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  • California Energy Commission meets stiff opposition in Oxnard power plant proposal

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    07.25.16 –

    Ventura County Star (CA) – Two words kept getting repeated Thursday when the California Energy Commission led a workshop in Oxnard -- environmental justice. When the state evaluates projects like the new power plant being proposed for Mandalay State Beach, it must consider poverty level and ethnic makeup of the nearby neighborhood. In the case of Oxnard, which is predominantly Latino and low-income, the state ...

  • NRC seeks safety details about proposed nuclear waste site

    Nuclear -- More Than "Just a Job"
    07.25.16 –

    Odessa American (TX) – Waste Control Specialists recently began providing federal regulators with more details about plans to store high-level nuclear waste in Andrews County, after a letter from the agency fueled opponents' criticisms that the company is unfit for the task. The June 22 letter from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission's Mark Lombard said the company's application "does not contain sufficient ...

  • The first fatality? Leaders discuss future of North Dakota coal power plants after announced closure

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    Grand Forks Herald (ND) – A North Dakota coal-fired power plant scheduled to close within the next year may not be the last one shuttered here, a congressman and a state regulator said this week. Great River Energy announced last week it would retire the Stanton Station power plant in Mercer County by May. The company cited low prices in the regional energy market for the decision, but it also comes during ...

  • Talen Energy announces plans to cut 53 jobs at power plant

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    07.25.16 –

    Citizens' Voice, The (Wilkes-Barre, PA) – Talen Energy will eliminate 53 positions at the Susquehanna Power Plant in Salem Township, according to a company spokesman. Todd Martin, spokesman for Talen Energy, said another seven positions that support operations for the Susquehanna Power Plant in Allentown are being cut. Martin said the job cuts are another step in the company's restructuring process that he ...

  • Study outlines economic impact of wind farms

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    Pantagraph (Bloomington, IL) – The state's 25 largest wind farms generate $30.4 million in annual property taxes and $13.86 million in extra income annually for landowners who lease their land to wind farm developers, according to a study released Thursday at Illinois State University. The economic impact study, conducted by ISU's Center for Renewable Energy, also concluded the total economic benefit for ...

  • EPA's oversight of Pilgrim questioned

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    07.25.16 –

    Cape Cod Times (Hyannis, MA) – Representatives from the Environmental Protection Agency took a lot of flak during Thursday's hearing on a long-overdue water discharge permit at Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station. Speakers representing environmental groups on both sides of the bridge criticized practices allowed in the past and called for tighter requirements and increased monitoring for the future. The water ...

  • Norfolk thrift store installs enough solar panels to power at least 10 homes

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    07.25.16 –

    Virginian-Pilot (Norfolk, VA) – On a weekday in the middle of July, customers filled Thrift Store USA, rummaging through clothing racks longer than bowling lanes. None would know a construction crew was somewhere overhead, laying the finishing touches on a solar panel system, perhaps the largest owned by a small business in Hampton Roads. Over four weeks, contractors installed a 130-kilowatt system, composed ...

  • Garden City, Wheatland sign off on rate settlement

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    Garden City Telegram, The (KS) – During a Friday morning special meeting, the Garden City Commission signed off on a settlement agreement regarding the rate Wheatland Electric Cooperative charges the city for accessing electricity through Wheatland's transmission system, which will save the city hundreds of thousands of dollars per year. On Dec. 22, 2015, Wheatland Electric Cooperative filed a request with the Kansas ...

  • Minnesota Public Utilities Commission approves size caps, rate structure for solar projects

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    07.25.16 –

    National Iraqi News Agency (Iraq) – Minnesota utilities regulators Thursday maintained size caps on community solar gardens, a move developers say will squelch proposals for new projects. The Minnesota Public Utilities Commission also adopted a new rate system for solar gardens after two days of deliberations on the promising but controversial program. After the states solar garden program was launched in late 2014, Xcel Energy ...

  • Startup company hopes Nectar will make coal more palatable

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    Gleaner, The (Henderson, KY) – Nectar Technologies of Henderson is banking that a new clean-coal treatment will revolutionize the nation's coal and power industries. Chip Crafton, Nectar Technologies' vice president of operations, says the process reduces the amount of pollutants released when coal is burned. "It's going to change things across our country, not just here in our area," he said. The product, called ...

  • NIPSCO electric customers to pay 6 percent more this fall

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    Truth, The (Elkhart County, IN) – Customers who receive electricity from NIPSCO can expect to pay about 6 percent more beginning this fall. The utility, which supplies electricity to eastern and southern Elkhart County, and the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission on Monday announced an agreement that allows the electric rates to increase beginning with the October monthly bills. NIPSCO's natural gas ...

  • Ocean Thermal To Begin Talks For Power Plants In Us Virgin Islands

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    Intelligencer Journal (Lancaster, PA) – Jeremy Feakins believes his five years of patience and persistence is about to be rewarded. Feakins expects his Ocean Thermal Energy Corp. soon will sign contracts to build two renewable-energy power plants in the U.S. Virgin Islands. The plants, costing $500 million to $800 million combined, will be the world's first commercial power plants to use ocean-thermal ...

  • Wind facility nod

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    07.25.16 –

    Evening Times (Glasgow, Scotland) – SWEDISH power company Vattenfall has given the green light to the Pounds 300million construction of Scotland's largest offshore wind test and demonstration facility. The project was fought by US Donald Trump, who lost a Supreme Court bid to halt the development after complaining it would spoil the view from his Aberdeen-shire coast golf resort. Credit: By Lucy Christie, Press Association Scotl

  • Push, pull of solar project

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    07.25.16 –

    Amherst Bulletin (MA) – Tapping the sun’s energy is a good idea we should continue to embrace. Yet solar installations can have downsides, as projects in local communities have found. Though Earth-friendly because they do not release carbon, solar farms (as opposed to rooftop installations) require that large pieces of equipment be erected on open spaces. That can stir neighborhood opposition. In Amherst, after years ...

  • Power for Progress: Interconnections, contingencies

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    Grove Sun, The (OK) – Like many other electric utilities across this region of the United States, the Grand River Dam Authority is a member of the Southwest Power Pool (SPP). The SPP is one of the nation's regional transmission organizations, established in part to help ensure the reliable flow of electricity across its portion of the national electric power grid. That portion encompasses 575,000 square miles ...

  • Power station in new consultation

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    07.25.16 –

    Express & Star (UK) – The second stage of a public consultation for a new nuclear power station is to be launched next month, marking a 'significant milestone' for the project. Horizon Nuclear Power said local people will have a chance to see refined plans for the proposed Wylfa Newydd power station on Anglesey in north Wales for two months from August 31. The new site would provide power to around five million ...

  • Why San Onofre's nuclear waste stays on the beach

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    07.25.16 –

    San Diego Union-Tribune (CA) – Some 3.6 million pounds of nuclear waste at the shuttered San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station is all stored up with no place to go. The plant has not produced electricity since January 2012 for the nearly 19 million people served by Southern California Edison, the majority owner of the facility, and San Diego Gas & Electric, which owns 20 percent. Edison officials overseeing the ...

  • Renewables industry blasts Eskom

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    07.25.16 –

    ITWeb – Eskom is concerned private power producers will undermine its revenue streams. The South African renewable energy industry has come out guns blazing, reproaching Eskom's decision to no longer sign power purchase agreements with private producers after the current round is finalised. According to a Business Day report, in a letter to energy minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson from Eskom chairman ...

  • Solar projects can't save the forest for the trees?

    Sun Reflection Circles and W ind Turbines
    07.25.16 –

    Associated Press – A green energy project has some environmentalists seeing red. Solar energy ordinarily wins praise from groups that want to cut greenhouse gases, but a proposed solar project at a defunct Long Island nuclear power plant has stirred outrage because it requires demolishing 350 acres of woodlands. "Choosing solar over forests anywhere in the world is just plain stupid," ...

  • Boulder hopes to move Xcel off long-term commitment to coal

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    Daily Camera (Boulder, CO) – It's the $10 million question: For all the money Boulder has spent in the past five years trying to break free from Xcel Energy and form a municipal electric utility, how can the city abandon that bid and still declare victory? It's possible that Boulder stays on its original course and, with the blessing of the state Public Utilities Commission, creates a local utility through which ...