MOX responds to Nuclear Regulatory Committee about construction violations

Nuclear | By Thomas Gardiner, Aiken Standard, S.C.
AREVA MOX Services, project management contractor for the Mixed Oxide Fuel Fabrication Facility, or MOX, delivered a response letter last week after receiving official notification of construction violations. In a letter dated July 25, 2016, the Nuclear Regulatory Committee, or NRC, notified MOX of violations connected to installation of ledgers. They were said to be undersized, less ...

Federal judge rules against Edwards coal-fired energy plant

Policy, Regulatory & Legal | By Andy Kravetz, Journal Star, Peoria, Ill.
A federal judge on Tuesday ruled against the owner of a coal-fired energy plant in Edwards, saying its owners allowed too much soot to be emitted from the smoke stacks there. A 50-page order, issued Tuesday by Senior U.S. District Judge Joe B. McDade, states Illinois Power Resources Generating LLC, which owns and operates the E.D. Edwards power plant, must work to clean ...

Supervisors reject Soda Mountain solar plant

Policy, Regulatory & Legal | By Jim Steinberg, The Press-Enterprise, Riverside, Calif.
San Bernardino County Supervisors on Tuesday voted against state certification of a necessary Environmental Impact Report for the Soda Mountain Solar Power Plant, saying the project would degrade pristine desert land with little benefit to area residents. By rejecting one the last approvals needed for the Mojave Desert plant to go forward, the county caught the attention of ...

DOE reports show NM 7th in new wind power

Wind | By Maddy Hayden, Carlsbad Current-Argus, N.M.
New Mexico added 268 megawatts worth of wind power installations in 2015, ranking 7th in the nation for new growth in the industry. The 2015 Wind Technologies Market Report released last week by the U.S. Department of Energy said the state generates 6.3 percent of its electricity from a total of 1,080 megawatts from wind farms around the state. Southeastern New Mexico, ...

Federal judge sides with environmentalists in lawsuit against Edwards coal plant

Policy, Regulatory & Legal | By Andy Kravetz, Journal Star, Peoria, Ill.
A federal judge on Tuesday ruled against the owner of a coal-fired energy plant in Edwards, saying its owners allowed too much soot to be emitted from the smoke stacks there. A 50-page order, issued Tuesday by Senior U.S. District Judge Joe B. McDade, states Illinois Power Resources Generating LLC, which owns and operates the E.D. Edwards power plant, must work to clean ...

TVA idles Watts Bar unit after feedwater pump problem

Nuclear | Chattanooga Times Free Press, Tenn.
TVA crews are working today to restart its newest nuclear reactor, which was shut down Tuesday afternoon over problems with one of the feedwater pumps. TVA spokesman Jim Hopson said operators at the unit 2 reactor at the Watts Bar Nuclear Plant near Spring City took the reactor offline around 1:53 p.m. Tuesday after they discovered problems with one of the unit's feedwater pumps. The ...

Atlantic Wind submits revised public involvement plan for Horse Creek Wind Farm

Wind | By Marcus Wolf, Watertown Daily Times, N.Y.
Atlantic Wind LLC and their legal representatives from Young/Sommer LLC revised numerous sections of their public involvement plan to clarify their area study, area boundaries and public involvement, but while all of the concerns expressed by the state Department of Public Service were noted, not all of them were addressed in the revisions for the Horse Creek Wind Farm. In a ...

Feds propose nuclear waste transport through Erie County

Nuclear | By Ed Palattella, Erie Times-News, Pa.
The federal government has approved the transport of liquid nuclear waste through Erie County, though environmentalists have gone to court to block the plan. As early as September, tractor-trailers carrying the waste are scheduled to start traveling through Erie County on Interstates 90 and 79. Seven environmental groups have sued in federal court in Washington, D.C., ...

City Council axes two planned Chapman Ranch infrastructure lines

Wind | By Matt Woolbright, Corpus Christi Caller-Times, Texas
The City Council didn't hesitate to act after the Federal Aviation Administration gave its final approval of the proposed wind farm south of Corpus Christi on Chapman Ranch land. In a 5-4 vote Tuesday, the council stripped $14 million from next year's budget for capital improvement projects proposed for 16 square miles the city annexed in 2014. The land was annexed to either prevent ...

Schultz: New solar program offers credits on your energy bill

Billing & Customer Care | Staff Writer
For years, we've been hearing about the benefits of clean, renewable energy. In fact, many Xcel Energy customers have been asking for more choices when it comes to how they power their homes and businesses. With that kind of interest, it's been exciting for me over the last few months to share the details of our new Solar*Connect Community program with area customers. It's a locally-sourced ...

OPALCO awarded $1 million grant

Orcas Power and Light Co-op's spirit of innovation was recognized this week as the co-op was awarded a $1 million grid modernization grant by the Washington Clean Energy Fund. OPALCO is the smallest utility to ever receive a CEF grant. Other recipients include Avista, Seattle City Light, Snohomish County Public Utility District and Energy Northwest. The award was announced Monday, by Gov. Jay ...

Davie County to get another solar farm

Solar | Richard Craver Winston-Salem Journal
An Asheville solar farm company has chosen a third site in Davie County for a proposed facility. Headwaters Solar LLC said in a legal notice Tuesday that it has submitted plans to the N.C. Utilities Commission to build a 5-megawatt solar farm at 200 Potts Road in Advance. The facility, to be known as Ray Wilson Solar LLC, would be one-tenth of a mile north of the intersection with N.C. 801. ...

Utilities face new disclosure rules

Policy, Regulatory & Legal | By Jeff McDonald, The San Diego Union-Tribune
Power companies and other businesses who want to keep secret records they submit to state regulators will have to explain why their documents should be confidential, under a ruling by the California Public Utilities Commission. New rules require a company officer or his or her representative to sign a declaration explaining why documents should be private. And, if records contain ...

California lawmakers approve extension of climate change law

Environmental, Emissions & Carbon Mgmt | By The Associated Press
California lawmakers voted Wednesday to extend the state's landmark climate change law — the most aggressive in the nation — by another 10 years, resisting fierce opposition from oil companies and other business interests to keep the program alive at least through 2030. Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown, a strong advocate of the state's climate initiatives, has said he'll ...

City of Cuero electric rates hot topic for residents

Would Cuero residents pay lower electric bills if the city deregulated its electric utility? An online petition was launched earlier this month in hopes of motivating Cuero City Council to deregulate its electric utility. It was suggested Cuero electric customers could then go on the open market and get lower rates. Here's how Cuero City Manager Raymie Zella answered that question. Cuero's ...

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