Potomac Edison Rebuilds Major 500 Kilovolt Line in Frederick County, Maryland

Grid Operations | WILLIAMSPORT, Md., April 11, 2014 /PRNewswire/ --
Potomac Edison, a subsidiary of FirstEnergy Corp. (NYSE: FE), is rebuilding a major 500-kilovolt (kV) transmission line in Frederick County, Md., to enhance service reliability for existing customers and accommodate future electrical load growth in Maryland and West Virginia.

Report: California still a force in wind power, but trails Texas in key areas

Wind | Apr 11 - McClatchy-Tribune Regional News - Mark Glover The Sacramento Bee
California, a world leader in wind energy development in the 1980s and 1990s, now ranks behind Texas in wind power capacity and industry jobs, according to the Washington, D.C.-based American Wind Energy Association.

Wind decision delayed

Wind | Apr 11 - McClatchy-Tribune Regional News - Mike Erwin Bartlesville Examiner-Enterprise, Okla.
An Osage County planning board postponed its decision on issuing a permit for a wind-energy facility west of town after the proposal met with strong local opposition at a Thursday public hearing.

Mexico : 252 MW Wind Deal signed by Acciona Energy in Mexico

International | Apr 11 - TendersInfo (India)
Acciona Energy has secured a deal to supply turbines to 2 Mexican wind farms totaling 252 MW. Moreover, the company will assist as engineering, procurement and construction contractor and offer operations and maintenance for the projects for 20 years.

Unit 1 at Susquehanna Nuclear Power Plant Begins Scheduled Refueling Outage

Nuclear | Apr 12 - PR Newswire
Operators at PPL's Susquehanna nuclear power plant disconnected the Unit 1 reactor from the electrical grid Saturday (4/12) to begin a scheduled refueling and maintenance outage.

Canada : Two new cogeneration plants to be constructed in Guelph

International | Apr 11 - TendersInfo (India)
Guelph might have two new combined heat and power plants operating by the end of 2016. Bob Chiarelli, The Minister of Energy, announced the details of the two new power plants at a news conference on 10 April 2014 at Polycon Industries in the west end of the city.

Maryland PSC Orders Relief for Customers Affected by Extreme Winter Short- and Long-Term Measures Assist Customers Affected by High Bills

Policy, Regulatory & Legal | Apr 12 - Targeted News Service
The Maryland Public Service Commission issued the following news release: The Maryland Public Service Commission has directed Maryland utilities to immediately implement measures to assist customers facing unusually high utility bills due to recent extreme cold weather conditions.

Canada : Expanding Ontario's Nuclear Expertise in China

International | Apr 12 - TendersInfo (India)
Ontario is building partnerships with China's nuclear power sector to create jobs at home. A delegation of Ontario nuclear organizations begins its official program in China today, meeting with officials from Chinese government agencies and nuclear research, design and manufacturing organizations.

Approval of Ocotillo Sol Solar Facility Includes Measures to Protect Lizard Habitat

Solar | Apr 12 - Targeted News Service
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) today announced the approval of a solar energy project in Imperial County, California , that is expected to supply a peak output of 20 megawatts of renewable energy, enough to power about 6,000 homes, and support up to 120 construction jobs.

Penelec contractors will trim trees in Erie region

Grid Operations | Apr 11 - McClatchy-Tribune Regional News - Erie Times-News, Pa.
Contractors hired by Penelec are trimming trees in parts of the region to keep limbs away from power lines and other electrical equipment.

Met-Ed Continues Tree Trimming Work to Enhance System Reliability

Grid Operations | READING, Pa., April 11, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- 
Metropolitan Edison Company (Met-Ed) continues to conduct tree trimming work in communities across its 15-county service area in Pennsylvania as part of its ongoing efforts to help enhance system reliability.

Ashland offers electric vehicle incentive

Electric Vehicles | Apr 11 - McClatchy-Tribune Regional News - Vickie Aldous Ashland Daily Tidings, Ore.
The city of Ashland is offering a $100 incentive to people who install an electric vehicle plug-in station in homes under construction.

DTE man denied spot on wind committee

Wind | Apr 11 - McClatchy-Tribune Regional News - Chris Aldridge The Huron Daily Tribune, Bad Axe, Mich.
A move to expand the county's Wind Energy Zoning Committee to include a member of DTE Energy was shot down by county commissioners earlier this week.

Climate change doubling big power outages, group says

Environmental, Emissions & Carbon Mgmt | Apr 11 - McClatchy-Tribune Regional News - Dan Gearino The Columbus Dispatch, Ohio
An increase in severe weather has led to a doubling of major power outages across the country in the past decade, according to a new report from a climate-change research group.

Energy efficiency timeout debated

Energy Efficiency | Apr 11 - McClatchy-Tribune Regional News - Jim Provance The Blade, Toledo, Ohio
Advocates for Ohio's renewable energy and efficiency standards argued this week that it would be a mistake to throttle back on a market that is paying dividends.

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