Alliant Energy’s Wisconsin Power & Light has formally asked state regulators to approve a new gas-fired plant that will cost $750 million, alongside a solar facility intended to generate 2 megawatts, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports.
Farmers’ energy use in Modesto, Calif., increased by nearly a fifth in 2014 with more of them pumping water from wells as the drought in the region worsened. The dynamic illustrates the links between water and power consumption, The New York Times reports.
A rare note of bipartisanship emerged Tuesday in response to the first-ever Quadrennial Energy Review, in which the Obama administration proposes billions in new investments and programs aimed at updating and strengthening the expansive and aging U.S. energy infrastructure network.
Though often at odds with Obama administration energy policy, key Republicans indicated that the infrastructure focus of the report offers a chance for “common ground” for legislation to modernize energy transmission, storage and distribution systems.
The Obama Administration on Tuesday released its long-awaited report highlighting the challenges and opportunities ahead for the U.S. energy system, detailing a number of recommendations for a path to boost resilience and update energy infrastructure and combat climate change.
The first installment of the Quadrennial Energy Review, prepared by the Energy Department, focuses on updates to transmission, storage and distribution infrastructures, and lays out several policy proposals to more quickly upgrade the system.
Last week’s capacity auction for southern Illinois by the Midcontinent Independent System Operator resulted in a clearing price of $150 per megawatt-day, 10 times more than last year and 50 times more than in MISO’s Michigan territory. The result has surprised the state’s Citizens Utility Board and will likely be challenged at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, E&E reports.
The advocacy group the Acadia Center found that wholesale electricity prices in New England dropped 24 percent this past winter as a result of energy efficiency savings, which trimmed demand by 13.7 percent, Platts reports.
Sandia Corp. is alleged to have used federal funds to plan a campaign to lobby Washington to extend its contract to manage Sandia National Laboratories, according to an Energy Department Inspector General report obtained by E&E through the Freedom of Information Act.
An Air Force contract on energy savings that costs $19 million may not be giving the military its money’s worth, according to a report from the Pentagon’s Inspector General, the Air Force Times reports.
People living near the decommissioned Weatherspoon power plant in North Carolina may be pleased that Duke Energy is planning to remove coal ash that has been sitting in the area for decades, but there's concern about where the ash will be stored, The Fayetteville Observer reports.
Driller Linn Energy says it has finalized deals with private equity firms for $1.5 billion to fund acquisitions and development, even as it is selling off its last position in the Permian Basin for $281 million, FuelFix reports.
Many of the loans that banks have issued to oil and gas producers are being flagged as substandard, according to warnings from regulators like the Federal Reserve and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, The Wall Street Journal reports.