Germany leading sometimes wrenching push toward renewables

The New York Times

Germany’s push toward renewable energy has accelerated its cost-effectiveness globally, but also spelled trouble for the business model of traditional utilities, The New York Times reports.

Riders briefly stuck during NJ amusement park outage

JACKSON TOWNSHIP, N.J. (AP) — A power outage at a New Jersey amusement park left some patrons briefly stuck on rides, but no injuries were reported.

Officials say a faulty transformer caused Sunday's outage at Six Flags Great Adventure in Jackson Township.

Annual summit debates NERC involvement in EPA carbon rule


Federal Energy Regulatory Commission chair Cheryl LaFleur told the annual summit organized by the North American Electric Reliability Corp. that NERC should not “get caught up in the advocacy” surrounding the Environmental Protection Agency’s carbon rule, but other speakers said the NERC needs to speak up if it thinks grid reliability would be threatened, E&E reports.

Solar storm arrives at Earth, but not a problem

WASHINGTON (AP) — A solar storm zapped Earth on Friday but it was causing few, if any, problems. It also may allow more people to see the colorful northern lights.

Space Weather Prediction Center forecaster Chris Smith said the storm left the sun on Wednesday and first arrived on Earth at 9:55 a.m. EDT, and will continue disrupting the magnetic field through Saturday. It will likely only be noticed by specialized equipment.

NRG’s Crane moving ahead on all power generation fronts


David Crane, CEO of NRG Energy Inc., pulls no punches whether he’s acquiring a fleet of old fossil fuel plants or taking on board one of the country’s biggest rooftop solar installers, E&E reports.

Less US electricity to come from coal, says EIA


Less electricity will be generated from coal-fired plants and more from natural gas and renewable energy in 2014-15, according to revised estimates from the Energy Information Administration, presented in its Short Term Energy Outlook for September, Platts reports.

NC AG fighting Duke rate hikes in court

News & Observer

The North Carolina Utilities Commission granted rate increases to Duke Energy in 2011 and 2013 without fully analyzing their effect on customers, according to arguments staff of state Attorney General Roy Cooper presented to the N.C. Supreme Court Monday, the News & Observer reports.

Duke Carolinas plan: Delay a proposed plant, scrap another, focus more on solar

Charlotte Business Journal

The new 15-year plan Duke Energy Carolinas filed with regulators calls for delaying one proposed natural gas plant for a year to 2020, scrap plans for another set to come on line in 2022, and sees more of a role for solar energy and demand management plans, but less focus on energy efficiency, the Charlotte Business Journal reports.

Power outage hits Egypt subway, TV stations

CAIRO (AP) — Egypt suffered a massive power outage that halted parts of the Cairo subway, took TV stations off the air and ground much of the country to a halt for several hours Thursday, as officials offered no clear explanation for how the country suddenly lost 50 percent of its power generation.

The blackout comes barely three months after Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, a former army chief, was elected president on promises to restore order after three years of turmoil following the 2011 uprising that toppled long-ruling autocrat Hosni Mubarak.

LaFleur headlines CSIS forum on electricity markets

Washington, September 4, 2014, 10:30 am

Center for Strategic and International Studies holds forum, "Electricity in Transition: Technology, Markets and Regulation." FERC Chairman Cheryl LaFleur, former FERC chairs Charles Curtis, Elizabeth Moler among speakers. 


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