PNM deserves fair return on its power investments

Cheap electricity sounds great. Free sounds even better. As someone once said, “Such a deal!” From that perspective, the recommended decision by a Public Regulation Commission hearing officer on Public Service Company of New Mexico’s rate-hike request sounds great, until you delve into the reasoning, precedent and policy. Then it short circuits. Hearing examiner Carolyn Glick recommended on ...

Western Pa.'s coal site 'monstrosities' re-envisioned

Business & Corporate | By David Conti, The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
Two towering symbols of the electric grid's former reliance on coal power cast shadows over Union Township in Washington County. NRG Energy's Elrama Power Plant and FirstEnergy Corp.'s Mitchell plant just a few miles upstream each burned coal for decades along the Monongahela River before closing three years ago as environmental regulations and competition from cheaper natural gas ...

West Virginia permanently halts coal mine by state forest

West Virginia environmental regulators have ordered a company to stop mining permanently at a surface coal mine near Kanawha State Forest. Keystone Industries LLC signed the consent order with the Department of Environmental Protection last month to permanently halt Kanawha County mining operations near Marmet. The Kanawha Forest Coalition, which has fought the ...

East Kentucky Power Boosting Landfill Production

When landfills grow, they make more methane. That means more opportunities to turn combustible gas into power for electric cooperatives. So little wonder that East Kentucky Power Cooperative is embarking on a $2.9 million expansion to add capacity to its plant next to the Bavarian Landfill in Boone County. The Winchester-based G&T has been producing power from landfill gas at the site since ...

ABB to showcase smart technologies for a digital grid at Cigré event in Paris

Annoucement | Zurich, Switzerland, August 19, 2016
Key focus areas include digital substations, control and automation, software solutions and asset health management ABB will present leading-edge power and automation technologies for the grid, at the Cigré conference and exhibition, in Paris from August 22-26, 2016.

ScottMadden Releases Summary of 51st State Initiative Roadmap: Leveraging the Natural Advantages of the Utility

Annoucement | August 18, 2016
ScottMadden, Inc., one of North America's leading energy consulting firms, recently released a summary of the 51st State Phase II Roadmap submitted to The Smart Electric Power Alliance (SEPA).

New York and Ohio, climate change and nuclear power

Nuclear | The Akron Beacon Journal
As goes New York, so goes Ohio and the nation? Those concerned about the harm from climate change should hope the answer is yes. Gov. Andrew Cuomo of New York recently unveiled a new and substantial subsidy for nuclear power plants. He did so as part of keeping financially strapped nuclear plants in operation, helping his state meet its goal of non-carbon sources of energy generating ...

Elon Musk leads Tesla effort to build house roofs entirely out of solar panels

Solar | Oliver Milman
A new venture spearheaded by Elon Musk will create house roofs made entirely of solar panels, in a sweeping expansion of Tesla’s clean energy ambitions. Tesla has finalized a $2.6bn deal to buy solar power company SolarCity to produce solar “shingles” – photovoltaic material that would be fashioned into the shape of a house roof. “I think this is really a fundamental part of achieving ...

Pilgrim shutting down for valve repair

Nuclear | By Christine Legere, Cape Cod Times, Hyannis, Mass.
Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station, already one step from being forced by federal regulators to close down based on poor performance, is now trying to figure out the cause of a malfunctioning valve designed to prevent radioactivity from leaking into the environment during a nuclear accident. The plant was slowly powering down to full shutdown Thursday so the valve could be ...

Challenge to nuclear waste facility heads to trial

Policy, Regulatory & Legal | By Christine Legere, Cape Cod Times, Hyannis, Mass.
After two years of waiting, neighbors of Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station will go to trial Monday in state Land Court to challenge construction of a massive storage facility for nuclear spent fuel on plant property. The lawsuit, filed in 2014 by a handful of residents who live within two miles of the plant, alleges that the nuclear waste facility will affect property values. ...

David Wade named CEO of EPB

Human Resources | Chattanooga Times Free Press, Tenn.
President David Wade will succeed Harold DePriest as head of the city-owned electric utility. EPB directors today elected Wade to serve as CEO of EPB, effective Sept. 1. Wade, a 33-year engineer at EPB, will become only the seventh leader of EPB since its creation by the city of Chattanooga in 1938 as one of TVA's biggest power distributors. Wade, who helped develop EPB's ...

Planning commissioners give the go-ahead for new biomass plant

Fossil & Biomass | By Nathan Solis, Redding Record Searchlight, Calif.
Shasta County Planning Commissioners gave the owner of Hat Creek Construction the go-ahead to build a new biomass facility in Burney. The approval comes just as another facility in Burney issued a 60 days' notice to its employees that it would be closing its doors. The proposed 9-acre facility given the go-ahead by commissioners at a special meeting on Thursday would sit on an 85-acre ...

Solar farm set to power 3,000 Colorado Springs-area homes in October

Solar |
Acres of solar panels gleam sky blue in the sunlight as a smokestack towers incongruously above at the coal-fired Ray D. Nixon Power Plant south of Colorado Springs. In October, the new Clear Spring Ranch Solar Array will start generating enough power to supply 3,000 homes - the first time Colorado Springs Utilities will provide solar energy directly to its ratepayers. That means 10 megawatts ...

Seeing green: KPUB eyes alternative energy use

Solar | By Jennifer Reiley, Kerrville Daily Times, Texas
The Kerrville Public Utility Board is taking several routes to assess and increase alternative forms of energy in Kerrville. KPUB unanimously approved a $15,000 contract Wednesday with Schneider Engineering. Schneider Engineering will issue and evaluate request for proposals for distribution connections for solar generation in Kerrville. Mike Wittler, KPUB CEO and general manager, ...

The C Three Group, LLC announces the publication of its 2016 North American Electric Transmission Market Forecast

The C Three Group today released its 6th annual North American Electric Transmission Market Forecast, which is considered the most thoroughly researched and unbiased forward look at where electric utilities and electric transmission providers will be spending money between now and 2020. Last year, over 300 electric ...

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