Arsenic levels near shuttered Chesapeake coal ash plant are focus of trial's first day

Fossil & Biomass | By Dave Mayfield, The Virginian-Pilot
The opening day of a trial revolving around more than 3 million tons of coal ash in Chesapeake quickly sank into the muck -- with witnesses for the Sierra Club testifying that high levels of arsenic detected in sediments of the Elizabeth River could be coming only from that ash. Dominion Virginia Power's attorneys sought to pick apart the assertions, arguing that dozens of ...

Somerset secures $3 million to offset lost power plant revenue

Business & Corporate | By Michael Holtzman, The Herald News, Fall River, Mass.
Today or tomorrow, Somerset should have $3 million more in its checking account, state and town officials said. With the reduced tax load and approaching closure of Brayton Point, the state Department of Energy Resources is providing another influx of cash to offset those tax losses, state Rep. Patricia Haddad, D-Somerset, and Sen. Michael Rodrigues, D-Westport, announced ...

LP&L's board OKs proposed budget with scheduled rate increase

Business & Corporate | By Matt Dotray, Lubbock Avalanche-Journal, Texas
Lubbock Power & Light's proposed 2016-17 budget featuring a roughly 2 percent increase to customer utility bills and tens of millions of dollars in infrastructure improvements will make its way to the City Council for approval. The Electric Utility Board unanimously approved the budget Tuesday afternoon, and the municipal utility's budget will now get rolled into the city's to be ...

Parties mum on PUC's NextEra ruling

Business & Corporate | By Kathryn Mykleseth, The Honolulu Star-Advertiser
All the parties involved in the potential $4.3 billion purchase of Hawaii's largest electric utility gathered at the Hilton Hawaiian Village on Tuesday and were slinging the "no comment" phrase left and right. The state Public Utilities Commission is set to to make a decision any day about Florida-based NextEra Energy Inc.'s purchase of Hawaiian Electric Industries, the parent company ...

Thousands remain without power in Niles area

Grid Operations | By Craig Haupert, Niles Daily Star, Mich.
Thousands of electric customers in Berrien County remained without power Tuesday following Monday's thunderstorm, which caused widespread damage throughout southwest Michigan and northern Indiana. Power outages peaked at more than 30,000 across Indiana and Michigan following the storm, but that number decreased to a little less than 20,000 by Tuesday morning, according to ...

Dominion Starts Construction on $1.3 Billion Greensville County Power Station

Dominion Virginia Power has begun construction on its 1,588- megawatt Greensville County Power Station, immediately after the Virginia Air Pollution Control Board approved the station's air permit. The air permit issued on June 17th was the last regulatory hurdle the station had to clear before it could start construction. "This is terrific news for Dominion, its customers, the Commonwealth, ...

Soon, waste water may power Kerala homes

Sewage water may soon become Kerala's next source of electricity as a team of scientists has developed a technology to tap power generation from the same. Developed by Amrita School of Biotechnology, the technology, called Microbial Fuel Cells (MFCs), converts chemical energy of feedstock into electricity by exploiting the metabolism of the microorganisms. Though the ...

Public speaks out against nuke plant's relicensing

Nuclear Regulatory Commission officials heard concerns from members of the public Monday night, many calling for the NRC to deny Seabrook Station nuclear power plant a license extension. The gathering held at the Best Western Plus inn on Route 1 was for the NRC’s annual public information meeting, drawing several dozen people including a representative from U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen’s ...

40-turbine wind farm project moving forward

Wind | CRAIG FREILICH
A 40-turbine wind farm electric generation project in Hopkinton and Parishville that could power as many as 24, 000 homes is moving forward despite five years of seeming inactivity. The 100-megawatt North Ridge Wind Farm is moving up on Iberdrola Renewables' development list, said Iberdrola Communications Manager Paul Copleman. But he said the project is still years from completion and he ...

Vestas open to deals in wind sector

Danish turbine maker sees opportunities in global consolidation trend including China Danish wind turbine maker Vestas Wind Systems A/S, the biggest player of its sector in the Chinese market, said it would be open to various business opportunities, as it adapts to changes in the world's wind power sector. "As the world leader in wind energy turbines and solutions, we must be aware of the ...

Direct Energy to offer longer-term electric rate packages

Business & Corporate | Special to Delaware Business Now
The State Public Service Commission is slated to name Direct Energy as "Electric Retail Supplier Exclusively Contracted by the State of Delaware." A ceremony to mark the designation is slated for Wednesday on the back steps of Legislative Hall in Dover. The designation allows the company to offer longer fixed price packages and related products for the 315,000 residents and businesses in the ...

SEC Linemen Take Top Honors in Regional Rodeo Competition

CREWE ? Electric linemen from Southside Electric Cooperative (SEC) took top honors at the 14th Annual Terex Gaff-n-Go Lineman's Rodeo, held June 4 at Meadow Event Park in Doswell. SEC's journeyman division team of Brad Ashwell, Greg Ayers and Ashley Tuck earned the coveted Jimmy Gardner Award, named for a pioneering Virginia lineman and given to the top-placing rodeo team among members of the ...

The Last Thing in High Tech: Why in Concord

International | Staff Writer
Why would Alevo, a European company seeking to develop and manufacture a powerful groundbreaking battery, choose Concord, N.C., as the site of its operations, rather than some other place anywhere in the world? There are several answers to this question that I will share in a minute, but first some background about Alevo and its battery. Alevo is producing a lithium-ion battery. Other ...

Future so bright

Solar |
Jerry Marizza at United Power Inc. doesn't care if you believe in global warming or not ? he says solar farms just make good business sense. A new 13-megawatt solar farm east of Fort Lupton near Colorado Highway 52 is expected to stabilize future customer rates, for example, said Marizza, energy program coordinator at United Power, which has offices in Fort Lupton, Brighton and Golden. The $25 ...

Coal ash lawsuit could hinge on linking Elizabeth River arsenic to closed coal plant

Fossil & Biomass | JOHN RAMSEY Richmond Times-Dispatch
A federal lawsuit aimed at stopping Dominion Virginia Power's plans to bury its coal ash in unlined pits could hinge on whether environmentalists can prove that arsenic detected in the Elizabeth River is directly linked to the utility's now-closed coal plant in Chesapeake. The Southern Environmental Law Center, on behalf of the Sierra Club, argued Tuesday that arsenic and other metals leach ...

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