Rural utility customers could get help with bills, conservation

Billing & Customer Care | The Newberry Observer, S.C.
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced a new program that will help rural residents conserve energy and save money on their utility bills. The new Rural Energy Savings Program (RESP) will make $52 million in loans available to energy providers to help rural families and small businesses reduce their energy use. "Investments like the ones we will make through the ...

Crews nearly finished with power restoration efforts across Michiana

Grid Operations | South Bend Tribune, Ind.
After two rounds of severe weather knocked out power to tens of thousands of people, crews from area utility companies are closing in on full restoration of service. Tracy Warner, a spokesman for Indiana Michigan Power, said their crews have restored power to 40,000 customers who lost service as a result of storms on Monday and Wednesday. Crews had to replace more than 130 broken ...

For wind farm watchers, look to North Carolina

Wind | By Christopher Collins, Times Record News, Wichita Falls, Texas
While at least two Texas legislators are drafting proposals that would limit the construction of wind turbines near military bases, a similar effort is underway in North Carolina. The Times Record News reported on Thursday that Texas Rep. James Frank is working with a New Braunfels senator to propose legislation limiting state tax abatements awarded to wind energy projects in a ...

Storms knock out power to over 6,000 residents

Grid Operations | By Blake Stowers, Bluefield Daily Telegraph, W.Va.
Over 6,000 area residents were without power due to storms Thursday night according to the AEP outage map. Mercer County had approximately 6,140 customers without power as of 9:50 p.m. Thursday. McDowell County had approximately 978 customers without power during the same time frame. "Statewide, most outages we've had have been related to storms that we had come through ...

Commercial Leasing for Wind Power on the Outer Continental Shelf Offshore the Island of Oahu, Hawaii

Wind |
With this Call for Information and Nominations (Call), BOEM invites the submission of information and nominations from parties interested in obtaining one or more commercial wind energy leases that would allow lessees to propose the construction of wind energy projects on the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) /1/ offshore the island of Oahu, Hawaii.

Greenbacker Renewable Energy Company LLC Provides a $25.9 Million Turbine Supply Loan to a Wind Project in Montana

Greenbacker Renewable Energy Company LLC ("Greenbacker") announced today that through a wholly owned subsidiary it provided a Turbine Supply Loan in the amount of $25.9 million (the "Loan") to Greenfield Wind Manager, LLC (the "Borrower") to support the construction of a 25 MW wind generation facility located in Teton County, Montana (the "Project"). The Project was developed by Foundation ...

It is time for the nuclear discussion

International | Business Mirror
When you go beyond all the feel-good and meaningless rhetoric about "The Environment," maintaining a sustainable and habitable world that does not look like a Mad Max movie is complex. The Sierra Club is an environmental organization in the United States founded in 1892. The group has done an admirable job in the last 100 years to make people aware and actually get laws passed to protect the ...

Study could lead to improved wind turbine performance

Wind | By Edd Pritchard, The Repository, Canton, Ohio
Researchers at the University of Akron have helped the U.S. Department of Energy test a coating material that could extend the life of parts in wind turbines. Longer use of parts could help reduce the cost of operating and maintaining wind turbines and help reduce the cost for wind power. Harpal Singh -- a former doctoral student at the Timken Engineered Surfaces Laboratories ...

California can't fight global warming and nuclear power

Policy, Regulatory & Legal | The San Diego Union-Tribune
On the surface, Pacific Gas & Electric's recent decision not to seek to renew its U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission operating licenses that expire in 2024 and 2025 -- for two nuclear reactors at the Diablo Canyon power plant in San Luis Obispo County -- makes sense for a variety of reasons. The fracking revolution in energy production has unleashed such a glut of cheap natural gas ...

Be aware of Duke Energy scam

Billing & Customer Care | Highlands Today, Sebring, Fla.
Highlands County Sheriff's Office is investigating a scam alleging businesses have delinquent electric bills. The caller claims to represent Duke Energy and tells the business representative they are behind in paying their electric bills. The caller says power will be shut off within hours, and the business representative is urged to purchase pre-paid debit cards, also ...

Tug valley area escapes worse of storm

Grid Operations | By Kendra Mahon, Williamson Daily News, W.Va.
A fierce summer storm hit the Tug Valley area on Thursday afternoon, causing nuisance flooding, power outages and road closures. Torrential downpours with heart stopping lightening and ear deafening thunder invaded the area in the late afternoon and continued into the overnight hours. Residents in West Virginia and Kentucky have experienced power outages. ...

Indian Point nuclear reactor to be taken offline post pipe leaks

BUCHANAN, U.S. - A reactor at the Indian Point nuclear Power plant, 46 miles north of Manhattan, had to be taken offline after authorities found a leaking pipe. The reactor will reportedly be shut down for a few days for repairs even as anti-Indian Point protesters spoke out on the safety hazards in the power plant. Governor Andrew Cuomo, a long time opponent of the power plant said that the ...

Nuclear reactor at Indian Point plant in N.Y. shut down again after leak

One of two reactor units at a nuclear power plant near New York City has been taken offline for the second time in four months after leakage was found in a pipe that pumps water into the facility, officials said Friday. Reactor Unit 2 at the Indian Point Energy Center in Buchanan, N.Y., was shut down Thursday after discovery of the malfunction. Officials said the leak was found in a ...

PSC could vote on Brady Wind II next month

Wind | By Andrew Haffner, The Dickinson Press, N.D.
The North Dakota Public Service Commission could vote on the 72-turbine Brady Wind Energy Center II project proposed for northern Hettinger County as soon as next month. Commissioner Brian Kalk said the PSC's first work session on Tuesday to discuss the wind farm "went very smoothly" and the commission didn't have many additional questions for representatives of Brady Wind LLC, a ...

Legislators are tilting at windmills

Wind |
Just when you think the illogical action in Raleigh is about to end, our Honorable Legislators turn around and top themselves. This time, the Senate has passed a bill effectively outlawing wind power in most of North Carolina. The reason (are you ready?): Homeland Security. State Sen. Harry Brown of Onslow County, who introduced the measure, and his colleagues are desperately afraid ...

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