North Jefferson woman says mining operations damaged her house; state agency to hold hearing

Policy, Regulatory & Legal | Apr 16 - McClatchy-Tribune Regional News - Robert Carter The North Jefferson News, Gardendale, Ala.
Peggy Harris has had enough. Harris, who lives on Sharit Dairy Road just west of Morris, says that blasting from a nearby surface coal mine is causing damage to her home and property, as well as to several neighbors.

Nissan Launches Programs To Make LEAF Charging Free And "EZ"

Electric Vehicles | NEW YORK, April 16, 2014 /PRNewswire
Nissan today announced the expansion of its successful "No Charge to Charge" promotion, which will provide two years of no-cost public charging with the purchase or lease of a new Nissan LEAF.

NexSteppe's Palo Alto High Biomass Sorghum Emerges as Key Solution to Brazil's Energy Woes

International | SOUTH SAN FRANCISCO, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Apr 16, 2014--
NexSteppe, a company dedicated to pioneering the next generation of sustainable feedstock solutions for the biobased industries, today announced that it sold more than 1,000 hectares (2,500 acres) of its Palo Alto high biomass sorghums for biopower in Brazil this past growing season.

Eaton Expands Control Functionality to Offer Wider Recloser Range for High-Speed Communications in Source Transfers

Annoucement | WAUKESHA, Wis. - April 16, 2014 (News Release)
Power management company Eaton today announced the functionality expansion of its Automatic Source Transfer (AST) Form 6 controls from its Cooper Power Systems business.

ComEd asks state for rate hike to help fund smart grid

Grid Operations | Apr 16 - McClatchy-Tribune Regional News - Julie Wernau Chicago Tribune
Commonwealth Edison Co. is asking regulators to add $3 to the average electricity bill next year to help it fund its massive overhaul of the electricity grid.

Xcel Energy Named No. 1 Wind Provider for 10th Consecutive Year

Wind | MINNEAPOLIS, Apr 16, 2014 -- BUSINESS WIRE
For the tenth consecutive year, Xcel Energy has been named the country's top wind energy provider, according to a newly released report from the American Wind Energy Association, the national trade association for wind energy.

Grid connection of the second wind farm built by Global EcoPower

International | Apr 16 - Actusnews (France)
Global EcoPower (FR0011289198 - ALGEP), a turnkey constructor of power plants using renewable energy sources, is proud to announce the connection to the ERDF grid of the wind power plant "Montbray and Margueray" in the department of Manche, with an installed capacity of 20 MW.

A charge for the future; Riverland to build stations for electric cars

Electric Vehicles | Apr 16 - McClatchy-Tribune Regional News - Trey Mewes Austin Daily Herald, Minn.
Austin is getting electric when it comes to transportation. Austin Utilities and Riverland Community College officials plan to turn two parking spaces in the lot at Third Avenue and First Street Northwest into a dual charging station for electric cars this fall.

BayWa r.e. Commissions 18 MWp Solar Farm in Great Britain

International | MUNICH, Apr 16, 2014 -- PR Newswire Europe
BayWa r.e. commissioned its fourth solar farm, Whitland, in Great Britain at the end of March.

Boston company proposing $800 million natural-gas power plant for Lordstown

Fossil & Biomass | Apr 16 - McClatchy-Tribune Regional News - Ed Runyan Vindicator, Youngstown, Ohio
Clean Energy Future Lordstown LLC of Boston has asked Lordstown village to rezone 57 acres from general business and residential to industrial, so it can build an $800 million electricity-generation facility on Salt Springs Road.

CONSOL Energy Inc. Announces Closing of $1.6 Billion Senior Notes Offering

Business & Corporate | PITTSBURGH, April 16, 2014 /PRNewswire
CONSOL Energy Inc. (NYSE: CNX) ("CONSOL") today announced the closing of its private placement of $1.6 billion of its 5.875% senior notes due 2022 (the "Notes"). The Notes are guaranteed by substantially all of CONSOL's wholly-owned domestic restricted subsidiaries.

Leidos Joins Southeast Energy Efficiency Alliance and Southwest Energy Efficiency Project

Annoucement | RESTON, Va. - April 16, 2014 (News Release)
Leidos Engineering has recently become members of the Southeast Energy Efficiency Alliance (SEEA) and the Southwest Energy Efficiency Project (SWEEP), expanding the company's commitment to energy efficiency.

ABB US Substations business shifts to renewables focus with two new projects

Annoucement | Chicago, IEEE PES, April 16, 2014 (News Release)
ABB, the leading power and automation technology group, today announced the kickoff of two major renewable substation EPC projects in the US involving wind and solar power.

Support from Canadian and British Columbian Governments Helps Vancouver Startup to Close Its Industry's Biggest Deal

Annoucement | Vancouver, BC - April 17, 2014 (News Release)
Pulse Energy, the global leader in energy intelligence for utilities' commercial customers, announced today a multi-million dollar, three year contract with British Gas.

Jersey Central Power & Light Hires New Meter Readers to Help Improve Customer Service

Metering | MORRISTOWN, N.J., April 16, 2014 /PRNewswire
As part of its ongoing efforts to enhance customer service, Jersey Central Power & Light (JCP&L) has hired 15 new meter readers who have been deployed throughout the company's 13 county service area.

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