel Energy launched in 2014 as a way for communities to better navigate energy use ...

NRC Issues Environmental assessment on Humboldt Bay Power Plant License Termination Plan in Eureka, California

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission published the following notice in the Federal Register: Humboldt Bay Power Plant Unit 3 License Termination Plan, Pacific Gas & Electric Company A Notice by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission on 05/03/2016 Publication Date: Tuesday, May 03, 2016 Agency: Nuclear Regulatory Commission Dates: The EA and FONSI referenced ...

Haverhill sheds light on solar for visiting dignitary

Solar | By Peter Francis, The Eagle-Tribune, North Andover, Mass.
May 03--HAVERHILL -- Picture this for a second: the energy expert of a small African country visits a city in Massachusetts to learn how to best incorporate solar energy into the power mix. As unlikely a scenario as this may seem, it is exactly what occurred last week, as Mayor James Fiorentini met with Dr. Kwame Ampofo, chairman of the Energy Commission for the nation of Ghana, to discuss how ...

New WPU policy is first step in residential solar projects

Solar | By Julie Buntjer, The Daily Globe, Worthington, Minn.
May 03--WORTHINGTON -- The Worthington Water and Light Commission adopted a policy at its Monday meeting making it possible for local residents to pursue green energy through the installation of solar projects. Worthington Public Utilities General Manager Scott Hain said the policy hasn't been driven by customers, but rather is a required document of WPU in the event customers want to install ...

How do you sell a nuclear power plant? TVA may soon find out

May 03--Nearly 43 years after construction began, the Tennessee Valley Authority may pull the plug on the Bellefonte Nuclear Power Plant this week and look for a buyer for the 1,600 acres that house the unfinished reactor buildings, cooling towers, administrative offices and switchyards in Hollywood, Ala. TVA directors on Thursday are scheduled to consider the future of Bellefonte, where TVA ...

US announce USD 25 mln fund for solar power integration

Solar |
The US Energy Department on Monday announced a fund worth USD 25 million aimed at encouraging private enterprises to research private solar power integration into the state power grid. The fund, called Enabling Extreme Real-Time Grid Integration of Solar Energy (ENERGISE), will be open to software developers, solar companies and utilities, a Department of Energy ...

Goodhue County Board to vote on solar plan

Solar |
The Goodhue County Board of Commissioners will tackle another solar project when it meets at 9 a.m. Tuesday at Kenyon City Hall. Goodhue County Commissioner Ron Allen said the Planning Advisory Commission, of which he is also a member, recommended that the proposed 5 megawatt solar garden located in Wacouta Township just off U.S. Highway 61 near Wildwood Lane not go forward ...

Vero Beach Utilities/Finance commissions discuss new negotiations with FPL over city electric system

May 03--VERO BEACH -- Utilities commissioners want more information before supporting negotiations for a sale of the entire Vero Beach electric system. Utilities Commission Chairwoman Laura Moss initially asked the commission Monday to adopt a formal recommendation that the City Council pursue selling the system to Florida Power & Light co. But Moss withdrew her proposal when other ...

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