Pilgrim Station gets passing grade in latest inspection

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission found that Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station is operating safely, for the most part. Federal regulators recently completed an inspection of the plant as part of its increased oversight due to the NRC's decision in September to downgrade the plant's safety status to the NRC's lowest ranking. Pilgrim is now ranked at the bottom of the performance list among the ...

Eskom keeping the lights on

Pretoria - Eskom is continuing to deliver uninterrupted electricity supply with no load shedding having being experienced in the last nine months. In a statement on Tuesday, the power utility said it is progressing well with the maintenance of its power generating plant. Eskom provided uninterrupted electricity over the weekend despite the cold snap experienced in most parts of the country. ...

Protests against labor reforms in France hit electric utilities

Union protests against government-proposed labor reforms in France spread Wednesday to electric utilities, with work stoppages that might affect at least one nuclear power plant.The General Labor Federation, or CGT, called on members Tuesday night to stage stoppages in electricity services and, in particular, at nuclear power plants, which will delay the re-start of one ...

Power producers to contribute 7000 MW

Pretoria - The contribution of independent power producers under the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producers Programme (REIPPP) is expected to grow to about 7 000 MW. "The energy contribution of independent power producers is expected to grow to approximately 7 000 MW with the first 47 renewable energy independent power producers fully operational by mid-2016. Private investment in the ...

Germans to build solar power plants in Iran

Iranian officials have granted a German company with permission for building three solar power plants in Tehran Province. Seyyed Ali Barband, head of the Power Distribution Company of Tehran, said the new power plants with the total capacity of 500 megawatts will be constructed in the towns of Malard, Shamsabad and Varamin, IRINN reported May ...

150-million euro solar power plant will be built near Astana in Kazakhstan

Written by TCA ASTANA (TCA) — A ground-breaking ceremony was held for construction of a solar power plant in the village of Kabanbai Batyr in the Akmola province, some 30 kilometers from Kazakhstan's capital city, Astana, Novosti-Kazakhstan news agency reported. According to the press service of the province's administration, KB ENTERPRISES (a wholly-owned Kazakh company) is implementing a ...

European Investment Bank to provide funds for new wind farm

LONDON (AP) — The European Investment Bank has agreed to provide extensive funding for a new wind farm off the northeast coast of Scotland. The bank said Wednesday it would allocate 525 million pounds ($770 million) for the facility to be built 14 kilometers (9 miles) off the Caithness coast near Wick, 1,070 kilometers (670 miles) north of London. The money would be used to build an 86-turbine ...

China firm in deal for Sudan nuclear plant

A Chinese state-owned company has signed a "preliminary" deal with Sudan to build the country's first nuclear power plant, an official in Khartoum said yesterday. The China National Nuclear Corporation signed a memorandum of understanding with the electricity ministry on Monday to build nuclear reactors that would help to generate electricity. "The agreement will allow Sudan to build in the ...

Is stable power a matter of cash?

The 24 power companies have got a N55.45 billion Nigerian Electricity Market Stabilisation Facility (NEMSF) from the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) to boost infrastructure. Will this lead to improved power supply? COLLINS NWEZE writes. Last Friday was busy in Lagos for power sector operators. The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), the Ministry of Power and other stakeholders in the sector met at ...

Coal power plant to cost US$1.5b

Source: Ekow Essabra-Mensah | B&FT Online | Ghana The first phase of the coal power plant project of the Volta River Authority (VRA) is estimated to cost US$1.5 billion. The project, which is expected to commerce in April 2017, will produce 700 megawatts of power when completed in three and half years while the second phase would hit 1,300 megawatts, moving to the 2,000 megawatts mark at the ...

Winona County Board focuses on solar issues

Solar | By Brian Todd, Post-Bulletin, Rochester, Minn.
May 25--WINONA -- The Winona County Board of Commissioners approved a conditional use permit for a utility-scale solar project Tuesday night, and took a step toward making solar decisions simpler in the future. The board approved the CUP for a 250-kilowatt project that will be installed along State Highway 248 in Rollingstone Township. But the permit took some debate among the commissioners. ...

Hog-waste-to-energy plan is a public policy victory

Fossil & Biomass | The Fayetteville Observer, N.C.
May 25--How many times have we all wondered why we spend so much time talking about hog waste and so little time doing something about it? We're pleased to note that there's a small change in the conversation. Someone -- several someones, actually -- is doing something different. And we'd love to see it succeed and grow. The someones are the biggest players in the country in the swine and ...

Talen Energy planning job cuts at three power plants

Human Resources | By Scott Kraus, The Morning Call (Allentown, Pa.)
May 25--ALLENTOWN -- Talen Energy's union expects the company to announce the elimination of 125 bargaining unit jobs across three of its power plants by the end of this week. The cuts -- spread across Talen's Brunner Island, Montour and Susquehanna plants -- would take effect in a few months after union job rules are applied and eligible workers decide whether to retire, said Steve Knoebel, ...

In search of solution, solar industry pivots to data

Solar |
May 25--Facing sometimes strained relationships with state officials, rooftop solar advocates appear to be adopting a less combative approach and coalescing around a less emotional plea to restore favorable rates for rooftop solar customers in Nevada.

Watch it burn: Multiple Lubbock volunteer fire crews monitor wind turbine fire

Wind | By Ellysa Gonzalez, Lubbock Avalanche-Journal, Texas
May 25--Lubbock County volunteer fire crews are waiting for a smoldering wind turbine to run out of the lubricating oil that was fueling the flames atop the structure Tuesday afternoon in West Lubbock County. The blaze was reported before 4 p.m. on a wind turbine near Reese Center and County Road 6400. The turbine was still smoldering and fire crews remained at the scene shortly before 5 p.m. ...

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