Energy firms ordered to pay more to victims of power cuts

International | Jul 25 - Herald, The (Scotland)
Energy companies that leave customers without power for more than 24 hours because of the effects of storms or bad weather are to face stiffer financial penalties after the regulator Ofgem announced it is more than doubling the fines it can impose.

Proposed nuclear build is a bad idea

International | Jul 25 - Cape Argus (South Africa)
One does not have to be a politician nor an academic to realise that the proposed nuclear build is a bad idea.

Kyrgyzstan imports 72.5 mln kWh of electricity from Tajikistan YTD

International | Jul 25 - AKIpress News Agency (Kyrgyz Republic)
Kyrgyzstan has imported 72.5 million kWh of electricity from Tajikistan as of 1 July 2014, according to the results of socio-economic development of Kyrgyzstan in January-June 2014 prepared by the Government.

Solar project at old landfill falls through

Solar | Jul 25 - McClatchy-Tribune Regional News - Tom Joyce The Mount Airy News, N.C.
The plug has been pulled on plans for a solar farm at the former Mount Airy landfill on City View Drive.

Over 70% China Coal Firms Lose Money

International | BEIJING, Jul 25, 2014 -- SinoCast Daily Business Beat
China National Coal Association (CNCA) President Wang Xianzheng said investigations showed more than 70% of coal firms in China suffered a loss-making operation.

TCL offering new courses in solar technology, avionics

Human Resources | Jul 25 - McClatchy-Tribune Regional News - Matt McNab The Island Packet (Hilton Head Island, S.C.)
The Technical College of the Lowcountry has added three new programs to help people find jobs in two growing fields -- solar energy and avionics.

'Energy company NLE looks to enter telecom market'

International | Jul 25, 2014 -- DMEUROPE
The Nederlandse Energiemaatschappij (NLE) is looking to enter the telecom market, founders Pieter Schoen and Harald Swinkels told De Telegraaf. Schoen said NLE has a good insight into the loyalty of customers and whether they would be willing to switch to a new operator or take a triple-play package.

Coal trains planned for state carry issues, bring jobs

Distributed & Cogeneration | Jul 25 - McClatchy-Tribune Regional News - Mike Lindblom The Seattle Times
Communities throughout the Puget Sound region would need overpasses and underpasses costing $50 million to $200 million each to prevent traffic from being stopped by a proposed 18 daily coal trains, a government report says.

Centrica's Direct Energy to shed Ontario home services business

Business & Corporate | Jul 25, 2014 -- M&A Navigator
UK energy company Centrica plc (LON:CAN) said its North American unit Direct Energy will divest its Ontario home services operations to local sector player EnerCare Inc (TSE:ECI) for CAD550m (USD512m/EUR380m). At present, Direct Energy holds almost 1.9m home services contracts in the particular Canadian province for the provision of plumbing, heating, ventilation, air conditioning and other related services. It is serving most of the clients through a joint arrangement with EnerCare as it owns the water heater assets. The business recorded an EBITDA of CAD37m in 2013. Commenting on the deal, Direct Energy's president and CEO, Badar Khan, noted that these activities in Ontario no longer form a material part of its business. Moreover, the company seeks to concentrate on opportunities in the US and the Canadian province of Alberta. The agreed transaction excludes Direct Energy's Airtron services business and other residual services franchises in Ontario. Under the terms of the deal, EnerCare will pay with CAD450m in cash and CAD100m worth of own stock. Completion is scheduled for later this year, subject to regulatory clearance. Country: Canada Sector: Business and Consumer Services Target: Direct Energy's Ontario home services operations Buyer: EnerCare Inc Vendor: Direct Energy, Centrica plc Deal size in USD: 512m Type: Divestment Financing: Cash & Stock Status: Agreed

Shipments of nuclear waste could start here in 2015

Nuclear | Jul 25 - McClatchy-Tribune Regional News - Jerry Zremski The Buffalo News, N.Y.
Shipments of liquid nuclear waste over the Peace Bridge could begin as soon as September 2015, the office of Rep. Brian Higgins said as the Buffalo congressman demanded that the federal government do a full environmental review of the shipments before they begin.

Integrys to move electric customers to tiers

Billing & Customer Care | Jul 25 - McClatchy-Tribune Regional News - Julie Wernau Chicago Tribune
Mark Heller lives in a two-flat in Logan Square. But his June electricity bill suggests he lives in a single family home.

Sharjah Ruler pledges to end emirate's power crisis

International | Jul 25 - McClatchy-Tribune Regional News - Khaleej Times, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Dr Shaikh Sultan also issued an order to sack the officials concerned at the Sharjah Electricity and Water Authority (Sewa) for failing to solve the issue.

Siemens D6 direct-drive wind turbine obtains type certification by DNV GL

Annoucement | Hamburg, Germany, July 24, 2014
Further step in ramping up serial production of innovative offshore wind turbine rated at 6 megawatts; Tested and certified for 25 years lifetime

ABB's independent Power Consulting business strengthens portfolio to support new US regulatory challenges

Annoucement | Raleigh, NC, July 24, 2014
ABB's Power Consulting team is uniquely positioned to support customers with economic and technical capabilities to address new industry regulations including FERC Order 1000, NERC Reliability Standards and new EPA carbon-emission mandates.

Underground clear except for panel where radiation leak occurred

Nuclear | Jul 24 - McClatchy-Tribune Regional News - Zack Ponce Carlsbad Current-Argus, N.M.
The Department of Energy (DOE) continues to clear hurdles in its underground cleanup at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP), located 26 miles southeast of Carlsbad.

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